Meet Our Stockists Series | Olga Imbriano - Owner of Bellelis
Hello! My name is Olga, and I’m the Mum-Boss at Bellelis. I have two amazing daughters (3 and 12 years old) and I moved to Australia almost six years ago from Prague for my now husband. I was an accountant for over ten years and now trying to make my dream a reality (so far it is looking really good). Back in Czech, I was performing in theatre as a hobby, doing various acrobatic and funny shows, I miss that quite a lot, now just trying to make people laugh with my silly photos.
Tell us a bit about your store and how it came into existence?
Owning a business was always my dream. The idea behind bodysuit extenders came to me when my dad was in the hospital after an incident. My youngest daughter was outgrowing her bodysuits so quickly, but shopping was the last thing I wanted to do. I remembered using a similar product with my first daughter back in the Czech Republic. So the newly discovered passion for sewing and my dream came together, and I launched Bellelis with a single handmade product in May 2018. Sustainability was always on the top of my list, so adding cloth nappies and other reusable products for mums and babies were just a matter of time. I finally gave that a go at the start of this year with a big success.
Any big plans for the future? Secrets you can share with our Alcmenies?
I would love to open a shop in Canberra with cloth nappies, handmade baby
products and gifts for new mums or mums to be. I love to offer different types
and brands of nappies and accessories so people can choose what they want.
More brands are on the horizon.
I am also working on more Bellelis brand products and new collections.
What are your business ethos?
Quality, customer service and environmental impact. Those are core values of Bellelis brand. May sound a bit boring, but there is nothing better for me than a happy customer with beautiful products that aren't wrapped in plastic.
Can you share some advice for families wanting to start using cloth nappies?
Don’t be scared. You will be overwhelmed at the start. Sooo many brands,
types of nappies, wash routines etc. Purchase a trial pack of different types
of nappies and brands and try one day in cloth. That will help with washing
routine. Not sure about something? Ask questions in one of the many lovely cloth groups. We will all cheer and support you. Go for it!
How do you fill your own cup?
Well, my cup always needs to be filled with coffee. :D
On a more serious note, this is something I find hard to do, and I wish I had a great answer or a tip for you.
What would be the theme song of your life?
Not sure if there is crazy song enough to fill the spot.
What is your most treasured possession?
A photo of my brother.
What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?
I’m quite an introvert. Would you believe that?
If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
A genie gives you three wishes—what are they?
Move my parents and friends to Australia. Anyone can grab the other two wishes.