Where it all began
Level 5 lockdown hit us with a bang. Our little guest establishment, The Richmond Karoo Small Hotel, was forced to close its doors. And we had R1,300 left in the bank. We needed to find an alternative (…and legal…) source of income during what was to become a really long lockdown.
Aubrey had been playing around with the idea of wool duvets for a while, and we made a decision to risk everything to make a few duvets to tide us over until we could re-open our hotel doors to guests. Thankfully, Aubrey’s gran had taught him to sew, and he had an ancient old Empisal domestic sewing machine. Using what little cash we had left, we ordered a bit of fabric, found a wool supplier, launched a website and social media and left the rest to destiny.
In March 2020, we sold our first duvet. By December 2020 we had made over 200! We ploughed back the profits into the business and we can now proudly say we have a fully set up workshop with cutting tables, industrial sewing machines, a quilting machine and two imported wool carders. We have also managed to keep all of our staff during lockdown, and even employed two more.