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Meet Lisa "Lele" Sadoughi, the Founder of Lele Sadoughi

Introduce yourself!

I’m Lisa “Lele” Sadoughi. I’m the founder of Lele Sadoughi. 

 Lisa "Lele" Sadoughi, the Founder of Lele Sadoughi

Lisa wears the Tese Mini Dress

What first encouraged you to create Lele Sadoughi?

10 years ago, I created Lele Sadoughi, which began as a jewelry brand. After years designing apparel, accessories, and trims, launching the jewelry at J. Crew and designing for Tory Burch, I started my namesake label Lele Sadoughi. We have since then expanded into headbands, hats, handbags, belts, socks, and many other categories.

What has been your favorite career moment since launching in 2012? 

My favorite career moment has been growing the team and opening our first retail store in 2021. We have plans for more stores including Newport, California in May 2022.

Do you have a favorite Lele Sadoughi accessory?

My favorite accessory is not about wearing a single piece, but about mixing together many pieces to create a look. Lately, I’m into pairing our sweetheart sunglasses with a jeweled headband and statement earrings with a matching handbag.

A snapshot of Lele Sadoughi accessories from Instagram. Follow along @lele_sadoughi

What’s on your inspiration mood board at the moment?

At the moment, I’m working on the styling of our next collection called Luxe Bohemia. The inspiration is about mixing worldly keepsakes with luxe materials and embellishments like glass beads and genuine stones with raffia sand cotton embroideries.

When are you the most energized and inspired?

I’m the most inspired walking the streets of NYC and traveling to see different cultures and people of all ages mix colors and silhouettes.

What draws you to the Mestiza brand?

I love the Mestiza brand as it incorporates bright colors, ribbon details, and fun prints. Dressing should be fun and define your mood, and Mestiza is a happy brand that makes me feel good.

 Lisa "Lele" Sadoughi, the Founder of Lele Sadoughi
Where are you wearing your Mestiza piece and how are you styling it? Any notes on how your Mestiza piece makes you feel?!
I am planning to wear my Mestiza dress with our crystal lily earrings, pearl headband, and brightly colored acetate sunglasses. It’s the perfect complement to our maximal look.

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