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Amy and Regina grew up in opposite sides of the country; Regina in Hawaii and Amy in Florida, both moved to the east coast, coincidentally, and started Skip and Play while they were living in Manhattan.
Skip and Play is the result of two very different friends with varied backgrounds, coming together to build their dream company.
"We noticed a white space in the world of children’s toys, with both ourselves and our friends being a bit confused when it came to deciding what toys were best for kids at different ages. We realized Skip and Play was the answer! We have done all the research, connected with the toymakers themselves, and talked with child development specialists to curate the best learning tools. With Amy’s extensive background in child development and Regina’s eye for design coupled with her parenting experience, we each bring something to the company that makes it - much like the Skip and Play child’s mind - thrive".
While they are not balancing their new entrepreneur life with motherhood, Regina loves fashion and making clothes, things that are creative. She also loves to repurpose clothes and furniture. Anything crafty. Also spending time with her 19month old bestie Gray & former bestie Sebastian (aka her Husband). Amy loves to run and listen to music and podcasts, spending time with family - her husband John and dog Dax (a dachshund!).
What made you decide to pursue this particular business?
The idea came some time ago when Amy worked in Child Development and the number one question every parent asked, was “what toys should I get my kids?” When Regina had her first baby Gray and was one of the first of her friends to have a child, she found herself asking that exact question. The time that Regina spent researching toys that didn’t match the stage of development and had terrible design started to become frustrating. With Amy’s master’s degree in Child Development and Regina’s design background from Parson, we thought together, we could make make a better option for parents.
When it comes down to a female partner, what were some important factors you looked at?
We are very different, and that’s important to us because it helps the business. We also listen to each other, which ensures we keep the focus on our mission to provide the very best age appropriate toys for kids.
Women are “known” to be competitive and jealous of other women, how do you balance your friendship/partnership to avoid these feelings?
You have to build a business partnership on the foundation of respect. What's unique about us is that we're at different places in our lives. Instead of getting jealous or competitive, we are able to use it to the company's advantage. We have opposite skill sets and strengths and we rely on each other’s strengths. That’s a good thing.
What inspires you to help you get through the day?
Every time we see a picture of one of the kids getting their box. That keeps us going!
What do you love the most about your profession?
What we love most is that we get to support families and kids. We also love picking out the toys. The idea of starting something that can hopefully support our growing families one day would be the dream!
What advice would you give a young girl about getting out in the “real” world?
We have both had very different approaches to how we got here. Regina started taking risks at a very young age, maybe too many. Amy on the other hand was also choosing the safe option, and shying away from any risks. So coming together for Skip and Play has taught us to be safeguard business decisions and at the same time, step out and take risks. The bottom line is you have to be a responsible risk taker. That’s what summarizes us as a team and that would be our one piece of advice!
Why do you think organizations like Lipstick Sister are important?
These are the most important organizations you can be a part of! Female relationships are some of the most intense relationships you can have. If you can find a strong network, there is nothing they won't do to support. For example, some of our customers don't even have kids yet, but they wanted to support us.
When you are not busy working, what do you do for fun?
Starting a company there's never a time when you're not working. We'll have a better answer next year....
Tell us about your personal style?
Like us, that couldn't be more different!
Regina: I went to fashion school, so everything color and prints and mixing them together. I am very daring in my style also making many of the clothes I wear.
Amy: Ion the other hand play it safe. Usually a pair of jeans, button down, or any cute anthropologie outfit.
Who are your favorite designers and why?
Amy: Splendid and Rebecca Taylor Regina- that's a tortuous question for someone who went to design school. To keep it simple, she likes mixing high and low designers, throwing on a pair of vintage levi jeans with a beautifully crafted funky blouse. As a side note on Designers, someone Regina really respects is Dolce and Gabanna, because when you flip the dress inside out, it’s crafted as beautifully on the inside as the outside.
Who is your female idol?
Regina: Tina Fey bc she's really smart, driven, is a brilliant writer, and doesn't take herself too seriously. She's a healthy balance of what I want to show my daughter, that you can be many different things and you can embrace the strong, sexy, parts of who you are. Amy: Wendy Clark - she is the former president of Coca-Cola and now the CEO of DDB. She has a healthy balance of putting her family first while achieving an incredibly successful career.