Norelyn, the woman behind an eco accessories business in Dubai
15/10/2012 § 1 comentario
We really enjoy talking to female entrepreneurs and this time we’ve been fortunate enough to catch up with Norelyn Galindez, a Dubai-based Philippine woman who has been importing and commercialising gorgeous, hand-made Philippine accessories for over a year now.
Where does the name Craft’s Lane come from?
We wanted something that can directly describe the type of items that we are commercialising which are all purely handmade or artisan, so that is where “Crafts” came fom. “Lane” is somehow related to a runway, where we display numerous designs of hand-woven bags and native fashion accessories.
We were shopping for some souvenirs for the family of my husband when we visited my country, the Philippines, a couple of years ago.While choosing among the huge variety of handmade items, I got so confused as to which ones to pick as everything was just so beautifully and uniquely designed. I suddenly thought that if I am a native and I am impressed with the items, how much more would foreigners be? So it hit me that it could be a great idea to open up a business abroad that can showcase such wonderful and eco-friendly items. People nowadays love green jewelry and organic stuffs.
Do you have a plan B?
For now, we’re doing our best to make this business work out in the outdoor kiosks, but if we feel like there is no chances of growth,
we’ll definitely try to move it to shopping centres, where there is a much higher foot traffic
Where would you like your business to be in 5 years time?
We never know what the future holds for us, but if we leave Dubai, it will definitely be to go to Barcelona, and surely that is where Craft’s Lane will be.
What product are you most proud of and why?
Our hand-woven bags. They are just simply impressive. One will never believe it’s manually weaved. Everyone just love them! Native yet elegant and modern. And they are very exclusive, it’s hard to find similar items out there.
What are you currently working on?
We have been running the business for a year now, and we’re working on expanding the number of stores we have so we can showcase the items all over the gulf.
What would you say is the most important thing you’ve learned since starting your own business?
Success of a business doesn’t happen over a night. It takes a lot of effort, time, money, and good management for one to achieve that. It takes a lot of try and failure, a lot of patience, hard work and faith in yourself that it can work out. If you have all of this it then means you can hope it will prosper but you also need a bit of luck.
You´ve travelled a bit… what´s your favourite city in the world?
Barcelona. There are a lot of fancy cities in the world, but Barcelona is just the place where one can live a daily life that is stress free, you’ll never feel bored, and it’s just amazing to watch life from a terraza while you sip a coffee. Life is good in this city.
What beauty product you won´t travel without? My lip balm.