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Well hello there stranger!
As you may or may not have noticed I’ve taken a bit of a breather with my blogging.
For one thing, I blog for me and sure if theres someone who can relate to the situation / or chapter of my life I’m currently in or can learn from it the thats an added bonus.
As some know, I’ve recently launched into the big wide world of small businesses and its been challenging, fun, stressful and more fun!
I definitely have a passion for small businesses, supporting local and supporting Mom owned businesses.
This week I’d like you guys to show some love to Lehani. Founder and owner of Dandy Lion, boasting a whopping 2400+ Facebook followers and counting.
So tell us a bit about yourself, who you are, your background?
Sjoe I always get a bit flustered when I have to tell people about myself. But here it goes…
I’m a wife and a mom to a beautiful girl of 5 years old. I love anything DIY and handmade. There is just something so special about something that is handmade. I am a creative by heart and love playing around with new ideas and designs, this consumes my thoughts when I need to go to sleep. I studied Fashion design at Elizabeth Galloway in Stellenbosch and this is where my love for design and sewing just grew, I then did styling and Visual Merchandising and the decided to take a leap of faith and start a baby brand. And that is how Dandy Lion was born!
2. Do you have any kids? Be biased and tell us how awesome they are.
I have a beautiful daughter called Lila. She is my fitting model and inspiration!
(Super modest Momma Bear)
3. How, when and why did you start Dandy Lion
Having a baby of my own I always swooned over baby items you could get internationally. But I could never find items in South Africa that was not full of cartoons and that was not made in China. Don’t get me wrong my daughter still loves her cartoon items. But I just wanted to bring something different to the market. I’m also a firm believer of buying local and creating jobs in South Africa that is why all our items are manufactured in South Africa.
Last year the opportunity came along for me to pursue my business on a fulltime basis and as I have mentioned it was a case of prayer and taking that leap of faith. This was quite daunting, moving away from the corporate world but I just knew it had to happen then or never.
And today I am so thankful for this amazing opportunity to have my own business. How does that quote go:
”If you do what you love you will never have to work a day in your life” Marc Anthony.
I have been blessed with parents, friends and a husband who’s support I had from day one and that makes taking the leap of faith much easier.
And now I’m living my dream!
4. Starting a business has its fair share of challenges but also great rewards. What has been one of the highlightsof venturing out on your own. Care to share a piece of advice with other aspiring small business owners.
My biggest highlight has been to be a part of Kamersvolgeskenke (what a amazing experience it has been every time).
We will be exhibiting for our second year at Kamers after officially launching Dandy Lion at Kamers last year.
Having your own business is never just sunshine and roses. But believe me you reap the biggest joy and that over shadows any bump in the road.
So my advice will be to believe in your dreams but also to have realistic dream and if you are still excited about your dream. Then put your whole heart into it and don’t look back.
5. When doing new designs, what do you look for. Comfortability, affordability, latest trends? Where does the inspiration stem from?
I am Pinterest obsessed and I love following international trends. (YAY I found another one)
When doing new designs I keep my clients in mind and I try and keep comfort, affordability as well as the latest trends in mind. All our clothing is 100% cotton. I sometimes have a client looking for something and before I know they will be my inspiration and it will become part of my range. So clients input and what they are looking for also play a big role in how I go about designing. Mostly it will be items that they have seen internationally and can’t find in SA.
6. Can one only order via the catalogue you have available on Facebook or do you do custom orders too?
I am currently looking in to an online store. But I have just been too busy designing our new range. But at the moment I sell from Facebook and via catalogue. And a few other online stores and local Boutiques.
Custom orders are always welcome.
As all our items are handmade, so any item can be custom made to a clients request.
7. Any upcoming markets we can come and support you at?
Yes I have a few VERY exciting markets coming up, Kamersvolgeskenke Hermanus 24-27 September, Lilliput Market on the 3 October, Affair on the Hills 24-25 October, Kamersvolgeskenke Stellenbosch 27 October- 1 November.
For more info hop on over to Facebook and show Lehani some LOVE!
My custom bunny beanie for Josh made by the awesome Dandy Lion Momma!
As I have mentioned before, I am obsessed with all things cute for little people.
For as long as I can remember I’ve had the obsession for little people, not in the politically correct / incorrect sense but in the little human sense.
From pregnancy to when they’re old enough to fight with the powers that be, I love kids. More so my own, but I love them.
