Louise is the President and Head Designer of Me First! Designs Inc., founded in 1998. Me First is an award-winning children’s toy design firm and has created innovative and best-selling products for some of the largest toy manufacturers in the world including: Toys R Us, International Playthings, Alex Toys, Goody, Ohio Art, Infantino, Mary Meyer, Kids II, Summer Infant, Crown Craft, Sassy, Taggies and many others. Her designs have earned more than twenty awards including the prestigious Oppenheim Best Toy award, the iParenting Media award, and the Dr. Toy Best Toy award. Her designs have also been featured in numerous publications and she is considered among the elite in her field.
We asked Louise what inspires her, and love her answer: “I am always observing life to see where there is a need and how I can come up with a solution. I am fascinated and inspired by antique toys and gadgets. I try to ‘think outside the box’ and find a unique solution with sweet designs that are perfect for little hands. I am inspired by my three children, especially my 15 month old baby. Walking by the beach almost every day clears my head and sparks many ideas.”
We at Dibzy are happy to have Louise as a part of our team. We have a long history of working with Me First! Louise is a great resource for all aspects of product development. She is a skilled at creating branded product collections and a master of all the technical and graphic design details involved in rendering the concept through the manufacturing process. Louise is truly a mom and designer we admire!
Louise is a master of time management and has been known to send emails at 5 am while her kids are still asleep!
She is very fast, and can get her work done and still can take a walk with her kids at night after dinner. We envy her organizational skills! Louise loves movies, and enjoys taking the kids to see all the latest.
She admires Phillipe Starck who is very whimsical in his designs. He is never afraid to take chances and try different things.
Erica Campanella is a Providence, Rhode Island native. She spent much of her career in New York City working as an art director in the fashion and home decor industry.
When Erica decided to launch her own design firm, she moved back to her home town and founded Little Bell Studios, LLC. Erica passionately believes in the importance of good design. Even for the little things in life, good design can make the world a more beautiful place. This mantra is the driving force behind Little Bell, because even little things can make big noise. Erica works hand in hand with clients developing trend conscious art for fabric, home decor, clothing, and gift products. Her clients include Shutterfly, TJX Company, Hershey,to name a few. Erica is known for bringing a unique perspective and a fresh twist to every project. see more- links to this site www.ecampanellastudios.com .
“I really enjoy solving a problem, whether that be making something function better or taking an idea and making it come to life. I love to make things more functional and beautiful,”
Hailing from Worcester, Mass., Nicole’s biggest source of inspiration is her daughter, Sienna, who is 12. Nicole loves to come up with things to keep Sienna entertained. “Watching the way she interacts with the world as a mom and an artist makes me think how to make things better for her.”
An organizing geek, Nicole’s favorite indulgences are office supplies and storage containers. What does she do in her spare time? “I love working on my house or on the homes of others, especially designing projects that will solve a problem like better storage or organization,” she says.
Nicole’s husband, Joe, is a carpenter, musician and artist. Their daughter inherited his musical and artistic abilities along with his quirky sense of humor. “I am forever being left out of their long, drawn-out nonsensical conversations!” Nicole says.
This talented designer’s passions are her family and her work. “Success has very little to do with possessions or money and more to do with my ability to support myself and my family with my creative talents rather than my analytical ones,” she says.
Vintage fabrics, hand drawn type dreams, and nature influence my artwork. I am constantly inspired by the achievements and accomplishments of the people I am surrounded by- musicians, artists, illustrators, bloggers, product designers, teachers, and my students!
Handmade by Allison Cole is a stationery brand based out of Providence, Rhode Island that launched in the summer of 2014. All cards are screen printed with water based inks on heavyweight 100% recycled paper. All products are assembled by hand and carefully inspected for consistency and quality. Allison is an artist and illustrator with an extensive screen printing background, graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in printmaking. Her illustration work is represented internationally by Lilla Rogers Studio, and she has worked with clients such as The Land of Nod, Camelot Fabrics, Badge Bomb, Scholastic, Galison/Mudpuppy, American Greetings, and Madison Park Greetings.
