Q. What is your name and where are you from?
My name is Leisha Salmon- (Like the Fish) I am a Jamaican born Canadian Artist and Designer living in Toronto, Ontario. I am a formally trained artist I Studied at the Ontario College of art and Design after which I too up blogging while working part time. That was back in 2010 the blog salmonnaturals hair care. In 2011 I launched Salmonnaturals my handcrafted hair accessories and jewelry line. Now in year three I opened up my first virtual store on Etsy an online handmade shopping place for creative people. Although I am formally trained in graphic deisgn and have an award for my ceramic sculpting. My passion is art and I love being able to express it through fashion.
Q. Can you tell us a little about your company (name, what you offer, when established, etc)? How did you come up with the company name?
Salmonnaturals is a company where I design and manufacture one of kind peices my very unique style come to life for all those who want to be true to themself and do it in a Fab way.
I have been a busy bee getting my company off the ground from blog to business.
here are just a few of my sites
I came up with this name by combining my last name Salmon with Natural. Salmonnaturals is a physical represents of my natural God given talent for creating Art.
Here are just a few of my sites:
I think of all my creations as a piece of art that takes shape while I am in my studio surrounded by things that inspire me. There is something for fashionable little girls and big Ladies. I also have some simple guy friendly unisex designed trendsetting jewelry for fashionable guys too.
What was your inspiration behind starting the brand and for each design?
The inspiration for designing hair accessories is thanks to my little sister since the age of 5 she has had her one style a mini fashionista in the making. She just love creating hair clips for her she has thick long beautiful kinky hair. Most of the products at the store would break in her hair so I had to set in and create things for her.
My jewelry is inspired by my beautiful lady friends every birthday I give handmade gifts and because of the overwhelming love from them I started selling both hair accessories and jewelry online in my virtual shop.
What distinguishes Salmon Naturals from other brands?
At Salmonnaturals everything is handmade by me in my studio. Handcrafted makes all my creations have a one of a kind, whimsical, imaginative and artful aesthetic. This is what I think distinguishes Salmonnaturals from other brands there is only one Leisha salmon.
What challenges have you faced with starting the line?
The challenges that I faced since starting my brand is getting into local stores. The competition is fierce in Toronto but I am lining up potential store. Learning from my mistakes and being positive.
What personal goals would you like to accomplish with your business?
My biggest personal goal is to open up a store in Jamaica that would be so amazing and that is my biggest dream to date.
Do you have any advice that you would offer to an aspiring entrepreneur?
The biggest advice I can give to aspiring entrepreneurs is get your social media know how right of the bat it makes a big difference if you want to start out on the virtual web.
And finally, how do we get our hands on SalmonNaturals?
Salmonnaturals is available on the virtual store sites Etsy and Storenvy
2 thoughts on “Small Business Spotlight Feature: SalmonNaturals”
Thanks for sharing this, Jackie. Your interview with Leisha is pretty inspiring. It makes me think that creativity can be one of the good capitals in your business. But it should not be just the talent but the knowledge on how you can handle it as well.
Thank you Cameron