Bow peep

11 Jul

Bow Peep is an adorable handmade accessories brand established in early 2011 by Leila Badsha. She’s got a brand new online store so go have a look. But before you go, let’s poke around in Leila’s head.

Howdy Leila, please tell us more about your background.

I don’t have any formal training in the creative arts (unless high school art counts) but I have always enjoyed making my own accessories and I was brought up in a family which appreciates art and crafts. My father is a photographer and my grandfather was an artist so creativity was always encouraged.

I have a bachelors degree in politics and sociology and a post grad qualification in marketing from UCT. After completing my studies in 2009 I  worked as a marketing intern at various companies and organizations. I also do some freelance social media marketing. I started Bow Peep at the beginning of this year because you don’t get much of an opportunity to be creative while working in an office and I started making things in the evenings and on weekends.I started working full time on my business at the beginning of June.

Who are some of your favorite SA artists/designer/artisans?

I really admire Heather Moor of Skinny la Minx as she has grown her brand into a successful and internationally recognized business. There are too many South African artists who’s work I like but some of my favourite photographers are Chris Ledochowski, Liam Lynch and David Goldblatt.

Your favourite shop/restaurant/haunt in Cape Town?

My Favorite shop in Cape Town has to be Mr Fabric in Wynberg, they have the best fabric. I always walk out after spending ages chatting to the shop assistant and after spending way more money than I intended. My favourite place and my favourite thing to do in Cape Town is to spend a Saturday morning at the Milnerton Market, I love the feeling of finding something cool and getting a bargain.

Where can we buy your handmade things?

I sell my products online and from the Field Office in Cape Town but hopefully I will find other retailers around the country soon.

Thanks Leila! Okay, now you can go and have a look at her blog and online shop. Go.

Photos by Christine Watters.

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3 Responses to “Bow peep”

  1. Christine Watters July 11, 2011 at 8:38 am #

    Thank you for featuring our work :)
    If anyone is looking for an amazing discount on product shoots, please see Leila’s blog for a great coupon offer.

    • hanneke July 11, 2011 at 9:47 am #

      Lovely photos Christine!

  2. hanneke July 14, 2011 at 7:29 am #

    To the person whose comment I’ve just deleted, this site is about celebrating South African artisans. It might be an utopian ideal, but I’d like everything to be in that spirit. I don’t want it to become a platform for other debates. If you look at our ‘About’ page you’ll see that we believe in making Macrame Owls not war. I hope you can respect that.

    If you have any comments or queries I suggest you contact the artist directly.

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