Ida Rajabian | DET Member Spotlight


Ida Rajabian

Dames Collective Chapter: Detroit

Owner of Makamashi

1. What is the name of your business and can you tell us a little bit more about it?

Makamashi specializes in eclectic treasures for your home, carefully sourced from around the world. Since leaving Copenhagen for the U.S. six years ago, the concept of home has been on my mind a whole lot. Through decorating and creating a base to recharge that felt like us for my husband and me, I finally started feeling more at home. Home is not just throw pillows and beautiful rugs, but I think setting our homes up in a way that makes us feel good seeps into other areas of our life as well. It makes us feel more grounded and able to really show up in the world. Most of the items curated in the shop are handmade and, I believe, infused with a bit of the energy of the maker. 

As a matter of fact, Makamashi means energy in the Hausa language. Everything in the universe is literally vibrating energy and Makamashi is a reminder to notice those vibes and aligning with the ones resonating with you.

2. What has been your biggest win as an entrepreneur thus far? 

Successfully importing my first batch of products from Morocco. When I went to pick up my goods, the customs officer was giving me a hard time about my import forms and wouldn’t release my shipment. Long story short, he ended up giving me an apology, applauded me for knowing my shit and released my shipment. I left feeling like such a badass. 


3. Where do you find daily motivation and inspiration? 

Social media gets such a bad rap, but my feed is full of so many cool entrepreneurs and power ladies, many who have turned into good friends, that checking in is always inspiring and motivating. Seeing others going relentlessly for their dreams, doing what lights them up and cheering others on motivates me to keep going on the days where my mind gets too busy and caught up in self-doubt.

4. What is the best piece of advice you have received and who was it from? 

My husband’s favorite quote is: Wherever you are, be all there. It is such good advice, both in business and in life. Neither of us is mastering this all the time, but we keep reminding each other.

5. What is your morning routine?

It actually starts the night before by checking my schedule, because it takes me forever to wake up and I don’t like surprises. My day usually begins with a matcha latte and some sort of anchoring into myself before taking in the outside world. I’ve had all sorts of strict routines of meditation, yoga practice, miracle morning and what not. These days it looks like either a bit of meditation, reading a few pages in a book I love, breathing deeply, moving a bit or some days simply holding a crystal for a few minutes. Other days, all of it. 


6. What is your favorite podcast?

Oh man, I can’t pick one! Elise Gets Crafty for goal setting and inspiring small business chats, The Lively Show for a great mix of woo woo and scientific views on consciousness, Criminal and This Is Love for entertainment, Being Boss for well, all things boss related, and last but not least Confident Couples by my friends Sara and Bud. 

7. Something that most people wouldn’t know about you:

I love old school hip hop and my car radio is always tuned to Detroit’s 105.1 The Bounce! 

8. If you could go back to when you started your company what would you say to yourself? 

Get going. These dreams are here for a reason. 

Stay in touch with Ida through:

Instagram @makamashishop