Maiden Name is a unique design company offering a range of home and personal accessories, including jewellery, handbags, brooches, ceramic kitchenware, coat hangers and ornaments. A Maiden Name product that HL loves is the bamboo cutting board – the perfect kitchen accessory that oozes style, as well as function. Maiden Name was started by Ingrid Auret in June 2012. ‘I wanted to be my own boss, make my own creative decisions and contribute to the creative industry and be part of the entrepreneurial scene,’ says Ingrid when HL asked about the brand. The cutting boards were one of the first products that Ingrid made. ‘They are quite big and heavy so that they don’t move around when you cut,’ she says. They are made from 100% recycled bamboo, cut from large bamboo sheets and engraved with the Maiden Name logo (MN). Ingrid then paints the board’s sides. Each Maiden Name product starts out as something that Ingrid would personally love for herself. ‘I want Maiden Name products to be pretty and attractive to people, unique and recognisable as Maiden Name. The aim is to have “must-have-that-now” products,’ she says. She is based in Somerset West but delivers nationally. Visit her website for her full range of products at maidenname.co.za or order at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, shop online at Hello Pretty or Utique. For more information you can contact Ingrid personally on email@example.com.