PO.P PEOPLE: JO


As we celebrate our tenth birthday here at PO.P UK & Ireland, we think it’s about time we told you a bit more about ourselves. Oh, and we don’t mean boring corporate 
‘us’, we mean the fun, real us. To make it a bit more fun, apart from some standard questions, we’re going to get a couple of other members of the team to ask a question or two.

To kick off, we’re featuring Jo. Jo co-founded the UK arm of PO.P alongside husband Mats in 2006…she is probably the most stripy person in the land!

Right, as you’re the co-founder we can’t ask you how long you’ve been with the company, so instead let’s kick off with your favourite memory from the last ten years at PO.P?

JO: Waking up one Sunday morning to see Prince George in every newspaper wearing a Polarn O. Pyret collar bodysuit, with the P label clearly showing. It was amazing publicity for the brand, at a time when we were relatively unknown.

If you could describe the brand in just three words, what would you say?

JO: Quality, functional, design...all qualities I would associate with many Nordic brands.

What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not in the office?

JO: Dance! Especially jiving with my Dad, but that only seem to happen at Christmas!

What makes the office an enjoyable place to work?

JO: Well we've recently moved our office into The Lawn in Lincoln, a beautiful building originally a hospital for the care of people with mental illness. The founder of the insitution, Dr Edward Charlesworth was a feted innovator for anti-restraint treatments, and for treating patients with kindness and allowing them access to the open air. The Lawns remain and are still much appreciated by the people who work here now, especially on sunny days.

 What’s your favourite PO.P product?

JO: The organic frill tights in white for a newborn baby. I have two teenage boys, so I've always craved the odd frill!

 Sarah, our online Customer Service guru wants to know...  If you’re stranded on a desert island and could only take one thing…what would it be and why?

JO: A roll of windproof fabric, because I could make a sail out of it and kite surf to safety! Is that cheating?