Arklu co-founder steps down to set up new firm, Lucie

Lucie Follett, the co-founder and creative director of Arklu, is leaving to set up a new company, Lucie.

Lucie is a new company that aims ‘to create brands that enchant, delight and engage children, and provide parents with confidence and good value’.

Having founded Arklu together with Ian Harkin in 2010, Follett was the company’s creative director with responsibility for all brand building, product development and product partnerships and she will retain a small equity stake in Arklu.

Follett is also the winner of ToyNews’ ‘Innovator of the Year’? Award back in 2015 and shortlisted for the ChiTAG’s ‘Toy Designer of the Year’ TAGIE Award in 2015.

“I have enjoyed the part I have played in creating Lottie," said Follett.

"Stargazer Lottie’s recent trip to the International Space Station with Tim Peake was a particular highlight of the journey we have travelled together. I look forward to seeing how Lottie develops over the years ahead and have confidence in Ian’s ability to push forward and take the business on to the next level.”

Ian Harkin, managing director of Arklu, added: “We wish Lucie well in her new venture. Arklu is a young, vibrant and fast-growing company with exciting plans to develop the Lottie concept over the years ahead.”

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