Aaah stripes: from deck chairs to zebras, we love them all. And so we were delighted to discover The Stripy Company; makers of beautiful, luxe, striped blankets, childrenswear and nursery decor.
Gemma Harper told us why they are rising stars of the stripy world.
SM: How did the Stripy Company come about?
Gemma Harper: It’s the familiar story of trying to find a job that fits around childrearing and realising that an employed job that is flexible and fulfilling is rare. Creating an opportunity to work for myself was the solution!
SM: What is the wonderful attraction of stripes?
Gemma Harper: Who doesn’t love a stripe? From Awning to Breton, Pin Stripe to Candy Stripes, there is a stripe for everyone… the pattern is so versatile and always adds a touch of sophistication where ever it goes. You just can’t go wrong with a stripe.
SM: Which are your bestselling items?
Gemma Harper: Our cotton baby blankets are our best sellers. They are a great size, fantastic quality and presented in our gift box they make such a gorgeous gift to welcome a new baby. We have recently introduced the option to personalise our blankets with an embroidered name, it’s been really popular with our customers.
SM: And which do your own family like best?
Gemma Harper: My daughter has one of our large lilac toddler blankets that she snuggles under on the sofa and we just love the ‘Big One’ which has been with us on plenty of picnics and living room den building adventures!
SM: Where are your products made?
Gemma Harper: In a lovely, friendly mill over in sunny Portugal.
SM: What considerations go into the manufacture of baby items?
Gemma Harper: Safety is obviously key when manufacturing any baby item, we have had our blankets tested to make sure they are made with 100% pure cotton and are free of toxic nasties such as Azo dyes.
SM: Any tips for someone planning a striped nursery?
Gemma Harper: I would say less is more, you don’t want to go overboard dressing everything you can in stripes. Pick some key elements to stand out. I do like striped wall paper but for me personally, I think stripes work best in the soft elements of the nursery; the nursing chair, cot blanket, scatter curtains and rug. Offset against plain colours and don’t be scared to add in a chevron to mix it up!
SM: What’s next for the business?
Gemma Harper: We are looking at expanding the range, experimenting with some new designs and bringing in some new products, mainly home accessories such as scented candles. We will be focusing a lot this year on continuing to introduce our core range of blankets in to gorgeous independent boutiques up and down the UK.
Order online from www.thestripycompany.co.uk