The corporate jungle which Sam Mauvis excelled in, was not fertile ground to grow her creativity. So, encouraged by her husband Emile, she traded a top salary to launch a paper flower company. Today she’s earning just as well and doing what she loves.

Sam’s journey as a paper florist first began when she made a flower wall backdrop for her best friend’s wedding. Soon, she was receiving an overwhelming amount of inquiries to request paper flower decor walls for numerous functions. With the support of her husband, Paper La Fleur was born.

Today, Paper La Fleur provides its customers with any and all types of custom paper flowers, walls and backdrops. Despite her success as a businesswoman, Sam’s two children remain her greatest achievement.

The name ‘Paper La Fleur’ stems from all of their products being made from paper; however, ‘Fleur’ is a generational name that has been passed down for four generations in Sam’s family. To honour her family name and the tradition, Sam decided to incorporate it into her company’s name. 

At little more than the age her daughter is now, Sam was already playing with sewing machines and glue guns. By the time she was twelve, she’d organised her mom’s baby shower.

“My favourite pieces to date have been anything from anniversary walls to wedding decor but I think where I thrive and what I really enjoy to do are baby nurseries,” she explains.

“I am all about creating things that are unique to an individual and when I sit down with a mom and discuss how she is and what she is looking for for her baby, I always push to be creative and I want to make everything unique for every unique individual.”

Extraordinary hours and detail go into each bloom, and we were fortunate enough to see the process behind one of Sam’s magnificent daisies.

Sam first set up her business when she was pregnant at home, using a pack of paper and scissors. As her business has bloomed, her financial needs have changed and she has found the perfect partner – Capitec.

“With Capitec, I have saved so much since day one. The thing I am most happy with with Capitec is that everything is so simple and easy,” she explains. 

To get an idea of the work that goes into a full installation, we dropped by the nail and beauty bar of Sandy Koukouves who witnessed an entire tree take shape.

Having seen her leap of faith pay off so handsomely, Sam believes you can’t say you’re not good at something until you try!


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