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Lovely little clothes for lovely little people

  • Model Search

    We're looking for models for our next photo shoot We're looking for models for our next Piccalilly photo shoot

    We’re preparing for our next Piccalilly photo shoot which we hope will take place on Monday 2nd October.  If you think your little one's got modelling potential, loves being in front of the camera and they fit the size criteria below please email info@piccalilly.co.uk by Tuesday 26th September 17. We require a maximum of 3 recent images to be sent, details of where you are based and the height of your child.

    Model ages;

    Toddler Girl - fits clothing size 2-3 years (Height 92-98cm)

    Toddler Boy - fits clothing size 2-3 years (Height 92-98cm)

    Girl - fits clothing size 7-8 years (Height 122-128cm)

    Boy - fits clothing size 7-8 years (Height 122-128cm)

    Only email if your child fit's one of the above the descriptions. We work to a limited set of clothing sizes for photo shoot purposes so will only be able to consider models within these size ranges. Please note that the clothes fit is more important than the age of the child - therefore if you have a 3 year old who is still wearing age 2 year clothes then it is fine to put them forward for the photo shoot. Short listed models will be invited to a fit session to assess suitability for the photo shoot.

    The photo shoot is taking place near Settle, North Yorkshire (Postcode BD24) We will only consider models from within the Settle / Skipton / Kirkby Lonsdale / Clitheroe area. Please note we may need to move the date of the shoot forward if the weather is not suitable.

    All models used on the day will receive a Piccalilly voucher.

  • The search is now on for brand ambassadors for Autumn Winter 2017 - do you have what it takes?

    Search for next intake of brand ambassadors to champion Piccalilly is now on. Search for next intake of brand ambassadors to champion Piccalilly is now on. Could it be you?

    The Piccalillies are now looking for the next intake of brand ambassadors. Do you have the credentials to come on board and become a cheerleader, spreading the Piccalilly love far and wide? Do you love bright and colourful organic baby and kids clothing? Are you passionate about issues such as fair trade, ethical manufacturing and sustainability. Are you an experienced photographer and can capture the essence of Piccalilly clothing on real kids using you're own distinct style? Are you a blogger or vlogger with a strong audience and the ability to influence and engage both on-line and off-line? Do you hang out on social media and like spreading the word about the things you love? We're now on the look out for inspirational ambassadors with bags of passion and a positive outlook to showcase our ranges and champion our brand for this coming season! There's plenty of FREE clothing from our A/W-17 ranges for your children to wear, plus a big discount off Piccalilly for the coming year.

    Think you've got what it takes and would like to find out more about the role? Drop us an email to info@piccalilly.co.uk with the subject matter CHEERLEADER requesting information and an application form :-)

    The closing date for applications is Thursday 17th August 2017

  • Why is fair trade and organic clothing so important?

    Woohoo! It's our first guest post for the amazing brand, Piccalilly. So I write about fair trade and organic clothing, which is an awesome subject for me. I love to buy the best quality clothes for my little boy. I think it’s quite common for every Mom, right? We only want what's best for our kids so organic clothes should be our first choice.

    We only want what's best for our kids so organic clothes should be our first choice. We only want what's best for our kids so organic clothes should be our first choice.

    Organic clothing

    Do you need an explanation why organic cotton is better than conventional? I will start from the reason that wearing organic fabrics has a major positive impact on your health and the health of our planet. The main benefit of organic materials is that the crops aren’t treated with pesticides, insecticides, herbicides. These chemicals are really harmful for farmers and workers. Also I believe that they can be hazardous to us as consumers, and our entire wildlife eco-systems. And one more important fact is that organic cotton uses far less water than conventional one.

    Now think how can it affect on your baby. As you know a baby’s skin is more porous and thinner than an adult’s skin. It's very sensitive and delicate. That means their skin can absorb more pesticides and other dangerous chemicals. So why would you not choose organic baby clothing for your children, if it's less exposure to toxins? If you are using organic food and cosmetics to protect your baby you should also consider organic clothing too.

    Fair trade

    Unfortunately not everyone knows what fair trade is. I will start from the definition which I found on Fairtade Foundation website. 'With Fair trade you have the power to change the world every day. With simple shopping choices you can get farmers a better deal. And that means they can make their own decisions, control their futures and lead the dignified life everyone deserves.'

    Unfortunately not everyone knows what fair trade is Unfortunately not everyone knows what fair trade is.

    For me it's really important who stands behind the brand. I can't imagine that I’d wear something that was made by kids for a 'bowl of rice'. I will always say no to exploitation and inhumane conditions. I want to know that the people who made my baby's clothes got a fair wage, they are working of their own free will and they are working in a safe and clean place.

    Why we love Piccalilly

    Piccalilly has it all. The brand is providing high quality organic clothing. And it's not just any organic cotton. They source their organic cotton from a very special project called Chetna Organic, a fair trade cotton programme with a mission to improve the livelihood of smallholder farmers by making their farm systems more sustainable and profitable. How awesome right?

