At the end of May, we held a launch of our Roof Garden fabric in the newly-opened showroom of our fabulous fabric consultant Lynn Fagg. We caught up with her after the craziness of the day to let you know more about Lynn and the work she does:
Hello Lynn! Tell us how you keep yourself busy.
I’m a fabric agent in the Western Cape, representing fabric houses, and specialising in wall coverings and furnishing fabrics – in particular, T&Co (which includes the Jim Thompson range), Philip Pikus, Cottonberry and, of course, Skinny laMinx.
Who are your clients?
I work with decorators on projects to make their selection a little easier and, because I share a showroom at with a colleague who also represents a number of fabric houses, the two of us have over 10 fabrics houses to show. This makes our showroom at 117 Hatfield Street in Gardens pretty unique in Cape Town! We have a very broad range of fabrics on offer – from plain basics through to luxurious embroidered silks, but my best is when a decorator comes in who loves colour and texture, and isn’t afraid of mixing it up a little.
How did you get into the Textile industry?
I studied clothing at the Durban Technikon, and have a background in the clothing industry, and have been working for myself over the past 20 years. I always wanted to get into the textile industry, especially on the decor side, even when I was running my own accessory business in Sydney, Australia.
Who do you look up to?
I’m a mom to two boys a 16 and 8 year old, and that’s why I look up to all women who run their own businesses, and manage to balance family life at the same time.
How do you find that balance in your own life?
I love too nothing better than being outdoors up a mountain somewhere.
Your business has gone from strength to strength in such a short space of time. What tips do you have for someone looking to start out?
Keep it simple. Start off with low overheads by working out of home or the boot of your car, and make sure you offer incredible service. These things are a great base to build on.