My name is Gemma & I started my little business back in 2011, when my twin girls. Daisy & Ruby were just 8 weeks old.
My background is Art, Design & Fashion having studied at Art College in Kent & Theatre Costume Design at the London College of Fashion, so it felt the right time to finally use my creativity & skills.
We were living in Brighton & I really couldn't see myself going back to my 60 hour a week job as an Events & Marketing Manager at a busy Brighton Seaside Venue, so I started working on a little home hobby business, hand sewing tutus for tiny little people.
I had a little instagram page called 'Twinkle Tutus' and I re-branded in 2012 as Rocket & Rose.
I eventually saved up enough from my sales to buy a sewing machine & from then on I started making vest tops to match the tutus.
It was such hard work setting up a business with 2 tiny, colicky twins, but I worked through the night & during each & every nap they took to start it & build what is now known as Rocket & Rose.
Then came the first embroidery machine & a move to Devon in 2013 followed by a new addition to the family in 2014 - our little boy, Frankie.
Since then, we have managed to grow our little business to 2 slightly bigger sized businesses & we have moved into a bricks & mortar shop & workshop in our home village of Winkleigh.
Rocket & Rose is what you see here. A super fun, fully customisable clothing label run online via our Website, Etsy page & Not On The High Street storefront.
The second is a Print & Embroidery Service for local businesses (think plumbers, electricians, shops, vets, local schools, etc) and that is going really well.
We now have a fabulous team of 5 & it's amazing to see the growth of both sides of the business, with such a fantastic team behind it.
We are even looking at expanding to a new member, if anyone fancies a new embroidery job in Devon!
It's funny... working until 1, 2, 3 am all those years ago - exhausted & often very emotional, I never thought I would ever get any sales, let alone be in a position to have an amazing workshop & staff!
I still LOVE what I do & I love designing & making new things.
"Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life." -Mark Twain
Love, Gemma x