designer melissa walsh

It's one thing to have an idea but another to put it into action... and see it through to the end. (Says the girl who is hiding in the corner with shame under her unfinished manuscript.) Melissa Walsh is a woman of action, though. Four years ago she had a light bulb moment. She was fed up with carting a whole nappy bag around filled with all sorts of paraphernalia when all she really needed was a change mat and some wipes. So she set out to create a product that contained just that. But it had to be stylish and something she could easily fit into most of her handbags. And so Melobaby was born. It went through various prototypes as she used it with her two daughters. Now the perfected product is finished and I have to say, as someone who doesn't want to stand out as a sore thumb as a Mummy with a capital M, this is one product I can't wait to use. And I've already checked - it does fit in my handbag. No day-glo colours for me! In between photo shoots and product launches Melissa stopped for a chat and told me a little more about herself.

What five words best describe you? Bright, organised, brave, vivacious and kind.
Who or what inspires you? Andy Warhol – “everything is art”.
What are you passionate about? Fairness
What has been your proudest moment? My daughter’s first day at school.
What’s the best lesson you’ve learnt? That I always make mistakes.
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? Rosa Parks
What are you excited about? Every order I get for my newly launched all-in-one nappy wallet and change mat!
What’s next? Tokyo, London and New York... and if I make enough sales hopefully put playgrounds in Africa.

Images courtesy of Melobaby.