This women’s day we speak to Meghna Goyal, Founder of Summer Somewhere where clothes are designed to bring alive the holiday spirit! Capturing the warmth of the sun’s rays and coolness of the sea breeze, these carefully crafted pieces are handmade in Mumbai, using locally sourced fabrics from ethical vendors to support a conscious lifestyle with a focus on quality and longevity. You can wear them to the beach, a garden brunch, a city walk or a cycle tour. Fresh as summer daisies, the collections that feature tops, trousers, dresses are designed to stand the test of time – think classic with a vintage mood. Timeless and trans-seasonal, these cool girl staples will leave you with that nostalgic hint of a summer romance long after you’ve boarded your flight back home.
Where/How do you get your best ideas?
I get my best ideas when I’m around nature – that itself has inspiration written all over!
What’s something they don’t teach you in University that you should probably know?
It’s always the soft skills – empathy, communication, adaptability
First thing you do as soon as you wake up?
Checking my phone and responding to emails (a habit I should slowly change). It’s important to give yourself some me-time upon waking
What do you hope to see happen in the near future for small businesses in the country?
The pandemic has brought us all so much closer. It’s incredible the support small businesses have received from their peers as well as the industry – whether is giving social media shoutouts or even helping them tell their stories to a larger audience. Hopefully, we continue to uplift one another moving forward.
What was your biggest stroke of luck since the launch of your company (s)?
We launched SS just a couple of months before the world went into lockdown. That was definitely unexpected but (as mentioned above) , it was incredible to see how much people wanted to support small, local businesses and that is what helped us make it through.
What do you typically read?/ Favourite book?
At the moment – Maybe You Should Talk To Someone by Lori Gottileb. I’m a sucker for self-help books.
Best boss you had and what did you learn from them?
My boss when I worked at Clear Strategy in New York. Work-wise – I learned how to effectively tell an engaging story. But more importantly, she taught me that persistence is key.
What questions do you ask at interviews?
For me the most important question is ‘What and how do you make conscious decisions every day to reduce your impact on the environment. This is for me to know whether they fit and understand what the brand offering.
If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?
As cliche as it sounds, follow your gut. There’s a lot of people who will try to talk you out of it but trust your instinct. If you believe in it, then just go for it!