Piccalilly Blog

Lovely little clothes for lovely little people

  • Christmas delivery information

    ***DELIVERY UPDATE - 17th December***


    We’re also aware of delays to Royal Mail’s tracking information. They have reassured us that they are working hard to ensure this is being rectified as soon as possible.

    If you wish to guarantee delivery in time for Christmas we strong advise next day express delivery which costs £6.50. If your order is not required for Christmas Day then please revert to your preferred choice of 1st or 2nd class delivery.

    If you’re sending a gift simply add the gift wrap option at checkout and it will be beautifully wrapped ready to open with a hand written card.

    Please note that due to the current Covid-19 pandemic the above timetable may be subject to change. Any changes will be updated. Christmas this year is going to be a very busy time for couriers and the Royal Mail and deliveries can sometimes be delayed. We strongly advise placing your order early to guarantee delivery in good time for Christmas Day.

  • We're saying goodbye to Black Friday⠀

    Goodbye Black Friday

    We don’t believe in fast fashion and Black Friday discounting isn’t a people or planet friendly event. We know you appreciate the work that’s gone into making our collections and we’re asking you to shop consciously as hyper-consumerism remains one of the biggest threats to the planet. Lets celebrate the people behind our brand.

    • Our designers have taken a huge amount of time creating prints and thoughtful designs.
    • Our ethical factory and supply chains pulled out all the stops to work through the pandemic to make our clothes.
    • Our ‘non-essential’ bricks and mortar stockists who sell our Piccalilly brand have been closed throughout November and need our support when they reopen on the 3rd December.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

    If ever there was a time to boycott Black Friday and promote conscious consumption it’s now.

    Our new season ranges don't have a sell-by date so you can shop slowly and thoughtfully. ⠀⠀

  • Small Business Inspirator

    Piccalilly Founder Hannah Evans - Small Business Inspirator chosen by Holly Tucker

    We've some exciting news to share with you. Piccalilly's female founder Hannah Evans has been chosen by Holly Tucker to be a SMALL BUSINESS INSPIRATOR along with a collective of other amazing creative small businesses owners. If you don’t know who Holly is she’s the founder of NOTHS (Not On The High Street) and she now runs Holly & Co cheerleading the small business community. She’s a legend and she’s created this pilot scheme to champion small business and encourage consumers to shop independent. How amazing are they to choose to put their hard earned marketing budget back into the small business community rather than handing it over to the social media giants?

    Collectively our aim is to spread the word that female founders can create businesses doing what we love, we can support the next generation of founders #kidpreneurs and in the run up to Christmas we want to share the message that we should vote with our hard earned cash.

    It didn’t take any persuading to join this crusade as supporting the independent sector is a priority. In the months following lockdown Holly’s Instagram feed and podcasts “Conversations of Inspiration’ were our go to place providing daily business advice on how to navigate the pandemic.

    Post lockdown also gave us time to reflect on the business of Piccalilly and gave us the strength to rethink running an independently owned ethical clothing brand at a time when our bricks and mortar stockists were being asked to close and our supply chains were going into lockdown. For a long time we’ve felt uncomfortable following the seasonal pattern of the high street and now felt the right time to find another way. Protecting the health and safety of our factory workers is hugely important and it doesn’t feel appropriate to push workers to complete orders for a ‘seasonal’ launch when our ranges are non-seasonal and can be worn all year round. Listening to Conversations of Inspirations reaffirmed that every business has had to transform through these tough times and that we can change for the good of our supply chain to enable us to stay true to our core values of fair trade and sustainability.

    If you’re a small business owner and you’re inspired by our mission then head over to the podcast and catch up https://podfollow.com/conversations-of-inspiration We’d love you too to be a change maker.

  • Sustainable Baby & Kids Clothing

    Small Swap, Big Difference Small Swap, Big Difference

    It's Organic September and we want to talk sustainability. With the mounting concern that we’re destroying our planet for future generations now more than ever is the time for us to make sustainable choices.

