Getting to know… Kowen!

June 18, 2020

Kowen (aka Kirsty) tries to hide more behind the camera than in front! So we thought, it was about time we changed that. We put Kowen in the hot seat to ask her all the questions.. So let’s find out all the important stuff!



Meet Kowen!

I feel like a little bit of Deja Vu here, Kowen’s real name is Kirsty, but with one Kirsty already in the office (yes, what are the chances!) we decided that was too confusing and swifty did a little OC nickname!

 

What do you do at Montii?

I’ve been at Montii for around 10 months (I think!) I do content production and design. So in other words, all the pretty pictures you see..bag prints… packaging..the product photos you see! That’s my handy work.

 

Tell us about your family

It’s me, my partner Phil and 1-year-old baby Rico who’s full of mischief (but is SO cute!)


What is your coffee order? 

Vanilla Flat White

 

Tell us an online brand that you love, and why?

I can’t choose just one so I have two - Garzie + May, a beautiful Sunshine Coast brand where I recently bought Rico a super cute Boho Palm quilt! And Bam Loves Boo (another QLD brand actually) for the cutest baby/kids clothing ever (seriously check them out!)

 

Do you have a celebrity doppelganger? 

Apparently, Kirsten Dunst - but I’m totes not a fan!

 

What is your spirit animal, and why?

Sparrow…..because I’m an early bird and I lurve birds, I totally want to be a twitcher when I’m retired.

 

What weird food combination do you really enjoy?

I love any and every condiment or add on available especially the hot ones like Jalapenos, wasabi etc…...I also recently decided that Apple Cider Vinegar and Pasta Salad are the best combo ever.

 

What is the dumbest way you have ever been injured?

I broke my arm climbing off bunk beds while playing Murder in the dark with my brothers.

 

What is your most unusual talent?

Hmmm I make a mean sand village at the beach. Is that a talent?

 

Do you have any superstitions?

Nope, not superstitious at all.

 

If you could jump into a pool full of something, what would it be?

Chocolate. Without a doubt, chocolate.


So who would have guessed it!? Now we all know secret bird-loving Kowen just a little more.

Stay tuned for our next instalment of Getting to Know You!




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Getting to know… Craig!

September 10, 2020

He’s the newest member of the team! The calm amongst the chaos, Craig joined our warehouse team earlier this year after while his job as a restaurant manager was put on hold (thanks COVID) And because we are SO RAD to work with (right?) we convinced him to stay and to join the team in the office to manage our wonderful international distributors along with all of the fun manufacturing logistics.

We’ve introduced him to Insta’ boomerangs and now surprise Craig we’re featuring you on our blog!!

Let’s get to know Craig a little more…

Meet Craig

What do you do at Montii?

I joined the team at Montii back in May this year. I started in the warehouse, picking and packing before moving into the office as Administration / Office Manager in August.

Tell us about your family

I met my wife in London, we were both working and travelling. Being from NZ it wasn’t hard to convince her to come and live with me in Australia! This was now 12 years ago and we’ve just skipped past our 8th wedding anniversary.

We have 3  beautiful children. Alexis is about to turn 7 (OMG), Hugo will be 5 in January and Calvin will be 2 in November. 

(Side note, by “beautiful”, when we asked Craig how his weekend was the other week, he replied “bearable!” so we will take the beautiful with a touch of sarcasm haha!)

What is your coffee order?

Short and strong - Small double shot flat white.

Tell us an online brand that you love, and why?

I don't do a lot of online shopping, I tend to leave that for my wife.

(Don’t worry guys, we will soon show him our way!)

Do you have a celebrity doppelganger? 

Apart from Tom Cruise, Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington (in his younger years), not really… 

What is your spirit animal, and why?

I would have to say the dog. I was given my 1st dog for my 10th Birthday. Since then I can’t really remember a time when I didn’t have one by my side. I love their nature, intelligence and just the general way they lighten up everyone's day.

What weird food combination do you really enjoy?

