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  • How to create a reverse advent calendar

    Count down to an ethical Christmas 2019 Count down to an ethical Christmas 2019

    Last year the Piccalilly team ditched chocolate advent calendar’s and started the tradition of creating a reverse advent calendar for distribution before Christmas to our local food bank.

    But what is a reverse advent calendar and how does it work?

    The idea is very simple. Instead of opening the door to a little chocolate treat and taking something out, we do the giving and put something in. To symbolise each day of advent a member of the Piccalilly team gifts a donation into the advent box. As we’ve chosen to gift to our local food bank the donations will mainly be food items, but we've also chosen to include toiletries and of course some of our own Piccalilly organic babywear too. Make sure to include not just staple food items but also some treat items like chocolates and Christmas puddings too.

    We start our reverse advent calendar box early, before the start of December, to enable us to take it to our local food bank in time for distribution before Christmas.


    Here’s a step by step guide so you too can make one with your family or work colleagues this Christmas;

    • Pick a charity, organisation or food bank you would like to donate to.
    • Contact the organisation to find out what items they are most in need of and when you should drop them off.
    • Create your box and if you’re collecting in the workplace create a list for everyone to cross check what items would be useful to contribute into the box.
    • Get collecting and let the countdown begin!
    • Finally, make sure to deliver your box in good time ahead of Christmas. We have started our box in the middle of November for gifting to Skipton Food Bank in the middle of December. This way someone can receive a nice parcel in time for Christmas day.
  • Warehouse Operator

    Piccalilly is one of the UK’s leading organic baby and kidswear brands. We design, manufacture (off-shore), import and export our own bright colourful and beautifully designed organic babywear. Piccalilly now has over 400 stockists in the UK, Europe and Worldwide

    The job

    We’re looking for a very special person to take on a diverse role and join our growing team. Full training will be provided. You will speedily pick and pack both trade and retail orders and manage the warehouse environment. The aim of the role is to support the growing activities of the sales team by efficiently dispatching goods to our customers in the UK, Europe and Worldwide. This is a manual position within a busy warehouse;

    The role is diverse and involves;

    • Managing stock
    • Co-ordinating storage within the warehouse and creating efficient use of space
    • Receipt and storage of incoming stock from suppliers
    • Picking, packing and processing orders
    • Quality checking items
    • Replenish picking stations
    • Weekly and monthly stock takes
    • Coordinating courier pick-ups and dispatch of orders through Royal Mail
    • Assisting the retail and wholesale teams with all aspects of sales order processing

    You will need to have the following skills;

    • Be a team player and a self starter
    • Excellent time management skills and working to strict deadlines
    • Be super organised and have the ability to prioritise
    • Have good attention to detail
    • Great accuracy and numeracy
    • Computer literacy and data inputting skills including working on Excel spreadsheets
    • A ‘can do’ attitude is vital part of the Piccalilly ethos

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

  • Junior / Trainee Childrenwear Designer

    Astro 2019






    Piccalilly is one of the UK’s leading organic kidswear brands. We have recently expanded our ranges to also include womenswear and bedlinen. We design in the UK, manufacture (off-shore), import and export our own range of bright and colourful print led organic clothing using a transparent supply chain from field through to factory. Our organic clothes are GOTS certified and we are passionate about sustainability and environmentally sound methods of manufacturing.

    Piccalilly is based in the market town of Settle in the Yorkshire Dales. We launched to trade in 2006 and now have over 400 stockists in the UK, Europe and Worldwide.  We have a growing B2C market selling direct to consumer through our own websites in the UK and overseas. We now look for a new member to join our design team and assist with further growth.

    The job

    This is an entry level junior design role ideal for a recent graduate, or similar, assisting in all aspects of the design process. This is a hands-on role within a small design team creating 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 within the design team to design garments from newborn up to 10 years
    • Working on a capsule range of womenswear and bedlinens
    • 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
    • Carry out competitor benchmarking

    You will need to have the following skills and qualifications;

    • Graduate level, other qualifications will be considered
    • Strong print design 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
    • Recent graduates will be considered
    • Must be a team player

    Please note this role is based in the market town of Settle in the Yorkshire Dales and consideration to the location is a must. We will not be considering this role on a freelance work basis, this is an office based position.

