At Corby Tindersticks they aim to create fun design and illustration for kids and grown ups. Funny toys with their own personality and story, cheerful children’s clothing and lovely illustrations.
Driven by the need for a creative outlet, they lovingly design products for a refreshing point of difference to the high street.
Time for an interview with Carly Gledhill, the designer of Corby Tindersticks.
Tell us a little about your background? How did you become to be a children’s fashion designer?
After studying textile design at university I had no idea what I wanted to do. I loved drawing and making toys, which didn’t really get much use when I was working in a shoe shop! I was really lucky to find a job as a children’s clothing designer and having no experience of fashion design I learnt on the job and saw my designs in high street stores across the UK.
What inspires your work, and what do you want to inspire in others though your work?
My work is inspired by art, architecture and everything I see. I love the work of multi disciplinary artists who push the boundaries of design for children. The work of Bruno Munari really inspires me as I love his use of humour and wit, and that he designed clever books that appeal to both children and adults. I think children deserve great design that isn’t gender specific, based on adult trends or boring. Hopefully Corby inspires a sense of fun.
What is your favorite piece from the collection?
The dinosaur romper is ace! It was the first piece I designed and I love his colourful shapes.
Do you have children? How does that influence your work?
I don’t have children which I know is a rarity in this industry!
What are the most rewarding and most challenging aspects of your job?
I love seeing my products in action. Instagram is great for seeing where they all end up! It’s great to hear good feedback on my designs, and designing is the part I enjoy most. The most challenging part is juggling running a business (which I learn to do as I go), making my toys, having a part time job and training to be the next cycling world champion! It’s a lot of hard work and sometimes I want to give up and go home, but I’m sure every small business owner feels the same.
If one of our readers is only in your city, London, for 24 hours what one thing would you recommend they do?
As I’m sure your readers all have kids I would visit the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, London. It’s right next to my office so I visit a lot for inspiration. It’s full of toys old and new and interesting exhibitions, and it also has a great gift shop.