BEING VERY MUCH CONNECTED TO MOTHER NATURE, LOVE MILO MANUFACTURES TEXTILES, CERAMICS AND WOODEN PRODUCTS, USING ONLY ECO-FRIENDLY DYES AND WOOD FROM INDIGENOUS TREES – A BLEND WHICH MAKES FOR SOME EXCEPTIONAL DESIGN.
Nicki grew up in the winelands area of Stellenbosch in the Cape, as well as spending a great deal of time on her family’s farm in Namibia. For this daughter of an artist, the outdoors had always played a major role in her life.
THE ROUTE OF ALL INSPIRATION
Nicki was working as a colour-grading specialist in the film industry when she fell pregnant. As an expecting mom, she felt the increasing desire to be closer to nature. She resigned from her job and wholeheartedly began working on her own project. During her pregnancy, the inspiration and images for her homeware brand poured in, so much so, that it felt as if it was all coming from her unborn child. Her son, Milo, was born – and as clear as day, the inspiration for the name of her new company. Love Milo.
ORGANICALLY TRENDING SUCCESS
Production began in a small, one-roomed studio. All of a sudden, a growing number of magazines started highlighting the work of Love Milo, and without even investing a single cent in marketing, she was signed up with various boutiques all over Cape Town. The fact that she had only used locally produced, sustainable materials, ranked the brand quite highly. During a surge of crafted goods flooding the local interiors market, it grew increasingly important for Nicki that the high quality and altruistic value of her products remain paramount. It was at this point that she emphasized the use of wood from alien trees, which are harmful to the local Flora and Fauna. Besides that, ceramics, metal, glass and cotton are the only materials she uses.
Currently, the company has five employees, who were all previously unemployed and living a life of poverty. She hopes to open her own shop in the not so distant future.
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