This week we meet Jordan from Bare and Boho.
Tell us about your background. What did you do in your past life, before children? Before cloth nappies!
HI! I am Jordan, 26 years old, a wife and a Mama to my almost three-year-old Hunter and our American-Staffy Harley!
I was raised a little beach bum in sunny Palm Beach, South-East QLD, where I lived, and after school, travelled Europe for a year and then went on to pursue a Bachelor Degree in International Relations at Bond University. My dream was always to work in foreign embassies abroad, I love international affairs, languages and travel!
At uni, I met the man who was to become my husband. One thing led to another and a few years after graduating, we were married, I fell pregnant unexpectedly and nine months later our little boy entered the world and changed our lives!
We have recently purchased acreage out in the country and are in the plan of making a huge sea-change! It has always been a dream to give our children space to grow, opportunity to grow our own food and foster/rescue animals!
So we are excited for this new chapter in our lives!
Tell us about your journey into the cloth nappy industry.
My journey into the industry was certainly never part of my plan!
In fact, I delayed getting my ideas into order for months- I was happy to enjoy the bubble of motherhood, and had no immediate plans to go back to work- until word started spreading among mums groups about some of my concepts- and there was so much positivity and encouragement, I thought why not explore this as a creative outlet on the side of motherhood.
After I used my first cloth nappy, and realised that the way I wanted to use them really wasn’t offered by any Australian brands, I decided to have my ideas created. At the time we had recently moved to Townsville QLD, and I worked with a lovely elderly seamstress for months, going back and forwards with prototypes.
It then got to the point where I was ready to start, but with 2 week delay time for 1 nappy to be made, I knew I had to look bigger. I explored various large-scale Australian manufacturers, and it was not only going to be a struggle to get the fabrics I wanted, the prints I wanted and all within an affordable price- I began exploring abroad.
It took months of researching international manufacturers to find a manufacturer who had experience in this field but also who was happy to custom create my designs and work further with me on creating prototypes.
I found a couple of potential suppliers lined up, and after having samples made from each of them, found the one with the ethical standards, high quality and ease of communication that I was seeking.
And so one thing led to another, and I placed my first large order and continuing on 12 months later, I have been working building, expanding, improving my collection of products, with the feeling that I can and will always work on improving and exploring new ideas!
How has the cloth nappy industry changed since you started your business?
I am only a recent addition to the industry, and still learning everyday! I have been mainly focusing on my own path, so for me the industry hasn’t changed too much since I first explored it.
What is the hardest thing about running your own business?
Running your own business does have so many benefits as a mum- my son is with me all the time, and as an attachment parenting advocate, this is so vital for me! But as a growing toddler, finding the time to work when he is napping/sleeping or times when he is actively busy, is getting rarer!
So lucky my husband’s work is week-on-week-off, so together we are able to balance Hunter, the family, the business, his career and all the other things in between!
What’s one thing you know now that you wish you’d known when you started your business?
There is so much I have learnt as I have grown, there really isn’t one thing I can pinpoint! I am trying to surrender to the learning process as much as possible, and acknowledge any ups-and-downs as part of the business!
Who helps you run your business?
I do the business on my own, as my husband is busy with his own career, but he certainly helps with Hunter and Harley, and also when I have expos/events, he is the muscles I need for bump-in and out!
What do you do to relax?
Nature! I am a huge advocate for nature play, exploration and all things ocean! So that is where I find my solice, and can enjoy time with my clan.
Herbal tea, vegan chocolate and foot rubs from the hubby are also a vital component to my relaxation time!
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
“Run your own race”! By Vashti (thankyou!).
As my business has hit the ground running from the get-go, it really has pushed me much further than I ever really thought and potentially wanted at first. But it is what is it, and I am absolutely thrilled to see the business grow and to work on improving my own products. I don’t want to get caught up in how others are running their race, we are all working towards the same goal right?!
So I am just going to keep exploring my own path, learning and gathering information as I grow!
What’s something you’d like your kids to remember about you?
I want their memories to be filled with fun, the outdoors, love for ALL animals and good food!
These things make my heart sing, and this is what drives me! I want them to look back and take these values through their life- veganism, eco-conscious living and the importance of family.
Tell us your favourite quote or saying.
Live gently upon this Earth…once little Hunter arrived in our world, everything changed for me! I became a vegan, I was exploring zero-waste living, and here I am today still learning and exploring these values! It really does encourage me with my parenting style anfd lifestyle choices, it helps me remember to always improve where I can, once I know better.
Is there anything else you think our readers would love to know about you or your business?
I am so thrilled to be sharing what I found works for me with others, and that is all can do! I want to always improve, learn and grow, and my connected customer base is really what will help me drive towards fulfilling these!