Organic Toddler Clothing

  • Our colourful and organic supply chain - A pioneering partnership!

    Our first ever brightly coloured print designs launched to market in 2007 Our first ever brightly coloured print designs launched to market in 2007

    We're fresh back from a recent visit with our manufacturing partners over in India. In 2006 our Founder Hannah Evans visited the Indian factory for the very first time to talk with its owner about setting up Piccalilly and to sample our first collections of Fair Trade and organic baby clothes. In 2007 we introduced our first ever organic baby ranges into the UK market place attending Natural Products Europe and launching the ranges to trade. The entire collection sold out at this show proving that there was a market for bright colourful organic cotton clothes for baby and child. We've worked with the same supply chain since and believe that part of the fair trade process is to strengthen our partnerships rather than move from factory to factory.

    The starting point for Piccalilly was to create a new generation of bright and colourful organic and ethically manufactured baby and kidswear that appealed beyond just the typical ethical consumer. The market at the time was dominated by the colour ecru - colour and prints were completely overlooked by organic brands. Piccalilly took a leap of faith and chose to do something different to ensure that we stood out from the crowd. We worked closely with our organic factory to introduce colour, print and great looks into it's product ranges and we've been leading the way ever since. This year our fabulous designs and great looks were recognised when we won the prestigious Junior Design Awards and we were awarded Platinum for 'Best Eco Fashion Brand', a sure sign that we're getting it right!

    We're delighted to have teamed with a pioneering organic factory that understands the entire supply chain and works from the ground upwards, rewarding the farmers who grow our beautifully organic cotton. By offering Fair Trade premiums and also giving the Chetna farmers a 10% share in the factory profits a partnership has been formed that is transparent and fair from start to finish. All our organic cotton is sourced through Chetna Organic, a Fairtrade initiative that works with small and marginal farmers towards improving their livelihood options and making farming a sustainable and profitable occupation. Our manufacturing partner pre-finances the cotton and takes ownership direct from the farmers ensuring 100% transparency and a guaranteed authentic supply chain for our organic cotton. This isn't normal practice within the garment industry but we strongly believe it's the right way to go about business. It also allows us to say that we create clothing that really does know where it's coming from!

    So, this is the Piccalilly way of creating our organic baby and kids clothes, and being the very best that we can is key. Creating the very best quality and the best looking baby and kids clothes whilst using the best supply chain is our mission. We regularly choose to visit the supply chain to discuss new methods of organically manufacturing our ranges. Bright colour and fabulous print designs each season require a great amount of technical understanding from our in-house design team. We recently took one of our newest recruits, Lauren, to see first hand the process of making our clothes. Lauren got a guided tour of the factory as well as visited the printers who print our lovely fabrics. It was a great opportunity to talk through with the Indian team the technical challenges and improvements that have been made to achieve the intricate print designs we are now creating season after season. We very much hope you'll agree that our close partnership and attention to manufacturing detail is worth while to ensure that Piccalilly remains ahead of the game in creating authentic fair trade and organic clothes for baby and child.

    Lauren is given a guided tour of the factory by the owner and shown all the in-house processes. Lauren is given a guided tour of the factory by the owner and shown all the in-house processes.

     

  • Transport fun inspired by Piccalilly new season car print

    Transport inspired clothing for toddlers Transport inspired organic clothing for toddlers

    When I woke up to giggles and shrieking on a Monday morning, I knew I had to be on my A game. The little guy was so full of mischief already. Before 7am, my front room had been invaded by cars. So, I thought, lets roll with it. Here is our day of Piccalilly inspired fun with transport.

    After playing with the cars for a little longer than we should, we got dressed and headed out. We chose the transport organic cotton car print trousers, naturally. I love the print and they are so soft and comfy it’s like Dex is wearing PJ’s!

    Playing on the slide - a day of transportation fun! Transportation fun - Sliding cars down the slide!

     

     

    We were shopping for ingredients for a special treat…more on that later…but the cheeky monkey streak was still strong. I needed something to tire him out!

    This activity is super cheap and easy to do – all you need is a ramp and toys with wheels so you can explore how fast or slow your vehicles go. We used our slide, but I’ve done this at the park, on a slope and at school where we make huge car cities using plastic drainpipes! It is so much fun and a guarenteed win. Dexter loves it and shouts ‘GO!’ every time they whizz down the slide.

    After lunch, we sat down for a story before naptime…Yup…you guessed it…he picked the ‘Things That Go’ book.

    I find the best time for puzzles is just after the little chap has woken up. He is usually happy to sit quietly and concentrate on one task because he is more refreshed.

    The best time for puzzles is after a nap! The best time for puzzles is after a nap!

     

    These were a Christmas gift last year and have really come into their own from 18 months+ I like that they grow with them, initally just a puzzle but later, children can begin to name the objects and compare the number of wheels, colours etc.

     

    While the little guy was a busy bee playing with these puzzles I started getting prepped for dinner and also made that little treat I mentioned…

    Baby Led Cookie Dough Baby Led Cookie Dough

    The cookie cutters I used for these were an online  purchase and easy to use. The recipe is the Baby Led Biscuit dough. You can search for it on my blog www.babyledblog.com.

    We spent the rest of the day visiting friends and sharing the Piccalilly (and biscuit) love. By the time dinner time came around Dexter was shattered!

    The sushi rice mold is really easy to use – you prep the rice in advance and just pull it out when you are ready to eat. The traffic light fruit was achieved by using a melon baller and the silicone truck spoon is by Oogaa baby.

    Supper after a busy day! Supper after a busy day!

    So, there you have it…a day jam packed with Piccalilly fun! We really love our Piccalilly clothes – they are truly designed with kids in mind and inspire creativity and fun. Well done Piccalilly!

    Piccalilly organic cotton boys car print Piccalilly organic cotton car print - Autumn-16

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    I'm Faye. Mama, wife, teacher and blogger. I blog over at babyledblog.com about all things babyled; weaning, fashion and fun. We love bright colours, Mr Tumble, bold prints and anything outdoorsy.

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