Today, we've caught up with Klara, who you may recognise if you've popped along to one of our events in Shoreham or Brighton. Klara sells the cutest handmade wooden toys, which not only are these perfect for children but they're also environmentally friendly too! Find Klara at one of our markets this year in Brighton...
So, How did you start out?
U+ME started out as an idea a couple of years ago when I joined my friend’s children playing with their toys. It amazed me how many toys are all ugly plastic, mas-produced soulless things that will be used a couple of times and then likely just end up in a dark corner or waste, partly they feel and look cheap. It brought me back in my memories of my own childhood when most of my toys were made of wood, and I thought that now is the time! Thought to myself - time to bring toys to children that are beautiful, genuine & natural, equally they can be fun, educational, authentic toys that will last for generations. Toys that are safe for the children, and super safe for the Earth – biodegradable, sustainable, ecological, made of woods sourced from renewable European forests. No harm to the planet and literally no pollution for the Ocean. I am feeling lucky to be coming from a beautiful European country where there are centuries worth traditions in wooden toy manufacturing – the Czech Republic. I decided to follow my own thoughts of designs, and got together with an independent manufacturer to collaborate on wooden toys and flying mobiles that are handmade, educational, naturally beautiful and safe.
How has your business developed since?
The idea came to life at the end of last year when I realised that it’s the best time to make my dream real. March 2018 - U+ME Wooden toys were born, and I am very proud to be introducing our gorgeous wooden animals to the UK market.
What’s your favourite thing to create?
We love helping parents and children and anyone really to have a better choice in products that are beautiful, educational, affordable and ecological at the same time as having the touch of being handcrafted rather than mass-produced. Our favourite thing to create is smiles on people’s faces and believe me, U+ME Wooden toys & wooden mobiles can do that!
What do you love most about attending craft fairs?
Seeing people having great times while reaching products that can’t be found on a high street. Quality, individually handmade products that were made with love and care, in Europe. I love supporting local markets, and producers.
Will you be offering anything special at our event?
We are gradually launching more varieties of different types of toys, our hot favourite at the moment are wooden animals that walk on a ramp. We can’t wait to offer more of our flying mobiles that are very popular products too.
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