Cassandra Rhodin is a recognized Swedish illustrator. She grew up in an artist family, surrounded by painters, actors and filmmakers. Her inspiration is very much drawn from her own childhood but mostly her creativity comes with her own two sons. It was with them the idea for a new children’s wear brand – Mini Rodini – grew.
Cassandra’s great grandfather was the legendary circus king Brazil Jack. Born Carl Max Alexander Rhodin in 1871, son to two of the most prominent illusionists and artist of their time. At the young age of twelve he ran away with a circus and he spent the late, romantic 19th century, travelling around Europe with the Romani families Demetri and Taikon. Every weekend, staged gypsy weddings were held between Brazil Jack and the daughter of Bomba Demetri. He was since then known as the Gypsy prince Carooli Rodini. The Rhodin family and the romanies lived and worked closely together for several years, running both a Tivoli and the famous circus. In 1899 – then known as Brazil Jack – he started his first circus that has come to follow the Rhodin family to modern time. The circus undoubtedly played an important part in Cassandra’s childhood and continues to be a never-ending source of inspiration.
Cassandra found his picture in an antique shop, signed “Rodini” on the back, which became the inspiration for the name Mini Rodini. The name Mini Rodini is in itself a celebration – homage – to her great grandfathers heritage.