This is one of my all time favourite clutches I used regularly as you can see above. It is the perfect size to carry your essentials when you are out and about. It is from a small business called Caramel & Co run by the lovely Susan de Medici. I love all her bags, so I thought it was fitting to share her story and business with you all.
Business name: Caramel & Co
Tell me about how your business came about?
Life can change in a couple of minutes.
Our lives changed on the morning of 14 June 2011, when our 2 ½ year old son, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). After 3½ years of chemotherapy and hundreds of hospital visits, he completed his treatment on 16 August, 2014. He continues to have regular check ups and our cancer journey is never far from our minds.
Caramel x Co is our way of shouting to the world that life can chance in a couple of minutes. We need to dream big and believe in ourselves because anything is possible. Caramel x Co helps women on the run look and feel good with simple, classic and affordable bags.
Tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m a Brisbane mum with three beautiful children who loves fashion, blue and white homewares, fresh flowers and a tidy house. I’m at my happiest on the beach with my family and I continually look at how I can do things better to ensure my children grow up feeling loved, supported and guided.
What do you sell or service do you offer?
Simple, classic and affordable handbags and jewellery for women on the run.
Where are you located?
How long have you been in business?
Just over 1 year.
Do you make custom orders?
Yes, I often receive emails from boyfriends and husbands who ask for help in specifically tailoring a gift and gift wrapping it for a loved one.
What do you love most about having your own business?
The flexibility so I can juggle being a mum, wife and business owner. I can respond to emails and pack orders in the morning, and then pop up to school to help with reading, class excursions and assist with school activities. Its crazy busy, but I love what I do, so make it work.
Do you have anyone else that work for you?
Not at this stage, but exciting things are happening in 2017 for Caramel x Co.
Do you have any tips for other small businesses?
The self-doubt is a killer. However, we need to realise there is opportunity everywhere, and we just have to keep jumping in, taking risks and moving forward.
Where can people find you online (Instagram,Facebook,Twitter) ?
Name 3 of your favourite Instagram Accounts you love to follow?
Botticellihouse (I love homewares and anything that is blue and white), Lisa Messenger (Founder of The Collective, a global magazine brane) Her focus is on dreaming big and believing in yourself is truly inspiration. @thegroundsfloralsbysilva – I love fresh flowers and this site is so pretty.
What camera do you use to take your beautiful images with?
Do you have any great special on at the moment?
Yes, we have a Christmas Special at the moment with the Monaco Hobo. It is reduced from $99.95 – $59.95. We have also done the hard work for you and put together some gorgeous christmas boxes. All gifts are wrapped, packed and send to your door. We also offer After Pay – to make shopping easier.
I can highly recommend these beautiful bags and clutches which make a perfect gift for yourself or others. Its been so nice to get to know Susan through these questions.
Thank you Susan for letting me share your story and Small Business Caramel & Co with me readers.
To see more of Caramel & Co pop over to her website HERE