One company that I've followed closely since the beginning is the incredibly successful Tinycottons. Its owner and founder Barbara Bruno is a dear friend of mine (she is the loveliest girl) and many years ago we even did a collaboration together! She really impresses me, with that big family and all
It all started from the home of Barbara and Gerard in 2013 in Barcelona. Barb shares with me; "during 1 and a half year we worked there, we changed website 4 times, we changed our couriers 5 times , we hired many and fired a few, we moved the office 3 times, we worked with one supplier at the beginning and now we have more than 12! We have 5 Tinycottons concept stores in spain. We started with sizing 0-24 months, and now we have 0-10y, plus women, plus body, plus collabs, plus basics!" What a journey!
- Family: Gerard and Barbara, Cruz 16, Cata 15, Greg 10, and Vincent 6 months
When was the biggest wow moment for your brand?!
Every week I have some wow and little wows, could be anything or everything, but to be honest my big surprise was in NYC when someone from Puma came to talk to me in a fair, and asked would you be interested in a collab with Puma? Worldwide? For a few seasons! I was really shocked and extremely happy, a big company like Puma, looking into our very tiiiiiny brand, I thought this is the way, good done tiny team!
What do you love most about a new week?
Hehehe, I like that for me is always different, I hate routines in general, I know this is not a plus, but someway I have the job I always dreamt about, everyday is so different, every week is a new thing, our tight calendars hit my face everytime (because of that fobia to the routine) but I have such a great team, and I'm so thankful for that, without them this company would be impossible. I also enjoy to work with my husband, is something everyone ask, and yes, we like it! We love what we do!
Have you hit any obstacles along the way, what happened?
You always have obstacles, this journey its not easy, but when I say I can’t do it anymore, I always remember how far you can go with your ideas and hard work, so the answer is, working and working, and working … no secret. (also surround yourself with good people, good persons, that understand your way of doing things, and share your dreams in someway)
What would be the last part of your work you would delegate to someone else?!
Probably, the finances, I love the holistic thought about doing business, but the finances part, it's the worst … hehe! When you start with only one employee you need to do everything, so I'm used to delegate since the beginning, overtime we hired someone, I delegated a part of my own work, but now the finances are the last thing to delegate.
Do you feel that you can be a successful business owner and still have time for the family?
Sometimes I feel not, but I try to do my best at both, the weekends or the evenings, very late we spend quality time together. I really enjoy traveling everybody together, and that's the best thing you can give your kids, to know the world together, to be tolerant, to share your values, be a good person is a must, and enjoy all the cultures is the best thing to feed your soul!
Thank you gorgeous Barb for the chat! xx