With a ‘passion for fashion’ 25-year-old opens IWARELOVE

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — At any time given that Sara Abouhegab, 25, can don’t forget, she has experienced a “passion for fashion” and dreamed of possessing a outfits boutique.

“I recall browsing for clothes in distinct retailers given that I was a minimal girl it was my favored issue to do as a boy or girl. I’ve been blessed with the option to stay out my desire just minutes away from in which I have lived for most of my life,” she said.

Abouhegab opened IWARELOVE in her home group of Dongan Hills in February. She reported she handpicks all her items in buy to supply her faithful clientele a exclusive choice of fashionable, chic apparel.

“I like offering ‘statement items,’ but I also know the significance of a terrific standard piece of clothing. … I consider not to stock additional than 10 of any just one product,” said Abouhegab. “I like to provide items that will do the job with numerous outfits, giving purchasers liberty to incorporate their own type with just about every piece.”


“I believe that every piece in your closet you should adore. [Everything should be] a thing that can make you really feel confident and gorgeous. That is how I came up with the identify IWARELOVE,” said Abouhegab. (Courtesy of IWARELOVE)

It’s ALL IN THE Title

Abouhegab recalled how she also came up with a identify for the boutique that she feels is significant.

“I feel every single piece in your closet you should really really like. [Everything should be] some thing that helps make you truly feel self-confident and lovely. Which is how I came up with the title IWARELOVE,” she stated.


“Having my have boutique was often a dream of mine. I keep in mind purchasing for apparel in distinct stores due to the fact I was a minimal lady it was my favored point to do as a boy or girl,” recalled Abouhegab. (Photograph courtesy of Alexandra Salmieri)

Her items for gals of all ages is sourced from unique vendors positioned all over the place, but primarily in California.

“I make buys on the internet and by way of trade displays, then sort via the garments, creating sure just about every piece is top rated excellent,” explained Abouhegab.


The retail store has items for women of all ages and is sourced from distinctive suppliers located all above the country. (Image courtesy of Alexandra Salmieri)

“I want every person to be ready to come in and locate a little something. I research for garments that youthful girls would like, as nicely as shirts moms would like to dress in. I try to be versatile when I’m determining what I want,” she added.


A model showcases apparel from IWARELOVE. (Picture courtesy of Alexandra Salmieri)


Whilst manner was her initial like, Abouhegab’s claimed her desire to individual a company was fueled by looking at her entrepreneurial father operate Potential Limo since 2008.

“Someone who has been a big impact on me whilst residing out my aspiration of getting a organization proprietor is my dad. He owns his possess enterprise, and I have found how challenging he had to operate to get to where he is,” she reported. “This inspired me to want to do extra and be far more.”

Having said that, she said she knew that jogging her very own small business wouldn’t be an quick undertaking. So she obtained practical experience managing Foxy Woman, a retail shop in the Staten Island Shopping mall, New Springville, for 6 a long time when also attending the Higher education of Staten Island. She has also labored domestically for Le El New York


“I consider every single piece in your closet you really should adore. [Everything should be] some thing that will make you truly feel self-assured and lovely. That’s how I arrived up with the identify IWARELOVE,” said Abouhegab. (Image courtesy of
Alexandra Salmieri)

Getting Commenced

Abouhegab very first launched her business enterprise on line and as a result of Instagram to see if she could produce a clientele.

“Shortly after that, I felt the most courage I have experienced in a extended time and opened my boutique. A thing about the location just felt suitable,” she explained of the Richmond Road retail store.


Abouhegab initial introduced her small business on the net and through Instagram to see if she could build a clientele. (Image courtesy of Alexandra Salmieri)


A model shows off a dress from IWARELOVE. (Picture courtesy of Alexandra Salmieri)

“I want absolutely everyone to enjoy what they put on, in particular if they’re shopping in my boutique. I observe when I have a good outfit on I really feel so substantially far more self-confident and like myself, which is why I like what I do. I really like making people today truly feel confident, even if it’s just via their outfit,” Abouhegab included.


Abouhegab mentioned she handpicks all her items in order to supply her clientele a exceptional assortment of stylish, stylish apparel. (Image courtesy of Alexandra Salmieri)


Deal with: 3173 Richmond Rd.

Website: iwarelove.com

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