About us

Hello there!

Mippoos is a little handmade shop from the Netherlands.

Our items are designed and made with love by us, Lucia and Marijke. We’re a mother and daughter team and we’ve combined our skills to create the Mippoos family. Lucia has mastered the sewing machine and makes our cute and chubby Mippo hippo dolls, while Marijke paints their adventures in watercolor. You can find our items for sale in our Etsy shop Mippoos.

Hello! đź‘‹ We’re the mother-daughter team behind Mippoos: Marijke (left) and Lucia (right).

We started Mippoos in 2013 as a creative outlet for Lucia, because the Mippoos family just kept growing and our home is pretty but small. We decided it was time to put some of our beloved Mippoos family members up for adoption, because keeping them all fed was becoming increasingly more expensive. ;-) Starting in 2016, Marijke’s watercolor hippo art was added to our shop.

How did it all begin? And where does the name Mippoos come from?
Marijke: “It all began when I was only about 18 months old and mom sewed a special plushie for me: a stuffed hippo! She even made a wardrobe for this softie: a ballet tutu, dress and pajamas. I named her Nelleke (a very Dutch name), but often pronounced it more like Mel-lik, which is actually where the M from Mippoos originates. I suppose you can guess where the rest of the name originates from… :)”

Mip·po [Mip-oh]
noun, plural Mip·poos. Informal.
A cute species of plush hippo,
first discovered in the Netherlands in 1989.

Marijke: “And it was Nelleke the Mippo who turned out to be the first member of the Mippoos family! I remember playing with Nelleke for hours, dressing her for ballet practice or getting her ready for bed in her cute pajamas whenever it was my time for bed.”

Cuddly hippo doll
This is Nelleke the Mippo, matriarch of the Mippoos family!

Nelleke the Mippo was the first Mippo mom made. Over the years, more Mippoos were born and each and every one hippo soft doll has its own disposition and is always unique. They go on all sorts of adventures, which are portrayed in Marijke’s watercolor art cards and prints. Most of our afternoons together are spend on brainstorming new outfits, names, and adventures. We were always close, but Mippoos has definitely brought us even closer as a mother and daughter!

We love our Mippoos family and all the heart-warming words and comments we’ve received for our little Etsy shop. It’s a great adventure to be on together as a mother and daughter team.. and all our Mippo hippo friends!

We’d also love it if you gave us a follow on Facebook or Instagram (click to visit our pages)! And remember, all our Mippo hippo creations can be found in our Etsy shop.

Thank you!
Lucia and Marijke


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