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Melanie originally designed the belly warmer and sourced the A grade organic cotton. Then she gathered all the knowledge to grow the business..

Grandma said was born out of the love of warmth & being comfortable. The name is an ode the grandmas who yelled "cover your kidneys!" as you left the house in winter.

My grandma never said that to me, but as I told people about my belly warmer 'invention' so many people said, Oh my Grandma always used to tell me to cover my kidneys!  Grandma approved!   

Me (Melanie), I'm the inventor of the belly warmer/owner of Grandma said.

I say 'inventor' loosely now, because I discovered after I went into production that the Japanese have been wearing belly warmers -  called Haramaki -  for centuries.  

The actual name of the modern garment is interchangeable - some call it a kidney warmer,  some a belly warmer or belly band and some abbreviate to, belly.

I prefer winter to summer, but I hate being cold, so I'm always looking for the most comfortable ways to be warm. A boob-tube that fell to my waist let me know that if you cover the area just above your pants line and 1/2 way up your back, you end up much warmer. So I set about designing a perfectly tailored shape to hug the body, without being restrictive and wouldn't slip around.

I've since learnt all the Eastern Wisdom and Western science behind kidney health and why covering them, and the front solar plexus, to keep warm is vital for good health.

It was very important to me that I find ethically made, high quality organic fabric too - which I did, through a series of serendipitous events..the result is the luxurious, durable and comfortable belly warmer that launched Grandma Said.

Other than belly warmers... dogs, kids, road trips with friends & croissants, are up there in my top 5 loves.

Popular in Australia for over 10 years, but GS belly warmers are available worldwide and I'm so happy these humble little garments are warming people from New Zealand to the UK, Canada, US and Europe to enjoy the cold weather more!