Skip Hop is renowned for making multi-purpose functional and chic modern diaper bags as well as accessories and decor for baby and children. Meet Skip Hop founder Ellen Diamant as she tells us about how she got started, what inspires her and what her favorite guilty pleasure is!
Tell us how Skip Hop came to be?
When my son was born 9 years ago, the products available to new parents functioned just fine, but they weren’t quite up to speed with our busy NYC urban lifestyle or design aesthetic. The market was wide open and my husband and I focused on creating products for a new generation of parents that were smart, functional AND beautifully designed. We started with our Duo Diaper Bag – the world’s first stroller bag that converted into a shoulder bag – and seven years later we are still at it!
How would you describe your personal style and how does it influence your designs?
My personal design style is very clean, graphic and modern – especially at home. I am also a big fan of the beautiful lines found in Mid-Century modern design. I love products that are great looking and also have an innovative twist – form meets function.
What trends are catching your eye and how will we see them incorporated in future Skip Hop products?
Fashion and home is going in a more organic direction. Severe geometric prints are on their way out and being replaced with designs that are more fluid with a touch of whimsy. You’ll see that in our beautiful new pattern for Studio, coming this fall!
Ellen’s Five Favorite Skip Hop Products:
Duo Deluxe Edition Diaper Bag
The Duo will always be my ultimate favorite Skip Hop product as it was what started the company and the entire “stroller bag” category.
Studio Diaper Bag
I love the Studio for its chic styling and superior functionality. Lots of celebs agree and I love seeing Studio on the red carpet!
Splash Bottle Drying Rack
Splash is a great designer twist on a boring necessity. It looks great in any kitchen!
Moby Bath Spout Cover
Why can’t bath safety be adorable and functional? Moby protects little ones’ heads from bumps in the tub and is a super cute addition to any bathroom.
Central Park Blanket + Cooler Bag
This is my favorite new Skip Hop product. I love how easy it is to carry and fold up – plus the cooler bag is so roomy. It’s been great for picnics and concerts all summer long!
Let’s get to know Ellen a little better with a quick-fire round:
- Blogs I check out often are: Apartment Therapy, Print & Pattern, Swiss Miss, Imnop
- My first job was: a graphic designer at a New York Magazine.
- My favorite color is: Red!
- I cannot live without: beautiful design to inspire me.
- My favorite guilty pleasure is: Starbucks‘ Tall Iced Caramel Macchiato
- The best advice I ever received is: Don’t bring work home with you – but I don’t always take this advice!
- A cause I care deeply about is: pediatric AIDS. Skip Hop is proud to support Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric AIDS Foundation
It’s giveaway time: To celebrate the beginning of back to school season, we’re giving away your choice of Skip Hop Toddler backpack complete with matching Lunch Pack – to 3 lucky winners! To enter for a chance to win, leave a comment here or on our Facebook page telling us about your favorite childhood lunchbox. Contest ends Friday, August 6th at 6pm EST.