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.

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I came across Zinhle at Kamers Market and was blown away by their beautiful bags. Each and every one made with love and passion. Stunning colours and gorgeous fabrics, which are just so welcoming to the eye. This proudly South African company is in a league of their own.

Fashionistas – check these out!

We chatted to the Zinhle Team and they had this to say.

Tell us about your business and what products you make?

Zinhle meaning the beautiful one in Zulu represented by a all woman owned business who have a passion, driven desire to produce authentic bags and accessories. All our products are unique and handmade using materials sourced in South Africa. Our ethos is to support local craftsman, empowering the talented individuals within our communities. We believe our story is being portrayed when someone is wearing one of our bags. We follow global trends but stay true to our roots adding  an African flair.

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It’s a unbelievable and rewarding feeling to do what we are passionate about.

We love and believe in what we are doing and this is what keeps us going.

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

The hardest part of the business is managing our families and work life. Secondly we have worked extremely hard on the brand and incorporating three dynamic woman’s ideas into a particular design can be challenging. Thirdly, competing with products produce in China is hard because of their ability to produce at a much lower cost.

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Where do you see your businesses in 5 years? 

5 years from now it we would be unbelievable to be a well known and supported  brand globally.

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

Starting your own business is hard but the rewards out weigh the hardship.

Your own business is your way of expressing your creativity and growing as an individual. Creativity comes in all sorts of forms and allows you to grow in a way nothing else does.

We – The Zinhle team have the best handbag collection in South Africa. And often find it hard not to keep a bag or two for ourselves. It is also incredibly rewarding when you see someone wearing a bag you have created! Of course they look fabulous.

How has lock down affected you?

Lockdown has reminded us not to take things for granted and that we are blessed. We have received a great deal support through sales during this time. People want to help small business and retail in particular that has taken such a huge knock.

If we stand together we are stronger, if we support each other we will be better. Love Local!

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Check out their Facebook and Instagram pages for more! They would love the support and follows.

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