Meet Georgie Olley, Founder of Nomad Design
In this interview series, we want to feature amazing and inspiring women who are company founders. Our goal is to share experiences and insights so we can learn from each other, and inspire the community to take action to create the businesses they dream of.
Hello Georgie —
Tell us a bit about you.
Hi! I am the founder of Nomad Design and I am a Nomad with a diverse cultural heritage who loves travelling, textiles, storytelling, photography, DJing and yoga.
Tell us about your business.
Nomad Design specialises in sourcing traditional textiles handmade by artisans in West Africa and Central Asia. With
What inspired you to start your business?
Firstly, it was the realisation that people we looking to shop differently. My initial customers were looking for handmade pieces with an interesting story woven into their fibres. Secondly, because I think
How has the experience been for you?
Wow, what a question. The experience is ever changing because I learn more with every step forward I take. I’d say it has been life forming and has helped me work deeply on myself as a person.
What have you found the most challenging?
What has been your best investment?
Definitely delegating the making process to my workshop. This release of control has given me time to run Nomad better.
Have you made any mistakes or faux pas? If so, can you share with us?
Not that many really, I am quite risk averse so none that have had a hugely detrimental effect to my business. I tend to be a rather slow and rational person, so I make carefully considered decisions.
Have you had any role models or mentors along the way?
I listen to
What has been the greatest lesson you’ve learnt since starting your own business?
Patience, persistence and bounce back quickly from problems, learn from them. Stay
What does success mean to you?
What books or podcasts would you recommend?
What advice would you give anyone about to start a business?
Be kind, be patient, be consistent with your message, be persistent and keep moving
How can readers get in touch with you?
Email : email@example.com
Instagram : @nomad.design
Web : www.nomaddesign.co.uk
Brand story – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_Buti24Hk4
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