    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]

  • How to wash and care for your Piccalilly clothes – Great tips & advice

    Tips and advice on washing and caring for your organic baby & kids clothes Tips and advice on washing and caring for your organic baby & kids clothes.

    Piccalilly baby and kid’s clothes are made from chemical free organic cotton and manufactured to GOTS (Global Organic Textile) Standards, ensuring that the manufacturing process is kind and gentle with minimum impact on our planet. The end result is toxin free and kinder to wear on delicate skin. It therefore makes sense to adopt a similar strategy when washing and caring for your organic baby and kids clothing.

    Here at Piccalilly our recommendation is to wash your organic clothes between 30 - 40 degrees. A low temperature wash, using an eco-friendly detergent, should remove most stains and remain energy efficient and better for the environment too.

    The choice of detergent is for your own consideration. Choosing natural and eco-friendly detergents versus standard supermarket types comes down to personal preference. There is no right or wrong but there may be different results and different impacts which you will need to weigh up.

    We spoke to Caroline Huber, founder of Pure Skin Lab about why people should consider choosing natural and eco-friendly detergents for washing their baby and kid’s clothes. Caroline suggested that there are two main reasons. The first one is that natural products don’t contain the same chemicals that regular detergents do and are less likely to irritate skin, especially important when washing your newborn baby clothes. Secondly, there are environmental considerations too and by choosing natural detergents we protect and preserve our eco-systems in the same way that we protect and preserve them by using organic cotton in the first place. Chemical based detergents can pollute our rivers and damage our natural environment and wildlife.

    It’s also worth noting that not all detergents are equal and washing results can vary according to the type of detergent used. There may also be a negative impact on your Piccalilly clothes if the wrong detergent is used. One negative impact we are aware of comes from detergents with optical brighteners and we strongly advise that precaution is taken when using detergents with optical brighteners, especially on colourful clothing. Optical brighteners are used in many detergents to brighten clothing but they can cause coloured clothing to fade. We therefore do not recommend them being used when washing your Piccalilly clothes. Most feedback about Piccalilly clothing fading has been a direct result of detergents with optical brighteners or bleaches being used - so use with caution!

    The issue of using a dryer also comes down to personal preference. Here at Piccalilly we advocate drying clothes naturally where possible to reduce your environmental impact and to keep your electricity costs low. Exposing clothing that has tough stains on to direct sunlight can fade the stain, so worth a try on hard to shift marks. However there are occasions when a tumble dryer can come in handy and there are no negative impacts when using a tumble dryer on any of our organic cotton clothing. We are also aware that tumble drying our sherpa fleece lined poncho’s will keep the fleece super soft and fluffy. Please note that we've carried out a 30 minute tumble dry and finished the drying off on a washing line to get a great result.

    We’re super keen to offer as much positive advice as possible to our customers on how to keep your Piccalilly clothes in tip top condition and we'll be regularly updating our advice on caring for your Piccalilly clothes as we receive it. We recently asked our Piccalilly Chatterbox Group how they wash and care for our Piccalilly clothes and they came up with some great tips and advice;

    • Wash your coloured clothes inside out to keep them bright and colourful.
    • Expose stubborn stains to sunlight by drying from wet outside on a washing line.
    • Use washing up liquid followed by a cold soak on stains followed by a normal machine wash.

    The Piccalilly Chatterbox Group is a a closed Facebook Group of real parents who’s babies and children wear our Piccalilly clothing ranges.

