We have welcomed a new stockist to the Dinki Human Tribe!
We caught up with Julia from Ottie and the Bea to celebrate the launch of Dinki Human in this fabulous store, and to find out more about her brand's beginnings and life as a business owner and mother. I LOVE this store, I first visited a year ago and fell in love with the vibe, it is a book lover's paradise and has a beautiful selection of toys. I am honoured Dinki Human is a part of this award winning, great space!
Tell us about Ottie and the Bea, when did you start up shop?
How did you come up with the name Ottie and the Bea?
My two daughters are called Beatrix and Ottilie- we didn't want to get the nick name of Bottie so Ottie had to go first and that is why it became 'and THE Bea'- family politics!
What made you want to open a shop?
What are your hopes and dreams for Ottie and the Bea?
At Ottie and the Bea we pride ourselves on our customer service and product/ book knowledge. It is difficult to know what the effects of Brexit are going to be. We work closely with lots of European companies such as Djeco - a fantastic French toy company.Véronique Michel-Dalès created Djeco in 1954 and her son now runs the company. But if we are talking about dreams - well I would love to expand on the book clubs and workshops we run. Having run the business for 10 years I am keen to challenge myself to be brave with what I look to achieve.
What do you enjoy most about owning a bricks and mortar store over just selling on your online store?
Ottie and the Bea is very much part of its local community. The interactions with our customers are what I really love from the reticent reader, to the Grandparent wanting help picking a gift to someone wanting to just soak up the colour and space......Every day is different because you never know who will pop in or what the day will bring.
What characteristics should a brand have to be stocked at Ottie and the Bea?
Our criteria for choosing our stock is playability, sustainability, creativity and design.
Where can we find you?
You'll be able to find the following organic kids clothes styles from the Dinki Human range at Ottie and the Bea; baby rompers, baby bibs and organic cotton baby blankets.