Interview with: Roze Merie Cuevas

Name of Business: JC Studio Inc.


Location: 46 west 6th Ave. Vancouver, BC

Years in Business: 25 years

What motivated you to start your business?

I fell into it purely by accident.  As a young person, I designed and sewed clothing for myself and friends.  some one suggested I present a small collection in a fashion show at Richards on Richards befor I even had any formal training  After that show, I decided to enroll in fashion design school in Paris.

What do you love most about it?

I love that I can wear many hats as I design, market, sell and grow our business.

What do you like least?

Managing people.

How did having confidence in yourself and your business idea play a role in starting your business?

I have confidence that I can do anything I set my mind to so I do not even think about it twice.

What do you do to keep yourself motivated?

I chose a career that I was passionate about.  It keeps me on my toes and continuously challenges me.

What is one really important lesson you’ve learned along the way?

Things always happen for a reason and things always work out.  Don’t stress on the small things.

What should all women know about your industry?

The fashion industry is very, very tough and it is important to have huge stamina if you want to give it a shot.

What would you recommend to any women that might be thinking about starting their own business?

It must be her passion.  She must stay focused and determined, she must be willing to sacrifice a lot of time and energy to get it going and she must absolutely believe in the eventual success of the business and of herself.