Monique Askew: Mogul Majesty

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Exclusive Society Boutique is a plus-size boutique where your shape, curves, and size are ADORED in fact, curves are a requirement! Each piece is meant to make you feel bold, confident, and sexy in your own skin. We offer a variety of hand-picked fashion-forward garments that thrive on quality.

Monique Askew is the CEO of Exclusive Society Boutique. She created the company because she wanted to focus on an industry that often gets neglected. She put her plus size beauties FIRST. Monique struggled to find garments that fit appropriately and places that actually offer a variety of trends in our size. Monique is dedicated to making the process easier for YOU.

What inspired you to move in the direction of a Plus sized Boutique?

I was inspired because I’ve always been plus size. I struggled to find trendy, nice fitting items. If I was having that issue myself, I knew other Queens were having the same issue. I was instantly intrigued by the challenge of making a difference in an industry I personally claimed as my own. 

Boutiques are popping up all over the place virtually and brick and mortar. What sets your boutique apart from the rest?

Simple, Me! They don’t have me! I am so passionate about my business. It’s one thing to have a company that incorporates a few “plus size” items within their store. It’s a totally different thing, when the entire store is dedicated  to plus size. I can’t speak for all my curvy sisters but I know when I see that, my soul lights up.  Anyone that has done business with us will tell you, my customer service skills are immaculate, my garments are true to size and high quality! I strive to make sure every person feels special. Exclusive Society Boutique is an experience, and exclusive one! 

Exclusive Society Boutique has a plethora of items geared to Plus Size women. How do you handle patrons who are not Plus Size but love your fashions?

I don’t have this problem often, the way we market our business we are loud and proud that we are 100% plus size. With that being said, we do have some Queens that are plus size and don’t realize it.  

Let’s address how in love I am with the leopard print dress. It is H.O.T. One of the concerns I’ve heard over the years is that Plus sizes are full of flowers and patterns that are not appealing. What is your strategy to avoid those types of patterns?

I don’t! We love patterns over here! Matter of fact, we actually have a flower dress called ” It’s the Pink Flowers For Me”. The dress is HOT/Super sexy yet classy! My Queens LOVE IT. I think the design and HOW the garment compliments our curves is much more important for example: rusching in the front /side vs a zipper. It’s all about the design.

Finally, what advice would you give someone wanting to open the same type of Boutique to cater to Plus size?

I would tell them to do a lot of research first. Make sure your business is legally set up. Don’t be scared to invest in yourself by taking the leap to become an entrepreneur!  This industry needs a lot of Love, Attention, and Care! So take your time with it! It has been neglected in many ways for years so take representing this industry seriously. You will do great and remember “failure is not the opposite of success it’s part of success (author Unknown)”!  

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