What is your name, and what is your job title at Cobalt Heights?
Hi Guys! My name is Sian (Pronounced “Sharn” – Im half Welsh and its a nightmare!) Francis and I am the Owner / Operator / Rubbish Bin Emptier at Cobalt Heights. I’m a one woman operation so I do everything from the buying to the boring accounting.
Tell us more about Cobalt Heights! When did you open and what’s changed since then?
Cobalt Heights was formed in 2011 after the birth of my first son. He was one of those fabled “Dream Babies”….. you know the kind that sleep all night and behave themselves during the day? I was bored. I started out small, initially we sold costume jewellery, by 2013 I decided to start venturing into handbags and wallets (my true love) and our range has gradually expanded to include clothing and shoes as well. We prefer to stick to the “alternative” side of thing and I often describe our range as “Pretty/Creepy”, preferring to leave the demure florals and whimsical prints to the girls who do it so much better. Give me skulls and zombies over pansies and daisies any day! Sourpuss was one of our first suppliers to come on board and I’m super proud to be a New Zealand stockist of their amazing range.
**Disclaimer – Before you start hating, my second child? Total opposite to his big brother. I am the proud owner of a dream baby and a devil baby. The universe has a funny way of arranging these things.
What did you do before Cobalt Heights ?
I have always enjoyed working with people. I left school around 16 and held various jobs in retail stores during the day and waitressing after hours. Prior to having my children I was selling new and used vehicles for a prestigious brand here in New Zealand. It was an exciting and challenging job, one that I really enjoyed and one that I like to think I was quite good at. Unfortunately it isn’t really a “family friendly” career and once my first son was born I knew deep down that it would be a long time before I returned to work outside of the home.
What’s the best part about your job?
THE PRETTIES! I am a total handbag whore and ordering and opening new stock never gets old. We are very active in the show and expo scene here in New Zealand and attend all of the major shows like Beach Hop, The Tattoo Expos, Armageddon and The Very Vintage Day Out as well as a bunch of smaller markets and shows throughout the North Island. I love nothing more than getting out into the real world and meeting up with new and old customers. Bonus points for the fact that I no longer have to worry about visible tattoos and piercings (and as a result have assembled quite an impressive collection of both in the last 5-6 years) .
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Eeek! Im a little naughty. Most days I forgo breakfast in favor of around 20 cups of tea (English Breakfast, Milk, No Sugar). However, on occasion I will make a full fry up my bitch – Mushrooms are my fave!
What is the most important appliance in your home?
Hands down, my cell phone charger! Oven not needed if I can order pizza.
Do you have any irrational fears?
I keep and occasionally breed tropical fish…..But I am terrified of fish in the water if I’m in the water with them. I like aquariums etc but scuba diving? NOPE!
Do you like Sci-Fi movies?
-If yes-What’s your favorite?
-If no-What would you rather watch?
Do zombies count as Sci-Fi? If so then YUP! Im also really into apocalyptic end of the world stuff too. Its been a long time since I’ve watched a good movie but I’m a big TV binger. At the moment I am currently working my way through The 100 but The Walking Dead is my fave show in the whole world!
Have you ever ridden an elephant?
No, I haven’t and to be totally honest even if I was presented with the opportunity to do so I would say no. I feel sorry for the poor little guys.
What are you most excited about in the coming months? (Feel free to answer for yourself or for Cobalt Heights )
This year we have 2 exciting new events we will vending at. The first is Armageddon in Auckland which is our equivalent to “Comic-Con”. The second is The Very Vintage Day Out. They are being held back to back, one weekend after the other in October this year and its going to be crazy! Cobalt Heights will NOT be f*cking around and I plan to bring our A Game to both shows.
Anything we forgot to ask?
Nope, I think we are good. I would like to add though that I am very thankful for the opportunity to be a featured retailer, it was such an honor to be asked. Sourpuss is one of our core brands at Cobalt Heights and that’s something that will never change. Over the coming months we will have new and exciting stock arriving all the time.