Lives In: London
About Me: I have been a Footwear & Accessories Designer for over 13 years. I have worked for both Uk and international brands and traveled all over the world with work. After having my daughter 5yrs ago I knew I needed to readdress my work/life balance and make time for my family.
I decided to take the plunge and go freelance - I was lucky enough to work on some exciting projects.
Then one day Anna, my business partner, and I were hanging out with our babies and chatting about how tragic the majority changing bags were, and how surely there would be a market for cooler, more fashion-led ones...and *ping* we had a light bulb moment, between us, with our years of experience in the fashion industry as well as our experience as Mothers it seemed silly not to do it.
And thus Tiba + Marl was born - A contemporary collection of fashion and street-style inspired changing bags and accessories for cool Mums and Dads! During the creation of our brand Anna and I both went on to have second babies - so we really got to road test our creations!
Hire Me For/I'm Good At: Thinking outside the box and looking for new ‘hooks’. Meticulous attention to detail - always striving to add useful elements and utilitarian elements to fashion styling. Keeping an all important element of fun. Hopefully all those are prevalent throughout our collections!
Interested In : We are always really interested in collaborations, we are excited to meet with like minded creatives and love bouncing ideas around and coming up with brilliant mutually effective concepts. We have had such fun developing prints, ideas, social media etc with some awesome people so far!
Mama Likes : Art & Culture have always governed my spare time - both for my own inspiration and to expose my children to it - we are lucky to live in a city where there are so many incredible and accessible spaces, galleries and theatres to explore with my kids. Spending time with friends - although I haven't been able to do it that much this last year as setting up our business has somewhat swallowed us whole! eek! Food is another major passion: cooking it, eating it, reading about it! The outdoors - it is important to be in nature when you live in a bustling built-up city so we spend a lot of family time walking in the woods, exploring beaches, camping etc. Oh, and SLEEPING (!!!) a pastime of old that is now, sadly, a distant memory!
Mama Inspiration: Thats a hard one - so many. My mum, who has fought cancer pretty much all of my adult life - she is super strong, and was a self-employed working mama too. She has taught me to focus, stay strong, be positive and laugh, always! Beyond that I am inspired by other great mothers doing it for themselves, especially those with a social conscious: Siobhan Miller of The Double Mama, Molly Gunn of Selfish Mother, Jack Monroe.
Brands that most reflect your style or that you’d want to work with: MINI RODINI, ALEXANDER WANG, ACNE, STELLA MCCARTNEY KIDS
Words you live by/quotes you love:
‘wake up, kick, ass, be kind repeat’
Best advice you’ve ever been given: Hustle! I had to really coax this side out of me after setting up the brand - it didn't come naturally at first, but now I have learnt to take risks, seize opportunities and ALWAYS be on the look out for new possibilities!
Best advice you’d give to someone starting out: Take chances and risks, stay real, expect to worker than you ever thought imaginable, utilise all your skills and contacts, don't be afraid to ask for help from friends and family around you, and most of all LOVE what you do!
What are three things people would be surprised to know about you? My mum was briefly a playboy bunny, I used to be in a children's circus, my husband and me eloped to get married with only our 2yr old daughter in tow.
Where can we find you?
My Website: www.tibaandmarl.com
My Instagram: @tibaandmarl,