Our Story

We're Brittany and Courtney - both of us are full-time teachers turned stay-at-home moms working the side hustle and chasing our dreams of being entrepreneurs. =)

We love all things coffee, traveling, holidays, Target, traditions, and having our kids grow up like siblings. Brittany has two babes - Brayden is 5 and Breena who is 2.5. Courtney has Caspian, who is 3, and Finley who is 8 weeks old!

 

So how did the Protea Lane story begin?

Protea Lane was inspired by the strength of being a mama, our friends' stylish ways, the courage to do something different, and the joy of all things pretty. 
We both LOVE flowers! The protea flower is a gorgeous flower from Africa, and symbolizes strength and courage - and we knew this is what our company was about. 

Our husbands (who are brothers) were both born in South Africa. All of us being photographers and addicted to traveling, it was time to see one of their favorite places in the world. So we headed to South Africa! 
Our packing stress level was off the charts with an international trip with a 2.5-year-old, 8-month-old, and a four-month-old. The earliest idea for the company was born after this trip. We knew that we needed a practical and functional backpack perfect for our day trips - as well as our big trips (while of course looking stylish and cute).

We're mamas. And we're also photographers, entrepreneurs, foodies, coffee addicts, bakers, and explorers. We wanted a bag that would fulfill all of the needs that come along with each of those passions, and we're proud to say that we accomplished that with The Traveler.

While we designed The Traveler with motherhood in mind, we purposefully aimed to develop it in such a way that would not limit its use simply to one type of person.

In other words, this is a backpack for those mamas in the diaper phase or the snack addicted toddler phase, mamas headed out for a girls' night, teachers, nurses, CEOs, marketers, the business trips, the on-the-go people person, and of course the traveler!

 

Thank you for following along in our journey!

- Brittany and Courtney