We had the good fortune of connecting with Tasleem Lee and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Tasleem, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
In the early part of this year I found myself out of balance on multiple occasions. I was battling between overworking myself and also feeling like I wasn’t doing enough.. I actually was doing a lot more than I realized at the time. I was working myself too much to the point where I felt a bit loopy and then I quickly learned how to regain my balance by developing a system and a schedule that I felt worked best for me. I even incorporated an off day into my schedule which sometimes I still feel guilty about.

What should our readers know about your business?
My company is called Lucky Criminal and I like to call it the Anti Fashion Label because of my unique approach. Being a team of one at the moment, I am proud of the fact that I can cut and sew most of my pieces. A lot of entrepreneurs who are getting into fashion these days do not know how to make clothes and this is one thing that sets me apart in the market.

I got to where I am today in my business by taking leaps of faith, being consistent, and working hard. Most people are in the fashion business to be seen and noticed, except for me. If I had the option to create all day and hide I would. I’m in this for the art of dressing, I really have an obsession with cool clothing. My closet is currently overflowing and my design rack is full of new products that need more development. None of this is easy but its something that makes me excited and happy so I’m choosing to keep going.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
One of my favorite places to get tea and coffee from when I”m in the fashion district is Ill Cafe on Broadway and 9th, If I get super hungry I’ll stop at Dune and get a falafel plate. Most days when I need a mini vacation I just head to the beach. When I’m feeling nostalgic and I want to nature my inner child we can head to the Santa Monica Pier.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I dedicate this shoutout to my dad who just retired from the post office. His hard work allowed me the luxury to be an artist and pursue something totally different and unconventional in our family. It is because of my parents I learned what hard work is. I would like to thank them for saying yes to me when I made the decision to go to art and design school instead of a regular college.

Website: https://www.luckycriminalshop.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/luckycriminalshop/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/luckycriminal2

Image Credits
The Photo of me holding the muffin is shot by Steffaney Price from The Poetic Point of View. The Photo of the model in the Winnie The Pooh Crew Neck was shot by Kai Sniffin

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