It’s not often that your sister, best friend and business partner are all the same person. But for twin sisters Che and Stacy, who recently left their corporate jobs to pursue their own business, working together just comes naturally for them.
It was after a family holiday in Greece that they decided to re-launch Sweet Peas (which was initially born in 2009). “We fell in love with the beautiful, handcrafted Grecian sandals and saw a gap in the market to locally manufacture handcrafted leather sandals in South Africa. We relaunched with a more premium range of leather sandals that are ready-to-wear, elegant, comfortable and reasonably priced,” says Stacy.
Because they are twins, Che and Stacy say they have always had very similar outlooks, but also differ in their strengths and experience from their previous jobs.
“Che is stronger on the marketing side of the business and is the mastermind behind our social media. I am stronger with the accounts and invoicing. We work so well together and neither one of us feel that one has a more superior role. We are sisters, best friends and now business partners and we are lucky that we can be one hundred percent open and honest about anything. We don’t take things personally or hold grudges. It’s always constructive criticism that we learn from and use to try better ourselves and our business.”
One of the best things about living in Durban, Stacy says, is that women are able to wear sandals all day, every day, and they are a staple in every woman’s closet.
“Our sandals are comfortable, easy to slip on and can be worn with almost any outfit. We also recently launched gorgeous boho booties for Winter.”
Drawing a lot of their design inspirations from Pinterest, fashion blogs and trend forecasts, once the sisters have designed and conceptualised their Sweet Peas style and put their comfort and quality stamp on it, the production process begins. Everything they use is sourced locally. “The foot bed and upper straps are leather and there is leather board in the heel. We also use a superior memory foam to ensure the sandals are super comfortable. They are hand stitched to ensure maximum durability. With all these factors combined we believe our sandals are priced right as you are paying for what you get.”
Involved in every aspect of their sandals, from sourcing the leathers and all the materials needed to complete a sandal, both Che and Stacy are at the factory every day doing quality control checks.
“Because our sandals are local, we can custom make them for ladies who have difficult feet and battle to find sandals to fit. We have also introduced a size nine sandal to our collection to cater for the taller ladies with bigger feet,” says Stacy who loves that their own creativity and style stamp is in every pair of sandals they produce.
“We always make two sample pairs in our size so that we can test their comfort and durability. We literally gave away all the sandals we owned before we started Sweet Peas so they are now the only sandals we have in our closets. You can literally wear any of our styles or colours with any outfit, from a pretty summer dress to smart slacks, boyfriend or skinny jeans or high waisted midi or maxi skirts. We also hope to break into the international market in the very near future!”
We have two pairs of Sweet Peas to giveaway. To stand a chance to win a pair click on the WIN tab on our website.
Where to find Sweet Peas:
Beach and Beyond at Gateway, Ballito Junction and Lifestyle Centre, Unison at Flanders Mall Mount Edgecombe, Bianca Warren Signature Store at The Square on Umhlanga Ridge and Buff Beauty Parlour. Details: Sweet Peas sandals range between R600 and R699 a pair. Shop online: www.sweetpeas.co.za | @sweetpeas_handmade on Instagram | www.facebook.com/sweetpeasSA/
Text: Monique De Villiers-Delport | Che and Stacy’s hair and make-up: Pam McNeil of Nixon Make up | Che and Stacy photograph: Chris Allan Photography | Models shot by Wilma Towell Photography and Maxine Elphick Photography | Hair and make-up by Laura & Co | Clothes by Saint Lori | Hats and bags by XO
Get It Magazine Ballito/Umhlanga – October 2018