It's not often that my big boys fight about soft toys and blankets. - but for some reason this exact thing happened when the beautiful soft package from Nana Huchy arrived at the front door. - suddenly the boys both wanted a blanket that I secretly wanted for myself and both of them went head over heals with the papa knitted doll. - I thought the papa doll would be such a nice thing for them to have considering their daddy works away so whenever they miss him too much they could cuddle this beautifully made doll.
So needless to say that we are all big fans of Nana Huchy who (in their own words) make classic gifts from a time gone by, adding a touch of mischief to life's essentials.
After traveling the world, it seems true inspiration can be found closer to home, or Nana's home to be more precise. It seems in a faster paced world, the delicate sophistication of yesteryear had fallen by the wayside, Nana Huchy's creators, Lucy and Hannah Morrison, sought to revive a world filled with warmth, fresh colours and unmistakable style, just like their Nana's.
It all started in 2003 when the two set out on an exciting journey, researching the products that were soon to become their trademark pieces. Beginning with an eclectic range of bags, demand soon saw them branching out to create products for the kitchen, boudoir and of course, for the little, cheeky ones. In 2006, Hannah left to pursue other dreams while Lucy continues to scour the world, and her Nana's house, for practical products and designs that bring that unforgettable elegance to anyone's home.
With the launch of their new blankets, designed in Melbourne by Sunday Ganim exclusively for Nana Huchy we took the opportunity to ask the designer Sunday a few questions. This blanket is such a beautiful piece. - Tysi was lucky enough to claim it to be his own. These 100% cotton blankets are perfect for the cot, pram, or around the house. Super soft, durable and made to last and snuggle up to for years.
I love hearing how brands start up and how designers find their inspiration. Check out how Sunday finds hers:
Who is Sunday Ganim? Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am a Melbourne based textile designer who creates baby blankets!
How did Sunday Ganim Blankets start?
Sunday Ganim Blankets began five years ago, when my nephew Max was born. I held an exhibition of hand woven scarves that I had produced and with the excess yarn I decided to create a baby blanket just in time for his arrival. He loved it and friends and family began to request their own blankets, so Sunday Ganim Blankets was born.
Where do you find inspiration for your blankets?
The old saying, anything and everything can be inspiration reigns true.
I take a lot of photos of colours that I notice in everyday life, from nature to food to architecture. I also get colour inspiration from old films, or fabric stitch details from old library reference books. However, recently I have been getting a lot of inspiration from cooking!
What does your day look like?
I work on the business in a part-time capacity, the day is split between working in the mornings whilst afternoon are spent with my 18 month son, Remy. Work involves the constant trickle of emails then, there is the laising with my production manager, knitter and wholesale accounts.
How did the project with Nana Huchy come about?
I have known Lucy for many years, since the beginning of Nana Huchy and I love the ranges she puts together for young people - the toys especially! I also am a fan of her charity work she runs with Nana Huchy, like the Easter Bunny campaign, so naturally I was keen to do something together when she asked.
We begun talking about extending her range to offer a cot blanket that sits within the nana Huchy family and over a few get togethers the Nana Huchy blanket range was created!
What future plans do you have for Sunday Ganim blankets?
We are currently developing new ranges for 2017 at the moment, but for the immediate future look out for the usual mix of classic blankets, with some varying colourways being released this summer.
Thank you to Sunday for taking her time to open up to a bit of her world and to Nana Huchy for making these beautiful pieces. - Visit Nana Huchy's website to see the rest of the softest pieces.