Our Story so far...
In 2016 we decided to start a business. Maurice & I each had a book beside our bedside table & began writing down our business ideas whenever one popped up. Together we came up with the idea of party bundles. 'Style your whole party in the click of a button'. Maurice doesn't do anything in halves so next minute he was on a plane to China to meet with potential suppliers. Whilst I was at home, working my day job as a Year 11 Coordinator & Year 12 Psychology Teacher.
Upon Maurice coming home he found a supplier & organised a container of party supplies, we didn't have the money to hire a factory space so we stored it in our garage, sister in laws dance school & my uncles spare rooms at his home. Whilst the party bundles were selling I decided I wanted to give the baby market a crack with my idea of Felt Ball Mobiles. Maurice hand cut, saw & sanded embroidery hoops as my frames while I put colours & beads together & came up with mobile designs! We sold out first one on Etsy a few days later. I kept coming up with designs & they kept selling, so we delve into the baby market a little more doing blocks & later dummy clips.
In 2017 I fell pregnant (after being told I only had one working ovary & the one that worked was polycystic) so naturally we were over the moon. We worked our butts off that year prior to our first born arriving - adding to the range. Working from home 7 days a week, 12-14 hour days were (and still are) a normal working day for us.
05 December 2017 our whole world changed our daughter Cassia was born & we had never been more in love but the business didn't stop. Maurice left the hospital during the day to book in orders & I told him to bring my suitcase with the dummy clips beads so I could make orders & help him pack in hospital. Every night while I was in hospital I would pack orders with him & make dummy clips whilst learning to be new parents, learning how to breastfeed & function on even less sleep than I was used too. It was an interesting, challenging time in our lives but we continued to hustle day in and day out.
2018- we hired our first staff member a designer who worked from our home. We also bought our first laser machine & then we really started expanding our product range. Maurice prior to running very successful nightclubs around Melbourne used to be a cabinet maker & designer so he used those skills to draw up products & name plaques and worked around the clock to teach himself how to use a laser machine. After the success of the laser machine we decided to invest in a UV printer this sat in our lounge room as our whole house was full of stock. Once we got to this stage we decided it was time to look for a factory space.
2019- as our product range started to expand, we started to get busier the workload for Maurice & myself was getting too much we rented our first factory & got another staff member. We continued to pour in our heart & soul into the business expanding our product range whilst still selling party supplies. After we got our first laser machine we really started to see our business shift from party supplies to baby decor so we sold all our party supplies to another business & continued to hire staff & purchase more machines. In September we fell pregnant with our second child & again we continued our hustle investing into people & machinery. Fast forward a year and we had two laser machines, 5 staff members & we weren't done.
2020- the year of the pandemic and the birth of Charlize, our second daughter. While the world started to fall on its knees with COVID-19 we were bringing our second child into the world. A scary but exciting time, this time we had enough staff that I was able to take two weeks off & wasn't making dummy clips in hospital. We are currently approaching the end of 2020 & still mid pandemic & have moved into a larger factory space! and we aren't done. Watch this space!
Thank you for your continued support, following our journey & loving our products & family business. It's not possible without you.
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All our love
Chloe, Maurice, Cassia & Charlize