Fashionizer Spa Uniforms is an award-winning, full-service boutique for spa supplies for both men and women. We spoke with the company's president, Debbie Leon to learn about her career in the spa and hospitality world which has spanned 24 years. Read on to learn what has surprised her about the industry, her thoughts on where it's heading, and more.
How many years have you been involved in the spa/hospitality industry?
What was the path that led you into the spa industry?
I set up Fashionizer when I had two small children 24 years ago as I wanted to combine my creative skills and experience in design with flexibility to spend time with my children.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
I’m proud to have grown Fashionizer Spa Uniforms over the years by responding to my clients’ needs. I have developed strong long-standing relationships with my clients, who have also become friends and colleagues and these go far beyond the original concept.
What has surprised you most about working in the spa industry?
It’s a great industry, with forward-thinking and inspiring individuals, which is constantly growing to positively influence our lives and also developing new products and experiences.
Where do you think the industry is heading?
The industry is expanding its focus to incorporate wellness. It is becoming an essential part of people’s long term health. Spa and wellness experiences are becoming even more important than material possessions. The spa industry is taking a more holistic approach to general wellbeing and we are seeing an increase in experiences which complement a traditional spa visit such as exercise, healthy eating, and mindfulness.
What positions have you worked in that you feel have been most influential to your career?
I used to work in costume design for feature films and television. I once designed costumes for the film Rumpelstiltskin and have run costume departments for over 30 years. This gave me skills and experience which were very useful when I set up my own company.
If you could work in any other profession in the world, what would you be?
I am interested in politics and entrepreneurship and have strong opinions on many things. Fashionizer Spa Uniforms keeps me very busy but one ever knows what the future may hold.
How would you sum up your personal philosophy?
Open-mindedness and internationalism with strong ethical values and integrity in business.
How do you like to spend your time away from work?
I love spending time with my (now grown-up) children, going to the gym and entertaining friends.
What are your three greatest priorities in life?
My health, my family, and my business
What’s the best advice you’ve received?
Never stop learning new things and having new experiences. I continue to learn on a daily basis from peers, colleagues, staff and my family.