Manny & Simon designs embrace a smart sophistication and a youthful soul that are reflective of co-founder Eden Yaskil. I thought I was unique for starting a baby business before I was a parent, but Eden resets that standard. I admire her willingness to take a risk with a vision that goes beyond her personal life stage. In fact, I learned through this interview Eden and I have a lot in common, including being self-acknowledged “daddy’s girls” and people who consider the lovely city of Amsterdam among our top destinations.
Ali Wing: What is your motto?
Eden Yaskil: Follow your dreams.
AW: What inspires you?
EY: The whole issue around the safety of childrens products in past few years really inspired me to develop a line of safe, eco-friendly, simple, clean designed, made in the USA products. I was tired of all of these plastic toys that became so disposable. I came across some old wooden toys in my grandparents house which really made me think how can we bring back heirloom wooden toys to the modern day child.
AW: What color are you loving right now?
AW: What are you currently reading?
EY: Chelsea Handler’s Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang. I’m not one who likes to sit and read books. I need to always be busy doing something, but this book is AMAZING! I watch Chelsea Handler’s TV show, “Chelsea Lately”, every night before I go to bed. She is always smiling and loves to make people laugh. I love it!
AW: Whats your favorite city/location/destination?
EY: New York – I love wondering through the downtown neighborhoods and stumbling upon random great stores.
Austin, TX – I’m currently living in Dallas, and I love to escape down to Austin for the weekend and check out their shops and great music! I love the laid back attitude the city has, which reminds me of San Diego where I grew up.
Amsterdam – I LOVE this city. I studied interior design and architecture in high school and college and fell in love with the architecture of this great city. It has the cutest shops and restaurants, and I am a sucker for Dutch design.
AW: Who is your favorite composer, or what is your favorite music genre?
EY: My current favorite composer I’m listening to right now is Eric Hutchinson. His music is great background music when I’m working or just relaxing at home.
And please complete the following:
…make(s) me laugh.
My dad. The best times I have with him are when we are in the Manny & Simon factory developing new concepts and just constantly making each other laugh.
My parents’ proudest moment in parenting was…
Learning the creative mind I had from a very, very young age.