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What does your company do?

Nolymross began as an accessories brand, selling head wraps and handmade accessories. It has since grown and added another facet - a styling business. Nolymross is a brand that associates itself with providing a great outcome and great customer satisfaction. The business started as a sustinence business, where I was genuinely out of money and needed money to be able to live but through great connections, it is becoming part and parcel of daily talks and a lifestyle brand. We are in the business of providing accessories to women and men for all occasions and pride ourselves with the smiles that leave out stands at markets, with a smile. It is in our best interests to add value to an experience and to make you feel at home.

What has been your biggest success?

For the most part, there have been 3 successes. The first, was just starting the business. I knew then what I know now, I am a leader. I lead my business into its hiccups and everything because I have a vision - no child in my family should suffer at the mercy of looking for a job and doing what they don't want. The second is, I did my first show at Soweto Fashion Week, showcasing my accessories in 2016 and the third is, having the opportunity to dress and style Enhle Mbali Maphumulo and having that connect me to a wider network of people. I knew then that somehow, I have value and someone sees it. The objective is always to make money, but the idea is that I need to be known for who and what I represent - Nolymross.

What has been your biggest hurdle?

After Soweto Fashion Week, I went into a downward spiral. I have no fashion education, I just have friends that are creatives and are fashion designers. I went into a clinical depression because I am 22 and I did something someone only gets to do at the age of 30. It was a matter of what now - where do I go from here? What have I learnt? What did I really want to get out of it? I still don't know the answers but I have recuperated and am re-structuring. I just appreciate my customers - the ones I have made smile and made comfortable- they helped pull me through it. I am still 22 and in a network. I am building a social currency and building a legacy. It's not for me; it's a dedication to my struggles. You need to be dedicated and determined.

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