What happens when two friends fall head over heels with all things Mexican? Sarah Goodwin and Millie Wilson have channeled their Mexican love affair into a blossoming business combining British design with traditional Mexican products. Tea and Tequila trading offers everything from Mexican wrestler appliqued clutches to not-available-over-the-counter booze. Sarah Goodwin and Millie Wilson are the creative brains behind Tea & Tequila. Here’s our latest dream business interview with the inspirational Sarah and Millie..
Tell us a bit about your business?
Tea & Tequila Trading is a company set up by Sarah Goodwin and Millie Wilson, we run it together from each side of the world, Mexico City and London retrospectively. ‘Tea’ represents the British products we choose to export and ‘Tequila’ represents our Mexican delights and our own brand designs. We blend our inherently London/British style with the love and inspiration we found for indigenous Mexican art and craft to produce hand-made luxury accessories, jewellery, homeware and furniture.
We travel extensively around Mexico to create and design, source and export products that embody this unique fusion of the rich and colourful culture of Mexico combined with our native British culture. We also work as importers, distributors and marketing agencies for our selected spirit brands, bringing Mezcal Amores to the UK and Elephant Gin to Mexico.
What inspired you to start your business?
Tea & Tequila came to Sarah when she fell in love with the iconic design of the Acapulco chair, she knew how well they would work in England and since they were weatherproof it was a no brainer. I had recently been out to visit Sarah and had become completely obsessed with Mexican art, culture and people and I was already devising a work strategy which would enable me to work with Mexico in some way when Sarah pitched the idea of Tea & Tequila to me. Everything has been flowing at a fast and exciting pace since that day and neither of us have ever looked back. We constantly seem to encounter miraculous coincidences which remind and reassure us that Tea & Tequila was meant to be and is definitely the right path for us.
How do you see your business developing in 5 years time?
In the next 5 years we see Tea & Tequila being a tropical travel accessories brand stocked in resort wear style boutiques worldwide, we will have a dedicated team of like minded enthusiastic people to work alongside us and we have no boundaries of where in the the world that will be.
As independent businesswomen what’s the biggest struggle you’ve faced?
The struggles we encountered were mostly as we were starting out, being young and new to the trade and spirit industries we had little credibility and we had to ask for advice and help from others who knew the industry better. We also struggled to begin with as we were so eager to achieve so much at such a fast pace and to do too much but we soon learnt that as a small team we had to focus our attention on certain aspects of the brand in order to make an impact on the market and excel.
Any advice or pearls of wisdom for would-be entrepreneurs?
Keep a clear picture and long term goal in mind and be very clear about your company’s objectives and concept, then give yourself short term goals to focus on which will lead you to accomplishing it.
(special thanks to Sarah & Millie for sharing their wild Mexican adventure)