We had the good fortune of connecting with Jimmy Chen and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jimmy, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
When we became parents, we found that the toys our kids play with were overstimulating. Kids get bored with them easily. Most of the toys don’t allow children to think and imagine on their own, and they are designed to be consumed at a fast pace. However, the majority of them were made with plastic. When they got thrown out, they would end up in the landfill. This became a frustration for us when we selected toys for our girls. The toys out on the market were also not designed to aesthetically fit into your home. It was either we had to give up our space to fill with uncoordinated color toys or no toys at all! Because of this frustration, Jimmy often built toys with cardboard for the girls to play with. The most basic and unglorified toys spark their creativity and imagination. Over time, these cardboard toys had become the canvas the girls built their own play on. Seeing the many magical moments that his work bought to his family, Jimmy was inspired to spread joy with parents and kids around the world. He started to design toys that would bring families together and create memories that would last lifetimes.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Most toy companies design their products to be played for a short period of time. In Father’s Factory, we design our toys to stick around with the families to create memories lasting a lifetime. Our toys inspire families to be creative, explore around, and play outside more. Our goal is to design toys that have a longer product life span so they won’t be thrown out and ending up in the landfill once the toys fulfill their purposes. They are designed to easily fit your home’s aesthetics. They are meant to be kept, passed on, or displayed as interior decor once the kid outgrew them.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
In Southern California, we can go to the beach, the mountain, or the desert over the weekend. We love Joshua Trees. We definitely recommend it for a day or 2 days trip. We love Laguna beach. Victoria beach is great for a little adventure, (the Game-of-Throne-style empty castle by the beach) if you want to look for great photo spots. For drinks, we like Sunrise tea and boba shop. For food: we like Sidecar donuts. It’s our comfort food. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My 2 children and my family have always been my biggest inspiration. LEGO is another inspiration for me. Anything that’s vintage, like vintage signs, cars, artworks, etc.

Website: www.fathersfactory.com

Instagram: @fathers_factory

Twitter: @Fathers_Factory

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/88sfactory

Image Credits
Credit: @fathers_factory The last photo (the one shows the African boy): @mybackyardchronicles

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