Keeping them looking somewhat stylish and yet comfortable has been one of my many parenting goals for both my boys. I say somewhat as I’m definitely not the most “On trend, trend forward” Mom as clothing needs to be practical. They need to work for both boys and they’re busy lives. Skinny jeans may look great on your kiddie but on mine who is not a fan of denim (or ruff fabric as Danny says) due to it being tight, uncomfortable, hard and many other excuses it doesn’t work. Then we have the second challenge, both my boys are narrow waisted. They’re not skinny or underfed, they’re growing and developing beautifully, so when we typically buy Age 5 – 6 for Danny and Age 1 – 2 for Josh, the length is always spot on however the waist requires a belt, or drawstring which is a schlep. Belts more so because I’m the one who has to ensure its tied at all times.
Then I stumbled across Tiny Tribe kids and decided to give their leggings a go for Josh. I’m a BIG fan of leggings for boys, age appropriate of course (I don’t in the future see Danny or Carl wanting to wear leggings), they’re versatile, user friendly, cost effective, comfortable and stylish. After mailing Linda and placing my order which took 2 weeks give or take to arrive as all items are made to order I jumped in my car and went to collect (a road away from my Mom, can you believe how small the world is). I was blown away by the quality of the items and more importantly that they FIT! Happy dance all around for this Mommy.
She has also since launched new items to their range which are just too adorable and combo deals, and then the bigger plus she’s a MOMTREPRENEUR! Something I would love to be (totally jealous of you right now), but I also love the security of my regular paycheck monthly.
Never heard of Tiny Tribe Kids clothing before, where have you been. Go and show them some love on Facebook
A bit about Linda and how this company came about,
“I come from a clothing background, study a BTech in Clothing Management.
Starting this business wasn’t my first as I had a range of ladies clothing which was stocked in a few boutiques across SA. After that I embarked on a new business venture and bought an evening wear hiring boutique in Durbanville, which I ran for 2 years. But after falling pregnant with my son, I wanted to be a bit more flexible. The shop kept me quite busy and with retail, the hours aren’t very flexible. So I sold the shop and focused on my family.
Clothing shopping after my son was born was frustrating, there wasn’t a wide selection in stores. These baggy, character print, brightly colour garments just weren’t working for me.
Coming from the clothing background, the production part was easy. But finding nice printed fabric was a nightmare. I just couldn’t find what I wanted anywhere. So I decided to print my own fabric.
I taught myself how to screen print by watching MANY YouTube video tutorials, speaking to screen printing suppliers and LOTS of practice.
And that’s how Tiny Tribe Kids was born.
I really love what I do, and I’m really lucky that I have a Husband that supports my dream to do what I love, while still being able to be there for our Son.
I guess you can say I really do have the best of both worlds.”
You can place your orders the following ways:
Call: +27 073 6444 222
I LOVE MOMTREPRENEURS!
If you have your own business or know of a great Mom run business please let me know and I’ll check it out.
Let me start off by acknowledging the fact that I have a problem, I have 2 guilty pleasures which take up quite a bit of my Pinterest browsing.
These are makeup and kids fashion.
I’m by no way a fashionista or expert, I am merely a Mommy who loves following whats in and out for kids. I also don’t always follow these or run out and buy what Harpers Bazaar says is in.
I do however like looking at whats out there and drawing some inspiration with my own kids. Shopping for boys can sometimes be so hard, there is definitely not the variety available as wide for boys that there is girls. But here and there you get a piece that just works, from both higher end brands as well as more affordable options. I love when a budget friendly store like i.e. Mr Price keeps with trends out there for kids.
In saying this I thought I’d share some of my fashion loves for kids this winter thanks to hours spent on Pinterest.
I’m obsessed with leggings for both girls and boys, snoods, beanies and moccasins. I think these are versatile for both winter and summer and can be dressed both up and down for any occasion. Kids should look stylish but also still remain kids, I’m not too much of a fan of the “mini me” version of items for adults and kids. These little people still need to look like kids at the end of the day, sweet innocent little munchkins.
If you have a similar love of kiddies fashion feel free to follow me on Pinterest or suggest a board I should follow. I’d love that!
Also, I thought I’d share some outfit inspiration for little ones. Use what you have in your kids cupboard and build up from there. There’s some great SA brands which have come to the party in a BIG way with kids fashion and they’re keeping with the average Joe’s budget. Big win for me!
Today I’m just sharing some Mr Price fashion faves.
If you loving the legging trend & graphic tees and wanting to support local ladies then check out :
Have a fashionable Thursday
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