FIVE X FIVE: Emily Current & Meritt Elliott

The Tot FIVE x FIVE invites inspiring mamas to answer five questions on motherhood and curate their favorite kids’ products. Here we talk to best friends, brand builders and business partners, Emily Current & Meritt Elliott

Emily Current and Merritt Elliot

Emily Current and Meritt Elliott are best friends, CEOs, authors, designers, brand builders, stylists and the brains behind the clothing collection, THE GREAT. Total game changers when it comes to championing women in business, the pair managed to carve out both online and in-store retail spaces that combine clothing, accessories and paper goods in the best way possible. With a fierce passion for celebrating female friendship and encouraging women of all ages and backgrounds to find what empowers them, Emily and Meritt have also become masters of embracing motherhood. Meritt, mother to Lyric, Wolfe and Boone, and Emily, mother to Wallis and Lyle, are using their enormous amount of life experience to teach their children all about integrity, resilience and self-love.

Emily Current with her two daughters

EMILY & MERITT ON MOTHERHOOD

  1. As best friends and fellow mamas, how would you describe your co-parenting style? Emily: “Imaginative, loving, fun.” Meritt: “Humble, free, kind.”
  2. What are your favorite activities to do with your families in Los Angeles? Emily: “We love to hike as a family as well as go to the farmers market, Griffith park, LACMA and the beach!”  Meritt: “Music in the park, wandering through Huntington Gardens and hunting at Flea Markets.”
  3. What’s been the biggest hurdle you’ve faced together when bringing a new idea to market and how did you overcome it? E&M: “Making sure your idea is translated from conception to the customer and holding the creative torch from beginning to end.”
  4. How have your kids inspired the collections you’ve created for brands such as Pottery Barn? E&M: “We want our kids’ rooms to flow with the rest of our homes but still be filled with all the fearlessness, whimsy and fun that kids deserve in their spaces so we work hard to create décor that is elevated and still charming.”
  5. Any teasers for what’s next in your collaborative pipeline? E&M: “Under THE GREAT. We just launched THE GREAT. Sleep– which is a 100% cotton sleepwear line that feels so airy on its been a game changer for our own sleep. And for EMILY + MERITT brand we have more rooms launching for Pottery Barn main line, kids and teen for fall.”

Merritt Elliott with 3 children

EMILY’S TOT PICKS

  1. First go Balance Bike: “I love this retro bike and the basket makes it perfect for farmers markets and beach rides!”
  2. Hevea Fins: “For your little swimmer- these Fins are so nostalgic and cool.”
  3. Olli Ella Piki Picnic Basket: I love this adorable mini picnic basket for picnics with your mini.”
  4. Novesta Star Velcro Shoe: Cream canvas and a gum sole makes these the perfect unisex summer shoe- nondescript and versatile.”
  5. Donsje Amsterdam Otis Leather Sandals: “Natural leather sandals are a summer go-to and their soft sole makes them really comfortable and slip proof.”

MERITT’S TOT PICKS

  1. Like Paper Pappwatch – Neon Red: “Our kids are really into wearing watches and step counters. I love how bright and happy this red version is!”
  2. Mooders Pompkin Moodpatch – Hero: ” I love the positive message of this patch and the infinite ways you could use it!”
  3. Odette Williams Kids Apron – Denim Silver Stars: “Denim and stars is a winning combo in our book!”
  4. Modern Blocks Shapes Memory Game: “Memory is a big game in our homes right now and this one is particularly sophisticated on a coffee table.”
  5. Opposite of Far – Swan Mask: ” I love imaginative play and this swan mask is all kinds of cute!”