Ashton and Sloane were fortunate enough for be given some Buck and Baa clothes (by me, their amazing mother) and I just fell in love. I could not be more thrilled to include some of their range at Sloane Square. I tell you, it was so hard to choose and I wish I could stock everything. When I received the images for the autumn/winter collection this year I could not stop looking at them. Just beautiful. Alexa, below, was super generous with her time and I have personally taken away so much from her words.
Your name and who lives in your house
My Name is Alexa Whitehead and I live with my Husband, Ben and my three babies: Sam, Holly and Ezra.
What do you love most about having your business?
Not having to report to someone else. I love being my own Boss – I think I work harder knowing that it’s my work that is building up my own business. I would love to say I love the flexibility but I’m yet to find that as each day is chocka-block!
Was there a fear factor in starting your business and how did you get over this?
Yes absolutely; my husband quit his job mid last year so I could build Buck & Baa and it was an incredibly scary decision knowing that we had a mortgage and three kids to support. BUT it was the best decision we’ve made for our family!
What does a regular day look like for your, i.e. what time do you wake up, do you have to get anyone ready and out the door, what time do you start working, do you work every day, is coffee a must have for you, what time do you hope to be in bed in the evenings?
Regular day: I try sneak in a sleep in (which is never past 8am) because I’m up in the night to my youngest babe. (And I’m just not a morning person!) My Hubby will have a coffee ready for me on the bench which I drink with him and help him get the kids ready for kindy/school. He’s out the door at 8.30 with the littles so I shower and check emails. The rest of the day is very unmanaged, but it includes the following jumbled in there somewhere: planning, packaging, coffee-ing, emailing, banking, coffee-ing, social media-ing, sneaking in some lunch, more emailing, designing, organising, coffee-ing … rinse and repeat! I don’t work past five except for a bit of sneaky gramming, the kids are in bed by 8pm and I like to laze on the couch with hubby watching whatever series we are into at the time! Bed is 10.30pm
How did you go about finding your manufacturer / fabrics
I did a lot of research into finding the best manufacturer for us. My main boxes to tick were the fabrics and the ethics – which we found and are thrilled with! Our fabrics are designed by me and our manufacturer prints/dyes them in the production process.
Go-to outfit for kids when you are in a rush
At the moment: whatever is on the top of the drawer!
Any sort of philosophy for children’s clothes (i.e. must be comfortable, must be durable, must be organic, must be fun etc)
Comfortable play and sleep worthy clothing made from organic fibres – pesticide and toxin free! These are an absolute must!
Anything else you would like the customer to know about you/your brand/your business
Buck & Baa is a labour of love, I started out hand making leather baby shoes, slouch beanies and then progressed into bonnets made from linen and merino wool. I read an article one day after I searched “how to start a children’s clothing business” (yes I actually did that haha!) and one thing I pulled from that was: “Find one thing that you like making and perfect it, don’t throw multiple products into the mix from the begging. Start small, ace it and grow from there” – it’s worked well for me!