5.01.2014

Designing Women - Numpfer




Introducing "Designing Women," a weekly interview with women on the forefront of design, creativity, and all things beautiful





We started stocking Numpfer in our store about a week ago, and we are thrilled to say it is flying off the shelves! These baby bibs and blankets are so soft, everyone who touches them becomes an instant fan. Lucky for us, Sarah Robbins, the founder of Numpfer, agreed to answer a few of our questions for her every growing fan base. Thanks, Sarah! 

Can you tell us a little bit about how you came up with the idea to start Numpfer?

I was inspired by my daughter, Charlotte. She was in the nursery for the first three days after birth and was mostly bottle fed from the day she was born. The hospital nurses always used washcloths as bibs, though very absorbent they don't reach all the way around her neck, which usually resulted in a very wet outfit. Once we were home I started the hunt for a bib appropriate for newborns, and discovered the market was lacking. I ordered organic bamboo terry cloth and decided to create something that would work (soft, reached around her neck and absorbent). I designed it so that I could tie the bib on the side so that it would be comfortable for her and I wouldn't have to fuss behind her delicate neck. I thought to myself if I need these then other moms must need them too. The blankets were a natural progression. 

Your product is made with organic bamboo, why was it so important to you to go the organic route?

The trend right now is everything organic - but when I found out I was going to be a mom I looked behind the hype and really saw value in living organic where possible. These are brand new humans, and for very few more dollars it's possible to pass down the organic philosophy, which I'm a firm believer in now.

Who are your favourite people to follow on Instagram at the moment?

I like to follow people who inspire me. Currently I am inspired by smart business women who have created jobs they love: @erinireland, @doctorscloset, @jillianharrisdesign, @annariflebond just to name a few. 

We love all of your stuff, are you working on anything new at the moment you can tell us about?

Thank-you! I have a few ideas in the works but I'll keep you posted. Oh, I am working on how to use twitter… 

What is your favourite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

A walk, a coffee, sunshine and park swings with Charlotte and my husband. Sneaking in a brunch or a manicure with girlfriends is always a lovely bonus! 

Who is your favourite Canadian Designer right now?

Obviously as a new mom I'm obsessing over baby fashion and wares - @firstprints has the most incredible hand stitched moccasins, also made here in Vancouver. 

What do you love most about being a Canadian based company?

So many of our consumer goos are imported nowadays and it seems that people are starting to get back to their roots and support local/canadian. I am a proud Canadian and it's a great thing to be a part of. 

What is your favourite city to visit?

I am absolutely in love with France! The wine, the cheese, the baguettes, the history, the romance. I just can't get enough. My husband and I have travelled to many cities within France and they are all really special in their own way. My top three have to be: Lyon, Collioure and Paris, but I would be happy in any part of that beautiful country. 

What is your favourite dessert?

I am a big fan of dark chocolate and have been making bark when I crave something sweet. I melt dark chocolate and mix almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and cocoa nibs and mix until coated. Spread on parchment paper and freeze. Dessert is always ready in 15 minutes from when my craving started. 

What are your favourite recent purchases?

Flowers! I love fresh cut flowers and spring has some of my favourite available. Last purchase was a beautiful bouquet full of anemones, ranunculus, quicksand roses, stocks, tulips and hydrangeas. I also love buying wine and do so often, anything from France will always please me!

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