About Bright Stripes

After working in the Toy & Children's Product world for over 25 years combined, Sabre Mrkva and Eric von Stein started their dream company, Bright Stripes, in 2018.  With a shared love of all things craft and DIY, they believe in the power of creative play to empower kids to create the world they want to live in.

Our Secret Formula:

Sabre Mrkva: Heart, Ingenuity + Business Savvy 
Sabre brings her 15+ years of experience of nuts & bolts kids’ product development and a strong business analysis to every decision and design choice.  As ecologically minded as she is business-savvy, Sabre studied Industrial Design at the Pratt Institute in NYC with a focus on sustainable design.
Sabre’s love of all things DIY and her experience as a mom of 2 gives her the passion to create wholesome, satisfying play experiences for every child.
Eric von Stein: Creative Vision, Graphic Panache + a Passion for Toys and Design

Eric has been making and selling his own creations since he was 6 years old, when he started a business selling soft-sculpture magnets door to door.  He later went on to study Toy Design at FIT in NYC, where he learned the ins and outs of industrial design, childhood development and toy concepts, and has been working in toys for the past 13 years. With eyes on the design world, popular culture and the maker-space, Eric creates toy concepts, packaging, branding, and product designs for Bright Stripes.