    Of course, sustainability covers many things; from reducing the environmental impact of manufacturing processes, cutting out toxic chemicals, and ensuring ethical work practices and fair pay.

    Here are some helpful hints and tips when buying baby and children’s clothing:

    • Choose organic cotton clothing. Our Chetna Organic farmers use natural farming techniques without the use of toxic chemicals. Organic cotton has a 46% reduced global warming potential compared with conventionally grown cotton.
    • Transparency is key when it comes to sustainability. Be sure to buy from brands who share who makes their clothes and find out where they source their materials. Get more informed about the brands you’re buying from to ensure that their values are aligned with yours.
    • Every item of new clothing has a carbon footprint. Only buy clothes you know your baby or child will wear.
    • Opt for trans-seasonal baby and kids clothing ahead of seasonal fashion. It’s far more sustainable to buy clothes that will be worn all-year round than shell out on an entire seasonal wardrobe.
    • Dressing your kids in quality clothing, over quantity of clothing is vital to a more sustainable wardrobe. Buy less and use for longer. Choose well made clothing with longer lasting fits to get the most out of your children’s clothes.
    • Donate the clothing your kids have grown out of. If you don’t have a family member or friend to hand outgrown kidswear onto then donate to a local charity who are crying out for baby and children’s clothes.

    Head on over to the Piccalilly to find out more about The Piccalilly Way of doing things and who makes our sustainable baby and kids clothes.

  • Our lockdown story - an update on the impact of Covid-19

    Chetna Organic Farmer - Creating beautifully soft chemical free organic cotton. Chetna Organic Farmer - Creating beautifully soft chemical free organic cotton.

    It’s nearly the start of September and we know many of you are patiently waiting for our next drop. We felt it’s now the right time to update you on new launches. The impact of Covid-19 on us and our supply chains has been a roller coaster and it’s certainly time to take a closer look at how we do business to ensure we come out the other side even stronger and better as an ethical baby & kidswear brand.

    After lockdown was announced

    Like most businesses in the UK, and globally, the 24 hours after lockdown was announced were worrying times and we saw trade drop significantly before traffic surged significantly on-line. This was countered with our independent bricks and mortar stockists being asked to close just as our summer ranges were delivered into our warehouse. We needn’t have worried they’ve all done an amazing job of reopening and we’re delighted to see they’re bouncing back with tremendous resilience.

    We’re now faced with new challenges. Our organic and ethical supply chains are severely impacted as the pandemic works its way across the globe and there are delays in new baby & kids clothes arriving. We’ve worked with the same Indian supply chain since 2006. With limited public transport, strict social distancing and hygiene protocols having been set up things are rightly much slower operationally for our fairtrade factory now, this is something we wanted to share with you. We feel it’s important to be transparent about how they’re currently impacted in order to manage expectation with regards new season launches this season and moving into 2021.

    What does the future look like?

    It's not business as usual but the beginnings of a new norm are starting to form. As with our own team here at Piccalilly HQ, the safety of the people who make our baby & kids clothes must always come first. It’s not clear when life will return close to where it was before, or indeed whether it will or should. We therefore are rethinking how we do business to adapt to this current situation. Turning a blind eye would be wrong and we believe now is a good time for us to reflect how we operate in order to support our supply chains whilst also being able to bring you the best organic and ethical clothing for your little ones.

    The obvious move is towards less seasonal ranges and to move away from the high street calendar of launching strictly within a season. This means if orders cannot be completed on time, it doesn’t matter, because our clothing doesn’t and shouldn’t have a sell by date attached to it. Our aim is to create more timeless collections that are purchased because they’re needed and loved and have a longer-term worth. Having the flexibility to move launches makes us more adaptable and allows us to be fully supportive of the challenges our supply chains are now experiencing.

    We thank you for taking the time to read our honest account and we can’t wait to share with you our new ranges when they do arrive.

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