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Coco Bow Oxley Q&A with Katie Kaminski - Best changing bag 2014 - WINNER

We meet the designer behind the 2014 Junior Design Award-winning entry

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What is your name and job title? 

Katie Kaminski, founder and Designer of Coco Bow Baby Changing Bags

Can you tell us a little about the changing bag you have entered into the awards, and why you think it is award winning?

We entered the Oxley as it is truly innovative. Our designs combine practicality, functionality and style. Our bag can be used three ways. I designed this bag as I wanted my handbag to be able to go on my back when I needed to be completely hands free due to having two young children. I had to carry my baby at times yet also hold my eldest daughters hand, this was particularly useful when getting on the plane.  I found although wearing it across the body enabled me to be hands free, it still got in the way when holding on to both children.  The bag is designed for the mum of two children. Snacks can be kept in the large front pockets and accessed quickly, a large back zip pocket and internal zip pocket for mum's things and then the standard large expandable pockets for drinks, nappies and wipes.

Why do you think it stands out among the plethora of changing bags available?

It stands out because it is completely versatile.  By investing in one bag, you get three. Back pack, shoulder bag and stylish handbag. It meets all parents needs and changes with each situation.  We were the first to bring this style to market and ours is still the most cost effective at only £190.

What do you think are the hallmarks of outstanding design in the wonderful world of changing bags? 

As a mum of two under 5's I need a bag to work for me in terms of style but also to help me meet the needs of my children.  For me the hallmarks of outstanding design for changing bags must combine functionality with style.

How do you imagine the kind of mum who carries your changing bag?

For the Oxley I picture a fashion conscious mum.  A confident woman who likes to be organised and doesn't wish to compromise her style.  A caring and loving mother who can throw the bag on her back whilst kicking a football around or pushing the swing, or jumping in muddy puddles with her children yet still makes time for friends and lunch dates where the style element of the bag plays more of a role.

What do you keep in your changing bag? 

I always have three nappies, spare pair of clothes, two drink bottles, car keys, purse, wipes, Coco Bow changing mat, tissues, antibacterial hand gel, lipstick and mascara, mobile phone, lego or a small book, fruit snacks for both children and occasionally the odd packet of chocolate buttons (oh and a million receipts)

Why did you enter your product into the Junior Design Awards? 

I only ever enter Junior as for me I believe it picks products based on style, functionality and practicality. Many other award competitions seem to be a popularity contest which new brands can never compete with.  This way Junior invests and rewards all brands based on merit, which is excellent for brands such as mine who aren't widely known yet are trying hard to make the best possible bag we can for mums.

Why is it so important to have beautiful parenting accessories?

When I became a mum I was only 25.  I was still young and fashion-concious.  I didn't want to compromise my style and lose my identity just because I'd had a child.  My children are the most important people in my life, and by far the best thing that have ever happened to me, however, I am still me, and need my accessories to reflect that, but still incorporating the needs and journey of motherhood.


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