Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Hats Off!

On this blog, we love mumtrepreneurial spirits and hearts. It is a fact. Many have been featured on this space and it is always a pleasure getting acquainted with new ones which is exactly what happened a few weeks ago when I stumbled by chance upon a page dedicated to baby accessories and hats: Cutie Pie Dubai on Facebook (as usual; I'm starting to think it's no coincidence FB spells BF backwards; Google, don't be jealous but you know FB is becoming my new BFF).

The photos were so adorable I clicked on "Like" immediately without really knowing I was in fact entering myself in a draw to win a voucher from Cutie Pie Dubai. So imagine my surprise when I discovered I had won

Dressing up my babies is the funnest thing of all and I could not wait to get my hands on the items I had ordered! 

Finally, one day the doorbell rings and I am handed a package wrapped in a thoughtful Christmas paper. Not your regular corporate generic customer service. It was clearly from a person who cared. A person who intended on extending a personal touch.

Image: R. Abouzeid

So naturally, I was curious to meet the creative heart behind Cutie Pie Dubai. A few questions later, and here we all are, getting to know this mother of a one-year old baby boy who has been living in Dubai for over eight years and who launched her own business on Facebook following the arrival of her first child. 

"The story behind Cutie Pie Dubai is rather simple. I was looking for cute kids accessories and hats as gifts for friends as well as for my baby boy, something very easily available back home but difficult to get here it seems. So about three months ago I decided to take it into my own hands and started sourcing unique baby accessories." explains Cutie Pie Dubai's thirty-year old founder, owner and full-time working mom from Germany.  

What products do you offer?

At the moment the product range includes baby crochet hats and beanies, headbands, tutus, crochet shoes and newborn photography props. I try to keep them as unique as possible and therefore there are only a few pieces of each item available, sometimes only one. 

Image: R. Abouzeid

How do you decide on colors, textures and other design choices?

I select colors and shapes according to what I like and I think my customers and their babies would like. Also it is important to me that the quality is very good and the material and fit perfect for babies: soft and easy to wear. 

Where do you source your designs?

Most of the pieces come from Europe and Asia at the moment. But I am now also looking into other options to expand the variety. 

Where do you get your inspiration from?

My inspiration is my baby and the pictures my customers send me of their little ones wearing my products. I just love to receive their feedback and photos. 

What does the future look like for you and Cutie Pie Dubai?

My plan for the future is to start designing and producing one part of the product range myself and I just wish I would have more time for that. In addition I will concentrate more on newborn photography props. There are so many great ideas out there for these special once in a lifetime photos but unfortunately not much is available here in Dubai. 

Image: R. Abouzeid

Where can we find your products?

Products can be bought online on my facebook shop and I attend markets from time to time here in Dubai. The next market I will be at is the Baby Bazaar in Times Square Mall on the 26th of January 2013. 

Just for fun:

If you were a color, which would you be? 

If you were a fabric? 
I always loved velvet 

If you were a movie? 
Not much of a movie person unfortunately, I prefer nature ;) 

If you were a song? 
I like any music as long as it makes my day bright ;) 

If you were a fruit or a flower? 
Dragon fruit: unique and fuchsia, my favorite color ;)

Mamma Mia

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