We’re utterly thrilled to be chatting with Heather (and David!) from Kippins today! This brand is one that I’ve admired for a while now and know that many of you do too. From the incredibly popular cuddle blankies to the muslin wraps, rattles, playmats and much more, come and learn a little more about this beautiful business.
Are you a mum with a business? If so, tell us a bit about yourself and your family.
I am a Mum to Jack (5) and Tom (3) and the CEO of Kippins! I’m also a wife to my best friend and Kippins co-owner, David. We live on the sunny Gold Coast and absolutely love it.
When did you start you business?
We started in August of 2014.
What was the main reason why you started your business?
As a child I loved story-time before bed. I have such vivid memories of those moments, all snuggled in with my favourite book and my favourite cuddly toy. When I had Jack, I looked for a special toy with an amazing story that would help us create those special memories and take us to a magical world, but I couldn’t find anything that felt really cool and modern. Kippins was created to bring parents all the products they need to have magical moments at bedtime and to send their babes off to bed with good thoughts.
I also found that most comforters available on the market were made from plush fibres. Many plush fabrics are synthetic, and even those that aren’t will shed tiny fibres that baby can ingest or inhale. Those fabrics can also cause baby to overheat, which is a SIDS risk and will interrupt a good sleep. I wanted to create something out of beautiful, smooth organic cotton that was lightweight and breathable.
Any major obstacles you had to overcome to get your business up and going?
We’ve had to be very creative on a small budget. In the beginning, everything we did went into product development and production. So all of our marketing was done on a shoestring. Mums sharing to other mums through word of mouth is what has helped us grow so quickly!
What’s been your biggest business (or personal) achievement so far?
When we realised we are sold in 38 countries – that’s crazy, overwhelming, and just so cool. I would also have to say seeing our first book (The KippinTales) come to life has been amazing. It’s always been my dream to have people to read my stories.
Why do you like having your own business?
We’ve really built something that is to our own design and we truly love what we do. It doesn’t feel like work to me! Also, while the workload is intense it’s largely to my own schedule and no working week is the same!
What would we find you doing on the weekends?
I am such a homebody – we love just hanging out at home and we live in an area where everything we need is within walking distance – including friends with kids the same age (and the pub, ha). If we do head out it’s usually for a drive down the coast to Kingscliff, or up to the mountains for a bushwalk! We love Mount Tamborine.
Do you ever manage to get any ‘me’ time – if so, what do you get up to?
I do! I am quite selfish about ‘me’ time these days, which is a new thing! I used to feel really guilty doing anything for myself. Now I love to go to pilates, watch reality TV and read. Oh, and drink wine in my pyjamas! I love sleeping, I think that’s why I created a company around getting extra shut eye! So those moments when you put the kids to bed and it’s just you and your own thoughts. That’s the key to balance and happiness.
Tell me one random fact about yourself?
I can’t watch horror movies. Not even the trailers. I am the biggest scaredy cat! If you even mention ghosts I get goosebumps. I have them now!
Top 2 films you’re happy to watch again and again
Oh gosh, this will make me sound weird, but my favourite movie is Fight Club – I love the psychological aspects of it. Second, The Notebook. That movie gets me right in the feels every time.
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