COMPLEX PATTERN CONSTRUCTION, BOLD COLOUR WAYS AND NOBLE MATERIALS ARE SAWN
TOGETHER TO SHAPE THIS NEW AND EXCITING CHILDREN'S WEAR BRAND.
It is impossible not to pick up on how important creativity is for Trommpo. Any product you choose on their website -from any of their three all-time available collections- denotes a superior level of attention to detail. Every pleat and every seam is there for a reason. And as some baby food brands claim on their labels, there are most certainly ‘no nasty additives’ in this recipe. Any practical, Bauhaus-fan parent would be thrilled to know in Trommpo’s products shape pretty much always follows function.
‘Popogami’ collection by Trommpo, 2013
TEM: Where does the inspiration and motivation to create clothing for kids come from?
T: Whilst living in London, where I studied a PG in fashion at Central Saint Martins, I was offered to design for a kids start-up company that was being created at the time –Jake & Maya. I accepted straight away, although I must say I was not very keen on the market sector at first. But as I started getting familiar with it, understanding the possibilities and discovering the other brands already out there, it fascinated me. Together with the owner, we designed the first 3 collections for the brand. Later in time, when my husband and I decided to move to Uruguay, we saw the opportunity to start Trommpo there, aiming to sell abroad.
‘Moto’ collection by Trommpo, 2013
TEM: Why Uruguay? Having Catalina studied in London, and Dean being English, what made you choose the South American country?
T: We decided to move to Uruguay to be close to my family, and have a better quality of life in terms of living space and climate.
TEM: What impact has the birth of your first daughter, Cala, had in the brand?
T: It put everything into perspective. Less time meant we had to focus on the really important and so we let some things go – like the physical store in Montevideo. In terms of the product, we now design it even more functional, as everyday we are experiencing the needs of children’s wardrobes, first hand.
TEM: How is the creative process for each Collection? What is the one thing you cannot sit down to design without?
T: A theme or starting point. In the past we have taken inspiration from the Japanese tradition of Origami, planet Saturn, or the artist Popova. The collection we are working on at the moment for example, originated from one painting of the Uruguayan artist Barradas. Based on this initial inspirational source, we created the colour and shape palette to then move onto the pattern-making. This last step of the design process is a very strong point at Trommpo. Our patterns are elaborated and unconventional, and define each collection’s shape. Many of the main design decisions are made at this stage, too.
Origami dress by Trommpo
TEM: How would you describe the experience of working with your other half on the same project every day? Would you recommend it to other entrepreneurs -or just to your worst enemies?
T: Ha, ha. In our case the experience is very good. We complement each other’s personalities, and we blend together house and work. Trommpo’s duties are mixed with housekeeping duties like cooking or looking after Cala.
“There is always something to do at home, weather it is business or pleasure-related, we consider it all to be family work”
TEM: You have achieved a great exposure abroad, with selling points in the USA, Belgium and Corea. How has the penetration process been in such competitive markets? What asset is Trommpo’s main selling point?
It all started at Playtime – one of the most important fairs specialising in the children’s market, based in Paris. We showcased our products there, obtaining amazing feedback from buyers and interest from the media. Our products were later featured on Milk Collections magazine, and since then we have had several mentions and write-ups on some influential blogs. What buyers highlight from our product is the uniqueness of its design, together with the superior quality of the finishing and high level of attention to detail.
TEM: What would you say is the key to succeed in the international market?
Having a strong identity is fundamental. The product needs to differentiate itself from the one offered by your competitors, but still has to be relevant and current. Functionality is also paramount, and so is identifying the right price point for your product.
“If you manage to tick all these boxes, buyers will not mind that the product comes from far away – on the contrary, it will add the exotic factor to it.”
TEM: What is your personal favourite from Trommpo’s last collection –and why?
T: The ICE swimsuit from our Moto collection. It has everything we look for in our designs: it’s abstract, bold, with an interesting, intricate pattern work, and still remains appropriate for kids’s need of practicality.
Ice swimsuit by Trommpo
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