It’s time for another installment of Product of The Week. This week we chat with the vibrant and fun Kate & Kate from Play Pouch Australia all about how a chance meeting at a mother’s group ignited their creativity and passion which resulted in the creation of this incredible business who were finalists in the Telstra Business Awards.
We are Kate and Kate, the creators of Play Pouch Australia. We first met at a mutual friend’s mothers group 10 years ago. We clicked instantly, our friendship grew from our similar sense of humour & love for all things creative ultimately leading us to the creation of Play Pouch Australia. Our inspiration for the play pouch has come from the 6 children we have between our 2 families and the desire to limit the continuous spread of LEGO®, trains, balls, blocks and dolls in our homes! Kate C had a vintage “sheet & string” lego sack as a child. After realizing nothing like this existed on the market we set about redesigning our own version improving is functionality, style and durability for families of today. Coupled with Kate O’s sewing abilities the Play Pouch was born!
Pouch Australia products empower kids to participate in an achievable pack up. “I used to tear my hair out when the LEGO® tub was up-ended”, says Kate C, mother of three boys, “and I’d spend ages trying to get the boys to help pick up the LEGO®. Inevitably I’d clean it up on my own, only to find pieces scattered throughout the house. Now my older boys play with LEGO® in the Play Pouch and they pack it away without me having to help.”
Kate O says, “I love that I can fit plenty of beach towels and sand toys in an Aqua Pouch for a day at the beach with the family. The zip pocket means I don’t lose my car keys in the sand and the waterproof finish means my car interior stays dry and clean”
We design and make the initial prototype on all of our products ourselves. We then send them to our manufacturing team and have them make a sample. Once approved, the sample is then produced in bulk. We have “brain tanking” sessions on new ideas, current trends etc and when we agree on a new product design or print design we can have that new release product ready to launch within 3 months from concept.
We design all of our products ourselves in South Australia. In the early days we made them ourselves also, however when the demand increased outside our family & friends we realised we needed to outsource! We have a great relationship with our manufacturers who are based in China. It is essential that our products are ethically made with high quality materials and workmanship. Something that we are proud of and monitor by visiting & regular inspections at the manufacturing facility. This process continues with all our new products. We are very excited to be launching our latest product the Bebé Pouch! A carry-all nappy bag that converts in seconds into a lovely padded play mat soon!
Here at Play Pouch Australia, we love kids. And we love a Foundation who do great work to support kids who might not have as easy a path as others. When we heard about the Pyjama Foundation we were so impressed by the work that they do – helping to change the educational future of children in the foster care system. A massive team, under the direction of founder Bronwyn Sheehan, are changing the direction of the life path of these Australian kids. Therefore, in support of The Pyjama Foundation, Play Pouch Australia is donating $1 for every Colour & Go Mini Pouch sold.
Play Pouch Australia products are innovative, stylish & super practical. They are designed and crafted from the highest quality of materials and workmanship. Our award winning “Play Pouch” is the ultimate toy storage bag & play mat in one. Often imitated, never equaled, our Play Pouch is made of durable cotton canvas, strong rope & comes with a handy pocket & zip feature for treasures or hard to find Lego pieces! We have fashioned a simple but effective storage solution that maximises creative play, minimises mess and enables achievable pack up for children. Play Pouch – A place to play, then simply pack away!
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