I got to meet Ariane and Anouk in October at the trade show. Along with getting to see, touch, and try on their beautiful clothes, I got to spend time with these two wonderful women. They are so much fun! Visiting in their booth was one of my favorite stops at the ABC trade show and I loved just getting to sit with them, chatting while I fed Sugarbaby. It’s no wonder that their designs have such warmth, style, and quality, it’s just who they are coming through! Their Nyi cowl neck top is my new favorite breastfeeding top, even better that its design is something I will be wearing long past weaning. So I’m excited to bring all this quality, style, warmth, and comfortable personality to you in this giveaway. I wish every pregnant and breastfeeding mom could have the comfort of [BIS.KOT] in their wardrobe. I hope you enjoy learning about this mom owned and run company as much as I did and I’m certain you’ll love their products. Also, though not yet available in the USA, Canadian Leakies can check out their line of cloth diapers. We’ve loved adding a few of the well designed fluff to our stash.
TLB: What should TLB readers know about [BIS.KOT]?
Ariane: Actually, they don’t have to know anything… they just have to try it! Everyone that has tried any style from [BIS.KOT] has fallen for it. Stylish, comfortable, flattering styles which can all be worn during pregnancy, while breastfeeding and much more!
TLB: What is the significance of your company name? It’s a bit unusual but catchy, what’s the story?
Ariane: [BIS.KOT] is a pure invention… most of the names we give to our brands/products have no specific meaning. We believe that branding is important and the name is part of it. We usually start with brainstorming, and most of the time we end up very far from where we started. It’s one of the greatest parts of our job : we laugh and have a LOT of fun!
TLB: Personally I love your Niji cowl neck top, so soft, stylish, comfortable, versatile, and flattering. What is the inspiration behind your styles?
Ariane: We love stylish clothing that can be worn any style : up or down. We know that, as a Mom, we shop for them and we forget about us. Having versatile styles in our closet is necessary and may save the date when having an unexpected dinner out. When looking for new styles, we search the season’s trends, colors, inspirations. We try to get special details on every style we create.
TLB: Tell us about your families and how you balance life as working moms.
Ariane: What? Balance? We try, very hard… But our business is like our 3rd baby, it’s part of our life. Even the kids think the office is their second home… We think about it all the time, when we’re in vacation, we get flash ideas on new styles we could create; while cooking, we think about new promotions; when surfing the web, we read partner’s websites ei TLB… But, when we are with our families, we give 200% : we play, we laugh, we cook, we do a lot of things. That is also part of who we are : always trying to give more. We do it at work, but we also do it at home! Organization is necessary in order to have a balanced life… grocery, dinners, laundry, activities, have the kids participate at home helps a lot. A schedule that is easy to follow for the entire family keeps us in track. We have lists everywhere and it helps us concentrate on our ‘’job’’.
TLB: What is your favorite breastfeeding tip for a new mom?
Ariane: According to our own experiences, being surrounding by loving people is a MUST. Your husband, parents, siblings, friends, local support group… They can help with the baby, with older kids, get you an hour power nap in the afternoon, a dinner you don’t need to cook, or just someone to talk to and have a coffee with… Breastfeeding support groups are AWESOME. You don’t absolutely need to go out, there are great websites, such as The Leaky Boob. These are great ressources! Most of new breastfeeding moms think they’re alone in their own situation. You are NOT alone. Breastfeeding is one of the greatest thing in motherhood, but mom and baby both need to learn : one step at a time. Many moms encounter some difficulties when starting breastfeeding, we did… but we succeeded! Pain, aches, relactaction… we went through a lot but only have good memories in our breastfeeding journeys.
Ariane is giving away a Hana Criss-cross Shirt to two lucky Leakies. This stylish shirt features 3/4 length sleeves and easy nursing access. Available in black, steel gray, ultramarine blue, and imperial purple. Retail value $50.00
Currently Leakies can find these and other unique maternity and nursingwear on the [BIS.KOT] website and in some local retail stores and boutiques in Canada.
Good luck to everyone! Please use the widget below to be entered, and check out biskotdesign.com for more information on their different clothing collections. The giveaway is open from November 29, 2012 through December 6, 2012. A big thanks to Ariane and [BIS.KOT] for their ongoing support of TLB and all breastfeeding women, please be sure to visit their Facebook page or follow them on twitter (@obiskot on Twitter) and thank them for their support of TLB and this giveaway opportunity.
This giveaway is open to international entries.