MEET THE OWNER OF TOMMY & LOTTIE

30 Mar 2021 | Student Advice

Tommy & Lottie are a unisex baby, kids and adult clothing and lifestyle brand, whose designs are inspired by nature and wildlife. They are committed to producing good quality clothing from ethical and sustainable sourced fabrics, all the while reducing their carbon footprint. In this Q&A we asked owner Katie Carr what the driving force was behind her starting Tommy & Lottie, and how she overcomes setbacks. Here’s what she had to say…

Tell us about your business.

Tommy & Lottie is a unisex, ethical and sustainable lifestyle brand. We specialise in producing well made, capsule sweatshirts for kids and adults. All of our designs have a wild animal theme as we are passionate about wildlife, nature and the important role they play in keeping our eco systems and planet healthy.  We also donate money to wildlife charities to help save species and promote awareness about wildlife.

What was the driving force behind your business?

We felt there was a real lack of value for money and passion within the catering industry when it came to corporate and work lunches when we first started. We wanted to fuel people with nutritious food and focus on using local supplier wherever possible, now the business is evolving every month.

We all have a responsibility to look after our planet, whether that’s personally or professionally, we can all make changes. To me Tommy & Lottie isn’t just about money, I want to make a difference and give back to the world and look after it.

What are your core business values?

Quality, unisex, sustainable, ethically made.

How do you overcome setbacks?

Find a solution or rethink how we do things.

If you had one piece of advice for students setting out their own business what would it be?

Research well, understand who your target audience is and don’t give up. I think that’s more than one!

Are there any other brands outside of your sector that you are following at the moment?

I love Beevive, who produce ‘tired’ bee saving keyrings. Check them out!

What has been your biggest achievement so far?

Apart from meeting my partner and having our two children (Tommy and Lottie) it’s been running my own business, that I created from scratch, and trying to make a difference to the world.

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