Monday, April 12, 2010

Capulana heaven

So, I have officially sold Pronto to a friend and I know he will take a great care of my “first born”....And, I have just started another business with my favourite Mozambican designer, Nelsa Matavele. I feel very lucky to be in this position and am grateful for the opportunity (I don’t even mind being totally broke). I first saw Nelsa’s bags and accessories in a shop and was very impressed with her designs and finishing touches. If I saw these products in retail shops in the UK, I would have bought them. I bought few of her bags and tried to get in touch with her to see if she might be interested in doing business together.

After months of asking around and looking for her on Facebook and other social networks, I finally found her on Flicker, of all places. I sent her a msg with my phone number. She replied 2 months later! I had given up on her by then but was so excited to hear back from her.

Nelsa uses local popular Mozambican fabric (Capulana) to make bags, accessories, kitchen stuff and a lot more. I love the fact that every item she makes is so hard to part with and I want to keep them all for myself. I will keep one of each item she makes in the future, for now, I am staying cool and focusing on business. It is an exciting project and I can’t wait to see how far we can go with this.

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