We had the good fortune of connecting with Marjan Sattarzadeh and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marjan, let’s talk legacy – what do you want yours to be?
Authenticity. Standing behind your brand, product, and morality are all so important to me. To support people, causes, to donate and participate when you can, to stand behind your friends, vendors, your word, and to deliver, those are the things that stay with people and the things I stand by. I want people to remember me by all of these things that are so important to me.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
What sets Jan Studio apart is in the details. One of the biggest challenges, and also successes, of my business is my involvement or maybe overinvolvement (sigh). Most business owners can agree that owning a business is so personal. I want people to feel connected, always. Through this pandemic I was reminded of why I got into this business. The conversations, the exchange that surrounds the product, and purchases are what drive me. To open a business is to take a risk. Confidence comes from preparedness. The more prepared you are, the less fear surrounds the risk that you are taking and around your decision making. Do your research. Do your homework. Put in the time that is needed. There are no shortcuts. My biggest advice to someone starting a business is to lead with love and ever lose the feeling, even in the hardest moments. In my opinion, you simply cannot succeed if the love for your business is lost.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Some of my favorite local things to do, eat and buy– a spa day at The Standard Hotel, a manicure at Mano, a bite at Michael’s Genuine, gallivanting in Design District, going into Aesop, desert at Mad Lab, a visit to Mrs. Mandolin, a meditation at Namo Sanctuary, appreciating art at Perez Art Museum, live music at Lagniappe, quesadillas and dancing at Coyo Taco, dinner downtown at Nui Kitchen, and drinks at Jaguar Sun. I love a good trip to the Gables to visit Vizcaya. Last but not least, the playa in Key Biscayne with an ending at Rusty Pelicans’ happy hour!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I highly encourage any young person to spend some time with a mentor in their industry. Before I started Jan Studio, I spent four years under Judy Ross of Judy Ross Textiles, as her right hand and assistant in New York City. Those four years taught me dedication, reality, and most importantly how to make money in a creative field. The right mentor will evolve with you and continue to support you. Judy and I’s relationship has been evolving for nine years and is one of my most cherished and dynamic relationships. We talk once a week and not just about business but about life. Real mentorship is not competitive, it is a trade-off. The right mentor becomes a part of your life and success.