I absolutely love featuring our suppliers on our blog! Many think we are mad sharing the secrets of our brilliant products with our opposition stores. Many have suggested we are silly detailing where our shoppers can go and buy our products directly. But I see the bigger picture, I see people behind the products, I see creative’s working into the night after a long day in their day job, I see South African entrepreneurship at its best, I see our customers buying more than just a lamp off my shelf. The Ruby Orchard is different and works WITH creative business owners, we would not be where we are without thinking outside the box and celebrating our talented designers.
I am so pleased to be featuring Ingrid and Jovan from The Artisan Brand today. Read on to find out more about how it all began and their hopes and dreams for Artisan products.
1// How did your business begin? When / where / how did it all start?
The Artisan started in 2013, from our garage, after we felt that there was a big gap in the market for affordable, locally made lamps. Today there are quite a few more brands to choose from, which is great!
2// Why do you do what you do?
Because we love it! It is so rewarding to be part of the creative-entrepreneur scene of South Africa and super inspirational.
3// When you were younger what did you want to be when you grew up?!
Jovan – Fighter pilot; Ingrid – Everything from a journalist to a psychologist, physiotherapist
4// What inspires you when designing new products?
Current trends. For now we want to design things that people love and want now, it is fun and ever changing. Keeping things fresh.
5// What are your hopes and dreams for your products?
To be much loved and wanted in South Africa mostly and eventually internationally. Exporting would be a dream come true.
6// What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learnt so far in your business journey?
Be honest, provide the best customer service and don’t rely too much on other people, they don’t necessarily have the same business ethics as you do.
7// Why should our customers buy your products?
We spend a lot of time on making sure our product is of high quality. We provide a good looking, great quality product! Plus, they are just so pretty!
8// What’s your favourite product from your line?
Luxe table lamp. So simple and so beautiful!
9// About you? What’s your – Top Song? Top Food? Top beverage? Top Place? Top movie?
Jovan: song – Intro by The XX; Top food – anything mexican or spicy; Top beverage – Inverroche gin; Top place – Mont Blanc family farm; Top movie – Interstellar
Ingrid: song – At the moment anything by Active Child ; Top food – Pizza for sure! Also, Mexican, a good mushroom risotto and avo on everything.; Top beverage – Good red wine; Top Place – Great Karoo; Top movie – old: Topgun new: The Equalizer.
10// And lastly imagine you are heading out for dinner with a bunch of creative geniuses – who would be sitting around the table with you?
Well we would probably invite Thomas Edison! 🙂 Gandhi, definitely Nelson Mandela, Freddy Mercury for some light entertainment, Albert Einstein and George Bernard Shaw because they will appreciate my (Ingrid) cooking.
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Images courtesy of The Artisan