Daniela Samakosky, a South African artisan footwear manufacturer committed to slow fashion — Lionesses of Africa

Share a little about your entrepreneurial journey. And, do you come from an entrepreneurial background?

Entrepreneurship runs in my veins. My father had to pivot his skills once the preference for mass-made shoes hit the market in the 1970s. His once thriving small business fell apart. He turned to upholstery and successfully built another business. From Italian Shoemaker he became Italian Trimmers. His tenacity and perseverance permeated life and forms the backbone of my sense of knowing what it takes to be an entrepreneur. It is often a lonely journey, often very challenging, but builds strength of character. The highs and lows become a part of daily life and begin to feel “comfortable”. I approach each day with renewed vigour, placing yesterday into experience and today as opportunity. SHOW UP EVERYDAY. Small steps eventually lead to a leap.

What are your future plans and aspirations for your company?

To grow a LOVE BRAND. This is a brand based on authenticity, sustainability, love local, support local, grow local, entrepreneurship and artisanal upliftment. The brand vision is one of synergy, reviving traditional skill, pride in the process, beautiful quality products. I believe that the abundance of creative talent in our splendid land, South Africa, can and should drive employment opportunities. Creative businesses in which people can grow and thrive while uplifting our economy. A win-win view as part of the solution to unemployment and poverty.

What gives you the most satisfaction being an entrepreneur?

Thriving against the odds. Personal growth.
Living the dream.
Being available for my family, being flexible.
Self driven and discipline.
Striving to be part of a solution to unemployment.
Making a difference
The joy of transforming “waste” into product that is exquisite and high quality.
Living sustainably

What’s the biggest piece of advice you can give to other women looking to start-up?

Do it.
Show up.
Be bold in the sense of telling your story….take pride in your abilities whatever they are. Intelligence is made up of many different aspects not only intellectual. Some are extraordinarily gifted emotionally…others practically. Take pride in your natural abilities and develop new skills . Use time efficiently and make time for personal care! Dare to leap.

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