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.
Photos by Christine Watters.