These days, more and more moms are turning to the web for their entrepreneurial endeavors. Less production, more face time with the kids and the ability to work from home are more than appealing. Just what happens when you have three online sites and a family you want to maximize time with? Have a read of our Featured Designing Mom Tze Ching of Jake and Maya today…
Your websites are incredible. How do you manage three – all of which are beautifully constructed and detail oriented? Not to mention, you have twins!
For the moment, my priority is to spend as much time with the children as possible because by next year, they will be at school full-time and I won’t have that option anymore. But in order to focus on just being a mum when the children are with me during the day, I need to work extremely hard when they aren’t. I have in the past few years turned into a bit of a workaholic. I work every single free moment I may have during the day and I work until very late most evenings but since I really do love what I do, I don’t mind being just a little bit tired in the mornings or miss a bit of me time here and there.
You have several lines of design but most notably, your line from Jakeandmaya features unique fashion designs for children. How did you first get started in fashion design? How did you choose children as your subject for design?
I have always been passionate about design but it is interesting how I became involved in (children’s) fashion because I have never really been much into fashion as such but when I started Monsters and Munchkins, a whole new world opened itself up for me. I started discovering all these amazing children’s clothing brands that I never even knew existed. A new passion and appreciation for (children’s) fashion was born and having just focused on retailing for a while, I was itching to start designing.
I started sketching some ideas with a friend of mine and a few months later Jakeandmaya was born and we launched it at various children’s shows across London, NY and Tokyo.
Designing for children makes sense to me, as they are my inspiration for a lot of things in my life.
Interior design is another passion you have and your nursery decor is precious.. How do you combine your fashioning of children’s wear with your passion for interior design?
At the end of the day, design is design, it doesn’t really matter what it is you are designing. It all comes down to shape, colour, texture, an eye for details …and personal taste. My interior projects get influenced by my clothing line and vice versa.
What is your favorite time of day? Are you most creative early in the morning? Late at night?
My favorite time of day would have to be late morning, right after the kids have gone to nursery (they go 3 days a week) when I sit down and just enjoy a nice cup of coffee in peace, before the madness starts. I tend to tackle all my practical work during the day but it is in the evenings that I am the most creative.
Do you have any advice for aspiring bloggers, moms, fashion designers, or interior decorating enthusiasts?
Go for it. Give it a go. There is no point thinking about it too much, as you really won’t know what it’s like until you actually do it anyway.
However, it is very easy to get a bit too carried away with a new and exciting idea. So start slowly and make sure you plan ahead. Tread carefully, listen to people’s advice and use your common sense, in order to avoid potentially very expensive mistakes. And lastly, remember to have fun and enjoy what you do as ultimately that’s why you chose to do it in the first place, right ?