Our Kid is a small, independent business based in Manchester run by multi-tasking mum of 2 Tess. Now approaching ten years in business, the story of Our Kid has evolved from fledgling market stall to a permanent base in Chorlton and now back in the virtual world, adapting to the many challenges faced by small businesses today. Now flying solo after many happy years working alongside best friends Kate and Laura, Tess has refocussed the business to meet the needs of todays gift-giving, style loving, Manchester living modern families. With a new direction and many months of painstaking research and sourcing adventures, our gift experiences will now lead the brand into its next chapter. Offering personalised gift services to the business world and adding loads of value to employee incentive and reward schemes. The hugely popular Our Kid slogan collection is available for fellow independents to buy through Faire enabling the Our Kid vibes to spread far and wide.
So where did it all begin for Our Kid? Three friends, a rail and a handmade table cloth. And some lovely independent British design for children. Hanging out in the men's changing rooms at South Manchester Cricket Club for the first ever Our Kid pop-up. We pulled our launch together in 10 days, inspired by the idea of having a hobby business that would give us back a bit of ourselves after having our first children. Little did we know that we would grow and grow and reproduce more children and keep growing to where we find ourselves today.
To say our shop was family-friendly is a bit of an understatement (even if we do say so ourselves). We absolutely loved creating a stylish, laid-back atmosphere that both parents and kids could enjoy. In our heydey we had families spilling onto the street, the vibes were immense and we were truly a part of our community. We won loads of awards for our unique hybrid concept of shop with cafe including a Junior Design Award for Best Kids Retailer and the CWB Award for Best Independent Retailer. What a ride!