Can you tell us about Sparrow & B?
We are Belinda and Sandi, two friends who creatively joined forces in 2013 to form Sparrow & B and design handmade children’s costumes. We both feel passionate about creating imaginative dress-ups that inspire little ones. At first it began as a hobby, but before long we saw that many other parents felt the same way, and the business quickly grew to the point where we could see our dreams becoming a reality. What inspired you to start your own label?
Our little business was born from a shared love of dressing up and creative play. We loved making costumes for our own children and saw a gap in the market for quality and quirky pieces that would inspire young minds and hearts.
What can we expect to find at the Sparrow & B stall at One Fine Baby?
This is our first time at One Fine Baby Melbourne, so we are very excited! We will be bringing our current geometric-inspired Sparrow & B range, including some new pieces from our 2015 Halloween collection, Christmas surprises and all of our much-loved bestsellers.
Sparrow & B’s Top 5 pieces…
5. WingsWhat does it mean to you to be Australian creatives, who are also mothers?
It means juggling numerous balls at once. It’s definitely a crazy ride running your own business coupled with motherhood, but there is something magical about honouring your creativity, believing in yourself and following your dreams. We hope our children grow up knowing they can carve out their own path and ’embrace their wild’… Is there anything else you’d like to share with other mums who may be trying to combine their lives as creatives, designers and caretakers?
Give yourself a time-out. Not just time hopping onto the computer to do a few emails, or flicking through social media – real phone-off time-out. Go for a massage, a bath, a drive through the country. Anything that realigns you back with yourself, so you have enough energy to go back to the juggling – you’ll need it!
Sparrow & B is stocked in a select number of bricks and mortar stores around Australia and internationally, and also sell direct through their website and Etsy shop. The creatives behind Sparrow & B live in Melbourne. Belinda is mum to Georgie, 8, Tilly, 4, and Ella, 18 months, and Sandi is mum to Ivy, 5, and Max, 3. They will be featuring their collection at this year’s One Fine Baby, Melbourne, held at the Royal Exhibition Building – Carlton Gardens, on 17 and 18 October 2015. You can also follow them on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.
One Fine Baby is an annual event that includes a handpicked selection of the best and most stylish vendors in the baby and child-related industries. One Fine Baby emphasises stylish, creative and beautiful ideas in a fun and interactive environment. While parents discover new ideas to love, children will be kept entertained with craft activities, play areas and a petting zoo – a brilliant day out for the whole family. To learn more, head to their website or follow them on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
Don’t for get to mark these One Fine Baby event dates in your diary:
17 and 18 October, Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton Gardens
14 and 15 November, Australian Technology Park