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Meet Mac Duggal of Burr Ridge

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mac Duggal.

Born in India, designer Mac Duggal’s enthusiasm for women’s couture fashion was honed at an early age when he began to merge the rich, royal history and opulent traditions of his native land with a sophisticated and contemporary design esthetic.

Arriving in the United States at the age of 23, Mac continued his success story with a custom designed tulle ballgown featuring a subtle hand-painted underlining. Dubbed his “Wish Upon A Star” design, the dress launched his namesake collection and remains the inspiration for some of the brand’s most sought-after ready-to-wear bestsellers.

Today the Mac Duggal Design House continues to showcase seasonal collections known for their statement and entrance-making drama, feminine detailing and modern sensibility. From couture one-of-a-kind styles fabricated for red carpet, performance, stage and screen to cocktail dresses and gowns to mark special occasions and milestone moments – every Mac Duggal design is a timeless and ageless fashion statement that defines every stage of a woman’s life and fashion lifestyle

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I had to work extremely hard, because I would go from store to store selling dresses. I had to design the dresses, I had to do my own packing and my own shipping. But I really enjoyed it, because I had the drive, and I was going to just give it all I had. Next thing you knew, we were showing in New York, and one of my former classmates recognized me. It turns out she was a buyer for the Home Shopping Network. She loved the product, and the next thing we knew we were selling to Home Shopping Network, and the rest is just history. The name of our parent company then and now is Creative Imports. Our label is called Mac Duggal, which has become really popular.

But I also had a lot of business challenges as well. After about a decade of our business soaring, suddenly the fashion changed and the beading I was known for was no longer in style. For the next five years, I had to struggle to keep this business afloat. Loans were piling up and everything seemed gloomy at that time. But I never gave up. Today we have a multimillion dollar empire that’s recognized in 32 countries. But the past is a daily reminder to me that success should not be taken for granted.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Mac Duggal – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
The Mac Duggal brand is positioned at the high end of the women’s special occasion dress market and includes eleven different collections driven by Designer Mac Duggal’s artistic, modern and luxurious design with couture-inspired fit and sizing.

Mac Duggal opened the first design house just over 30 years ago in Chicago, Illinois.

Corporate headquarters are now located in Burr Ridge, Illinois and partnered with over 30,000 experts worldwide in ensuring the highest level of quality control is maintained in the fabrication of its designs. It is Mac Duggal’s one-of-a-kind styles, sophisticated and contemporary aesthetic, and influential designs that have made them a staple in Couture wear spanning the globe in over 5 continents and 32 countries. While corporate headquarters and the design studio are based in Burr Ridge, Illinois, Mac Duggal collaborates with exclusive leading global partners in the manufacturing and production of its branded product. From fashion editor to celebrity stylist, movie star to headline entertainer, pageant winner to prom queen – Mac Duggal’s designs are spotlighted, worn and coveted around the globe.

Mac Duggals first collection, Creative Creations, was a line of dazzling gowns blending Indian beauty and elegance with Western styling. Proud of his heritage, Mac Duggal has always designed using glorious fabrics and colors that are hot and spicy like the fashion and cuisine of his homeland. Today, Mac Duggal continues to provide fresh inspiration and set trends in silhouette, color, and designs.

• Mac Duggal is a staple in Couture wear spanning the globe in over 5 continents and 32 countries.

• Mac Duggal, himself, has been inducted into the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

• We are the official sponsors of dozens of national and international titles including Miss USA, Miss America, Miss World, Miss Earth and Miss Universe.

• We have been accepted to many juried shows around the world including New York Coterie. Mac Duggal is on the official New York Fashion Week calendar.

• Our dresses are showcased in department stores and specialty boutiques worldwide

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Hopefully Mac Duggal will continue to provide fresh inspiration, set trends in silhouette, color and design while delivering a wide-ranging spectrum of fashion and style.

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