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MIMCO x Captain and the Gypsy Kid

The beauty of MIMCO lies in the confidence our accessories provide any woman—regardless of her age.

Everyday, we celebrate that our pieces are loved by grandmothers, mothers and daughters; they effortlessly work their way into many generations of style.

Sheree from Captain and the Gypsy Kid (a lifestyle blog and creative agency) captured three families and asked them to share the unique life lessons & style advice that’s been passed from mother to daughter and beyond.

Julia Ashwood and Patsy Ashwood

Julia Ashwood, editor The Vista

What influence do you see your mum, Patsy having on your children?

I know it sounds quite textbook, but my mother is the kindest, most generous and selfless Nanna a little girl could dream of. We call her by the Italian name “Nonna” because in her home, food is love. On any given day you’ll find her in the kitchen whipping up a feast for an army (or just her grandchildren Delilah and Jacob!)

What do you love about the relationship between your daughter and your mum?

Delilah has sass; there is no two ways about it. Mum thinks it comes from me, but I think the apple never falls far from the tree. They are both cheeky, playful and sweet. It absolutely warms my heart when I see DeeDee reach out to hold her hand or give her a big squeeze at the airport. Both my mum & dad’s parents passed away quite young, so I never had grandparents from either side. To have Delilah experience the love of extended family is such a special and wonderful thing.

Patsy Ashwood, Mother of Julia

What traits you do see in your daughter, which she has learnt from you?

From a very early age my daughter loved clothes & colour. I have been interested in design & colour all my life and I guess you could call it a ‘trait’ she has learnt—a great one. And also, her ability to communicate; this is a great advantage in the world today.

How do you hope you will influence your grandchildren?

In the same way I have influenced my daughter; I would love my grandchild to be herself and be independent.

How do you think your style has influenced your daughter’s?

My approach to style has always been classic and natural, whether it is in my wardrobe or my work in interiors. I see this as the basis of my daughter’s style but with a quirky twist, which makes her the woman she is today—I’m very proud of that.

Kimberly and Jan Amos

Kimberly Amos, owner The Atlantic, Byron Bay and Riverhawk

What do you love about the relationship between your sons and your mum, Jan?

It’s a beautiful cycle to see our boys beginning to take care of my mum after all the years she has devoted to them. They have grown taller and stronger and no longer need the storytelling and cooking, instead they are inspiring her with their plans for travel and adventure. They bring her so much love and happiness just sharing their lives with her.

How has your mother’s approach to style helped shape your own?

My mum gifted me the power of creativity. She taught me that no amount of money buys style, it’s the time and authenticity that brings something magic together. Whether that be a piece of art, a house, a look, the true pioneers of style create it from moments, not money.

Jan Amos, Mother of Kimberly

What traits you do see in your daughter, which she has learnt from you?

The love she has for her family; that was everything to me too. Love and caring is very important. Money was never the main object in our family, but I found joy from small things. And at the end of every day when I look at what I’ve done, I’ve always been happy. I’m sure that Kim’s the same.

How do you hope you will influence your grandchildren?

With the same principles I did with my children, and to me, they have adhered to those already. They are all very loving, they are all very creative and they are all very caring. They’re the important issues.

Deb and Roisin Bibby

Deb Bibby, Editor in Chief, Jones magazine

What influence do you see your mum, Roisin having on your children?

My mother has had an enormous influence on my son Jack. She has showered him with love, been there for him after school when I had to work. They have a very special bond and he has a deep respect for her and he wouldn’t do anything to ever upset her. She has taught him to listen to people and that everyone has a story.

How has your mother’s approach to style helped shape your own?

Mum has always had a timeless style; it’s understated but not unnoticed. Her look was simple, refined and strong rather than overly pretty. She was always too busy to over complicate fashion, although in her youth she loved a soaring high heel. She has hands down influenced me with her style. Today I prefer a classic silhouette, pared back minimal, neutral palettes and good fabrics.

Roisin Bibby, Mother of Deb

What traits you do see in your daughter, which she has learnt from you?

We both have high values; we both have positive natures. We give each other so much support and love, and growing up, I always told Deborah to be kind. Deborah’s kindness stretches to everyone, once in her circle she is completely loyal and protects you like a lioness. She’s an organiser and throws all the parties for friends and family—that used to be my role!

How do you hope you will influence your grandchildren?

I hope I have encouraged them to follow their dreams and believe in themselves. To be kind to their cousins, look out for each other and never, ever use the word ‘bored’.

How do you think your style has influenced your daughter’s?

My style is not fussy and I think this has definitely influenced Deborah. We love beautiful fabrics and good quality—less is more.