To bring the beauty of traditional shweshwe fabric to the forefront of modern jewellery design, Thandie Daniella Dowery left her day job in pursuit of her creative dreams. With the launch of Nomi Handmade in 2015, this vivacious and passionate FEMtrepreneur singlehandedly runs her business processes from design and manufacture to marketing and sales. If that isn’t enough to keep her busy, Thandie also finds time to generously share her skills by hosting jewellery-making workshops for anyone looking to do something unique, fun and challenging. She shares her exciting entrepreneurial journey with us from her studio in Cape Town. Continue reading “FEMtrepreneur: Thandie Daniella Dowery – Founder and Creator of Nomi Handmade Jewellery”
The thought of landing a design job in the exclusive fashion industry sounds like a dream, and giving it up to start an online illustration business is a risk that not everyone would be willing to take. However, for innovative designer Joanna Baker, this intrepid move is one of the best decisions she’s ever made. Combining her exquisite creativity with savvy entrepreneurship skills, Joanna fearlessly quit her day job to become a full-time fashion illustrator in 2015. This talented New-York-based artist has sketched her way to success with colourful etchings of hard work, enthusiasm and determination. Continue reading “FEMtrepreneur: Joanna Baker – Accomplished Fashion Illustrator and Innovative Designer”
Leaving a regular, stable job to start your own company can be daunting and unpredictable, but 30-year-old Reabetswe Mafisa did just that by finding the courage and tenacity to say goodbye to her 9 to 5 job and establish a mobile spa service. She travels to clients around Pretoria and Johannesburg, offering relaxing at-home treatments which are on par with any other professional wellness service. Continue reading “FEMtrepreneur: Reabetswe Mafisa – Founder of Ease Mobile Spa”
Placing her refreshing stamp on nostalgic design, actress and motivational speaker, Leandie du Bosch’s love of vintage wear inspired her to start her own fashion line. A year later and Skoonma clothing has grown from a ten-item collection to a flourishing brand, taking Leandie’s business from the heart of Potchefstroom to the hub of the online retail world. ‘Skoonma’, when translated from Afrikaans, means ‘mother-in-law’ – a name that perfectly fits Leandie’s label as the anchoring stitches of her company were tacked together by her very own skoonma. Continue reading “FEMtrepreneur: Leandie du Randt Bosch – Creator of Skoonma Clothing”
With the exquisite floral artistry unmatched and gleaming crystal centrepieces catching the eye with their dramatic luminosity, walking into a Fab Function wedding venue is like entering a surreal fairytale world. An intricately designed stage enthrones the happy couple while enchanted guests feast upon the delectable variety of nouveau cuisine.
Behind all the romance and glamour is Nadia Adam, a Johannesburg-based mother-of-four whose childhood hobby and inherent creative flair became a flourishing business. We sat down with this exceptional FEMtrepreneur to discover the secrets behind her notable event-planning business. Continue reading “FEMtrepreneur: Nadia Adam – Event Planner Extraordinaire”