OneFineBeginning is mother & daughter creative duo, Anesta Greyling, 60, & Zahn Botha, 33.
We chat to Zahn.
What is your background? I was working in the surf wear fashion industry while my mom, Anesta, was in the engineering industry. We both had a total career change and it has given us both an open mind to think out of the box when we design.
What do you do? Leather craft and retail design. All our products in store are handcrafted and have a story to tell. The art of leather craft is part of our national fabric and we are proud to be one of the few who helped revive this industry five years ago. Our country has some of the best tanneries and the possibilities of moulding and crafting leather into something beautiful is endless.
How did you get into this proffession? We were inspired by my grandmother, who was super stylish and always had the most gorgeous imported leather bags and shoes. We then found a gap in the South African market and wanted something bespoke and not mass-produced. That’s when OneFineBeginning was born. We are both self-taught; this means countless hours of sleepless nights but definitely a passion and so worth it.
What does it involve? Currently we have our own production factory making gorgeous shoes and bags from premium leathers. In our retail store we also host over 180 top South African designers, supporting them in developing a name in the retail industry.
Favourite part? It is definitely seeing customers from all over South Africa wearing our creations. For instance when we travel we always seem to spot someone wearing something we made. The support and love from all over South Africa has truly been amazing and such a blessing.
Challenges? These range from production time delays to power outages but we always work through these things and come out on top. Running your own production and retail store can be challenging but you need to see it as a positive and not a negative otherwise you will never make it to the top.
Something no one knows about your work? We literally bring out a new design every 10-12 days. This sets us aside from other companies by keeping our ranges s fresh and personalised.
How can we buy your work? Our designs are available in our retail store in the Middelburg Mall, Mpumalanga, and we ship nationwide.
Do you collaborate with anyone? We are always keen to collaborate and believe that we, as designers and artists, need to support each other and not work against each other.
Advice for someone wanting to start their own business? Do not to expect things to come easy. You need to be your own creative and create something truly unique. Keep it real keep it you!
What else do you make? We also make gorgeous leather accessories from wallets to interior design goods. Crafting bespoke furniture is next on our list to explore. We will be exporting our leather craft soon too.
Signature designs? It has always been bows and scallop edge designs, as well as bold leather colors. Thinking out of the box and using accessories as statement pieces to complement your outfit. Our ranges are crafted for every South African woman. We had the honour of doing Fashion Week SA in 2019 and it was so inspiring.
INFO Pop into the shop or contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org. Facebook/onefinebeginning. Instagram@OneFineBeginning