This weeks Mom On The Move post is actually a duo. Their names are Amanda Kludt and Caitlin Zapf and they are the owners of BumBums & Baubles. These two ladies have been best friends since high school and business partners since 2010. Amanda went to college in Sacramento, where they grew up and afterwards had a successful career in Sales and Marketing. Caitlin describes her as the kind of person who could sell ice to eskimos. Caitlin moved to San Diego to attend college then moved on to law school later becoming a successful litigator but soon realized that her true passion was to become an entrepreneur.
Although the two had been physically separated by career choices they remained close. Caitlin says that four years ago Amanda came to her with an idea to make kids’ shoes with interchangeable accessories. She says that initially she just helped her set up a corporation, but soon became as obsessed as she was with the idea and they partnered up. They spent a lot of time experimenting extensively to design an accessory that was easy to attach, yet would remain secure once on, and that didn’t have exposed snaps or Velcro when the shoe was worn plain. This versatility was a huge challenge, but also what sets them apart from other brands in the market.
So what exactly is it that BumBums & Baubles creates? They make adorable girls shoes that are fun and have interchangeable accessories. They carry toddler sizes 8-13 and girl sizes 1-3.
When asked how they got their start, they responded with the following
This is a loaded question! We started with merely an idea and a desire to make it happen. We had a lot of obstacles – no background in footwear or design, and very demanding full-time jobs. We spent our evenings and weekends experimenting, making connections and learning about the industry. There was a lot of trial and even more error, but we were determined, so we kept going! Luckily, both of our husbands were (and are) supportive and ended up spending much of their free time working on our dream company as well! We found a factory that could produce high-quality shoes to our specifications and “baubles” (our interchangeable shoe accessories). With a lot of blood, sweat, tears (and money) invested, we finally launched our brand at the end of 2012! We both quit our “day jobs” and work full-time (plus nights and weekends) for Bumbums & Baubles. Since launching, we’ve made a lot of changes – we moved our production from China to Mexico so we could have more control over development and production, improved the attachment mechanism and developed new baubles that girls love even more. We are extremely excited for our back-to-school line coming out in less than two weeks! We’ve got six new Mary Jane options, two new boots and tons of new bauble designs for girls to choose from. We sell our shoes online at http://www.mybumbums.com and are being carried in about 20 retail locations throughout the country so far…
I’ve been frequenting their website and plan on purchasing some shoes for my daughter. Please take some time to visit their website and their Facebook page, check out their (really super cute) shoes and tell them hi!!!