Give us three words to describe yourself.
Selma: Easy-going, adventurous, chocolate-addict
Lully: Warm, fun, creative
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Selma: I’m a certified scuba diver! Oh and I tried sky diving!
Lully: I can be out of character and random sometimes! One example is you can find me suddenly dancing in supermarket when a catchy tune is being played! I cannot resist. HAHA!
What inspired you to start your own company?
Selma: I studied fashion and have been wanting to have my own line but ever since I graduated, I was working for the industry and never had the opportunity. I then switched into Art Teaching where I met my partner Lully. She started donning the hijab early last year and prior to that, we had been exchanging ideas and frustrations about the lack of modest wear that suit our personalities for our day-to-day activities. We both left the art company and found ourselves building our new baby – Lully Selb!
Lully: After graduating from Fine Arts, I realized that I actually wanted to pursue Fashion Textiles. Prior to donning the hijab last year, I’ve always wanted to design my own prints on shawls. Doors of opportunities open one after another and alhamdullilah my dream came true.
Lully Selb’s Monolines shawl
Where do you see Lully Selb in 10 years’ time?
Lully Selb: Across the globe, insh’Allah. We want to not just create clothes, but also a community of passionate women who support each other. We also want to grow the local modest wear industry here through collaborations and skill sharing.
As a Zahara Warrior, what advice would you give someone hoping to start her own company one day?
Selma: Believe in yourself and work REAL hard! As the market gets competitive, instead of competing – collaborate!
Lully: Comparison is the thief of joy. Be authentic. Always remember clearly why you’re chasing what you’re chasing.
#lullyselbsquad: Made up of go-getters, dreamers, creatives, listeners, hustlers, caregivers, peace-makers, artists, writers, readers, film-makers, teachers, musicians, skaters, whoever we want to be.
We love your Instagram feed! Who do you follow on Instagram to get inspiration?
Selma: Oooh so many… @bedoinstudios @marimekko @randomstylishpeople @fashionary @blairz
Lully: @pantone @thestrategylab @highsnobiety
What is the proudest accomplishment of your life so far?
LullySelb: The birth of Lully Selb! And within 6 months, we have made presence in KL and Doha! Unbelievable, but dreams do come true. Alhamdulillah!
What quote do you live by?
Selma: “When there’s a will, there’s a way.” ” Life is like a wheel, one day you’re up, one day you’re down. Just keep moving forward.
Lully: “Stay humble. Hustle hard.”
Lully Selb’s Holiday 2015 collection
Check out Lully Selb @lullyselb on Instagram and on their website http://lullyselb.com to get your hands on their cool, edgy modestwear!