In our first episode, we sit down with Clare Sheng: the owner of The Fitting Room on Edward and author of The Suit Book – Everything You Need to Know About Wearing a Suit.
As a second-generation family business, The Fitting Room has been helping Brisbane men improve their look for over two decades. After a five year career as a pharmacist, Clare left her profession to take over her mother’s small clothing alterations service in 2011. Since then, she has grown the family business into a seven-figure operation, employing 15 staff, to become the largest alterations service in Queensland. Her clients include CEOs, politicians, major retailers, and influencers across many industries.
Clare overcame racial and social prejudices, adopting innovative approaches to run this traditional business. In 2017, she won the Lord Mayor’s multicultural Young Business Person Award, Small Business Champion Award in Fashion, and a special mention in the Lord Mayor’s Business Innovation Award. Last week, Clare took to the stage at City Hall to perform at Dancing CEOs in front of 1,000 people and raised over $21,000 for Women’s Legal Service.