What is your name, and the name of your business?
My name is Odette and my business is Nouvelle Habit.
Where are you based?
I am based in Bristol, UK.
How did you get the idea for your Nouvelle Habit?
The idea for my business came from a friend asking me what I thought was a simple question – “Can you make me a waterproof riding skirt?” To which I replied “Yeah sure. How hard can it be?” I soon found out that it was going to be a bigger task than I expected. It took me nearly 4 years to have a riding skirt design that ticked all the boxes.
Unfortunately by the time I had completed the design my friend had given up horses and riding!
What is the favourite part of your business?
My favourite part of the business is knowing that I am providing a product that will enable riders to be warm and dry all year round and that they will be able to enjoy their horses company even in the pouring rain!
Which is your most favourite product you sell?
My favourite product would have to be the bespoke service, as I love making up a custom skirt and seeing what colours and patterns you choose. It’s always so exciting to see them come to life.
What is one thing we don’t know about you?
One thing you don’t know about me is, I’m allergic to citrus fruit.
What is the biggest thing you have learnt whilst in business?
The biggest thing I have learnt so far while being in business is that it is important to take time off.
As a one-man band it’s hard to manage all aspects of running a business and I often find myself working all hours of the day. In my experience this does not help my business – in fact it hinders it. By taking time out I am able to recharge and come back feeling fresh, enthusiastic and often with some new exciting ideas.
What one thing could you not live without?
I feel like I could live without most things. However I would miss music, spicy food, bright colours and sunsets very much.
Which is your favourite event of the year?
My favourite event of the year has to be Badminton. I’m lucky that it’s right on my doorstep and I am able to attend most years as a spectator. I hope to one day have a trade stand there; that would be a dream come true.
Shout out to your favourite brand?
A shout out to one of my favourite brands, would go to Timothy Foxx Clothing.
I have watched their business grow and, have been wearing their tweed mini skirts since I was in my teens. I love their style and passion for their clothing and aspire to become a brand like them.
What is your favourite animal?
I don’t really have a favourite animal, I am just generally animal mad. I am the sort of person that will say hello to every animal that I meet and feel they are all beautiful in there own way.
If you could be an animal for a day, what would you be?
If I could be an animal for a day I would be, a sea turtle exploring tropical seas.
Where can we find you? Social platforms and website address?
You can find me @Nouvelle Habit on Facebook, Instagram and Digital Horse
My website is www.nouvellhabit.co.uk