    Piccalilly pay a fair price for their clothing and the result is that the people who make their ranges receive a living wage and extra benefits including free transportation to work, company sponsored meals, healthcare and funding for their children's education. Couldn't be better? There is one more thing. Piccalilly clothes are made for kids, not by kids.

    We couldn't find better a brand than Piccalilly so we will love them for a long time. We couldn't find better a brand than Piccalilly so we will love them for a long time.

    We couldn't find a better brand than Piccalilly so we will love them for a long time :)

    Guest blog post by Katarzyna Michalska - www.ohmummymia.com

  • Model search now on!

    RETRO SPOT - MODEL CALL

     

    We’re preparing for our next Piccalilly photo shoot which will take place on Wednesday 7th June.  If you think your little one has got modelling potential, loves being in front of the camera and they fit the criteria please email info@piccalilly.co.uk by Wednesday 31st May 2017. We require a maximum of 3 recent images to be sent, details of where you are based and the height of your child.

     

     

     

     

    Model ages;

    Baby (Male &/or Female) - in clothing size 0-3 months (Height 56 - 64cm)

    Baby (Male &/or Female) - in clothing size 6-12 months. Please note that within this category we are looking for baby's who can sit by themselves unaided and hold there head up. (Height 72-80cm)

    Toddler Girl - fits clothing size 2-3 years (Height 92-98cm)

    Toddler Boy - fits clothing size 2-3 years (Height 92-98cm)

    Girl - fits clothing size 3-4 years (Height 98-104cm)

    Boy - fits clothing size 3-4 years (Height 98-104cm)

    Girl - fits clothing size 7-8 years (Height 122-128cm)

    Boy - fits clothing size 7-8 years (Height 122-128cm)

    Your child must fit one of the above the descriptions . We work to a limited set of clothing sizes for photo shoot purposes so will only be able to consider models within these size ranges. Please note that the clothes fit is more important than the age of the child - therefore if you have a 3 year old who is still wearing 2 year clothes then it is fine to put them forward for the photo shoot. Short listed models will be invited to a fit session to assess suitability for the photo shoot.

    The photo shoot is taking place near Settle, North Yorkshire - we will only be considering models from within the Settle / Skipton / Kirkby Lonsdale / Clitheroe area.

    All models used on the day will receive a Piccalilly voucher.

  • Not for boys. Not for girls. Clothes for children.

    18119238_674137269455846_7389240717958683392_n Gender neutral clothing - for girls & boys - by Piccalilly

    Piccalilly have asked me to guest post for them. Pretty exciting as I've never produced a guest post before. They wanted someone to write about unisex clothing. This is a subject that I have been meaning to write about for sometime as having a boy and a girl it has become something that at times has really frustrated me.

    I admit that I do love a dress. I suppose after boys clothes shopping for 8 years it's a nice change to look at all the lovely girls clothes or is it simply that girls clothes are better than boys? Should it not be that girls and boys clothes all come under the same section. Thankfully this is changing.

    How different it was in the early 1900s, when blue was for girls and pink for boys.

    I found this quote from DressMaker magazine. "The preferred colour to dress young boys in is pink. Blue is reserved for girls as it is considered paler, and the more dainty of the two colours, and pink is thought to be stronger (akin to red)."The Women's Journal explained it thus: "That pink being a more decided and stronger colour, is more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl.

    I am not sure when the change happened and the obsession with girls in pink and boys in blue started but thankfully the days of walking into a children's clothes shop and being faced with rails of pink clothes for girls and blue clothes for boys are fading.

    More and more retailers, both high street and independent, are making clothes available to every child, whatever their gender. Companies like Piccalilly have taken steps to make this easier for us all to choose by getting rid of the boy and girl selection option. You simply choose what clothes you like not what should be for a particular gender. They recently announced a new structure to there 'Baby & Toddler' section which removed the gender from the main category structure to enable you to shop all the ranges without having to move between girls, boys and unisex, many of which were duplicated.

    The other thing I have noticed is the difference in quality. This is going to sound crazy but on many occasion I have noticed boys clothes often feel different to girls clothes.  Boys clothes often feel thicker, better quality than girls. It's as if manufacturers feel that boys clothes need to be more robust. Girls clothes can feel thin and often shrink and become more tired than boys clothes. Shopping in the winter can leave me asking, don't girls get cold? Don't even get me started on swimming costumes for girls. I was horrified recently when looking at costumes for my two year old. Why on early would by daughter at two years of age want a costume with splits down the sides?! Thankfully all of the clothes I have purchased from Piccalilly have been thick and beautifully made. All the clothes are organic making them super soft and super strong. The way my children wear them, they need to be tough and comfortable. They are to feral to put up with tight fitting clothing.

    I wonder how much pushing children in a particular way of dress effects how they feel later in life. How much does it effect the person they become. If I dress my daughter like a Tom boy (a term I can't stand) does that make her less feminine in the future?! Of course it does not. It just means she learns to drive a tractor in a frock!

    Guest post by Vicky Lane - Earth Based Fun www.earthbasedfun.com

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