MY STORY – Ingrid Michau de Klerk

My story began many years ago when I was offered the opportunity by a friend to sell her beautiful decorative photo frames which she had started importing.

I received literally a shoe box of samples – I was passionate about the frames and knew that the shoe box was the start of an exciting journey !

Approaching interior & gift stores we received an overwhelming response and I soon established a regular retail customer base in Gauteng.

Life happens – a few years later I found myself a single mom and breadwinner , and Alison needed to spend more time with her young children.

I needed to earn more and made the brave decision to start my own business.

Taking a huge leap of faith I sold our home , using the small profit made to import my first shipment of mirrors and lamps.

It was initially a nail biting time, as the rand was depreciating daily whilst my shipment was on the water .

The currency fortunately regained strength , the economy was again buoyant and my hard work was well rewarded over the years.

I travelled internationally visiting trade expos in India, China and Europe sourcing new décor items – it was a really wonderful chapter in my life.

The only constant in life is change – the massive depreciation of the rand in recent years impacted on importing and I also needed a change of direction .

Whilst I loved overseas travel , I have always been amazed by the wonderful standards of accommodation offered in South Africa.

Travelling around SA visiting customers I stayed in some superb guest houses which inspired me to look into launching a range of hospitality products for the travel and tourism industry.

I exhibited at two local trade expos early in 2020 and made wonderful inroads into the hospitality industry….. when … Covid and hard lockdown happened !

Orders were cancelled and it was a case of ‘ sink or swim ‘ .

I chose to swim.

I was not entirely happy with the artwork which a designer had produced for my products and decided to use hard lockdown whilst business was non- existent , to get creative !

I spent hours and hours learning how to design and re- designed the artwork for my brand which was so fulfilling and rewarding.

Aside from the new artwork and branding , I also built a website from scratch and set up a functioning online shopping portal.

Our products are manufactured by a cosmetics supplier in Jhb using fragrance oils imported from the south of France.

They are beautifully packaged in round glass bottles which are unique and elegant.

I was recently approached to supply industrial -type candles and décor for a wedding, and I recalled stunning concrete candles which I had seen at the last international expo I attended.

The customer was thrilled with what we supplied and word of mouth soon spread .

Orders for these beautiful candles are increasing daily enabling us to start creating much needed employment one small step at a time.

Our product range now consists of premium body care and home fragrance collections , concrete candles and hospitality products.

We offer personalised branding and new artwork for hospitality products for hotels , guest houses and B and B establishments .

Small orders are welcome.

Our body care, home fragrance products and concrete candles are available online : https://5e9030d93d5c0.site123.me or via e mail :

[email protected]

Please direct hospitality enquiries to : [email protected]

Support local and help us to create desperately needed employment !

Once again many thanks for the exposure for my business !

Kind regards

Ingrid Michau de Klerk

HAMPTON COLLECTIVE


Ph : +27 63 340 6211 ( Whats App only )

Website : https://5e9030d93d5c0.site123.me/

Email : [email protected]

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