I'm so excited to bring you all my first ever #shopsmallsaturday blog takeover! Every Saturday I would like to feature a different small business, getting to know a little more about the business and the people behind the brands! So without further ado, I'd like to introduce you to today's guest blogger: the incredibly talented and equally lovely Ali from Tutti Frutti Clothing.
I had the opportunity this week to ask Ali some questions so you can get to know more about her and her wonderful business. I hope that by reading this interview you may find another small business to support or if you're interested in maybe starting your own business, you may find some inspiration here too...
Hello! I’m Ali and I run Tutti Frutti Clothing. I make organic clothes for kids (and now grown up sizes too!) in fun prints and bold colours.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Dairy Milk – I can eat quite a lot of it in one go!
What makes your business a little different from the rest?
I work really hard to find prints and fabrics that stand out from the things you find on the high street and also make sure that everything I make is suitable for boys and girls – one style of leggings and t-shirts for all children.
I’m also really passionate about reducing waste in the fashion industry and use as much of the fabric I have as I can. Smaller pieces are made into kids undies, baby wipes and even make up remover wipes!
What TV show could you happily lose a day bingeing on?
It’s rather embarrassing to admit but I do like to watch BBC Doctors in the afternoons when I sew! I could probably watch that and lose a whole day!
What is an absolute non-negotiable in your day?
My morning latte – I can’t start the day without a latte!
Tell us one thing about your business that you are most proud of?
I think I am most proud of making my business work around my kids. I have three (6, 8 and 10) and its hard work but positive customer comments make it all worth it. I am also really proud that I have raised nearly £400 for the local foodbank through the sale of hairbands and scrunchies – aother way to use up small pieces of fabric but also for a worthy cause.
What topic would you speak about if you were asked to give a TED talk on something outside of your main area of expertise?
I have no idea! Maybe old musicals…I do love them!
What’s your favourite ever product that you currently sell or have sold?
I really love the grown-up rompers I recently introduced to my range. I have 4 now and they are the comfiest thing I own!
What is the best or most worthwhile investment you’ve made? Could be an investment of money, time, energy, or other re-source. How did you decide to make the investment?
I am a member of the Resilient Retail Club with retail consultant Catherine Erdly. I’ve invested time and money in her courses and programmes and they have been really worth it. Getting a handle on finances and stock levels is not the most glam part of running a small business and her support and advice has been invaluable.
What’s been the biggest change to you and your business during this crazy Covid-19 lockdown?
Adding a bigger range of grown up clothing to my collection! I always said I would only do kids clothes but it turns out grown ups love colourful, comf