In 2017, Vynka and her two young sons relocated from Blackall in central Queensland to Toowoomba and looked for opportunities to start her own small business.
Having had years of experience involved in the family retail business, and with a passion for providing quality homewares and accessories to people in regional areas, Vynka realised that there was a market for beautiful, quality cowhides in her new hometown.
Chase & Hide started with humble beginnings; the first rugs were displayed and sold from the fence at the boys’ primary school at Wellcamp. An opportunity arose when a passerby invited Chase & Hide to sell hides at an event run by the Darling Downs Cutting Club and the ball started rolling from there. In the first year of business, Vynka spent most weekends travelling to the many markets and events the Darling Downs are renowned for, which helped build a broad customer base from all over the region. Two and a half years later, Chase & Hide still travels to markets, but life with two primary school-aged and rugby mad boys was made a little easier when the website launched and a modest home-based studio (regularly open by appointment) was established at Vynka’s home in Toowoomba. Pop-ups at Grand Central in Toowoomba also act as a storefront for Vynka and she finds that people are just drawn to the leather or have been sent along by a friend.
As the small business quickly expanded through word of mouth and social media Vynka began to expand the range of cowhide goods to meet customer requests. Cowhide jewellery, bags and wallets were sourced from artisans and designers and quickly became popular additions to the range. Vynka has also had a hand in designing some of her own products.
Chase & Hide’s foundations are built on small town business values and service and Vynka prides herself on supplying one-of-a-kind natural products that she genuinely believes in.
The best place to view the range is the website, Facebook or Instagram or contact Vynka to arrange a drop-in to her home studio