Thursday, September 4, 2014

Two Birds One Bear

I was over the moon when I recently discovered a new hat brand for toddlers by the name of Two Birds One Bear. I am always on the look out for cool hats for Frankie and Patch, hard to come by sometimes! Designed by Sian, hailing from New Zealand and living in Melbourne, Australia. Below Sian gives us an insight into her busy life and the inspiration behind Two Birds One Bear.
 
 
Some back ground information.
 
I’ve always been someone who cannot sit still and loves to be busy with work or personal projects. I did one of those left / right sided brain tests recently and it revealed that I am exactly 50/50. I love creativity but I would say my real talent is bringing things to life! Throughout my career in New Zealand and now Australia, I have always been involved with a brand at its infancy and been apart of the team that makes it grow and become successful. Building brands is what you would call it! That is what I’m passionate about and love hearing stories of people doing the same. I get a lot of my inspiration from following creative and talented people and interesting brands on Pinterest & Instagram. I love the visual aspect of it, as I don't get a lot of time to read these days. Having all that inspiration in one feed is amazing!
 
 
I would have to say my biggest inspiration is my entrepreneurial husband, he is so talented in so many ways and one of the most driven people I know. My son is the person who inspired me to create the Two Birds One Bear brand. I realised when he was born, that there was a very small range of cool boys hats in the market. Everything seemed to be bucket hats with teddy bears, stars or polka dots. Whilst I understand the need for the wide brim, I still think there is a time and place for peaked hats. Whilst working part time and looking after my little boy, I started to develop my own products on the side. I decided to go for the more classic and simple style peaked hats and plan to grow this with colour variations and styles. My hats are designed for the 1-4 age group.


I really wanted my son to be a part of the brand as it is essentially for him! As he gets older I’d like to teach him things I have learned from my experiences, but also to do it in an enterprising way. I’m also so lucky to have such a healthy little boy and have heard stories and watched so many documentaries on the heartache some parents have been through. Because of this I decided that I would donate 10% of Two Birds One Bear profit to charities that help enrich children’s lives. I think it is important for my son to have an appreciation for this.
 
 
 Favourite blogs
 
Captain + the Gypsy Kid, They All Hate Us, Milo& Mitzy, Mintsix, The Man Has Style + D’Marge  (I’ve always loved men’s fashion!) and lastly The Cool Hunter.
 
Lastly, I asked Sian to share her must see's and do's when visiting Melbourne.
 
I am a kiwi girl living in Melbourne. If you were to visit this amazing city you must:
 
Stay at an Art Series hotel (The Olsen + The Cullen are my top picks)
 
Eat brunch or lunch at the Stables in the Como Gardens in Toorak (in summer they will pack a picnic and croquet set for you and they are very kid friendly!)
 
Pick up some fresh fruits + deli goodies at the Prahran or South Melbourne market
 
Visit Melbourne or Werribee Safari Zoo (if you have kids)
 
Furniture and homeware shopping at Industrial Revolution on High St in Armadale, followed by coffee + a browse down the street.
 
Stroll around Albert Park (Husk + Tienda stores are my favourite)
 
Walk around the bays or Albert Park Lake
 
Watch  a movie at the open air Moonlight Cinemas in the Botanical Gardens
 
Drive down the coast to Sorrento + the Mornington Peninsula vineyards for some R+R.
 
Pop over and visit Two Birds One Bear now and be sure to check out their instagram and Facebook too for cool inspiration photos that I am warning, may make you a bit clucky!
 
Amy x