Interview with TOP 10 Scoolers, Courtney and Tayla van Wyk, from Soul and Spirit Clothing.
We sat down to get to know Courtney and Tayla van Wyk of Soul and Spirit Clothing a bit better…
THE TEENS BEHIND THE BUSINESS:
Soul and Spirit is a business owned by Courtney, aged 16 and her sister, Tayla aged 15, who are students from Parklands College in the Western Cape. Their business has been running for over 3 years and their biggest goal is to make their name a Brand Name.
They started off tie-dying t-shirts but then started expanding their range to absolutely anything tie-dye.
Their range consists of t-shirts, vests, crop tops, off the shoulder tops, long sleeve tees, Hoodies, long socks, short socks, caps, beach wraps, bags, buffs, towels, bedding, and handmade jewelry.
10 QUESTIONS TO COURTNEY AND TAYLA
– How did you come up with your business idea?
Soul and Spirit came about when my sister and I decided to tie-dye our own tops. We both went through a stage where we wanted to be hippies and got inspired by tie-dye. When we tie-dyed our own tops, many of our friends wanted one of their own, so we started to charge for the dye and our services until it grew so much that we could start to buy our own stock!
The name came about with me (Courtney) being Soul and my sister (Tayla) being Spirit.
– How many hours per week do you dedicate to your business?
My sister and I spend around most afternoons after school and weekends tie-dying.
– Do you have entrepreneurial parents/family? Who inspired you on this path?
My mom and dad inspired us.
– Who is your mentor?
Our mentor is our mom as she is always there for us and helping us along the way.
– What advice would you give other teens looking to start a business?
I always say to stick to your business idea and carry through with it. There is honestly no age limit on becoming an entrepreneur and absolutely anyone can do it and you must always persevere!
– How do you personally define business success? Is it money? Freedom? Influence? Creative expression and innovation?Something else?
For us, business success means to be able to influence others on starting their own businesses and innovation in a business. Also being able to get the opportunity to give back to the community as well.
– What was the last gift you gave someone?
The last gift we gave someone was tie-dye beanies for children with cancer, which was part of our campaign called, A Brighter Life Campaign.
– What’s the last thing you watched on TV?
The last thing we watched on TV was a documentary on the Great Barrier Reef.
– Who would win a fight between Spiderman and Batman?
In my opinion, I think Batman, because he had a greater advantage due to being wealthy and owning most technology and the best technology and also being very smart.
– You find a lottery ticket that ends up winning R10 million. What would you do?
We would most definitely set aside money for our business to grow more and then set aside other money to be able to give back to charity’s and help people who need the money.