Allison currently balances her time between her client-based projects for her full-time freelance illustration business, teaching, and creating fun new products for her shop. A true multi tasker! Dibzy is a big fan of Allison’s unique style, her endearing characters and her clever hand lettered greeting cards.
Allison lives with her husband and their two cats in a cozy little house in lovely Providence, Rhode Island. She draws, she prints, she stares at her computer, and she teaches illustration to undergraduates.
Allison loves to read and write comic books.
Her go to reading material is Agatha Christie’s The ABC Murders. “I’ve already read all of her books!” says Allison.
Tereson Dupuy is a force of nature. This fiery redhead from New Orleans is a passionate inventor, a wise businesswoman and a devoted single mom. Dibzy helped Tereson with the rebranding and fashion design of FuzziBunz, her well-known line of pocket-style cloth reusable diapers.
In 2012, FuzziBunz was highlighted on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” where Mark Cuban advised Tereson that her cloth diaper line needed to “outcompete.”
“Dibzy helped me revamp FuzziBunz’s look and brought the professional pop and style we couldn’t expect from working with a generic graphic designer,” Tereson says.”
“I was frustrated with the look of my product and needed to find someone who could design and was experienced in the juvenile industry, which has an entirely different playing field than other consumer-product industries,” she adds.
“Dibzy understands industry standards and compliance with restrictive government guidelines, which are a non-negotiable requirement for success,” Tereson says. “Dibzy delivered.”
Top Awards Lavished on Tereson and FuzziBunz:
2002 Finalist Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award
2007 Stevie Award for Women in Business
2010 Stevie Award for Best New Product
2010 Stevie Award for Most Innovative Company
PTPA Award for Product Winner, 2 times!
iParenting Media Award for Product Winner, 2 times!
Sage Summit Entrepreneur of the Year – 2015
Jennifer Flowers was born in Taiwan and grew up in the U.S. Her hard working parents are her biggest inspiration. Her labor of love is Tum Tum, an infant belly wrap that’s based on a concept from her native culture. Her fashion flair and attention to detail add a hip designer edge to this cozy wearable blanket.
But it’s not just about looking stylish: Jennifer proved Tum Tum’s tagline, “Warm to the Core,” with the help of a former NASA engineer.
“When I approached Dibzy, I needed everything,” Jennifer says. “All I had was an idea, which had been on the back-burner for three years. I started from scratch, while working a day job and being a mom. Our weekly calls forced me to stay on-track and be accountable.”
Jennifer faced a number of hurdles, including creating the right branding and sourcing the right materials for Tum Tum. “Dibzy developed my branding within weeks,” she says. “With their reliable resources, I was able to source fabric and labels. They helped me understand and comply with industry standards.”
“Dibzy helped me build both my product and my company,” she adds. “Dibzy is a one-stop shop that makes ideas come to life. They are truly here to help people succeed, and their energy is amazing!”
In the land of start-ups, AXL Brand is a company that caters to the ultimate start-up, your baby. We make apparel and accessories for newborns and toddlers, and for parents, friends and family searching for modern, stylish and exceptionally well-made organic, ring-spun cotton goods, made in the USA.
Our first baby inspired us to start AXL Brand, as we were not finding the simple, clean and modern basics that we preferred- so, we decided to make our own. This also provided us with an opportunity to incorporate how we felt about materials (incredibly soft organic ring-spun interlock cottons) and fit / function (roomy feet on footies, v-necks and flatlock stitching). Our second baby motivated us to incorporate our later, more traditionally feminine colors. Now toddlers, both children inspire me to grow AXL Brand into a long-lasting, sustainable brand known for providing exceptionally well-made modern organic infant apparel and accessories.
Former environmental management consultant turned infant apparel manufacturer. I?m a “normal” guy who likes to get dirty, fix things and live in the wilderness for extended periods of time. I?ve always been fascinated with the manufacturing process, but I never thought I would be making infant apparel. The direction my life has taken these past couple of years makes me laugh, at least.