She had a 1st class degree in Textile design and over 15 years in design and buying experience for many High Street retailers. She had plans of creating her own business for many years and in 2006 finally took a leap of fairy faith and Believe You Can was born!
She realised there was a gap in the market for gorgeous girly gifts which were ethically made and not mass produced. She also saw there was a market for Fair Trade products which appeal directly to children (hence the pink and sparkle!) and not the ‘earthy’ products which were available at the time. So the concept of ‘Fair Trade fairies’ was created.
After many back-packing and also business trips to India she had fallen in love with the colour, creative skills and also the people of this magical country and so decided to find a Fair Trade producer in India. After lots of research, travel and help from the WFTO (World Fair Trade Organisation) she found the perfect producer and in the first year visited them four times to design and develop products, build a strong relationship and also oversee production.
Believe You Can is primarily a wholesaler and launched at the Top Drawer trade show in January 2007 with just ten fairies. It was an instant success with many retailers placing orders and requesting more fairies. Since then the fairies seem to have magically multiplied, with a touch of Louise’s design skills with more being born each season!
The initial range has now expanded to include a wedding range, tutus, ballerinas and fairy doors which have proven very popular. Louise also believed we sometimes need angels and so these were added and have since become best sellers. Shortly after Unicorns, Flamingos and Mermaids joined the family and Llamas, Pandas, Easter Bunnies and Chicks followed shortly after!
Louise has a sketch book full of many more fairies and other characters yet to come to life so watch this space for new products.
Hope you enjoy our fairies as much as they have enjoyed being created!