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In The Club - Liv Gibson

Updated: Jul 28, 2020

Name: Liv Gibson

Brand: Rousso and Blossom

Instagram: @roussoandblossom

Website: www.roussoandblossom.co.uk

SGC: Hi Liv! Ok, lets get straight into it and get to you know you a little better ... who are you?

LG: Hi, I'm Liv. I'm a mama to two beautiful children, my little girl Blossom, who sadly grew her angel wings at just 1 day old 5 years ago and Rousso, who is 3 and is my reason for living. We live on the outskirts of Liverpool with my wonderful husband Bernie and at the moment my mum (don't ask!). I'm lucky to have them as even though I am a one girl band they are both a massive part of R&B. Bernie helps me with designs and my mum has been known to sew a label or two when times are hard. Although I don't have a background in design I have an eye for simplistic aesthetics and am a self-confessed Instagram addict which goes hand in hand with having a predominantly Instagram based business.

SGC: Tell us a bit about Rousso and Blossom and how it all started ...

LG: Rousso and Blossom is my online brand. We produce ethical and sustainable children's apparel. It felt natural to name it after my kids, after all they are my world. When Rousso was about 6 months old I met Rox Webster at a Young Double screen print workshop. It had been a tough couple of years after losing blossom and although we had Rousso, it had really drained me and I had lost touch with who I really was. it was refreshing hearing Rox speak about her business and encouraging others to be creative and support one another and I left feeling inspired, full of life and excited for the future.

Rousso and Blossom launched last September and I love it! I try to do as much as I can myself with design, printing, photography etc and have loved seeing it grow and develop organically over the last year. I wanted to create a brand that evokes simplicity and produces unique and ethical, gender-neutral clothing for kids.

SGC: Where do you find your inspiration?

LG: Rousso is my muse and above all inspires me the most. I am a minimalist at heart but am also inspired by all things weird and wonderful plus all kinds of things that come my way accidentally. It happens when you least expect it.

SGC: Your business has gone from strength to strength over the last 18 months. What has been your biggest 'I'M KILLING IT' moment during this time?

LG: There have been so many times over the last 18 months that I have patted myself on the back for being a new mum and all that comes with it, in addition to running a small business. But I would say my 'KILLING IT' moment was definitely when I launched my 'Icons' collection and they sold out almost instantly. That game me the confirmation that I was on the right track and the vision to keep going.

SGC: What is something that you wish you had known before setting up shop or something you would do differently?

LG: I actually wouldn't change a thing ... is that weird?! Yes, I have made mistakes but I have learnt from them and I feel that my business may not be what it is now if I hadn't. I am learning all the time and I love that it is me who is in control. I wouldn't swap it for the world.

SGC: Are there any exciting plans for Rousso and Blossom? Anything we should keep an eye out for?

LG: Yes!! Big plans for R&B. I am currently working on a new range and have some exciting collabs in the not too distant future. Watch this space ...

SCG: How exciting! We can't wait to see what in store. Where do you see yourself and your fabulous brand the time next year?

LG: The dream is to have my own studio, I would love to have more involvement with the textiles process and have the space to work from. I would also like to open my wholesale books again and take some more lovely new stockists.

SGC: You're off to a desert island, what three things could you not survive without?

LG: Haha ... 10 years ago this would have been a very different list. Now top of the list would be a comfy bed for a good nights sleep!

I would also really love a good book that I can actually read from start to finish without being disturbed! I have taken the same book on the last two holidays and I'm still not even half way through it!

And last but definitely not least; a good stash of my favourite chocolate.

SGC: You're a big supporter of your fellow independent brands. What should we be buying and from who?

LG: This is a hard one because I am really passionate about supporting other small or independent brands, there are so many that I love and wish I could name them all!

I make no secret of my love for Young Double! A few more of my favourites are Velveteen Babies who make the prettiest handmade garlands that I have ever seen and Waddler Clothing who make the most beautiful sustainable and conscientious clothing from Alpaca Wool.

SGC: You mentioned earlier that Instagram is a big part of your business. Who should we be following and why?

LG: You could learn a lot from @ageofreason. I originally started following them because I loved their gorgeous feed and their cushions and scarves are to die for but now more importantly I noticed they have a voice. They are so clear in their message and use their platform perfectly to share it. I have a lot of admiration for them.

Another one to watch is @square_pegs who run the most fabulous kids workshops and events from their pimped out horse trailer, mainly in the North West but do venture out further to other parts of the country. They are doing amazing things. Expect all kinds of cool creative stuff like screen printing for kids, decorating oversized laser cut sunglasses and headdresses.They really push the boundaries and encourage little ones to explore their imagination through art.

SGC: And finally, the big one ... What single piece of advice would you give to other bad ass mamas thinking of starting their own biz?

LG: Just go for it! Get the ball rolling, start small if you have to but just do it!

SGC: Thanks so much for taking the time to chat to us Liv and welcome to The Sleepy Girl Club!

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