So as you all know I love to support local and started a segment where we could share, learn and inspire!
During lock down, we are going to do a whole lot of these to highlight these businesses – many of which are taking HUGE strain during this time – and shed some awareness and love to all.
So I would love to introduce you to an awesome proudly South African business, Bowie Pet Accessories. These bow ties, bandannas and collars are so beautiful! Your doggies will make a entrance to any park or event with these accessories on their furry selves!
Let’s see what the lovely Nicole had to say about her new business!
AND note to all, please don’t forget to spoil your furkids with these divine accessories!
You have just started a brand new business – Tell us about it and what products you will be selling ?
Bowie (pronounced ‘Bow-ee’) is a one-girl, one-pup operation based in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Inspired by my favorite fur child, I strive to create affordable, custom-made pet accessories from locally sourced materials. Each item is individually hand sewn by myself.
I started out with an old Singer sewing machine I borrowed from my aunt and a few pieces of fabric purchased from the fabric store down the road. After many attempts and tutorials on Pinterest, I taught myself how to sew dog collars and bowties. I have since added bandannas and hope to increase my collection in the near futures!
5% of each item sold is donated to the Missionvale Animal Clinic. The Missionvale Animal Clinic is an extension of the Missionvale Care Centre. It was founded by Sister Annie, a lady with an enormous heart who not only cares for our fellow humans but our fury friends too.
What are the top 3 learnings you have had to find out the hard way since starting your own businesses – I know its early days but perhaps some insights?
Wow top 3….. Mmm.. I am definitely learning as I go but I think the top three learning curves are:
(1) Marketing! This is way more tricky than I imagined. Getting your name and brand out there isn’t easy. But social media is amazing and all my customers have been really key in getting my name out there.
(2) Selecting fabrics and designs that my customers will like – When I introduce a new design, it is always a hit and miss. Therefore, to reduce costs associated with production, each item is handmade to order.
(3) Managing my (personal) time – I work full time as an environmental consultant which is my passion. This means all orders are made after hours. Bowie Pet Accessories is my creative outlet and brings me a lot of joy, especially seeing the items on fellow fury friends. Starting a business and then keeping it going is time consuming but so worth it in the end!
Where do you see your businesses in 5 years?
I hope that I can grow my business and eventually outsource ladies from the Missionvale Community to assist with production, thereby providing employment opportunities to those less fortunate.
What is your advice to individuals out there wanting to start their own businesses but are too scared?
We only regret the chances we didn’t take.. If you have an idea and a vision, go for it. Believe in yourself and your ideas. And lastly, do something you love! Life is too short to spend everyday doing a job you don’t enjoy.
Please follow them on Facebook and Instagram – they would appreciate all the love you can give them! They are a teeny tiny new business and need the support of everyone to grow! We are rooting for them and wish them all the success <3