1. Name & Location.
Be Unique Kids, Birmingham, UK.
2. Brief intro to who you are / what you do!
We are two Spanish girls living and working in the UK. Birmingham is a city growing quite quickly, but there is a long way to go to be anything like London. It is difficult to find fashion which is not in the High Street and we wanted to offer a different style to the one already on offer for the masses. We wanted to share our ideas on how we would dress our own kids. Ainhoa works in a shipping company and is a graduate in Modern Languages and Elena is a Food Technologist who works as a Assistant Quality Manager in a food company.
3. What would people be surprised to learn about you?
Ainhoa has always wanted to work with a charity as a volunteer in Africa or Asia and Elena has already done so in Dominican Republic back in 2003.
4. Describe the last major change you made. Why did you do it? How did it work out? What did you learn?
The biggest change in our lives was leaving Spain to come to the UK at very different times. Ainhoa arrived in 1994 and Elena in 2010. We wanted to improve our English for a short period, but unemployment in Spain made us consider a career here. We came over and we both found jobs. Ainhoa was an au pair for 18 months and Elena worked as a barista in Costa Coffee. Once we had a good level of English we were ready to do a more qualified job.
Ainhoa worked in an office using her language skills and Elena was employed by a food company where she could make good use of her knowledge gained at university. We learnt to be strong and to work very hard to get to where we are now. We want to put more and more time into Be Unique Kids, our little project, because we believe we offer a fresh choice of clothing missing in Birmingham until now.
5. How do you know when found that perfect label?
You know when you have found the perfect label when you fall in love with the design and the quality of the product. When you feel so much passion for the goods you wish they did everything in adult sizes...hahaha.
6. If you were ruler of the world what laws would you make?
We would make a new law to stop poverty and hunger. We believe the would should be a more equal place for children, specially. We would make a law for all children to access education and health services.
7. Are you left or right handed?
We are both right handed, But Ainhoa's mother was left handed and Ainhoa can be ambidextrous for some things.
8. As Kids were you ever frightened of a monster under the bed or in the cupboard?
We were...specially if you didn't go to sleep at siesta time. As years have gone by, we look for that monster everywhere as we are not afraid if the big challenges as we did as children.
9. What song best describes your work ethic and shop?
"Happy" by Pharrell Williams.
10. If you could be anyone else, who would it be?
We would not be anyone else, we are very happy with who we are including good and bad
11. When day breaks, who fixes it?
We all have a bad day every now and then. There is nothing a good plate of Spanish food with good friends and good wine cannot fix...
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