Hello, we’re Caroline and Migle. We’re friends from Vilnius, Lithuania, and we’re both completely obsessed with the sea. In fact, the sea is what inspired our business, Striped Coast.
It’s been an interesting two years since we started, full of attempts, failures and achievements. We started with the idea of creating something light and different – something that would help bring a happy holiday mood to our everyday lives. Our first product, a beach bag we call Peter, does just that, bringing a little piece of the Mediterranean everywhere you take it.
Another shared aspect of our business is that we’re both mothers of little boys. Looking at our kids, we realized that their ability to give themselves fully to one single moment and dive into a world of imagination is something worth learning. If every day is anything but ordinary for our kids, why should it be any different for us? This line of thinking is how our theaters and tablecloths were born. If they help brighten the mood – even just a little – then our mission is accomplished.
We’re always thinking of new ways to turn home into a magical place for kids and make a walk outside or a trip to the beach more special. When we’re designing a new product, we start with hand-drawn sketches and show them to our kids. Whatever the verdict is, it always comes immediately; ideas that pass these tough judges move into the prototype phase. It usually takes 3-5 test-runs to work out all the technical and design issues before we have a final product.
Being on Etsy has brought our business to a whole new level. We’ve introduced our products and vision to a much wider audience and we’ve received feedback from all over the world. We’ve had our share of ups and downs, and we are still in love with what we do.
All photographs by Striped Coast.