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Karyn

I have specialised expertise in personalised products and have been the Owner/Director of Just For You Name Badges since 1995.  I design and create fantastic bespoke name badges for my customers in my sunny studio on my rural property in Wellington. I love sending my badges all over the world and hearing they make people happy and smile.

I manage all aspects of my small business from marketing and communications, strategy to execution, including my digital and social media channels.

I’m married to Steve and we have two adult daughters Charlotte & Katie.

I do find some time for a little fun outside of my studio. I enjoy gardening, long range target shooting as well as hunting with my husbande.  My husband Steve & I have both represented New Zealand in F Class Rifle Teams and I have been in the New Zealand Ladies Rifle Team alongside my daughter Charlotte. I’m also a NRANZ council member.

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Ruby Head of Security

Ruby our Hungarian Vizsla loves hanging out in the sunny studio. She supervises badge orders from her studio couch.

Ruby greets the courier on a Tuesday when he picks up the mail bag.

Ruby is a high energy dog and she’s all about having fun.  She enjoys her daily walk (if she doesn’t get a walk she uses the house and studio as a race track).  She loves any attention she can get, especially pats and treats!

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Beginnings of an Artist

How it all began

I started working with personalised products in the 1980’s in my family’s business, I have sold my own creations from about the age of 10.  I took over Val Lewis’ name badge business, she was a well known NZ artist who began making these name badges in 1975!  In the mid 1970’s my mother and family friend Val Lewis shared a co-op at the Victoria Market, Willis Street in Wellington. My parents expanded their craft business specialising in their own personalised products and went on to operate a successful commercial screen printing business selling personalised items both domestically and internationally.

The Martinborough Fair

This was always a highlight and the name badges were exhibited at the Martinborough Fair for 25 years between 1978-2003, I had my own stall from 1996-2003. “I love the Martinborough Fair, I travelled home twice each year when I lived in Sydney to help at my parents stall”.

Returning from Australia in 1995 and after Val Lewis’ passing I took over the name badge business and I developed a successful mail order and online business.

Inspiration:

“When designing new badges I often find myself looking back and getting inspiration from Val’s ideas and techniques and original works”.

Karyn’s website is dedicated to Val Lewis

I hope you enjoyed learning about us at Just For You Name Badges
Karyn

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