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!