Kelley and 8 month old Piper with one of her original Kozy Carriers.
My inspiration for the Kozy came from the carriers that came before mine. My daughter was a baby that needed to be held constantly (like most babies ;-). After many a day with back, shoulder, and neck pain (from my adjustable sling and 2 pinched nerves in my back) I was ready to try something new.
There were only a few others out at that time and the Kozy had so many unique and more modern features (mentioned above) that the others didn't. These features made the Kozy so different from what others had tried before, that I was immediately innundated with orders from around the world. And I guess the rest is history.
I don't claim to have "invented" this type of carrier (hey, I am creative, not brilliant ;-) These types of Asian style carriers have been around for a long time. I was inspired by the first one I saw online and I simply added my own ideas to the more modern versions out there today with the hopes that perhaps I could offer you something a bit "different" that might not be offered in other "asian style" carriers. And when I started selling online in 2003 the Kozy was quite unique ;-)
KOZY CARRIER, FOUNDED IN 2003, IS A SMALL BUT GROWING FAMILY OWNED BUSINESS. KELLEY MASON IS THE FOUNDER AND DESIGNER OF THE KOZY. AS A WORK AT HOME MOM (WAHM) MOST OF HER TIME IS SPENT WITH HER SEVEN LITTLE ONES. WHEN THE BUSINESS BEGAN TO TAKE OFF, KELLEY BROUGHT HER SISTER, KRISTI JENNINGS, ON AS A PARTNER. IN 2014 THE BUSINESS WAS PASSED ON TO THE GENTLE CARE OF HELEN MACMILLAN WHO NOW RUNS THE BUSINESS WITH HELP FROM HER HUSBAND DUNCAN. HELEN AND DUNCAN HAVE TWO YOUNG BOYS WHO WERE BOTH 'KOZY BABIES'.
My first carrier was made on a whim in Nov 2002 when I saw a picture of a mei tai on the Internet. What a life saver that was!! The next day I made one from scraps, pretty much just winging it (there were no patterns or instructions out then). Once I learned how to tie it I put her on my back for the first time (by myself). My other carriers started gathering dust. A few weeks later I wore her on my back through several days of packing, lifting, loading and cleaning during a move. I later learned that this style of carrier is Asian and known as a "Mei Tai".
Eventually I developed a carrier that worked best for me (the Kozy that you know now). Through many months of trial and error, I was able to come up with a design I loved. I did some things I had never seen done to a mei tai. I added light padding in the straps, used nice sturdy fabric, made them reversible and added a pocket and a padded head rest etc. When my sisters and my friends saw the carrier, you can imagine what happened next. You guessed it! Soon I was busy making carriers for them. They would usually furnish the fabric and I would sew them for free, as a gift. It was a labor of love and something I felt was very important. I had no intention of selling this carrier. But, upon the strong urging of family and friends I decided to sell them locally (though I really didn't advertise and only sold one or two). Almost a year after making my first mei tai (and due to circumstances in my life at the time) I decided to make them available to others online.
THE MASON FAMILY - EASTER 2011
Charlie & Kelley
Children LR: (back row) Arah & Xian; (front row) Piper, Thrace, baby Dagyn, Ever
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trusting our instincts . . . holding our babies
February 2013 - Kozy moves to New Zealand!
Kozy Carrier is now lovingly manufactured in New Zealand and continues to be distributed and loved around the world. The new owners are the MacMillan family who have had a love affair with the Kozy Carrier since 2007 when they started carrying their older son Ethan in their very first Kozy. They also became the New Zealand Kozy Carrier distributor that year via their New Zealand based business My Natural Baby.
Duncan and Helen MacMillan look forward to continuing the Kozy brand to the high standard it is renowned for.
Here's to many more years of Kozy love!