Chic, whimsical and earth-friendly. This brand puts a big smile on our faces! We are pretty sure once you take a look at their work and learn more about them, you will be smiling too. Meet Olivia and Freddy, the founders and storytellers of Smiling Planet.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO CREATE SMILING PLANET?
Our children. We looked around and saw a need for earth-friendly products that were beautiful and fun. My husband, Freddy, and I are storytellers. We come from the world of movies, television, theatre, and art. So we think everything can tell a story – even if its in haiku and that is what we try to do with all our products and characters.
WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND THE NAME?
We love our planet, and we want to make smiles, so it just came naturally.
WHERE DO YOU SEE THE BRAND IN THE NEXT 5 YEARS?
Around the globe, Smiling Planet’s voice continues evoke such an amazing emotional response that we believe we have the potential to be a very important brand and we’re working around the clock to achieve that goal because smiles are good for the planet too.
WE LOVE THAT THE COLLECTION IS CHIC AND EARTH-FRIENDLY. ONE OF OUR FAVORITE PRINTS IS THE CIRCLE OF LIFE. DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE?
My favorite is the Lion Constellation. It's the mediating lion with a lion star constellation.
WHAT SHOULD OUR READERS KNOW ABOUT SMILING PLANET THAT MAKES IT SPECIAL?
It’s our voice. There is a purity and whimsy to Freddy’s drawings that is very rare.
WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
We live in Los Angeles, in Marina Del Rey, in a great, little-known neighborhood 3 blocks from the beach and right next to Venice.
IF WE WERE VISITING YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD, WHAT WOULD BE ON YOUR LIST FOR US TO SEE/DO/EAT/SHOP?
Abbot Kinney between Venice Blvd and Main Street. Abbot Kinney is named after the man who made the Venice canals. It’s got a great vibe, cool little shops, great restaurants, and great people watching. I'd eat at Joe's and window shop everywhere!
BEST BUSINESS ADVICE YOU RECEIVED?
Never give up. It applies to so many things, but most importantly, when you have true inspiration, listen to it and believe, which to me means never give up taking action to bring your inspiration to life, be light-hearted and relentless and good things will follow.
WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE YOU STARTED SMILING PLANET?
I worked in motion graphics designing main titles for motion pictures and television and directing commercials.
WHAT/WHO IS YOUR BIGGEST SOURCE OF INSPIRATION?
Mont-Mery, the property that my family built in Limoges, France. It is a magical place with very old trees from around the world, ponds, lots of wild animals...even a very old white owl.
WHAT ARE SOME THINGS YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT?
Smiling Planet, my children, Freddy and friends.
Thanks Olivia and Freddy!
Three Kisses Chelsea, Rachel and Diana