“Some people think our product is a little different at first – and it is!” says Nicole Garza about the leather bibs made by her company Mally Bibs. Nicole’s daughter Malia inspired her to start her company, which designs and manufactures leather baby bibs – the first of their kind. Her daughter was ten months old at the time and Nicole discovered that leather was a much better material for bibs. “It cleans easily and is so durable, lasts forever, and doesn’t stain,” says Nicole, who worked at the Communications and Interior Design Department for Ikea Canada before starting her company.
Six years later, Mally Bibs is going strong and is sold through retail boutiques throughout North America and online at mallybibs.com. The company prides itself in creating a well-designed, Canadian-made product that’s socially responsible and environmentally aware. Today, mallybibs.com customers have the option to customize colours and even add a name in leather appliqué for $9.95 more. “Many customers now tell us that Mally Bibs are the only baby gift they give!”
Mally Bibs is not only a great gift, but it gives back. The company has made donations to organizations like the Canadian Breast Cancer Society, The Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Children’s Hospital. They also endeavour to be as green as possible: using 100% recycled paper in their office; their print material is produced on recycled material and more.”We know that every little bit helps, so we like to help out where we can.”
The bibs themselves are made with leather that has been tanned using the most environmentally possible methods. Not only is leather biodegradable, the bibs never need to be laundered, cutting down on bibs that end up in the land fills, while saving energy and water consumption – not to mention saving you from the hassle of needing to change your child’s shirt and later washing it.
Still a small family run business, Nicole, along with her husband and business partner Ron Garza, opened a manufacturing facility in Abbotsford, BC. Nicole is proud of what she’s accomplished in such a short amount of time and knows other moms can do the same. “Be inspired to follow your dreams and know that dreams can come true.” Nicole says. “It was a dream six years ago for me, and now it is a reality.”
Adapted from an article that originally appeared on VancouverMom.ca.