Two things I love right now….personalised products and cool tees. I recently shared the Mooluu love with you, and this week I’m adding to the list of awesomely cool customised kidswear. Another of my Insta faves, Little Scooch have taken cuteness to another level. A range of very clever designs that not only include your child’s name, but also add a cheeky flare with the image and catchphrase. Meg is the brainchild behind the business and lovingly hand screen prints each and every one from her own home. Each tee is unique and individual. Here are my cheeky monkeys rocking their own…
GO GO ELLA!
There are lots of other cute designs too, but I think you’ll agree, these ones rock! It was great to meet Meg and hear her story about how Little Scooch came to be…
- What inspired you to start Little Scooch?
Pregnancy and pelvic instability rendered me a bit ‘hobbyless’ (previously I have been a very active person into hockey, hiking, running, camping, snowboarding, bad dancing etc). I went along to a screenprinting course with a friend, and a few people wanted one of my designs for their kids. I loved the feeling of creating something that made people happy, so it inspired me to dream up more. The new creative outlet came at a time when I was also feeling frustratingly stalled in my corporate career, through my own decision to prioritise being home with my kids. So Little Scooch is a new skill and challenge for me.
- How do you juggle business and family?
Sadly at the moment by lack of sleep. I am a mum of 2 littles, and I work part time in the corporate world, so – apart from the rare ninja-mum moments where I get both kids down for a nap at the same time – Little Scooch is a night time gig for me (as much as I love printing with the ‘help’ of a 3 year old and 1 year old during the day….). I am pretty sure I constantly look knackered and friends are just politely pretending not to notice the huge dark bags hanging off my face like a zombie. But I feel energised and motivated so that kind of offsets it all somehow . My goal is to grow Little Scooch so I can pause my corporate career and be home with my kids more whilst they are little, and maybe I’ll still be a zombie anyway cos let’s be honest, little kids can do that.
- What has been your proudest moment so far?
As this is quite a new venture, it’s a bit of a daggy one, but the first time I printed my logo on the back of a teeshirt I got a real buzz out of it and was a bit like ‘woah shit just got real’. Either that, or the first time a stranger placed an order. I was so excited that a person with absolutely no incentive to pump up my tyres wanted to part with their hard-earned for something that I created.
- What has been your biggest challenge?
Coming from a non-fashion, non-design, non-arts background, I don’t really know anyone in the design community and I would love to find a mentor to really challenge me, guide and inspire me. I have found having mentors invaluable in the corporate world and really believe in the power of collaboration for people to lift each other up and bring out the best in each other. At the moment I wouldn’t know where to start with reaching out without seeming like a creepy despo, but I’m doing a couple of markets over the next few months so hopefully getting involved in events and marketing with other talented children’s designers is a good start.
- What is your advice to others wanting to start their own business?
- Fail fast. Have the balls to identify what’s not working, pause, regroup and re-set direction.
- Remember that Behind Every Great Woman, is herself.
- Three words that describe Little Scooch?
Little scooch designs are like the crazy love child of 3 things:
- street art,
- a kinder picture and
- a daggy dad joke. (no wonder only children are willing to wear them! (haha)
7. What’s your favourite current product in your line?
It’s hard to choose a favourite child but probably The Rockabye because it’s unisex, a little retro, looks rad on every colour and is such a sweet blessing to give a bub and their parents – who doesn’t want a soundly sleeping baby little having groovy dreams? It’s fair to say that everyone else loves the personalised Batman. I am doing SO many batman orders.
- Pay it forward to another local business. Little Scooch loves…
Mr. Willo – this team are the real deal creating thoughtfully designed shirts in Kensington for little hipster misters . I was drooling over everything in their stall at Swagger Market last week.
So if you want your little ones to rock their own cool designs, head to Little Scooch and order your own. Or they would make a gorgeous present for someone little who is very special!