Ever since I met Kristina and Natalie at a trade show earlier this year, I fell in love with their products – Quirky canvas cosmetic bags with funny sayings hand screen printed in London. They are available to buy both online and in store now and are just the perfect girly gift to make you smile and giggle
I wanted to get to know more about this fun brand, what inspired them to come up with such a fun and functional product, so I asked Kristina and Natalie some questions to find out more behind the scenes of this exciting growing business...
Who are the faces behind the brand?
“The brand is run by Kristina and Natalie, two friends who met working in London and remained friends mainly through a shared love of food, cocktails and holidays. We always say we used to be “friends” because we’ve evolved into something much more like sisters now! No getting rid of each other!”
How did Lola and Gilbert start/begin life?
“We always wanted to do something together business wise. Kristina was a textiles teacher and Natalie runs a jewellery business as well so it naturally evolved over lots of cocktails and cups of tea”.
How did you decide on the name Lola and Gilbert?
“We were throwing lots of ideas into the hat and nothing quite stuck so we ended up looking closer to home… Lola is Kristina’s spoiled British Blue cat and Gilbert is Natalie’s cheeky Chihuahua. We still love the name and both Lola & Gilbert are proud of their mummies!”
We love laughing with our customers at the funny sayings and quotes on your cosmetic bags. Where do you get your inspiration from to come up with original and funny products?
“Gosh all sorts of places... We have so much fun coming up with new quotes and ideas! Our conversations and text messages are very funny! We love Instagram as a source of inspiration. Follow our account – @LolaandGilbert for a giggle!”
What do you both enjoy most about your jobs?
“We always say flexibility but it’s become so busy this year that we don’t actually have that much flexibility any more. It’s the hardest job we’ve ever done and also the most rewarding! We love the creativity of it all and watching it grow. The business changes every day so we are never bored!”
What is your biggest achievement(s) so far?
“We have just launched an exclusive range in collaboration with John Lewis which is now in store and online. That is the kind of thing we could of only dream of when we started out! Every time we speak to a stockist or customer about how much they love the bags or how well they are doing it makes our day!”
What is your favourite quote?
Kristina – “I’m sorry for what I said when I was hungry”
Natalie – “Random Crap… I really really need”
What makes you happy?
“Going for a run before work in the local park together and remembering the time we were once on the tube commuting into work at that time”.
What does a typical day at Lola and Gilbert look like?
“Gosh, normally start with a run around the park, then a large cup of tea. We then print all the internet orders that have come in overnight and any invoices that need picking for stockists. We have some lovely girls working for us who help get all the orders out on time. Natalie and I are normally then answering emails and taking calls most of the day! Every day is different and we can never really plan too far ahead!”
Are there any exciting new projects on the horizon for Lola and Gilbert?
“Yes! We have some very exciting plans for next year! Watch this space...”
We love being a Lola and Gilbert stockist and can’t wait to see the new and exciting products they launch next year, in the meantime make sure you head over to Lola and Gilbert’s Instagram and browse the latest cosmetic bags on our website.
Until next time,