Putting her foot in on­line ven­ture

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business - By KATE LEAVER

MT Clare­mont res­i­dent Ch­eryl Botha has launched her new on­line shoe shop Ankalia af­ter study­ing leather­work in Mi­lan un­der a renowned leather ar­ti­san.

Ms Botha said she re­turned ea­ger to bring her high-end hand­crafted leather san­dals prod­uct to the Aus­tralian mar­ket.

“All the leather is made in Italy and I as­sem­ble and em­bel­lish the shoes in my Mt Clare­mont home stu­dio us­ing the same tra­di­tional meth­ods that I learnt from my men­tor in Italy,” she said.

Ms Botha em­bel­lishes the san­dals with Swarovski crys­tals.

Along with leather­work, she also stud­ied fash­ion and luxury goods man­age­ment in Mi­lan, and said she was ex­cited about the benefits of an on­line busi­ness.

“I can have the flex­i­bil­ity to sell to cus­tomers all over the world; I’ve al­ready had some in­ter­est from cus­tomers in the US,” Ms Botha said.

She said crafts­man­ship and qual­ity were the most im­por­tant parts of her trade.

“Each pair takes sev­eral hours to make; I don’t think there’s any­thing like Ankalia on the Aus­tralian mar­ket,” Ms Botha said.

Ch­eryl Botha’s hand­crafted shoes are made from Ital­ian

leather.

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