Every Saturday I am featuring a different small business, getting to know a little more about the business and the people behind the brands! So I'm really excited to bring you another fabulous business and a lovely business owner: Jen from Little Pip England.
I had the opportunity this week to ask Jen some questions so you can get to know more about her and her fabulous 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 Jen, I am the designer maker and creator of Little Pip, one of a kind & heirloom children’s wear & accessories made from individually sourced vintage textiles and trims. This is very different from my career prior to becoming a Mummy in 2017 – designing mens knitwear for high street fashion brand Reiss!
What’s your guilty pleasure?
A chocolate rummage during the night whilst warming milk up for my Daughter (yes still doing this with her now age 3 – the chocolate makes it more bearable!)
What makes your business a little different from the rest?
Every single piece I make is entirely unique, even if 2 designs are made from the same fabric each one will be very different. You can choose from a range of designs that I suggest for your chosen fabric or allow me to surprise you!
What TV show could you happily lose a day bingeing on?
I don’t watch a lot of TV really as when the evening comes I usually head out to the studio to cut or sew or I’m sketching/sourcing fabrics & trims! But I do occasionally binge or catch up… Ben Fogle: Lives in the wild, Escape to the chateau or Gardeners World!! I find all of them creatively inspiring, a little bit dream worldly and so relaxing!
What is an absolute non-negotiable in your day?
Totally cliché but coffee to start ALWAYS!!
Tell us one thing about your business that you are most proud of?
I’m really proud that my business is sustainable by nature, that I’m recycling, re-loving, re-purposing and I follow this through to other areas of my business such as my packaging & labelling being 100% recyclable or made from organic cotton and printed with eco friendly dyes. I’m also proud that I’m hopefully rekindling an admiration for handcraft, vintage techniques (embroidery for example) and also saving these beautiful textiles from going to waste!
What topic would you speak about if you were asked to give a TED talk on something outside of your main area of expertise?
Ideas about sustainable and alternative living. Blending living and learning in the wild, being at one with nature as part of a balanced family lifestyle and a way of keeping us grounded in an ever-evolving commercialised world! (A bit of Ben Fogle influence here!)
What’s your favourite ever product that you currently sell or have sold?
My favourite things to make are dresses! And Christmas pieces!
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?
Investing in the conversion of our garage into my studio was by far the most worthwhile! Prior to this working on the dining table was just chaos with a toddler around, never being able to tidy up properly and never having enough space! I now have storage and work space that’s away from the house, my Daughter Olivia still pops in to see what I’m doing if she’s at home with Daddy whilst I’m working, but its much more safe with pins, scissors, sewing machines and an iron around!
What’s been the biggest change to you and your business during this