As far back as I can remember, I loved to create. My dream was owning my own boutique. As a young girl, my Mom would have to sew really eclectic garments for me, much to her dismay.
Side-hustling was my jam from about 20 years old. My Dad had taught me to have an entrepreneurial spirit from a young age, allowing me to venture into crazy business ideas which he supported in every aspect. A gorgeous garden studio built by his hands for screen printing, a four colour carousel was purchased and he taught me to screenprint. Yes, he was the kind of Dad that could do anything. And nothing was done half-measure.
Entering the corporate world took me away from my passion for owning my own business. I continued sewing clothing for my kids, spent hours painting and decorating my homes to keep my creative juices satisfied. In-between bringing up my now three adult kids, I always had a side-line hustle. Selling jewelry, lingerie, kitsch jerseys, you name it I sold it, all legal of course!
Fast forward to 2012, I started my first side-line t-shirt brand of kids and adults tees. Monochrome tees were hardly thought of back then and I saw a gap in the market for a children’s clothing brand.
In 2014 Tootsie & Beau was born.
Why Tootsie & Beau? My school besties nickname Toots, years of fond memories of her, now living in Australia. Beau is a shortened version of Beautiful. Beautiful memories can never be taken away from us.
I look forward to bringing you the love in my designs and creations, awesome memories to be made in the garments and accessories I create, trying to keep up with the crazy digital world we live in.
One of my mottos “It takes a village to change the world”