We’re always happy to help our fellow nannies – and share their new business ventures so when I spotted the Happy Whale Company, I got in touch with Emily it’s founder. Emily’s recent travels are what motivated her to follow her heart and create a company that not only makes contemporary, ethical clothing but will help towards saving our precious planet too.
Let’s find out more..
Hi Emily, Have you always been a keen sewer? Yes, from a very young age! My first project was making clothes for my teddies. Since then I’ve honed my sewing skills, studying A-level textiles and have continued to sew as a hobby since.
What is your background? I have been a nanny for 6 years. After leaving university and studying Early Years Studies), I went travelling and then got my first nannying job in January 2012.
Will you go back to nannying? For the time being I am solely concentrating on Happy Whale, but who knows what the future may hold.
What inspired you to start your own business? After my second nanny job came to an end I decided to go travelling, which turned out to be the catalyst for my new business and make good use of my sewing skills. My travels started in New Zealand – touring around for a month in a campervan. I then travelled to Sydney (to visit the family I’d previously worked for ) for 5 weeks. When I was in Australia, I went to the Great Barrier Reef and that’s where the inspiration for Happy Whale came from. At the Great Barrier Reef they spoke in great detail about plastic pollution and what it is doing to the oceans! It is something which I’m is very passionate about so that is why for every sale Happy Whale Clothing makes I donate to the Marine Conservation Society, helping to keep the ocean clean and the marine life and whales happy.
“Happy Whale is a British company which specialises in children’s clothing up to age 6. I have designed a range of comfortable, easy wear clothing that is practical and perfect for your little ones as they grow. Having worked as a nanny for the past 6 years I have dealt with my fair share of outfit changes and understand the importance of a quick change! As a result of my experience with children and my passion of sewing, Happy Whale was born”.
Plastic pollution in the world’s oceans is one of the biggest environmental issues of our time. For every sale a donation will be made to the Marine Conservation Society, helping to keep our marine animals and whales happy for the foreseeable future. – We love that Emily is donating to charity with every sale. How sweet is that?!
We also love the colourful materials Emily has selected to use for her products. She lovingly handmakes each item in her Warwickshire studio and will take only 3-5 days to arrive to your home. Choose from comfy leggings, rompers, bandana bibs, headbands and knotted baby hats. The great thing about a small Business like Emily’s is that she’s happy to take custom orders as long as I have the material.