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  • Trainee / Apprentice Garment Technologist

    OC-1349_SWAN_LAKE_T-SHIRT_3Piccalilly is one of the UK’s leading organic kidswear brands. We design, manufacture (off-shore), import and export our own bright colourful and beautifully designed organic clothing using a transparent supply chain from field through to factory using GOTS certified organic cotton and other eco-friendly fabrics. Piccalilly is Soil Association certified and manufactures to high ethical and sustainability standards.

    Piccalilly is based in the market town of Settle in the Yorkshire Dales.

    We’re now looking for a new person to join our design team.

    The job

    This is a commercial and creative role supporting the activities of our senior designers within a small design team to help create our ethically manufactured baby and kidswear ranges and continue to strengthen our bright and colourful products which are known for their signature prints and fabulous functionality.

    • Working alongside the Senior Designers to design garments from Newborn up to 8 years
    • Grading new styles according to our sizing structure
    • Assist in creating mood boards and colour palettes each season
    • Assist in creating repeat prints, placement prints, embroidery and appliqué detailing
    • Assisting our illustrator and graphic designers to create themes and support the print process each season
    • Analysis of previous season ranges
    • Research current and future trends within the baby and kidswear market
    • Offer support and assist the Senior Designer with general workload
    • Assist and support at photo shoots

    You will need to have the following skills;

    • Excellent drawing skills and creative flair
    • Some experience using Adobe Creative Suite (or similar)
    • Working to strict deadlines
    • Fabulous communication skills
    • Be super organised
    • Have a strong eye for detail
    • A ‘can do’ attitude is a vital part of the Piccalilly ethos

    What’s in it for you?

    • You’ll have the opportunity to develop your craft within a creative environment combining training within a busy work environment
    • The opportunity to work within a fun and dynamic commercial business
    • Fabulous career and development opportunity

    If this job sounds like it’s for you please send your CV and covering letter to The Managing Director, Piccalilly Limited, Unit 1, Barrel Sykes Farmhouse, Langcliffe Road, Settle, North Yorkshire BD24 9LP or email [email protected]

  • Piccalilly Clothes, One Year On

    Last year, my girls were fortunate to be chosen as Brand Ambassadors for Piccalilly. I was so happy to spread the word about the gorgeous clothing, and Piccalilly’s excellent eco credentials. It’s important to me to choose ethical businesses, and spend my money supporting British companies who trade fairly.

    A year on from receiving our clothes, both Ava and Thea are still wearing them, and the dresses in particular have become firm favourites. Piccalilly clothes are more expensive than some high street brands, but I want to show you why I think they are fantastic value.

    Do Piccalilly organic kids clothes stand the test of time?

    The girls wear these dresses an average of once a week, so they have been washed around 50 times. They are still as soft and comfortable today as they were 50 washes ago. They have kept their shape beautifully. Ava’s Town House dress has kept its gorgeous vibrant colour, and she’s just sad that she’ll soon be too tall for it! Thea’s Forest Tunic dress has faded ever so slightly, but it’s barely noticeable, and still looks fantastic.

    Here is a picture of how the girls looked back then, and how they are still wearing these clothes a year later.

    Do Piccalilly clothes stand the test of time? Do Piccalilly clothes stand the test of time?

    Red-Piccalilly-ethical-organic-kids-clothes-11 Piccalilly clothes, one year on.












    They still look great, don’t they? I think Ava will have to reluctantly pass hers down to Thea soon, as she’s growing a bit tall for it!

    They are also particularly fond of the skirts they were sent. Again, these look as good as new.

    Ava will be handing down her clothes to Thea when she gets too big for them, and Thea’s will be handed down to her cousin. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if they went to a 3rd or even a 4th child.

    Buying organic and fair trade gives you a clear conscience 

    In my opinion, it’s well worth spending a little more on high quality, ethically produced clothes like these from Piccalilly. They stand the test of time much better than fast fashion, and you can buy them with a clear conscience. The organic cotton used to produce them is free from harmful chemicals, and is more healthy for the farmers who produce it. The people who make these clothes receive a living wage, plus healthcare and funding for their children’s education and they are child labour free, naturally.

    P.S. I believe these dresses are both available, and on sale at the moment. I can’t recommend them highly enough!

    Guest blog by Becky Pink - www.pinkscharming.com

    Buying organic and fair trade gives you a clear conscious. Buying organic and fair trade gives you a clear conscious.
  • 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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

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