Meet The Face Behind

MAMOO

A BRIKA maker story

Anna Patty

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA
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“I have on more than one occasion (much to my husband’s chagrin) flagged down complete strangers just so I can take a picture of their bag and examine its design.”

“Words I live by: If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it. - John Irving”


“I believe a world of wonder and possibility begins with something as simple as a bag. A kid’s bag that helps nurture and open up little worlds.”


“Words I live by: If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it. - John Irving”


Anna's first sense of personal responsibility and burgeoning self-confidence as a child came from the little bag her mother gave her before she set out for the day. She cherished having the books and dolls during her daily travels and felt proud that her mom trusted her to decide for herself what to carry in her bag all those years ago. Anna launched Mamoo because she wanted her kids to have those same wonderful feelings.


Anna partners with local small businesses in Piedmont to create their cotton kids bags. "In a world filled with fast fashion and poor quality options for kids’ accessories, it’s good to make things close to home and in a way that incorporates high quality materials, good craftsmanship and fair wages. We love supporting our local community."

What did you want to be when you grew up? Why?
 
I wanted to be an architect. When I was a little girl visiting relatives in Japan, the two things I would always put in my little bags were a pencil and sketch book. Whenever I would go into an interesting house or traditional Japanese inn I would sketch out the floorplan and interior design details. I especially liked to sketch the insides of small Japanese homes. Every inch of compact Japanese homes is so thoughtfully designed, always with the user in mind.

Tell us about a challenge you’ve had to overcome and how it has affected your work.
 
A constant challenge for me is achieving some form of work/life balance. I am a work-from-home mom of three. I have good days and bad. I’ve learned that you just have to be present in whatever you’re doing. Focus on the positive. Have fun. Do the best you can. Don’t beat yourself up. And most importantly do what you love because if you’re not happy, it affects the outcome of everything you do.

Describe your ideal Saturday.

Sleeping in. A quick brunch with the family. Going to the park or on a hike in the afternoon. And spending a lazy evening watching a good movie with the family. 


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PRODUCTS BY MAMOO
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