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Vicky Montaene Interview

Do you love dressing your twins in coordinating outfits?

Vicky Montaene and her twins
Vicky Montaene and her twins

Well the founder of Kiki & Bree, Vicky Moteane loved doing it so much she set up her own business! We caught up with Vicky for her views on what it’s like being a mum of twins and running her own business.

We asked Vicky:

What is your most cherished memory of your twins to date?

The first time I witnessed them interacting was very special. They were lying on a play-mat, reaching out to one another and gurgling and smiling – that was beautiful. More recently they were singing in a concert at nursery and were performing with such gusto and joy and were completely uninhibited, it was lovely. I could go on….!

What was the most important milestone for your twins when you felt life was becoming a little bit easier

Getting a few hours a week to work uninterrupted and guilt-free once they started nursery at three was a God-send. In terms of their development, being able to dress themselves is great. One less job makes all the difference as a busy Mum and mentally it feels quite liberating to be able to say ‘go and get yourselves ready.’ Also when they gain confidence on the equipment in the park and you don’t have to hover under them, heart in mouth, that’s a tremendous relief.

What do you think is the hardest thing about being a parent of twins

The competitiveness. I can’t complement one’s painting or thank them for their help or even affectionately twiddle their hair, without the other saying or thinking ‘what about me?’

What is the best thing about being a Mum of twins?

To have one baby is a blessing, to have two feels like a miracle. I will never forget how special it felt bringing not one but two beautiful babies home from the hospital. To watch their tiny form side by side in their moses basket was just incredible. Now they have an intense relationship, a deep bond and a constant companion.

What is the silliest thing a stranger has asked you about your twins?

Are they identical?  Silly when you consider mine have very different physiques, very different features and one is dark, the other is light skinned. I mean, they barely pass as sisters, let alone identical twins!

Kiki and Bree
Kiki and Bree

Are your twins personalities alike or ‘chalk and cheese.’

They actually used to be more different. One was an extrovert and the other quite self-conscious but they meet in the middle in this respect now. They are still quite different in many ways; Kiki is very physical and adventurous and Bree likes life’s comforts. Kiki is very sensitive unlike her sister and Bree tends to dominate. It’s fascinating watching them grow up side by side. The fact that they are exactly the same age makes the differences more stark.

What inspired you to start your own business

I loved the idea of dressing them in clothing that connects them, without dressing them identically. We were bought a couple of twin specific presents and it was a sheer joy to receive such a considered and thoughtful gift. Us parents of newborn twins have a momentous task ahead and it’s wonderful to receive a gift that says, ‘you not only brought one baby into the world, you brought two and here’s a gift to celebrate this.’ A special gift for a special birth.

What top tip would you give to a parent of twins thinking of starting their own business?

Get in touch with your local council and find out about the free business advice available. Go along to as many seminars and networking events as you can. I always come away having learnt something very valuable I can apply to my business and often whilst chatting to the other attendees. It just takes that one bit of advice to completely transform your business.

What’s the best thing about running your own business

There is no employer to impose a ceiling on my worth. With the right approach and product/ service the sky is the limit.

What’s the hardest thing about running your own business

It’s very easy to doubt yourself and your idea when you have quiet periods. There’s no guaranteed wage at the end of the month or even year, despite the countless hours you’ve poured in. It’s more emotional which is great when the going is good but very hard to take when it’s not so good.

Which is your best selling product aimed at twins

Sausage Dog tshirts kiki and bree
Sausage Dog t-shirts

The appliqued sausage dog t-shirts in sage and white. Half of the image appears on one twin and the completed picture on the other.

Which is your favourite item you sell on your website

I love the whole appliqued range. My favourites (because I can’t pick one!) are the sausage dogs, the bat t-shirts and the early bird, night owl kimonos. They are quirky and cute, they are unique, the quality is beautiful and I just love wrapping them up in tissue paper and sending them on their way, knowing they will delight at the other end.

What is the one thing you would say to someone who has just found they are having twins

Take as much footage as you can when they arrive. That first year will be such a blur when you look back, you won’t believe how your babies have changed. I know you’ll be incredibly busy but you will be so grateful to have those moments captured for always. I honestly can’t remember my babies sounding, looking and behaving the way they did and without the footage, those moments would be lost forever.

Designed for Twins would like to thank Vicky Monteane for her time and for being such an inspiration to parents of twins who are thinking of setting up their own business.

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Visit www.kikiandbree.com to view their full range of coordinating and matching twin outfits.

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