Contestant's Case to Win
This is based on the number of votes received.
Our children's apparel line - Ooh La La Mama - was started by me in 2006. We produce all over funky prints on super soft, yummy fabric. Our line was inspired by our desire to dress our two boys in clothing that was cool, hip and different. We started with prints of buddha's, skulls and included ridiculously cute kitties along with retro cars and some poetic, goth type prints. Our line now includes onesies, rompers and bloomer sets, dresses, t's from size newborn to size 6. Business has been great.
What makes our story a bit different? I am a full time ER doctor, mom to two boys (Max and Keirnan, ages 4 and 2) and wife (not in this order). We have been very fortunate with our internet sales and wholesale sales and now have over 200 boutiques in the US and internationally that carry our line. In addition we sponsored 6 families (with a total of 4 kids per family- 24 kids and their parents) for Christmas last year. Our home was filled with bikes, toys, clothing for all of these deserving but needy families.
This experience has definitely been the most rewarding for us.
My childhood friend, Chris Maeoka, graduated from MBA school last year and she now manages production and sales for Ooh La La Mama. We have been very lucky that our working relationship has been really fantastic.
Fun stuff for Ooh La La Mama: we've gotten celebrity mention from Jaime Pressly, SLASH from Guns N Roses and wife Perla Hudson as well as Laila Ali (she had her first published pics of newborn CJ in OK! Mag wearing Ooh La La Mama) and recently Ooh La La Mama produced shirts for Jenny McCarthy for 6 kids who will be on the cover of her new book (out in April 2009) - all wearing Ooh La La Mama t's. So this has been a crazy, interesting, wonderful experience for all of us and definitely is not what I had planned for my future when going through medical school or during my emergency medicine training.
What's in store for Ooh La La Mama? We are hoping to continue to produce cool - all over prints that are fun with anticipated increased profits for 2009. Will I stop working in the ER? Absolutely not. My ER work is my "job" but still is a passion. I get the opportunity to sometimes really make a difference in the ER. I am hoping that with Ooh La La Mama's increased sales we will be able to help more families in need.
Thank you for your support!
Ooh La La Mama
Twitter - @Cindyoohlala