Tomorrow is Women’s Day and we have something special for all you lovely ladies. KAMERS was started by two dynamic women and the team has grown tremendously, but still mainly consist of creative, hardworking, big-dreaming women, who love to see other women empowered to share their creativity and expand their entrepreneurship. We are proud to celebrate the power of women and to be a platform where they can share their dreams with our beautiful country.
Janine Binneman is one such a woman. Six months after graduating she sold her car and bought the basic jewellery equipment she needed to start her own business. “I was working at a commercial jewellery store and could not cope with the run of the mill designs, it felt soulless and uninspired. I was a bright eyed, idealistic grad student who literally took the plunge! Very scary but I really felt I had no other option,” she shares. Fifteen years later, she is still living her passion in a fantastic studio, overlooking Ou Kaapse Weg, the Tokai Forest and a river. “The hardest thing to overcome is the lack of confidence in your own aesthetic and ability to make a living,” she continues. “Winter is a hard time for all creative people and every year I think maybe this year I’ll get a proper job! The good news is that I’m clearly very stubborn and have never given up.” This creative drive and determination is what has carried so many of our suppliers through the quiet times and made successful women out of them.
Janine loves giving back, so in addition to her normal staff she often provides job shadowing opportunities with local schools and proudly says that at least five young jewellery designers did their job shadowing with her. She is also part of an amazing charity called Chic Mamas, that sells label clothing to raise money for educational projects. They have built a school, uplifted six creches in their area and provided art therapy to over 600 young school kids living in abject poverty and violent conditions. “We have five stores around Cape Town and one in Greyton. Last year we invested R1 000 000 into all our projects and everyone works purely as volunteers!” Janine shares excitedly. If you would like to be involved, visit their website or Facebook.
Janine will be at KAMERS 2013 Webersburg in Stellenbosch 5-10 November and Irene, Pretoria 3-8 December and sums up her KAMERS experience, “KAMERS has given me exposure to a completely new market, wonderful new clients and a great space to meet, collaborate and vibe with other creative people.” Now, in celebration of Women’s Day, she is also giving back to one of you, our wonderful supporters:
WIN a handmade Janine Binneman Jewellery silver or gold plated silver monogram necklace, with an adjustable silver chain, worth R1400!
Three initials are used in the beautiful design. They could be any initials chosen by the winner and Janine will email a mock-up of the design before it is made. Other clients have chosen their own initials or those of three loved ones.
How to enter:
1. Tell us in the comments below of a woman whose entrepreneurial story has inspired you, or share why you love KAMERS and why you would like to win.
2. Share this competition with your friends. We can’t force you, but sharing the love is a nice thing to do! Won’t you be happy if one of your best friends won?
Terms & Conditions:
1. This competition is only open to residents of South Africa.
2. The competition closes on 31 August 2013. The winner will be chosen at random and notified via email on 2 September 2013.
3. The prize cannot be exchanged for cash.
4. Janine Binneman Jewellery will send the prize to the winner.
Photos by: Annie Kruyer, Janine Binneman Jewellery, Charl du Preez