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    MEET THE MAKER – SIBINDI

    Who makes up your family? My husband Sean, daughter Riley & another baby girl on the way! OH- And our fur child Luna. Describe yourself in three words? Caring, Reliable, Dreamer. Tell us about your brand? Sibindi is the Xhosa word for courageous, which is the meaning of our daughter Riley’s name. It is bespoke apparel for kids that is original and unique – we only make a few garments in each fabric. All garments are hand made by support small independent businesses. One of the seamstresses we use rents a small corner in a laundromat. She works 7 days a week to support her family. Unfortunately, I can’t sew…

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    WHY WE LOVE WEARE FOOD MINI MEALS

    Dinner time. Pretty much the most chaotic time of our day. It is loud, it is messy and it can often be all kinds of frustrating. We have one brilliant eater, Holly our second born 17-month-old. Let’s face it do second, third, fourth children have any choice but to fit in and get on with it? We have one very fussy eater, Luke our first born three-year-old. Luke was born with Down Syndrome and thus has some sensory issues, particularly when it comes to food. His food critique levels would make Gordon Ramsay blush. As a result, as a busy mom of two, I find meal planning and preparation very…

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    HOMIES WITH EXTRACHROMIES MEETUP

    This is our new tribe. A collection of families all different and yet all on a similar journey. A group of strong women, a group of strong men and a group of people full of tenderness, passion and above all a deep love for their children. We are a group of normal people, all thrust on to a path which we never expected to be on, and a path which we are all learning about, embracing and attempting to come to terms with. A path although unexpected has become our new normal and a path which has brought us together. Once every two months, a group of us try and…

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    MEET THE MAKER – HUSK VOL 2

    Who makes up your family? My beautiful wife Amy and my two gorgeous girls Livvie and Anna. Describe yourself in three words… Driven, dedicated and fun!  Tell us about your brand… Husk is an eco-friendly, fashionable and environmentally conscious product. It’s a range of functional and striking bags and accessories made out of washable kraft paper which we believe is a unique and revolutionary product which can easily rival other textiles due to being completely recyclable from stitch to strap. Tell us about the inspiration behind your brand… Jon and I had bought a few industrial sewing machines and once started realizing the potential of the Kraft paper, we knew…

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    MEET THE MAKER – MOANY POLONY

    Who makes up your family? We are a family of four that recently relocated to South Africa after 10 years in England. Our family consists out of my amazingly patient, hardworking and hilarious husband, Travis. He is a plumber and has recently started his new plumbing business on the North Coast. Myself Suret, born in Stellenbosch, grew up in Wellington and then back to Stellenbosch for my studies. I did a BComm in Business Management and after that a PGCE. Taught for 10 years in England, but was lucky enough to go part time over the last 3 years in order to spend some time with our little humans at…

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    MEET THE MAKER – HUSK

    Who makes up your family? My wife Jess, and children, Luke and Holly. (And our first-born Derek the cat.) Describe yourself in three words? Hands-on super dad Tell us about you brand? Husk |eco luxe is a range of products which are as eco-friendly as they can possibly be. Jess and I visited a tradeshow in 2018 and found a range of washable craft paper. Jess loved the concept and I had the facilities to manufacture, and so the brand was born. A husk is the protective coating around a seed or fruit. Our products are the protective coating around your valuables. Tell us about the inspiration behind your brand?…

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    MEET THE MAKER – INDIGO AND IVORY DESIGNS

    Who makes up your family? My husbabe Geoff and our sweet 2 year old Holly Describe yourself in three words? Creative, family-orientated, driven Tell us about you brand? Indigo and Ivory Designs evolved when I left my career in Durban to relocate to the Midlands. My little one has suffered from epilepsy from the age of 5months and we realised we needed more family support. Design has always been my passion and my ten year fashion industry experience involving-buying, designing and travelling the world, fuelled this. I designed all of my friends and families wedding stationery and went onto to do logos and branding too. I loved this labour of…

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    MEET THE MAKER – THE TOY CABIN

    Who makes up your family? My wonderful hubby Dylan, and our two precious angels, Shay who is 7 and Tatumn who is 4. Describe yourself in three words? Friendly, caring and determined. Tell us about you brand? I am a paediatric speech therapist and have been working in the field for the past ten years. When my son Shay was born prematurely at 30 weeks, the path our life was on, was forever changed.  Through the years of therapies with Shay, as well as my background as a therapist, my love for ‘learning through play’ was founded and I wanted a platform where I could show parents how to use…

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    MEET THE MAKER – FLYNN JAXON

    Who makes up your family? My husband, high school sweetheart – Alessandro, our son Max Luca (3.5yr), daughter Lola (1yr) and furbaby Staffie Frank. Describe yourself in three words? Organised Driven Loving Tell us about you brand? FJ is an alternative kids’ clothing label, offering great quality pieces that instantly up the style factor on your kids’ wardrobe. It is entirely designed by us – moms – with practicality and comfort being driving factors behind the design process and an emphasis on cool, unisex styles forming the core of the brand. It is an online brand which is available nationally and covers from ages newborn to age 8 as well…

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    #LOSETHELABEL

    We as parent’s of children born with Down Syndrome are all on a different journey and have had to face different difficulties and have celebrated different achievements. One thing however that we have all had to deal with at some stage on this journey is all of our children being painted with the same brush. Yes all of our children are similar in that they have an extra chromosome, much like people born with green eyes are similar or people born with an affinity for rock music are similar, but the important thing to understand is that this is only a very small part of who they are. Our children…