RUPANYUP brothers Lachlan and Connor Weidemann boast a title few others their age could lay claim to.
At ages 14 and 12 respectively, the brothers are business owners. They have created the apparel label Ultimate Sports, and have made their first sales.
So far the boys have produced hats, but they hope to expand the business to socks and t-shirts.
Their mum Andrea said the idea came about last year.
“The boys are very much into their sport, whether football, cricket, basketball or tennis. Currently they’re training for cross country,” she said.
“Lachlan had the idea that he would like to start a brand.
“I’ve helped them and encouraged it as a way of them going on the computer to do something useful and productive, rather than playing games.
“They chose the name Ultimate but that was already registered, so they chose Ultimate Sports.
“They’ve just had hats printed up at this stage, and they're selling them to their friends and cousins.
“It’s very early days, but everything has to start somewhere.”
Mrs Weidemann said starting the business was a learning exercise for everyone.
“They have an ABN, and we had to find out the difference between that and being registered as a business,” she said.
“We took a holiday to Bali and the hats were made there, but the boys have been looking at local options.
“They haven’t taken that any further as yet.”
Lachlan said he had enjoyed working on the business with Connor. “It’s been good fun,” he said.
“We have sold our hats to 10 people. We are hoping we might be able to make them one of the junior prizes for the Rupanyup footy club or something like that.”
Lachlan said the logo represented mountain peaks, with the smaller broken peak in the middle reaching up towards the larger peak.
He said this represented the business name they had chosen. “Ultimate is the top point, so you want to be there,” he said.
Mrs Weidemann said people could call her on 0447 455 561 to buy a hat.