As part of our new series, we’ll talk with our favorite designers from Etsy.com who bring us the fabulously unique mom, baby, and toddler gear we love!
Etsy.com Designers:Ryan Campbell and her mom Nickie Campbell from the Etsy store, Zuzii
What do they design? Handmade infant footwear and accessories.
New Parent: How did you get into design? I was so fortunate to have been raised in an incredibly creative environment. My siblings as well as my mother are all designers. I graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a degree in industrial design and have since been working as a home goods product designer in Los Angeles, CA. As a kid and now as an adult my biggest inspiration would be my mom. At a young age she invented/designed the ANSA baby bottle. Her design still exists in the MOMA permanent collection. She has now moved on to master other crafts baking/blacksmithing/and now cobbling ;) Her mastery of craft blended with my design sensibilities are what have enabled us to create the Zuzii Collection.
What motivated you to start your own Etsy store? We heart Etsy! I had used Etsy tons before we opened our store. They have built such a fantastic community there. Everyone that we interact with on Etsy—from the staff, to the other retailers, the forums, and the customers—are really fantastic and helpful.
Our experience as a retailer on Etsy has helped us build more than a simple online shop, it has enabled us to build a brand and connect with our customers. Setting up our store couldn’t have been easier we had everything up and running on our store within a day. They also provide great tools for managing your store and make selling online a exiting, accessible, and sweet… like selling doughnuts. We feel now more than ever its super important to support small business’s and entrepreneurs Etsy is the perfect place for that!
What is your favorite item you are currently selling? The Linen Bijou Baby Boots. I love them so much we made a pair in my size ;) I have been known to wear the petal clips as well :)
Do you have a favorite design website or other Etsy seller you love or get inspiration from? On the daily I read Betterlivingthroughdesign.com, its a great place for discovering new and exciting products. I really love theselby.com, it fascinates me to see the objects that other creative people surround themselves with.