MR and MS Clothing PTY (LTD) – Business Advice from a South African Handmade Business

A big thank you to Catherine from the beautiful Mr and Ms Clothing PTY (Ltd) for her insights and advice into running a handmade business. Be sure to visit Indie Mode where she sells some of her items online once you’ve read more about her and her clothing line below.

How it all began 

Mr and Ms is the result of a life-long aspiration. I was born and raised in Cape Town and began my formal training with a qualification in Fashion Design and Pattern Making. I travelled in Europe gathering inspiration. This combined with over five years of practical production experience,  at some of the fashion industry’s leading design labels has culminated in Mr and Ms, the realisation of a dream.

I officially Began Mr and Ms in May 2011. With a small amount of money that I had saved and was given, pure determination and A LOT of sacrifice (no shopping, socializing well anything actually). I created my 1st collection and showed it to a few boutique owners and they liked what they saw (thank goodness) and that’s how it all began and has slowly grown

Biggest Daily hurdles

There are many challenges behind running your own business; I wouldn’t even know where to begin.

To plan and plan and when you think you have planned enough something unexpectedly comes up and changes everything. It’s really more about how you deal with the unexpected and unplanned things that will make you succeed.

Mr and Ms Non-Negotiable’s 

Making sure that every style that is designed compliments every shape and size (I do sizes from a 31- 42). Attention to details is very important, giving basic items a unique twist. The most important of all is Quality, I hand check all the items myself (yes this take a lot of time but is worth it in the end).

Marketing

There are a few things that I would recommend when it comes to getting your brand out there.

  • Word of mouth ( happy customers are the number one most important marketing tool.)
  • Facebook, Pinterest , Etsy and most importantly a website that it all is linked to that is very user friendly
  • When using Facebook or any of the other Social media tool make sure that you have a weekly plan that you keep to and keep your fans interested with posts , that are relative to your product.
  • Have a book keeper from day one!!!

Suppliers 

I supply really lovely boutiques throughout Western Cape that I am very proud to be associated with, like:  Coco Li, Smitten, Nap Lifestyle to name just a few … also soon to be on an online store called Indie Mode.

My Favourite part of my job

I love taking a simple idea and bringing it to life and my most favourite part is when somebody tries on an item that they like and seeing their expression on their faces as if they are really seeing themselves for the 1st time.

About Mr and Ms 

Mr and Ms is about individual expression.  Mr and Ms is not primarily about chasing current trends, but rather about taking inspiration from beautifully designed clothing from the past and applying that inspiration to today’s context.

Mr and Ms is about quality. An emphasis on quality is maintained throughout the process, from inspiration, through design, production and sales, to delivery. Mr and Ms specialize in well-made and well-fitted apparel with a touch of vintage individuality to complement the classic style and beauty.

Designer’s Background

Mr and Ms is the creation of Catherine Nebe, the result of a life-long aspiration. Catherine Nebe was born and raised in Cape Town and began her formal training with a qualification in Fashion Design and Pattern Making. She travelled in Europe gathering inspiration. This combined with over five years of practical production experience,  at some of the fashion industry’s leading design labels has culminated in Mr and Ms, the realisation of a dream.

“Mr and Ms is my own creation. My focus is on design for the individual. Acute attention to detail at every stage is crucial to me. So I have deliberately held back on growing my brand beyond what I can maintain. I pride myself on the fact that each item is a special creation.”

Contact

MR and MS Clothing PTY (LTD)

Catherine

Contact No: 082 7079 721

Emailinfo@mrandms.co.za

Websitewww.mrandms.co.za

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