Our ethical, fair trade and environmentally conscious manufacturing is done here in Australia, Vietnam, Nepal, Hong Kong and India. Each one of our manufacturers’ is a story in their own right (we love a story, you'll learn that about us!) We like to share those stories with you from time to time through our newsletters.
Here's a bit of my story, and what we're all about ...
We became parents in March 2003, and being born on St Patricks Day - we named our sweet bundle of loveliness, Clover. Oh, what a glorious journey it's been, when two became 3!
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 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.
We're going to enjoy getting to know each other, and I look forward to our next chat at a trade show somewhere around the country, or over the phone.
Thanks for being part of our adventure …
Kylie Mowbray-Allen xo
... and always remembering, there is no I in TEAM;
Introducing the lovely people who help make Rainbows and Clover thrive;
Kylie (that's me!) – proud owner, lead designer, trade fairs, wholesale, social media, marketing, advertising, and all round juggler!
Kelly – Wholesale Customer Service Manager
Jane – Awesomely Awesome & Talented Photographer
Fiona – Accounts
Jacquie, Katrina & Craig - awesome freight, logistics and warehouse dispatchers
Coral – sewer based in Goonellabah, NSW
Eddie - fabric cutter - studio in Main Arm, NSW
Connie - sewer based in Vietnam running a team of enthusiastic women
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
This pic of Clover and me, during a nic-nac nappywrap photo shoot, just 6 months after I started the business ... and here we are, seven years later, and she's in year 8 at high school, is a totally awesome teenager! Woooaaaah! Cherish time ... it goes so fast!