Shop Spotlight: Mally Designs

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After celebrating my one year blogging anniversary last month, I think that it is pretty cool that today I have the pleasure of introducing you to a small business who just celebrated their ten year anniversary in business. It is so great to hear from Nicole from Mally Designs, learn where she got started, some milestone accomplishments and the future goals she has for her business.

My daughter, Sophie, has a pair of Nicole’s Mally Sandals and we just love how perfect they have been for us this summer. Sophie is just under two and already has a love for shoes, she is constantly trying to put them on her feet and favours her little pale purple sandals my Mally Designs. They have gotten a whole lot of love this summer and were even shown off in a recent blog post where I share some tips to a successful first time berry picking. The best part about the sandals was that with how dirty they got in the field, when we got home I got a cloth damp and easily wiped the dirt off, making them good as new again.

Mally Designs started out by designing and creating award winning leather bibs for babies and toddlers. The bibs are created with their signature designs or custom to your needs. You can see some of my favourite bib designs here and here. From bibs this company has soared to selling shoes, place mats, travel accessories, bookmarks, and more. Now let’s bring it back to the beginning and hear a summary of their business venture so far.

Strawberry picking in the fraser valley

mally mocs modern child dressed for berry picking fraser valley

After celebrating my one year blogging anniversary last month, I think that it is pretty cool that today I have the pleasure of introducing you to a small business who just celebrated their ten year anniversary in business. It is so great to hear from Nicole from Mally Designs, learn where she got started, some milestone accomplishments and the future goals she has for her business.

My daughter, Sophie, has a pair of Nicole’s Mally Sandals and we just love how perfect they have been for us this summer. Sophie is just under two and already has a love for shoes, she is constantly trying to put them on her feet and favours her little pale purple sandals my Mally Designs. They have gotten a whole lot of love this summer and were even shown off in a recent blog post where I share some tips to a successful first time berry picking. The best part about the sandals was that with how dirty they got in the field, when we got home I got a cloth damp and easily wiped the dirt off, making them good as new again.

Mally Designs started out by designing and creating award winning leather bibs for babies and toddlers. The bibs are created with their signature designs or custom to your needs. You can see some of my favourite bib designs here and here. From bibs this company has soared to selling shoes, place mats, travel accessories, bookmarks, and more. Now let’s bring it back to the beginning and hear a summary of their business venture so far.

Back in 2005, while I was on maternity leave with my daughter Malia, I was feeling frustrated with the fact that her many bibs were staining. I decided to try making bibs out of leather, since I found it to be such an easy to clean material. The rest was history! Within a few years, we had an award winning product on our hands and this gave both myself and my husband the ability to quit our careers and work from home building our business, doing something we truly love!

Over the years, we have hit many milestones and learned a lot, but I think the accomplishment we are most proud of is the balance we have achieved. We have really built a lifestyle business around being able to have the time for family, friends and most importantly, our kids. We make sure we go on a family vacation or two every year, and we try to make every weekend a long weekend by taking Friday off early. I guess you could say we truly live life to the fullest! Family and friends are far more important to us than money.

Our goal has always been to build this business around what our customers want, by designing useful and functional products unlike anything that exists on the market. It’s easy to simply copy a product that has already gained popularity. Anyone can do that, but our goal has always been to create products that are extra special. For example, our mocs are made from baby safe leather, they have a tabs at the back to make them easy to put on, and the soles are non-slip suede in a beautiful grey colour to hide the dirt. We saw these all as missed opportunities on the market. After launching our Mally Mocs last year, many customers told us they wouldn’t put them on their little one in the summer months. We saw both a sales opportunity and a need on the market for a more breathable baby moccasin. After a few days of playing around with the design of our moccasins, we camp up with our sandal mocs. Their popularity has overwhelmed us, as we truly fulfilled an untapped market once again!

mally bibs with custom names and animals

mally designs mally mocs shoes on little girl

Join me in celebrating Mally Designs on their first successful ten years by visiting them on social media and saying hello. You can find them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, don’t be shy. What a huge accomplishment to the both of you and many many blessings for many more successful years to come.

 

 

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Whenever I share about our family off on another adventure I’m often asked about what it’s like travelling with three kids. Sometimes it will be comments like “brave mama” or something of the sort. Which I totally understand, it can seem so overwhelming to travel with kids. But I want to encourage you all to not hold back by how tired you might be ... or that you won’t be able to relax as much if your kids weren’t there. Travelling with your kids, seeing new places through their learning eyes is refreshing in itself. Tiring yes, but so so rewarding.
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Using my @canoncanada PIXMA Printer and
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Personalized wine bottles!
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Thanks for ALL the recommendations for everything to do in Gibson’s and the surrounding area. There are SO MANY awesome locally owned shops we want to discover still. Today started with a 🛥 tour by @sunshinekayaking as we explored along @sunshinecoastbc and the surrounding islands, we grabbed ☕️ at @beachcombercoffee and 🍦 at @mikesplace2003 along with food at @black.bean.cafe #yum !

Explored a little along the 🏖 and then discovered everything within @gibsonspublicmarket — leaving with some 🧀 🥖 🍎 for afternoon snacks. See everything in my stories including some sea creatures from @nsmec 🦐 🐟 🦀 sooo cool!! A quick 🚎 ride home with @bc_transit for a rest before the kids start begging to go for a 🏊‍♂️ 🏊‍♀️... it’s definitely tiring travelling around all day with three kiddos but my mamas some sort of superhero and their eagerness to learn and love for exploring makes it 💫🙌🏻🥰
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One more day to #exploreBCbybus — excited to see what’s to come.
  • I’m surprised you can’t see the wrinkles on our bodies from the camera after our three hour swim this afternoon. 
We got up at 630AM to make sure we had enough time to finish packing 🤦🏼‍♀️ and drive out to catch our @bcferries — after a quick ⛴ ride over we all hopped on the @bc_transit city 🚎 into Gibson’s and then further into Sechelt ... where we became water prunes. 🏊 
I’ve been asked to share an article for @bc_transit on our experience as we #exploreBCbybus 🚎 — the next few days I’ll be sharing on my Stories some of the places we explore too! I’d love to hear your recommendations on places to eat, thanks to a lovely follower for suggesting dinner at 🍔 @pklsburgers, we are pleasantly stuffed.

Where should we go next?? 🌊 ☀️ We’ll be around Gibson’s and Sechelt the next two days.

Also, just gotta add... my mom makes a pretty great #InstagramGrammy 🙌🏻🥰🤣
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