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We are a small, family run business in Godfrey, Illinois, which is near St. Louis, MO. Our in house team consists of myself, Melissa (or Mel), my husband Mark, and our in-shop assistant, Derek (my baby brother!). We love our wonderful Customer Service Specialist Stephanie, and Babywearing Educator, Q, who both work from home.
Our work-at-home sewing staff consists of a husband and wife team that work together to create our carriers. Even the KinderKids (Mel's girls) pitch in to help with various tasks. We are a family business and all carriers are made here in within our city limits!
I have been making baby carriers for over 20 years. I started in business under the name Magic Sling in 2005. I made budget-conscious carriers in the basement of my house. I made ring slings, meh dai's, and onbuhimos, as well as a buckle hip carrier with a ring sling shoulder. My family enjoyed moderate success with Magic Sling, but it wasn't yet a full time job. In 2007, I was noticing a trend moving more toward higher-end mei dais, and with this, I undertook a rebranding. This was the beginning of Kindercarry!
We started off making luxury custom meh dais- the Kindercarry. My passion for all types of carriers also led me to design a podaegi, which is a lesser known Korean style carrier. Again, the trends were shifting- this time from meh dais to soft structured carriers (aka buckle carriers). I had the design for the Kinderpack in my mind for at least a year before putting pencil to paper. I wanted to take my experience in fashion design (my life for the 10 years previous to Magic Sling) and apply it to an SSC. Several brands were making SSC body panels with darts to shape the panel around the baby's bottom. I knew there had to be a better fit that would foster the "M" form of legs and bottom that create the least amount of pressure on baby's developing spine and hip joints. A deep seat was needed to accomplish this. It also needed to be easy to get a deep seat, right out of the package. I took my knowledge of dress design and applied it to a carrier body, utilizing a princess seam that is used to shape the bust area on a bodice, and inverting it to create a bottom shaping silhouette. VOILA! Kinderpack was born! Kinderpack was the first carrier of it's kind, and we continue to innovate as we move forward with our unique business model. Our company has had enormous growth every year, and it is all because of our wonderful customers!
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