I’m a 35-year-old mother, wife and an entrepreneur who currently resides in Fourways, Johannesburg.
Skates and Candy
I am the co- founder/owner of a children’s clothing brand, Skates and Candy, which manufactures and sells children’s clothing and accessories. Skates and Candy was formed by my sister and I, after we had our first daughters. We realised that there’s a need for an online store that offers comfortable, stylish, gender neutral and age appropriate children’s clothing and accessories. Ultimately, we set out to revolutionise the children’s clothing industry. Both of us having babies born just a two months apart, we were taken aback by the lack of choice in children’s clothing in South Africa, and also more broadly across the globe.
Skates and Candy is determined to move away from your typical pink and blue clichés. Being mothers ourselves, we knew exactly what we wanted for our children, and that wasn’t readily available. Shortly after the first hectic 6 months of motherhood were over, with new babies, feeding and sleeping all under control, Skates and Candy was born. And after months of design and development, the first Summer range was produced. We’ve basically made the kind of clothes that we would buy for our own kids. Our range places an emphasis on practicality and accessibility making it easy and affordable to dress your baby while also injecting effortless style into their every day. Our kids are our main source of inspiration and Skates and Candy would not be possible without them. We love that our kids play a big role in S & C and we love the chaos. We have recently introduced a ladies range for trendy moms.
Skates and Candy has been featured in publications such as Cosmopolitan Magazine, Destiny Magazine and various other business magazines and newspapers. As a co-owner of Skates and Candy we were finalists for a women’s entrepreneurship award in 2016.
I have my own lifestyle blog, www.bayandagumede.co.za . I started my blog so that I can share the things that are important to me as a mom, wife and a business woman. I touch a bit on beauty, fashion and life in general. I’m an advocate for woman empowerment. Yes, we are busy moms, wives and business women, however we must do these tasks knowing that we can achieve greater things in life. More importantly we need to take care of ourselves mind, body and soul. My mission is to inspire all the mamas out there to live their best lives unapologetically.
My Mrs. South Africa Journey
I’m currently a Mrs. South Africa 2017 finalist! What an exciting journey this has been. Mrs. South Africa is not the typical beauty pageant. It offers married South African women who have real-life careers, families, and hobbies a platform to make a difference and to empower women across South Africa. Glamour and sophistication are part of the criteria, but the women who enter and win all have those relatable stories that inspire other women.
I entered Mrs. South Africa because I thought the exposure would be good for our brand, Skates and Candy. Secondly, I was at a stage of my life where I felt like I needed to challenge myself. This pageant has turned out to be so much more than what I expected it to be. It has left me feeling inspired to become a better version of myself by taking better care of myself, those around me and becoming more involved in my community. I am constantly surrounded by beautiful, intelligent and goal driven women who started off as my competitors, but whom I now regard as my friends. We call it the sisterhood.
My mission is to be an advocate for women empowerment by inspiring and supporting South African women.