Kristina Currie, 38, is Founder of Bon Tot in Edinburgh
DESCRIBE THE LOOK OF THE SHOP
Open, airy, minimal and fun. We design our own interiors – our shelves made out of industrial postal tubes are a talking point. My husband, Graham, is an architect so it gives him a creative outlet. Prior to this I was the manager of an artisan chocolate company. We had our daughter, Clemence, in 2013, and I wanted to create the type of store we would want to shop in.
WHAT MAKES YOUR LOCATION SPECIAL?
Edinburgh is a very international city – I’d struggle to name a country we haven’t had a customer from. I love the fact we are near the famous New Town area, but still have our own strong local identity with lots of amazing independent boutiques.
ANY FAMOUS CUSTOMERS?
Hollywood actress Jaime King, and Benedict Cumberbatch is often spotted here, too.
LOVES AND LOATHES OF THE JOB?
Seeing our vision come alive in the shop is my favourite part. The shop really makes me happy. I hate keeping up with admin, though.
HOW DO YOU MIX HOME AND WORK?
Thanks to a very hands-on mother-in-law. Clemence used to go to nursery twice a week, but it wasn’t sustainable, so now we have one family day per week. I worry about missing out on family experiences, but we do our best to get a balance.
WHAT’S HOT FOR 2018?
Mingo, Maed for Mini faux-fur coats or any Hugo Loves Tiki. We’re stocking Bobo Choses for the first time this year, and Main Sauvage, and we’re introducing beautiful teethers from Bezisa.
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE GROWING UP?
A chiropractor or astronaut.
THE SECRET TO A SUCCESSFUL SHOP?
Being true to yourself. When you create an atmosphere that’s original, it works. Our brands and the interior reflect my style.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE SHOP IN 2018?
We are launching our own-brand items. I’m excited about that and we’ll be hosting in-store workshops. I want this to be a place where families can drop in for a chat and a coffee, and get something really creative out of the visit, too.