Too Many Pjs founder Erin Plant learned to sew from her own mother as a little girl when she would help her make costumes for Halloween and dance recitals. She grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the United States and moved to London to do an internship at Alexander McQueen after completing her degree in Fashion Design at Drexel University. She has been working as a textile designer in the London fashion industry ever since. She has worked for a number of companies including Roland Mouret, Joseph, and Nicole Farhi.
Organic, Sustainable and Hand Crafted Fabrics
After having her first child, she made him a play mat with some fabrics she had designed and some that she had collected. A few people commented that the mat was good enough to sell. So she decided to start making them for other people. She loves mixing colours and lots of textures together. Babies and children also like these elements and they are very good for their sensory stimulation and development. Her philosophy is-
"When we start having children we instantly need a lot more stuff. I believe that we should maintain the same high standards of quality and design in our children's things as we do in our own. And after all, they will be in our house! I only design products that I would use in my own house and give to my own child."
The range quickly evolved to include cushions, blankets, and toys. Erin also believes in living a sustainable lifestyle and wants to keep the waste and environmental damage caused by the textile industry to a minimum. Utilising as much of the fabric as possible by making small patches for the Alphabet Blocks is one way that she does this. Hand screen printing on organic cotton with eco-friendly inks and using recycled filling for the toys, play mats, and blankets is another. Erin is currently sourcing all 100% organic fabrics and sustainable leather for her next collection due out in Autumn 2017. She currently lives in London with her son, husband, and dog Bossman. She designs and makes Too Many Pjs from a converted warehouse space in Haggerston, East London.