The Mompreneur: Maiia Corinna L. Lagmay (mom to Amaya Francesca, 14 months old, and currently 34 weeks pregnant with baby number two!)
Her Business: Tot Couture Baby Shoes & Accessories
The Idea: While searching for a pair of shoes for my daughter, I found that there were limited designs available in the market. I started designing shoes and bibs for my baby and eventually turned it into a business. I chose the name Tot Couture because it was my goal to make ‘haute couture’ designs for babies. Like in high fashion, I wanted our products to be unique, fashionable and made with quality materials.
The Inspiration: My daughter and husband’s support are my main inspiration for my work. My designs and products are inspired by the latest designs and seasons in the fashion industry.
Why It’s Unique: Our products aren’t the usual designs you can find in malls. I try to make sure that our designs are at par with the latest fashion trends. They are also limited in stock, making them one of a kind fashion pieces for babies.
On Balancing Work Time With Family Time: I’m lucky enough to be able to work from home and I try not to go beyond the 9-5pm working hours so that I can spend time with my family. It’s going to be a lot tougher when the new baby arrives since I plan on exclusively breastfeeding, but with the support of my family, I think it’s do-able.
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Why She Loves Being a Mom: What I love most about being a mom is being able to discover the world again through my daughter’s eyes and being proud of her new discoveries and accomplishments.
Advice for Aspiring Mompreneurs: I think the first step is to just put your product out there in the market. Also have a positive outlook, lots of patience and perseverance ‘cause in business, I’ve learned that unexpected things come up during unexpected times.
Where to Buy: Watch out for our Spring/Summer collection of shoes and bloomers and our toddler shoe line that we’re aiming to launch this year! Log on to www.totcouture.multiply.com . Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / Mobile: 0917 9045770 / Telefax: 8981387