Deborah Moon will be coming down to our Mama Social meet to talk about how she came to setting up her inspiring business; Moonko.
Deborah and her husband Matt, first opened their beautiful shop, situated on Division Street in Sheffield, in 2013. It is a haven of skillfully curated jewellery, clothing, prints and homewares made by talented craftspeople from Sheffield and beyond. It was set up with the aim of showcasing, encouraging, selling and promoting creative talent both nationally and internationally.
All products are handmade to the highest quality & style, many of the products that Moonko stock are made in the UK by experienced and emerging designers including Donna Wilson, Bonbi Forest & Block. Some of the makers are just starting out with their business or are still at university and Moonko’s ambition is to provide support and encouragement as well as a space to exhibit their work.
Deborah is a skilled artist herself and stocks her own range of individual and stunning ceramics (shown above). You can view more of her work via the shops Instagram account HERE
We’re really looking forward to hearing all about how Deborah has built the business into Sheffield’s go to shop for unique gift and homewares. She will be at our meet on April 8th at The Showroom at from 10:30, definitely a date for our diary!
I’m from Sheffield but have lived in London for the last 15 years. I moved to London following my degree, I studied Embroidery at Manchester Met but knew I wanted to be in fashion buying so moved to London to pursue my dream. I had a pretty successful career working for some big brands like Mothercare, Dorothy Perkins and for the last 6 years The White Company.
What’s your brand?
I started Wildfire on my second maternity leave. I knew that the equation of two kids in fulltime childcare, a difficult commute across London and my salary did not add up so I decided to start my own adventure making teepees and other kiddy accessories for the design conscious parent.
What do we need to know about your brand?
My products are mostly monochrome, some have pops of colour in the trims, others are completely black and white. I wanted to have toys for my boys that I didn’t mind having in my home, they either needed to look good or have a clever solution for tidying away at the end of the day. I hope my products have both!! I make eye catching teepees and the collection is growing to include co ordinating play mats, toy store bags and cool pyramid bean bags.
What’s your favourite thing to do as a family in Sheffield?
Both my sister (Maddy of Mama social fame!!) and my parents still live in Sheffield so we visit as much as we can. Other than just hanging out in their homes, I still have a major nostalgic crush on Chatsworth as it has so many happy memories from my childhood.
Top mama tip?
If you can teach your babies to sleep from day 1 and get them into a routine your life will be so much easier – sleep makes everything possible! And if that’s not your thing friends and prosecco make everything better!!
FANCY A NIGHT OUT?!Come and join us for our first Mama Social evening event in 17th March 20:00-22:00 We know it’s hard getting out in the evening but it’ll be worth it…Not only will you meet lots of like-minded mamas and make new connections but you’ll be getting some proper mama time away from the little ones which we all know is important plus we have of course put our Mama Social spin on it and brought you a really inspiring guest; Lucy Sheridan of Proof Coaching who’ll be guiding us to a more confident, focussed version of ourselves!
Sound like something you’d be into?! Limited tickets available HERE!!!
I have a campaign to change the bad reputation of mum dressing called DRESS LIKE A MUM. I am on a mission to inspire mums not to loose their love of clothes and fashion after becoming a mother – I do this via my Instagram @dresslikeamum where i post (breastfeeding friendly) outfit ideas and on my Blog where i write about Brands, Fashion, Make-up and Beauty and Kids brands.
I am from London, I have 2 kids and a husband we live in Peckham (South East London).
This year the theme to International Women’s Day is ‘Pledge For Parity’.
It is estimated that the gender gap won’t close until 2133.
The sad fact is that gap is even bigger when you’re a mum that is why Mama Social is supporting the ‘Female Networking Event – #PledgeforParity: Help Women and Girls achieve their Ambitions’. This networking event is focused on bringing people together in order to give support to each other in our endeavours.
If you’d like to support the Pledge For Parity, or just hear from (or get involved with) some amazing projects run by Sheffield women (including Us!) more info, event tickets and where you can pledge can be found HERE