FUNCTIONAL DESIGNER | TAMLYN SADIE #ProudProfile
What do you get when cross and Irishman and a Leb? A Lebrachaun. That’s me, but at heart I’m a proud South African. I am in love with all things Jozi. Having lived in the inner city for a few years fueled my addiction to the hustle and bustle of city life. Although, I recently made the move from Jozi’s inner city to the ‘burbs’, where I live with my boyfriend and Great Danes, my business is based in Newtown.
The travel bug caught when I finished school, partly because I loved the adventure and because I wasn’t sure what it was I wanted to do. I lived in Germany and London and managed to travel around most of Europe.
Settling back in South Africa, I worked for a few companies but I was unsettled and it wasn’t long before I took the leap of faith and started my own business at the tender age of 23. Looking back, I’m not sure if that was brave or stupid. Either way, it’s worked out well.
I went into an industry, of which I had very little knowledge. I had absolutely no idea of how to manufacture custom clothing, run a business or even manage my own finances.
I had to learn and I learnt quickly. I taught myself everything I possibly could about clothing manufacture. I spent time in fabric shops and factories. It was during this time that I realized I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do in life as a young girl, because I was never passionate about anything else I had tried, but I was definitely passionate about all things fabric.
Tame Custom Apparel’s quick turn around times, remarkable quality and ability to conceptualize and custom manufacture from start to finish is what really sets us apart. We service such a wide variety of industries, from ad agencies to the hospitality industry, which keeps us on our toes and definitely makes my job interesting.
It’s been 7 years and I now have 5 staff members. I honestly can say that I truly love what I do but more importantly I am doing my part to keep local manufacture alive in South Africa.
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