Today we meet the lovely ladies behind Lara & Ollie. Hello Anna and Lesley!
What do you do?…
We created and run Lara & Ollie a silicone teething jewellery company.
We met through our NCT class just before we had our kids and both love jewellery and accessories but quickly realised when we became mums that we couldn’t wear it unless we were away from the kids; not only was it potentially pretty dangerous, we didn’t want anything broken.
Having made jewellery for fun a few years back we loved the concept of teething necklaces but couldn’t find much we liked. So we sourced some beads and made a few and had amazing feedback from friends and mums we were getting to know locally – all of whom wanted to know where they could buy them. So we thought why not give it a go and here we are.
Our aim is to help mamas feel stylish again and dress up an everyday outfit with something fun – that also happens to be safe for a baby to chew and fiddle with. We also believe our products make fab gifts for new mamas and it’s a treat for them too given that most presents tend to be bought for the little one!
When did you launch?…
We launched Lara & Ollie in March 2015 so about 18 months after meeting. We initially started out just testing the water with a page on Etsy but the response was so good that we launched our own site and have developed a wholesale offering so are stocked in lots of great shops across the UK, Europe, Middle East and Asia!
Claim to fame?…
Sadly we cant claim anything hugely exciting! Anna was an extra in Bergerac a few times as a kid as it was filmed where she grew up in Jersey. Lesley was in a lift in a New York hotel with David Beckham – unfortunately the lift didn’t break down!!
What can we expect to see from you next?..
Now that would be telling…!!! We have however just launched a range of metallic necklaces and bangles. Metallics have featured heavily in the world of fashion over the summer, and continue to be seen in the shops this winter so we’ve launched a couple of great designs that should complement this trend and help keep mamas stylish over the winter!
Thanks ladies! xx