Sleepy Nico - Made in Suffolk
Sleepy Nico had a very international start to life, with its founders both being from Russia and living in London. I met Maria and Nico at a number of multi cultural events in London where parents from around the world got together and swapped parenting tips and styles.
Now Sleepy Nico carriers are made in Suffolk and the business is run from here too. Sleepy Nico has three dedicated seamstresses, Kerri and Hayley both work on your custom made toddler and baby carriers and they live in villages next to mine. The online collections are made by Ana in Bury St Edmunds, just up the road really. I like to be able to work with a team of people who are passionate about what they do and because we are all close it means our lines of communication are open and easy (usually!). It's also great to be adding to the local economy.
The materials used to make Sleepy Nico are all bought from within the UK. Our quality corduroy from Brisbane Moss, a textile mill in Lancashire and all the lovely patterned fabrics from UK suppliers – although of course your good taste brings in designs from around the world. A couple of our organic designs are made and printed by a fair trade co-operative in India. I hope by having Sleepy Nico carriers made in Britain that in a small way we are helping to keep valuable skills from dying out on our doorstep!
Sleepy Nico may be homegrown, but its popularity is widespread and there are fans in Belgium, Sweden, Morocco and Ireland that I know of. I have also seen lovely holiday pictures of your SN's in action in Mexico, the US and all over Europe and of course there are a few in Sheffield! I would love to see more from around the world and if you have one and are living in a far flung place please let me know.
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