Industry Insiders: Mina Soliman, Style and Substance

Mina Soliman is a woman of many talents. She once served as the general manager of the legendary New York restaurant Indochine, she helped launch the Top of the Standard nightclub, and she has supported herself as a fit model for various fashion companies. "I have worked in fashion, nightlife, and hospitality for the last 20 years, and the best way to describe what I do now would be as an independent creative consultant," she says. 

To that end, she’s in the process of launching an upscale women’s swimwear line called Mina – soon to adorn fashionable beach bunnies around the world – while managing Red Bird, the catering company she owns. As if that’s not enough, she also works the door at Meatpacking District hot spot the Double Seven

Her background is no less eclectic. Born in Ethiopia, she moved to Saudi Arabia as a kid, went to boarding school in England, and studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. "The truth of the matter is that working in fashion, organizing an event, hosting a dinner party, and working in nightlife is all about giving an experience," she says. "I enjoy constantly being on the move and working with different people, and I love the magic of collaboration and interaction." 

So what’s the secret to her success? "No matter what you do, it’s important to be honest and positive," she says. "Stay grounded, because it’s easy to get caught up in all the hype." 

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