Our sweet bundle of loveliness joined us in March 2003, and being born on St Patricks Day - we named her Clover. What a glorious journey it's been, when two became 3! Now we're all about time; Making time. Cherishing time. Trying to slow time. Rushing against time. Juggling time. Organising time. Loving precious moments in time. One thing I know for sure, that my mum told me, and her mum told her - is the older that I get, the faster time goes by. I'm learning to embrace the crazy moments, and treasure them all.
Here at Rainbows and Clover, our mission statement is Live Simply, with Love, Fun and Laughter. We we like the old-fashioned, time-honoured ethos of making practical products that are built to last. That they’re ethically produced, sustainable, and will contribute to your lives in a positive way.
Fair Trade. Fair Work. Fair Play is our motto. From our environmentally conscious packaging to our manufacturing and office staff. From the person who makes the product, to the working conditions, we employ a diverse workforce both here in Australia and overseas, where fair treatment, pay and conditions are of the utmost importance. Our relationships with our customers, manufacturers and staff, are paramount.
I started the business just two years after my husband had a rugby accident in 2007 (which left him paralysed from the neck down - he's now a C4/5 complete quadriplegic) and our family in a very life-changing altered state. I learned very quickly that time and relationships really are the most precious thing.
Enjoy your Rainbows and Clover journey, and feel free to email feedback whenever you like. Let us know whenever you have something you'd like us to share on our Rainbows and Clover facebook fan page - we're over 20,000 likers, and we know they'd like to hear about you! We also LOVE Instagram - come follow us and see a bit of the people behind the brand, and what we get up to.
We're all about the journey, the environment, the footprint we leave on the earth, the people, the fairness, the adventure, the stories, the world out there and the world in which we live.
p.s. and this is an updated photo of Clover and I, taken (unplanned!) at our last photoshoot in Alstonville, NSW last month, by Di Essery.
... and always remembering, there is no I in TEAM;
Introducing the lovely people who help make the Rainbows an Clover studio buzz, and the business grow;
Kylie (that's me!) – proud owner, lead designer, trade fairs, wholesale, social media, marketing, advertising, loves the fun bits and copes-and-continues with the less than fun bits!
Kelly – Wholesale Customer Service Manager
Katie – Admin, Customer Service & Ethics Officer
Louise – Admin, Customer Service & TheraPlay Advisor
Jane – Awesome photographer
Olivia – Packing, Dispatch, and Chief Happiness Officer
Chelsea – Packing and dispatch - always with a smile
Rachel – Blogging Guru
Tamsin – Social Media Guru
Richard – Finance & Freight Man
Kim - Web Guru
Dot - chief pattern maker and sewer based in Coffs Harbour, NSW
Coral – pattern maker and sewer based in Goonellabah, NSW
Sarah - sewer based in Melbourne, VIC
Eddie - fabric cutter - studio in Main Arm, NSW
Connie - sewer based in Vietnam running a team of enthusiastic women
Nicole - sewer based in Hong Kong heading a small but awesome crew
Samita – sewer based in Melbourne and India, running a family manufacturing business
Biswash - Nepal - Chief in charge of all things felt.
Thank you team... for your positivity and enthusiasm, it's waaaaay tougher on your own, and together we thrive! xxx