09 May bow peep
Nothing excites Thithi more than discovering great new wonderfully whimsical accessories. The other day, and by the other day, I mean like a month ago, I asked the Twitter-sphere for references regarding awesome locally produced accessories and that’s how I found out about Bow Peep.
However, the thing that excites me the most about Bow Peep is that the lovely lady who is behind it all is an old school mate. Very proud of this ex Girls High girl and extremely pleased that she took sometime to answer some of my questions regarding her work.
What is Bow Peep?
Bow Peep is an accessories brand which was started earlier this year in Cape Town by Leila Badsha. I started by making covered Alice-bands and expanded my range to include earrings, broaches and rings. I am also planning on making bow-ties for men.
Who is behind Bow Peep?
My name is Leila and I started Bow Peep in February of this year. I don’t have a design background but I have always made accessories for myself and for friends and last year I decided to start making accessories to sell from my blog Samoosas and Slup Chips (www.samoosasandslupchips.com). It was only at the beginning of this year that I started Bow Peep and set up the blog/online shop. It’s still a work in progress but I have had some great feedback on my products. I work full time and spend my evenings and weekends making products and sourcing fabric.
What inspires the work done by Bow Peep?
Bow Peep products are all made using fabric (mostly printed cotton). The fabric inspires the designs. I spend a lot of time rummaging through haberdasheries and fabric shops to find interesting fabrics, buttons, ribbon and other trims.
Are the products sold on Bow Peep all made in house? Are there plans to stock other brands or designers on the site?
I make everything myself and at the moment I only sell my products from the Bow Peep blog. In the next week or two my products will be available from a retailer in Cape Town.
I am hoping to find retailers in Johannesburg and Durban. In the future I would love to open a shop. My dream has always been to open a stationery shop but recently I have been thinking about expanding on this idea by opening a shop where local crafters and designers can sell their products. A YDE type platform but for accessories and homeware.
What can’t a girl live without on the Bow Peep platform?
The Bow Peep Alice-bands are a great addition to any outfit, they add a playful touch and they are super comfortable unlike other Alice-bands which hurt after a few hours of wearing them. The brooches are also a great way to accessorize a winter coat, an interesting brooch is always a conversation piece.