Mar 252012

In the past 2,5 years I have met a lot of lovely store owners and I feel like I have made some great friendships along the way. Working from home can be a little isolating so it is really nice when you get to know your online contacts a little better and find out a bit more about someone than just a name under an email. In our ‘Sunday coffee with’ series you can meet some of the people behind some great Australian businesses.

Although I have never personally met Renata from Coccinella we get along very well and always find something to talk about, possibly because we are both relatively new to Australia? You can get a taste of Renata’s Polish roots in her online store Coccinella where she sells some of Europe’s best eco friendly toys and clothing labels for Australian mums to enjoy.

What does your ideal Sunday look like?
An ideal Sunday would see us at a market or an event as a family selling all our wonderful toys and clothes. Otherwise a nice and relaxing day with not too much excitement and lots of sleeping in. (Not that such a thing is possible with 2 small children and one large one, my husband that is).

Why did you start Coccinella?
We started in the hope of earning some additional money since mortgage payments and a constant stream of bills never left us with any savings. We later realised just how amazingly cool all these handmade imported toys actually were and decided to introduce these toys to as many mums and dads as we possibly could. And in this day and age with one parent working full time and the other at home with her hands full with the kids it meant selling online.

How did you decide on the name Coccinella?
Ladybug in Italian, the idea was just too cool and most importantly the name was available here in Australia. When picking a name not only does it help if it is cute but it also has to be commercially available and not something too long to type in your web browser. You have to admit that being able to use a ladybug as your logo is something we just could not pass up.

What is your favourite item in store?
It’s a struggle to choose only one toy as our favourite. Should we choose the Ebulobo Cuddly Wolf because it’s so beautiful and it sells the most? Or should I go with my real favourite the Lovely Monster even though most people think it’s an elephant? Or wait let’s not forget the Mime. Everyone thinks it’s a convict! Luckily to Australians it conveys some sort of nostalgia and also seems to sell quite well. Let’s just go with all of the above perhaps.

What do you love most about being a mum?
Taking care of my children and watching them grow and learn new things every day. Working parents miss out on so many things and do not get to experience the daily adventures and accomplishments of their kids, even if it’s just potty training or learning to tie their shoes. Finger painting is also quite exciting as long as it’s confined to only the paper and not the walls and the plasma TV.

To find out more about Coccinella, to browse the  range and to order online visit