Marguerite van der Merwe
The story of Piekant Picnic starts with a housewife who realised, like most South African families, they would need a second income to make ends meet. As a mother of three however, she needed to do something that will allow her to still be available to her children. It would, therefore, need to be something she can do from home.
She tried a few things, but without success. One night, she dreamt of a picnic blanket. She was convinced that this was not merely a dream, but a revelation. She started designing her blanket. It was a large rolled-up blanket that, although beautiful, was not extremely practical. Feedback from one of her family members were:
“Marguerite, it is really beautiful, but I am not sure whether people would want to use a trailer when they go out for a picnic”
Rather deflated, but undeterred, she moved on to version two. We were able to scout her Facebook account for Exhibit A that is pictured above. Although an improvement, of which she was able to sell a few, it was still not as practical as she wanted it to be.
In 2015, she finalised her design. A washable, waterproof blanket that is as practical as it is beautiful. Through her Facebook page she started marketing with vigour. To her amazement, the business started showing some real promise.
In 2016, this lady made 252 blankets all by herself, in a room adjacent to her house. This required her to be glued to her sewing machine in between mom duties and expectations. Did I mention she did this while suffering from two auto-immune diseases that causes her, amongst other symptoms, to have severely painful joints?
Today, after several successful SARCDA Trade Exhibitions, Piekant has been able to put up a small factory in George, Western Cape.
Thanks to her amazing creativity, the products produced by Piekant are dynamic. There are always new designs and new ideas. The following products have been added to her picnic range:
* Picnic Bags * Wine Coolers * Lunch Bags * Water Bottle Holders
Check out some of her stunning creations below:
The craftsmanship on these products are immaculate. This must be because Marguerite quality checks each bag herself.
Their products also makes for a high quality, durable corporate gift which means that through their products, your brand will become a beloved part of family activities for years to come.