When I was younger, I would smash a banana and sugar sandwich. I’m a pretty plain eater these days. I mean I only had Guzman Gomez for the 1st time a couple of weeks ago…

(See! I told you we would show him our ways! Guzman is a firm fav’ around the office)

What is the dumbest way you have ever been injured?

When I was about 12 or 13, I was skateboarding with a mate to see some girls. We went down this steep hill (he sat down, I stood up). There was a lot of speed and a lot of death wobbles. Needless to say, I ended up in the hospital missing a fair bit of skin from my face and nearly losing sight in one eye. Don’t miss skating at all!

What is your most unusual talent?

Apparently (or so my wife tells me) I’m a pretty good hoarder - especially cardboard boxes. Everyone loves a well-made box, right?

Do you have any superstitions?

No, not really.

If you could jump into a pool full of something, what would it be?

I think anything from beer to bourbon would be good! Or daddy drink as my son likes to call it!

So that’s it, guys! I’m sure we’ll be seeing many more boomerangs, stories and blog features from Craig.


If you have a question you’d love the team to answer - hit us up! Shoot us a DM on Instagram, we’d love to hear *all* the things you would love to know.

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MontiiCo + Kasey Rainbow Collaboration

September 04, 2020

Behind every product is a little story... And the story behind our Wildcats Range is a bit of an exciting one at that! Up until now all of our designs at MontiiCo have been produced in house, but it has been a goal for us in 2020 to collaborate with local artists.

The story begins with a little idea...

I first spied Kasey Rainbow prints on some of my favourite clothing brands such as Little Party Dress and Jericho Road Clothing and I knew Kasey would be the perfect match for Montii! Her bright, fun and unique style was the perfect fit for Montii and I instantly knew we HAD to work with her.

(And before I go on, yes Rainbow is her real last name! And yes, when I read on her about me page she was open to having margaritas, I was even more excited.)

When Kasey said YES! I was thrilled! There may have been a little jumping up and down in the office! (Ok and maybe a little bit of squealing).

Working with Kasey was a breeze! We sent her our concept idea. Without hesitation, she worked her magic and nailed our idea straight away! For anyone who knows me, they’ll know getting ideas out of my own head into someone else's, can be tricky (sorry Kowen! haha!)

Before our eyes came together, our very special Wildcats Range! Which we knew you guys would absolutely LOVE!

Shoot time!

Being local to us here, we invited Kasey along to our photoshoot day in Brisbane! Kasey’s daughter Darcey absolutely stole the show. At age four, Darcey is even following in her Mums footsteps, with her very own brand - Drawn by Darcy!

We also invited some of our favourite Instagram supporters (total influencers!) along for our shoot! We absolutely LOVE these ladies, and the support they give our brand is amazing!

Kellie from @my_shopping_dreams is a long time supporter of small business, lover of all things bright and a breast cancer warrior. I have connected with Kellie through Instagram and I was so stoked to meet her in real life (how good are the IG connections we make!!).

Along with our very own Ness and her twin sister Peta @traineemama! Seriously, how FUN would it be to have an identical twin - besties for life! #FunFact - Kirsty, Peta and I met in an online Mums group nearly SEVEN years ago and this was the first time we actually met Peta in person!! 

AND the wonderful Katy @katypotaty . Katy is hilarious, loves a good craft beer and is a HUGE small biz supporter. Katy was full of confidence and gave us some much-needed posing coaching on the day! An absolute ball of positivity this lady!

If you aren’t following these ladies - seriously do yourself a favour and go and give them a follow and say hey!

Lunch and drinks [may] have been consumed after our shoot - hey we deserve it right?! 

Introducing our WildCats Range!

Shopper Bag Set - Jungle Cats

Turning heads in the streets. With this trio by your side, you’ll be strutting in the aisles like you’re on the fashion runway. Get wild with our wildcat prints!

Not just a regular Shopping Bag! She's got a MontiiCo twist, designed with three #matchymatchy Wildcat prints.

 

MontiiCo Insulated Lunch Bag - Jungle Cats

Not just regular cats, we’ve added a MontiiCo Jungle twist to make sure they're extra cool. Bringing a real ROAR to lunchtimes in the school playground! Our Jungle Cat print is bright, fun with a touch of #Cheeky. Just like Montii!

