Our iconic Kip&Co x May Gibbs collaboration is back and we couldn't be happier! This collaboration is one of our all time favourites and definitely holds a special place in our hearts. The collection is filled with treasured keepsakes, reminders of the beauty of the Aussie bush and the simple joys of childhood. Above all, we are proud to support the The Northcott Society and Cerebal Palsy Alliance with a portion of each sale helping build on May Gibbs legacy.
We chat with Kip&Co founders Kate, Hayley and Alex about why the Kip&Co x May Gibbs collaboration is so special and continues to fill their heart with nostalgia.
1. What inspired you to collaborate with May Gibbs?
Naturally, we were brought up on a healthy dose of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie adventures: their perfect, plump, cherubic faces are as iconically Australian as cheesy-mite scrolls and Saturday arvo footy. You can imagine our excitement when we had the opportunity to collaborate - swapping nostalgic memories of Banksia Man and Rugged Blossom.
2. What more should we know about the amazing May Gibbs?
What makes this collaboration even more special is because of the amazing woman behind the Snugglepot and Cuddle Pie story, May Gibbs. If you don’t know much about her already, she is a seriously inspiring and impressive lady boss. Against all odds, May found a way to tell a story of conservation and environmentalism, defied expectations and became an unconventional, savvy businesswomen, and created our first local non-indigenous fairy tales. We think she is one of the great untold female artists who shaped the Australian artistic and children’s literature landscape.
3. Tell us about the charity connection with the collaboration?
May also bequeathed the copyright for her designs to two charities - the Northcott Disability Services, and the Cerebal Palsy Alliance - ensuring those in need will continue to benefit from her entrepreneurialism long after her passing. Hats off to May, right!?
4. What's your hope for this collection?
The collection is really something special - including kid and baby bedding and apparel. We really hope these will become family heirlooms and will introduce Snugglepot and Cuddle Pie, and May Gibbs, to a whole new generation.