  • The ultimate guide to our best selling muslins for baby

    Muslin Swaddle BlanketMuslin Swaddle BlanketOur extra-large muslins for baby have been a staple in the Piccalilly range for over 10 years now. Each season we’ve added to the range including new colourways and prints suitable for baby boys and girls, not to mention unisex combinations perfect for gifting. The fact that our muslin blankets have been a core part of our range for so long now underlines the fact that this soft and lightweight fabric offers something very special indeed, especially in the early life of a baby.

    But what makes Piccalilly muslin blankets so very special and stand out from the crowd? Well, there are several reasons? Firstly, size is everything! Our muslin blankets are extra-large and measure a generous 120 x 120cm, which makes them much more versatile than a muslin cloth which normally measures between 30-60cm quare (more about muslin cloths below). Our Muslin Swaddle Blankets have all the benefits of a muslin cloth but because of its size it can be used for so much more – making it the best multi-functional muslin for baby.

    Secondly, we make our Swaddle Blankets from a lightweight organic cotton muslin that gets softer and softer with every wash. Our organic cotton muslin fabric is finely woven making it extremely soft and breathable. Babies love the feel of our special fabric and over time can often become very attached and use them as a comforter for getting to sleep.

    So, it’s supersized, it’s organic and it comes in a multitude of colours and prints. But what do parents do with their super soft organic muslin swaddle blankets? We asked members of our Piccalilly Chatterbox Facebook Group this very question and here’s what they replied;

    • They’re big enough to swaddle a newborn baby.
    • They’re great as a lightweight blanket.
    • Idea as a receiving blanket in hospital – so make sure it’s in your hospital bag!
    • Perfect for covering up whilst breast feeding.
    • Loosely drape as a bib if you’re caught short whilst out and about.
    • Because muslin is super absorbent, they’re brilliant for wiping and burping.
    • Many baby’s and toddlers become attached and use them as a blanket comforter.
    • Can be used as a changing mat or cot sheet

    We do offer a little caution when using any muslin swaddle blanket and have a few safety tips.

    • If swaddling your baby do not allow baby to overheat.
    • Always put a swaddled baby to sleep on its back and not on its front.
    • Once a baby starts to transition into rolling its time to stop swaddling.
    • Never use a blanket to cover a pram as there is a risk that baby can overheat.
    • Never use a baby unsupervised with a muslin swaddle.

    If you're looking for a really thoughtful newborn baby gift you can do no better than choose one of our Muslin Swaddle Blankets. We also now offer the option to purchase Muslins in packs of 2 or 3. All our muslin swaddles come presented on a Piccalilly presentation hanger with instructions on how to swaddle.

    We mentioned above about the difference between a Muslin Swaddle Blanket and a Muslin Cloth.  We do however believe that muslin cloths have their place as a baby essential item too. A muslin cloth, sometimes known as a muslin square, is smaller in size and normally used for wiping and burping. In order to create the very best muslin cloth for baby we have developed our own version of a muslin square but with a few extra tricks thrown in! The Piccalilly version of a Muslin Square is called a Muslin Bandana Bib & Burp Cloth. If as a parent you've not yet purchased one you're in for a treat. It's a 35 x 35cm square of double thickness muslin cloth that can be folded into a bandana bib. It has specially placed poppers to attach around a babies neck and is another baby essential item for popping in a baby's changing bag and pulling out at feed time. The two way design of this Muslin Bib & Burp makes it super practical. Open it up to burp and wipe baby or fold, wrap and popper around baby's neck to use as a bib - Tah Dah!

    Likewise with all our muslin ranges our Muslin Bib and Burp Cloths come in a range of colours and prints for baby girls and baby boys plus unisex designs too. This item makes a really thoughtful gift for a newborn baby and also comes displayed on a Piccalilly presentation hanger.

    If you're interested in joining in discussions about Piccalilly products and how we use them then please head over to Facebook to join our closed Piccalilly Chatterbox Group.

    This muslin bib & burp comes presented on a Piccalilly presentation hanger with instructions how to use. This muslin bib & burp comes presented on a Piccalilly presentation hanger with instructions how to use.
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