Born out of a love for supporting local at markets, local maker and creator, Carin Archibald started her proudly South African baby brand of pretty but functional ‘momssentials’, Button & Bear, after noticing a gap in the market for locally made products that she could only find commercially.
It wasn’t long after her mom started making items for her daughter that Carin’s friends and even strangers started asking where she found these items. A few baby shower gifts made for friends and friends of friends later, the bug bit that there was a space for these items.
With every product in her range conceptualised from her own mom experience: whether it is from the ease of use, the choice of fabric, the versatility, and the desire to have designs that are both aesthetic and functional, Carin’s range of stylish yet practical essentials include;
The Messy Baby Bib – a plastic coated, wipe clean bib for fuss free first-foods exploration, through to toddler ‘feeding-myself’ mastery.
The Burp Cloth – comfort shaped 100% cotton with a soft absorbent towelling lining, a nappy bag and feeding essential.
The latest Button & Bear range of designs are locally printed on 100% cotton in Cape Town and then manufactured by a small CMT in Soweto. Carin’s philosophy has remained true to local sourcing and manufacture with the aim of creating opportunities in needy communities and collaborating with other local small businesses.
When the mom of two isn’t spending her free time after hours on her creative and social outlet that is Button & Bear, she works full time in the pharmaceutical industry as a Regulatory Affairs Pharmacist.
“I want my girls to grow up in a world where they feel empowered, where they believe that anything is possible if you put the hard work in, that any mountain or dream is attainable. I want to be that role model for them, one of the women they look towards as an authentic example of a learning and growth philosophy, to never be satisfied with the status quo,” says the Sandton entrepreneur.
Shop the range online at www.buttonandbear.co.za
This is a paid partnership with Button and Bear.