So as you all know I love to support local and started a segment where we could share, learn and inspire! It is so important to support local and share your findings with others.

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 wanted to share the most awesome brand with you, called ZANA.

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I have various items in my home bought from them and I adore every piece. I use my Zana laptop sleeve daily and it gives me great joy! The material used for all their gorgeous products is screen printed here locally in their factory and is very much proudly South African! You can buy their goodies on their website or at any of the long list of stockists in South Africa (and America). From pouches, laptop sleeves, handbags, place mats, pot holders, duffle bags (newly launched!), cushions and even off cuts for your patch working – there is something for everyone!

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This mother and daughter team started their business in 2012 and have gone from strength to strength. Not even lock down could dampen their spirits, and they were amongst the first local brands to start manufacturing masks! I bought for my parents and had them delivered and they were over the moon.

Their range of textile products allows there to be something for everyone, and their patterns are bright and fun, and eye catching!

Let’s see what Robyn had to say about their business. 

 

You ladies started your own business – How does it feel to be successful #girlbosses that inspire others and love what you do?

– It feels amazing we love what we do 8 years down the line! It has been a rollercoaster and over the years we taught screenprinting workshops and did lots of shows we met so many people who told us how inspired they were about what we make and do.

What are the top 3 learnings you have had to find out the hard way since starting your own business?

1.) Lots about money and how much money you need to make every month for a business to do well.

2.) Don’t grow too slowly or too quickly

3.) Learning how to adapt/pivot really quickly

Where do you see your business in 5 years? Once we have gotten over the effects of the lock down.

We have had such a great 8 years and we will continue on making beautiful Zana for the foreseeable future. For ‘5 years from now’ – I am not sure, both Sue and I are looking at moving overseas for new adventures, so that is on the cards.

What is your advice to women out there wanting to start their own businesses but are too scared?

Go for it! Be ready to work harder than you did in any job with more responsibility but definitely more freedom. Save up some money first if you can, take beautiful pictures of what you do, teach yourself how to do things you don’t always need to spend a lot of money to get started.

Tell us 2 things that are the BEST part about owning your own business and make it all worth while?

Freedom of time and getting to design and sell beautiful things that are truly ours.

Please check out their Instagram and Facebook pages and give them a follow. They would appreciate the love and support!

Please remember Father’s Day is coming up and supporting local would be fantastic! x

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