A little help from a friend

A little help from a friend

The manager made me wait until 3pm to see him. I showed him our website and laid out our plans for the business.
His words to me were, 'What makes you think you'd be able to pay us back? It's obvious you're just trying to scam us, get out!'
I was absolutely devastated; where on earth had he got that impression of me from?
November 21, 2016 by Christelle Nganhou
A bittersweet return and a crazy idea

A bittersweet return and a crazy idea

I had to walk to an internet cafe to speak to her online, because we couldn't afford the internet at home; so when she told me she could no longer afford to live in the UK, we sat and cried together for what felt like hours. It felt like our dreams had been shattered. How would we make enough money to support ourselves?
November 14, 2016 by Christelle Nganhou
I had no idea how we were going to survive

I had no idea how we were going to survive

The final straw came when I asked my uncle for a loan, but he said no. Feeling defeated I sat and cried... I'd never wanted to end up in a situation where I was at the mercy of others. Africans are very proud people but at that moment I felt deeply ashamed.
November 07, 2016 by Christelle Nganhou
Sweaters coming soon!

Sweaters coming soon!

What do you guys think?
November 02, 2016 by Christelle Nganhou
The odds were stacked against us...

The odds were stacked against us...

Our tailor had seemed like a brilliant option at first, as he was a popular fashion designer in our home town. As time passed however, we came to realise that he had misled us as to just how much he was willing to do for us and how long it would take him to do it.
October 31, 2016 by Christelle Nganhou
Meet Leanne

Meet Leanne

Meeting Leanne recently was pretty emotional for us as it reminded us what a long journey we've been on. We've started to touch on it a little in our Monday Motivation posts but this styling session took me back to three years ago when Michele and I would quite literally eat, sleep and breathe Grass-Fields. 

I won't go into too much detail here (you'll have to wait until Monday for that!), but as some of you will know Michele and I started out selling Grass-Fields on Etsy. Whilst over time we managed to get ourselves into a routine, during its first year the business we now have could only be described as a hobby. It was a really emotional rollercoaster for us, so hearing that the lovely Leanne has been following us and buying from Grass-Fields from back in our Etsy days literally brought tears to my eyes!

Watch Leanne's interview below :)

Leanne is wearing the Royal Top, available here.

If you'd like to be invited along to a styling session in London and go home with a Grass-Fields goody bag, leave a comment below!
October 26, 2016 by Christelle Nganhou
Striking Gold with a Chance Encounter

Striking Gold with a Chance Encounter

Unfortunately, it was just in time to hear the word 'evicted'. One man departed, leaving the other standing dejectedly amongst his various sewing machines and other equipment. But, I at last had a close up view of the object that had caught my eye; a beautiful, hand-made dress.
October 24, 2016 by Christelle Nganhou
Meeting one of our wonderful customers

Meeting one of our wonderful customers

We recently had the pleasure of meeting a one of our long time customers, the lovely Cheryl. She came down to our studio to have a sneak peak at some of the new arrivals and give us a quick interview about how she likes to wear her Grass-Fields pieces!

October 19, 2016 by Christelle Nganhou
Spotlight on Michele

Spotlight on Michele

This week I had the chance to speak to Michele for the first time. Even with the 24 hours of geographical separation between us as well as the 12 hour time difference, her warm and enthusiastic voice resonated through the phone making all of this hard to believe. Michele is currently based in Australia and tells me how the Australian culture has influenced the way she works in her business. She says it has driven her to be more focussed than ever as it is a place where efficiency and consistency are key if you want to succeed. When speaking to me about being separated; this strong-minded sister act do not let this throw them. They tell me how they simply don’t feel that far apart from one another, they speak every day without fail and continue to share their lives with each other even though they are nearly 10,000 miles apart.

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October 17, 2016 by Christelle Nganhou

Twins on a mission

Yesterday I was blessed enough to meet an inspiring, driven and talented young woman. Christelle is one half of the ‘twins on a mission’. Herself and sister Michelle have spent the last 3 years of their lives working tirelessly to set up one of the most unique and innovative fashion brands to date. Grass-fields is a collection created with love, authenticity and pride set in the roots of their African heritage with a western twist.
October 03, 2016 by Christelle Nganhou