MontiiCo Insulated Lunch Bag - Leopard

A unique take on the on-trend leopard print our Leopard print is a lunch bag with style like you’ve never seen before! Plus - why should the kids have all the fun! This is the print I’ve been rocking my work lunch with since the release!

And the best part?

Our Wildcats Range is designed to match!

Match with our existing Bottles, Bumpers and Smoothie Cups for the head-turning lunch!

So, the only question left?

What colour will you choose!

Shop the range!

 

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Getting to know… Steph!

August 26, 2020

How did Steph manage to be the last one to answer our hard-hitting blog questions? She’s the boss! That’s how!

All jokes aside, we know many of you really want to know more (because deep down we are all sticky beaks!) So let’s ask all the questions we know you *really* want to know!

Meet Steph

What do you do at Montii?

I guess you could say I’m the boss? I started Montii in 2017 and prior to having a team (still pinching myself about that!) I did all.of.the.things! From designing the products right through to emptying the office bins. What I LOVE most is being creative! Basically, my brain doesn’t switch off (ever!) - so these days, I have a whole bunch of ideas and now have an awesome team who helps me bring them to life.

Tell us about your family

It’s me, my hubby Lee and our two boys! Hux who has just turned 7, and Sulli who is nearly 5 (Does that mean he isn’t my baby anymore?)

What is your coffee order?

At the moment it’s an English breakfast tea with coconut milk. But 99% of the time I am all about the GREEN juice.

[#FunFact - Steph doesn’t drink coffee! Yes, crazy right!!]

Tell us an online brand that you love, and why?

It would have to be Active Truth!

I genuinely love their activewear products. (Hello tights that don’t roll down!) Their marketing is genius. They are a local (to us) Brisbane based brand - AND just genuinely nice people.

Do you have a celebrity doppelganger?

I don’t knowwww! I feel like I’m so tall and celebrities aren’t tall.. I’ve been told I look like @katy_potaty (less the height) does Instagram famous count?!

Ps. - I’m 180cm tall for those wondering!

What is your spirit animal, and why?

What about a squirrel? Always busy and building projects?!

What weird food combination do you really enjoy?

Not sure if it's really weird but I love a good condiment. As in - at least one sauce on everything, if not more than one. 

Fave combos include bbq sauce and horseradish on a steak, mustard and mayo on a salad sandwich, and burger sauce AND tomato sauce on chips. (oh and did I mention that apple sauce goes on everything!)

What is the dumbest way you have ever been injured?

Would you believe that I have actually fallen victim to the SAME random injury that Kirsty did? Sat on my foot in my office chair, stood up, had pins and needles - and rolled my ankle. Unfortunately, I did it in a crowded office though - not working from home. *SHAME*

What is your most unusual talent?

I have a really weird typing style where only one hand does proper touch typing and on the other dodgy left hand only 1 finger types. But somehow it works - and I can type/ message / chat faster than most people!

I would also say I am a good internet shopper lol. Parcels arrive at my place way too often. I rarely go to the actual shops - as I prefer grabbing everything online (hello introvert).

Do you have any superstitions?

Yes! Very superstitious. I’m quite an anxious person by nature (I have suffered from pretty debilitating anxiety in the past) and I definitely have a few quirks and superstitions. 

If I’m worried about something bad happening - I won’t say it out loud (just in case that makes it happen), also works in reverse - if I want something to happen I will talk about it often, with lots of people! I’m a big believer in the universe sending us signs too - if something is really hard, and just keeps being blocked at every stage - it’s probably not the path I am meant to be on!  

If you could jump into a pool full of something, what would it be?

I’m a reformed chocoholic because I avoid caffeine (see anxiety notes above) - so can I say white chocolate? Or caramilk? Is that even chocolate? Lol. 

So that’s it, guys! Do you feel you know Steph just a little more now? Do you have any questions you’d love to ask the team? Head on over to Instagram and shoot us a DM to let us know!

Until next time..

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