Chanayé Pillay is the Director of Business Development at a prominent garment manufacturing company as well as CEO and Founder of Hugio (Pty)Ltd and the Founder of The Shifft, Praise and Worship.
Please tell us a little more about yourself and your journey thus far.
I’ve grown up in the manufacturing and textile industry and later joined the family business. It was only until then that I realised my deep love for clothing and the allure to developing products. I’ve also wanted to create in some form or other, predominantly because I could never find what I was looking for in one set store. My industry does not afford much free time! I’ve always found a personal lack in that regard and Hugio was the solution to it.
Please tell us a little more about how your company came about.
The idea was birthed a few years ago. Conceptualising the dream held a lengthy timeline, which worked in my favour as it allowed time for growth and perspective. From forming dependable relationships within my supply chain to understanding their processes made for an easy approach to bring the collection to reality. Justin Nanak from Society 5.0, played an enormous role in the marketing needs required to launch the company.
Should you be busy with any interesting initiatives, please tell us a little more about it.
A few years ago I started a praise and worship band called The Shifft, where kids of various youth groups and orphanages would come out and connect and praise God together. We’d provide food and drinks each month and best council or redirect those struggling with personal challenges or in need of assistance.
What is it that you are passionate about?
I’m deeply passionate and intrigued by fabric and manipulating it to create garments. As well as clothing design, and the manner in which designs are influenced. From culture to history to practicality and need. I love how every garment created is derived from a story, situation or place of influence. I love the evolution of fashion and how it displays our progressive nature. The boldness it evokes to test boundaries and limits to create works of art. The “New Look” by Dior encapsulates this very stance.
Who or What has been the biggest influence in your life and why?
My parents have been my greatest influence, simply because I’ve witnessed their journey to success.
They were my first set of influencers. As entrepreneurs, I’ve witnessed them accomplish exceptional goals, doing the best they could with what they had. They never shied away from hard work, going the extra mile, coupled with enormous amounts of sacrifice.
What is your personal “motto”?
Work hard and work smart.
What advice would you give a woman wanting to follow her dreams?
Don’t underestimate yourself! Learn as much as you possibly can and persevere. Accept the fact that you will make mistakes, you will experience setbacks and you will definitely feel like giving up a handful of times. Remain focused on your goal and do everything you possibly can to achieve it. Things take time. Harness the lessons learnt along the way and accept the fact that every experience adds value to where you’re going. Even the awful ones.
Who or what is your inspiration and why?
I’m inspired by the history of fashion and the way prominent couturiers have significantly influenced the way we dress. I’m deeply fascinated by the transformation of fashion after the Second World War, and how designers being affected by the aftermath of supply and other distinguishing factors, single handedly transformed the idea of how women dress.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Don’t get so caught up in the difficulties of the moment since they are only temporary.
Be kinder to yourself, the best is yet to come.
Your favourite daily affirmation:
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
Your favourite quote:
Your reason and your passion are your rudder and sails of your seafaring soul, if either your sails or your rudder be broken, you can but toss and drift, or else be held at a standstill in mid-seas. For reason, ruling alone, is a force confining; and passion, unattended, is a flame that burns to its own destruction. ~Khalil Gibran.
Which book are you reading now (if any)?
Anonymous by Alicia Britt Chole.
Which book would you re-read?
The Pact by Jodi Picoult.
What are your top 3 business tips?
- Know your craft well, extremely well. Learn everything, as much as there is to know, and be the best at it and never stop learning! Work smart, but work hard, every laboured effort adds value to you and your business.
- Don’t be afraid, especially if you’re certain of yourself and sure you’re able to realise your dream. Just go for it! Anticipate setbacks, don’t be discouraged by them. Reset as quickly as possible and persevere to move through it.
- Produce quality work, in simple things, from writing out waybills to selling your products. It goes a long way and leaves a lasting impression.
What would you say is your secret to success?
Making up my mind! I believe deeply in working hard, I believe most people work extremely hard! But I’ve found that finalising your goals in your mind shifts things into motion. Whether it’s a new business or new activity, if you’ve already decided that you want to achieve it, you will. You’ll follow through, put in the work and persevere. Most of the time we talk ourselves out of it or let doubt depict its future. The second point would be planning and organisation! I can’t function without being organised and having a well noted action plan.
One piece of general advice that you’d like to share:
Don’t dwell on your shortcomings for too long, the moment ends, and a new one arises.
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