The twin sisters who created Loulou Lollipop are making the world a cuter place, one teether and swaddle at a time
By SHERI RADFORD
Angel Kho (L) and Eleanor Lee (R) in their Richmond office (Photo by KK Law)
Sometimes the sweetest ideas are born from a life event that seems cataclysmic.
Eleanor Lee was eight months pregnant when she learned her employer was bankrupt and everyone was out of a job. “It was a really scary situation,” Lee says, with a baby on the way and no post-maternity-leave job prospects. Lee and her husband knew they couldn’t survive on one income in the pricey Lower Mainland.
When the baby was about six months old and started teething, she often played with Lee’s necklaces, chewing on them and breaking them in the process. Lee worried whether the necklaces were safe for a baby—and she was upset to have her necklaces broken—so she started looking for wearable-teether alternatives. She wasn’t impressed with what she found. “Nothing really spoke to me,” she says. “They weren’t fun enough.” That’s when her interior-design skills kicked in, and the idea for Loulou Lollipop was born. (more…)