Can you tell us about TheSuperCool?
We’re a retailer operating with two permanent shops in Melbourne, an online store and a series of pop-up shops that sell homewares, gifts and everyday objects. We curate unique products that tell a story, based on trends we see as being relevant from both local and international designers. We try and hunt down ‘TheSuperCool’ things that make you happy!
What inspired you to start your own company?
TheSuperCool launched in November 2012 with our very first pop-up shop in a greenhouse at Melbourne Central. Noonie and I both wanted to do a project together utilising our complimentary skill base and to curate a range of unusual products that had stories to tell. We also wanted to merchandise them in a series of pop-up shops in unexpected locations. After nearly four years we have expanded to include two permanent shops, and we’ve done in excess of 20 pop-up shops. We also have an online store. What can we expect to find at TheSuperCool stall at One Fine Baby?
A great mix of newborn gifts, fun interior products for nurseries and kids rooms, as well as supercool storage ideas, baby blankets, cushions, toy bags, bibs, plates, wall décor, etc.
Are you launching a new product or collection at One Fine Baby?
Yes, we are showcasing some of our own wall décor we’ve developed.
Will you be featuring any exclusive product at the One Fine Baby Event? We’ll have some bargains (who doesn’t love a bargain at an event?), as well as offering a larger range of our existing mix of baby and kids’ products, but in a supercool and super-cute pop-up emporium.
Which One Fine Baby Event will you be attending?
We’re fortunate to be doing both Sydney and Melbourne. We featured in the Sydney event last year and loved it! Top 5 SuperCool products
1. Super cosy baby blankets in a variety of prints: an excellent newborn gift, which is functional, versatile and washes and wears so well.
2. Dribble & Feeding bibs: a great little gift for a newborn or one year old. They come in supercool prints, organic cotton and are fair trade.
3. Stackable crayons: a fun box of crayons that are non toxic, look great, stack and colour really well. Our daughter Lola loves hers.
4. Balloons: coming in a variety of sizes, these gorgeous hot air balloons can suspend from the ceiling and are a great way of adding instant wonder and excitement to a room.
5. Toy bags: these canvas bags come in a heap of cute prints and are perfect for laundry or storing toys. They are lightweight, easy to clean and make storage look good.
What does it mean to you to be an Australian creative, who is also a mother?
We’re very fortunate to be able to have such a nurturing creative industry. We really are so much more edgy and interesting creatively than many other countries with our design aesthetic. We really care what our children wear, play with and how their rooms look. We support independent design well in Australia. Yay for us!
Is there anything else you’d like to share with other mums who may be trying to combine their lives as business owners, designers and caretakers?
BREATHE. Don’t beat yourself up. You can never balance it all perfectly. What does help are supportive husbands, exceptional grandparents and being organised.
TheSuperCool is Melbourne couple Kate Vandermeer and David (Noonie) Nunez, who are parents to Lola, 20 months. They will be featuring their unique and fun range at this year’s One Fine Baby Fair, Sydney & Melbourne, held in October and November. To see more of TheSuperCool range you can visit their mobile emporium at these locations, or check out their website and online shop. You can also follow them on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.
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 about One Fine Baby, head to their website or follow them on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.
Don’t for get to mark these One Fine Baby event dates in your diary…
MELBOURNE: 17 and 18 October, Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton Gardens
SYDNEY: 14 and 15 November, Australian Technology Park