I was able to sit down and interview a friend of mine, last week. Rebecca Buckley is a proud mama of 4 and a successful owner of her own apparel company Bondi Band. As a small business owner myself, I couldn’t wait to have a conversation with her. This, is how our interview went.
We found two comfy seats that faced one another in her living room. She mentioned to me that they recently had painted in the room, and I told her I loved the color. We smiled, and I asked my first question.
“It was during my trip to Australia,” she replied, sitting back into her chair. “My hair was a crazy mess from the beach and I wanted something to tame it, but I also wanted something that would go nicely with my beach ware. I cut some strips from my bathing suits, stapled them together, and placed it on my head. Immediately, people started to ask me where I got my headband and that is how Bondi Band was born!”
Such simple beginnings to forming her company that I never knew. Rebecca took a personal problem and created a solution. She then went on to tell me how hard she worked to get her product on the market by learning the retail industry and advertising through tradeshows. Rebecca had no comparisons because her Bondi Band product was the very first accessory made from bathing suit material, so she had to learn everything from the ground up! I then asked about the programs that are offered at her company.
“I offer a brand ambassador program to my customers. This means that I ask the people to spread the word about my apparel with their friends, at race events and even on social media. The brand ambassadors receive deals, discounts and other fun perks!”
Another Bondi Band program is the charity that Rebecca donates product proceeds to. I knew about Bondi Band’s charity being the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, but I was honored to learn about the backstory.
“I support the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute due to my dear friend of mine.” She smiled, and continued, “my friend had terminal cancer, but the institute gave her 5 more good quality years beyond her life expectancy from the illness. My friend used to wear these funky patterns and had no reservations about speaking her mind.” She chuckled. “She used to say ‘Rebecca, when I croak…’”Rebecca sat up and leaned into me. “No, really, she would actually say the word ‘croak’…she would say ‘when I croak, I want you to remember me in a positive way.’ I felt that placing these crazy-fun patterns into some of my apparel in some small way helped pay tribute to my friend – it will always remind me of her.”
So wonderful and powerful, the amazing roles that our friends play in our lives. What an impression her friend had on Rebecca and what a beautiful tribute back. I wiped away my tears and I asked my next question.
Without hesitation she pipes up, “ Family comes first.” I can attest to this. She is always with her 4 children. They have fun at home, go on trips as a family and she even includes them in some of the fun stuff with the business! “Literally, I Runitlikeamom by means of getting in at least 10 minutes of exercise a day. Between, picking up the kids, Bondi Band photo shots, baby feedings…whatever, I at least get on my elliptical machine and get in a workout. If anything, it keeps me sane!” We laugh. Amen to that, Rebecca.
I then asked her how she feels about the link-up between Runitlikeamom and Bondi Band this year? She smiled again. “I get inspired with what you guys write.” That really touched me. She continued to say that she relates to our blog posts and loves the community like atmosphere we portray on our blog. My friend’s response totally made me realize something. Isn’t this what it’s all about? Let’s put aside the fact that I represent a fitness-based and women blog and she is a successful business owner. We are simply two women having a conversation and being inspired by one another. That, supporting one another, is what it is all about. Not only am I highlighting Rebecca Buckley the owner of Bondi Band, I am also proudly talking about a fellow mother and friend.
My last question was, I felt, my most important one.
Again, without missing a beat, she simply says “My friends are my family.” I have felt this many times over the years knowing her. Rebecca and I met through our children’s town soccer program. I instantly knew we would have a long-lasting friendship after the first play date together with our families, at a park. Bondi Band not only represents good quality accessory and fitness products, to me, it also represents a woman and a mom who I admire and am proud to call my friend.
Absolute best wishes to you, Rebecca, always.
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