Headwear24 | KZN Future 50

Headwear24 | KZN Future 50

Learn more about Headwear24, this week's KZN Future 50 featured business...

Headwear24 caps
Headwear24 caps / supplied

Company name: Headwear24

Website: https://headwear24.com/

This week’s East Coast Radio KZN Future50 business is Headwear24, a Durban-based business headed up by Ryan Ambler-Smith.

Ryan’s story is one of a true entrepreneur – a businessman who saw an opportunity and created a business that services stockists and customers across South Africa and broader afield into Africa. It all started when selling stationery door-to-door, Ryan was asked to source caps and t-shirts. When his cap supplier let him down, Ryan went to investigate the business – and found an opportunity, which is the foundation on which Headwear24 was built.

This business – and businesses like this – are essential to the KwaZulu-Natal and South African economy and they bring attention to the textile industry in South Africa.

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The textile industry has been significant as a source of employment in South Africa over the years. This business directly employs over 350 people, but as a local manufacturer they also bring business to their local supply chain, thereby expanding the business ecosystem around them. 

This is crucial to the South African economy, where more and more jobs are needed. Local manufacturing means we can weave in our heritage, our materials, and create an even bigger export market. Headwear24 can also supply faster, and keep product on the shelf, and due to their manufacturing capability, they are able to respond quickly to their stockists and clients needed.

Headwear 24, two people wearing caps
Headwear 24, two people wearing caps/ supplied

Headwear24 is already a supplier to some of our larger retailers although, they are making an impact to the individuals in the broader KZN community.

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Headwear24 has designed a “starter pack” model which is aimed at supporting small entrepreneurs find their feet. The idea is that an aspiring entrepreneur is able to acquire a starter pack of 6 caps, which he or she sells at a small profit. The entrepreneur would then be able to buy a slightly bigger pack, and sell those caps at a profit. As the entrepreneur sells more – and sells a product that everyone in the African sun can use – they are able to establish and sustain themselves. The idea is that everyone can start small, and grow big!

Do you know anyone who would benefit from a leg up to support them in generating their own income? Head over to Headwear24’s website and read more about becoming a stockist.

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