An Afternoon With Vonbon
Last week, we sat down with the lovely and talented Jennifer Wilson from adorable baby brand, Vonbon. She had such a great, easy vibe, with that special new mommy glow. As we talked all about her brand, she cuddled and nursed her sweet baby girl, 2 month old Esti. Motherhood looks good on Jennifer, who is the true definition of entrepreneur.
We asked Jennifer to tell us about how Vonbon started, and what makes the company so special. She explained to us that when she started her company, she didn’t have children, and designed pieces strictly from a gift-givers perspective. She would search stores, looking for high quality, organic baby clothes that were also aesthetically pleasing, but was coming up short. And the sporadic organic clothing she did find were unpleasant hues of greens and browns. She reminisced about going to baby showers, sitting in a circle while watching the mom-to-be open gifts, and feeling dissatisfied with the loot. As far as clothing was concerned, nothing was really worthy of a newborn baby. That was where her vision for Vonbon was born – beautiful, soft and elegant baby clothing, made from the highest quality materials.
When her company was first born, she was working a full-time job in a completely different field, but was not creatively satisfied in the least. She opened up shop on her kitchen table, spending her free time sewing baby clothing by hand, breathing life into her “first child”, Vonbon.
What makes this company so special and unique is that Jennifer creates all of her fabric prints herself, making them exclusive to Vonbon. A fantastic selling point to her line is that her pieces are gender neutral, even the blush pinks. Her goal, which is met by nearly all of her customers, is that she wants adults to see her pieces and want them for themselves, not just for their children. She feels it’s a testament to her design and quality, and we agree.
Jennifer shared with us that when her company became more demanding of her time and energy, she eventually quit her full-time job and dedicated herself fully to her brand. She said that right at the moment she resigned from her day job, her dream came true. When the company grew even bigger, and the demand for her line became stronger than she could handle, she realized that she needed external help. She found herself in a place of discomfort, worrying that if she handed her ‘first child’ over to a manufacturer, would they match her level of quality and standards? Luckily, she was able to find a local-to-her manufacturer who met her needs, and where she could stay closely involved in the production process. Keeping every aspect of her business local is important to Jennifer, due to her desire of supporting other independently-owned businesses and her local economy, the heart and soul of any town.
Jennifer gave birth to her daughter just over two months ago, and we asked her how she balances both work and being a mother. She shared that it’s an ongoing question in her life and for her circle of entrepreneur mom friends. Jennifer shared, “How do you balance? There is no balance, it’s just how you juggle things. Some days I feel I have things under control, I come into my office and I get things done. Other days I feel over my head, that tasks aren’t get completed, somehow I’m still in the pajamas and I’ve got spit-up in my hair. But somehow, in the bigger picture, things work out and move forward.”
The truth is, Jennifer doesn’t feel like running Vonbon is a job, but rather her passion that she gets to experience every day. Esti has become her muse, and Jennifer is now more creatively inspired than she’s ever been. She is learning how to create the best fitting, best feeling garments for our precious children in a way that is innovative and lacking in the garment industry.
Once we got deep into conversation about motherhood, Jennifer opened up about how she feels the first few months of being a mother were really hard for her, even overwhelming at times. She felt it was a lot of “give” but very little “receive”. But now, when she looks into her daughter’s big blue eyes each morning and little Esti recognizes her mama’s face, lights up and smiles, Jennifer knows it’s all worth it. She tells us that she has never felt a love like this before, and is looking forward to all the things Esti is going to teach her in the years to come.
Our conversation wasn’t just about motherhood and how gorgeous her baby clothes are. We actually got quite deep and shared some special lessons that we have both learned along the way. There was one in particular that Jennifer shared that really stuck with us. We were discussing how many other female entrepreneurs are coming onto the scene, and how great it is. But with that, comes comparing yourself to others, and doubting yourself at certain points during your journey. She stated that we must stay true to what we are doing, and to not let the images portrayed on social media make us question ourselves or make us feel like we aren’t reaching our goals fast enough. “There is room for all of us, so let’s support one another, while standing firm in the small space we have carved out for ourselves.”
We really enjoyed spending time at the Vonbon headquarters, and getting to know the wonderful woman behind the brand. These pieces are the perfect gift for a new mom, birthday gift for your child’s friend, or for your toddler at home. Take a look here at Jennifer’s one-of-a-kind designs for children newborn to 4 years old.
To celebrate this amazing brand, we are hosting a special giveaway! Vonbon is giving one special winner a $100 shopping credit to their site. To enter this giveaway, simply follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and subscribe to Joy of Mom here. The winner will be announced on Monday, February 2nd. Good luck!
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