Saima Khan didn’t intend to go into the invitation and stationery business.
It wasn’t until she designed her brother’s wedding invitations that she realized a career in logo design for law firms and government agencies—a typical route for designers in her hometown of Washington, D.C.—just wasn’t going to cut it for her artistic side. “I had all these creative juices and it just wasn’t the right channel for me,” she says. Not long after, she founded her company under the moniker Saima Says. She quit her job, got a studio, and began to pursue her passion for color, texture, and pattern with a focus on stationery and event materials. Since her husband’s job recently relocated the couple to Minneapolis, Khan says she’s been pleasantly surprised with the creativity in the Twin Cities, though Midwest brides are much different than those on the East Coast. We’ve seen Say Yes to the Dress enough times to know that’s a compliment.