Our last interview for 2019, just in time for the pre-order of our 2020 summer jars! 🎉 We chatted to Leanne about her brand Pipps by Pippa 🐾
Tell me a bit about yourself?
Leanne: I am an established marketer with over 10 years experience in the restaurant hospitality industry, and am currently studying my Masters Degree in Marketing and Data Analytics. This, coupled with a full time job and run Pipps by Pippa in my spare time – I am a very busy lady!
I am known to be passionate, fun loving and a go-getter that will stop at nothing to achieve my life goals – this is further encouraged by my supportive husband, Dan. I find it incredibly rewarding to be able to take all my life and working experience and pour it into Pipps by Pippa and really make it my own and watch it grow.🐾
Tell me a bit about your business?
We are a small family run business that are extremely passionate about creating luxury dog accessories for beautiful pups all over the world. We started exclusively in South Africa, and since immigrating to the UK we are currently in the process of expanding the business globally. All our products are handmade in South Africa by my Mom who puts love and care into every piece that she touches. The inspiration for Pipps by Pippa is our little Papillon, Pippa who is the heart and soul of the business. I manage the business day-to-day and focus on all our social media, recruiting brand ambassadors and choosing material with my Mom. My husband is also still very involved in the business as photographer and advisor.💖
Why did you start?
Pipps by Pippa started with our inspiration – Pippa, our gorgeous pup. We wanted the very best for her and when we went shopping to look for collars and beds, we simply could not find anything we liked and that would suit her personality. Initially, Dan decided that he was going to build Pippa a bed to fit into our Scandinavian styled home rather than just have a tatty mattress of the floor. Upon completion, we realised that this is something that the market needs, beautifully designed dog accessories that reflect your own style. We started off with dog collars and beds, expanding into leads and bandanas and 2020 will see some new and exciting lines launch in the Pipps by Pippa stable.🐶
What keeps you going?
This is a very good question! What keeps me going is the drive to make something of myself every day and, in the long term, the fierce passion to achieve and leave a legacy behind. Given South Africa’s current economic climate, I want to be an inspiration to other would be entrepreneurs, a beacon of hope and hopefully drive other people to follow their passion and dreams and never give up! The time will always be now to start making something of yourself. ✨
And what advice would you give your younger self?
I would say, do not delay on your dreams and goals, if you want something, go for it! Too many goals are stifled by fear and doubt, but passion will trump that. Don’t become stagnant, continue to grow yourself through podcasts, literature, talks and mentors – this will really help your mind focus and your dreams become your reality.🎉