Meet our Brands: PICCALILLY

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This week we talk to Hannah, founder of Piccalilly, who make lovely clothes for lovely little people.  We’re very proud to have been working with Piccalilly since 2007, when both our companies were just starting out.  Back then it was hard to find beautiful ethically made clothing for babies and children and we loved Piccalilly’s bright and colourful designs.  Our children have grown up wearing Piccalilly and we’ve passed on their clothes to friends and family and they still look fabulous.


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Piccalilly clothing is practical, comfortable and stylish too but Piccalilly make sure that they never compromise on their ethics. The Babipur team have met  Piccalilly founder,  Hannah many times so we thought it would nice to ask Hannah some questions and share her answers with you..

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1. Why did you choose to set up Piccalilly?

I was made redundant from my role working as buyer for an ethical import company. Worrying times turned to positive opportunities and I embraced being released from working 9-5 to set up Piccalilly. I had long been interested in organic clothing but at the time products available were beige and boring! I wanted to create a range modern baby clothes that were bright and colourful and appealed to a more upmarket audience.

 2. How important was it to have an ethical supply chain and how did you go about it?

Manufacturing to the highest ethical standards was the starting point for Piccalilly and because I had a good working knowledge of Indian supply chains working in my previous job for a BAFTS importer I had many leads and contacts and was aware of many of the issues facing Indian factories, including child & bonded labor. It was through a contact at Greenpeace that I was given the contact details of our main supplier who we have been working with since the outset of Piccalilly. What was refreshing and unusual with the way this particular manufacturer worked was the fact that they bought their cotton from a completely transparent supply chain through CHETNA organic and our manufacturing partner pre-financed the cotton agreeing to pay a premium for the cotton and enabling conventional cotton farmers to convert to organic by guaranteeing their crops. The CHETNA farmers have also been given a 10% share in the factory enabling them to share in the bigger profits. All our factories are audited through FLO Cert and to GOTS standards ensuring social compliance and high ethical standards and practice.

3. We love hearing about your visits to India, how important is it to keep a good relationship with the producers.

As owner of Piccalilly I make it my job to regularly visit our suppliers at least once a year, it’s in our interests to do this and cements our relationship to one another. It also gives us the opportunity to fully appreciate the challenges faced by our manufacturers and ensures we keep open and positive lines of communication going at all times as there are many issues facing the garment industry in India, not to mention living standards in general. The factories we work with have an open door policy for buyers at all times which ensures there are no nasty surprises and ensures that our suppliers works to high standards at all times. I often forget the challenges faced in day to day life in India when we’re chasing delays with deliveries and production problems so revisiting India, a place I have been going to for over 12 years now, reminds us of our responsibilities and commitments to our suppliers.

4. What are you future plans for Piccalilly?

Piccalilly has been growing organically over the last 8 years and we now have a team of 7 people and a range that extends from Newborn up to 8 years in age. Our aim is to grow Piccalilly as a brand whilst remaining true to the core values of the brand. Growing the ranges is challenging as we’re not in the business of fast fashion but we need to strike a balance between new and tried and tested. We like to listen to our customers and where possible feed their idea’s and requests back into the development process, by doing this we aim to make our product ranges stronger and ultimately more sellable. We’ve built up a strong network of stockists in the UK and throughout Europe and our aim is to strengthen this over the coming years by offering our retailers more support.

5. What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learnt since setting up the Piccalilly brand?

Listen and learn and don’t be afraid of trying things that don’t work. Learning from mistakes is very much part of the process and fear of failure is often the reason many businesses don’t progress. As a business owner I love to listen to what other people have to say and openly encourage stockists, suppliers, employees and consumers to participate in the process of helping Piccalilly build as a brand. It’s also important to stay true to your core beliefs and not concern yourself too much with what other brands are doing, or how they are doing it.

6What do you children think about Piccalilly?

My youngest daughter, Cicely, has been a kind of muse for me since the start as the brand started when she was a baby and she has been wearing and modelling for Piccalilly ever since. She loves all things Piccalilly and still squeezes into the clothing now. I always run the new collections past her, and other children for that matter, as I’m intrigued with what items catch their eye or make them smile.

7. What’s your favourite colour?

Green

8. What do you like to do to relax?

Running, I try to go 2-3 times a week and find it  great stress buster!

9. gay fuck What is your favourite adult clothing brand and why?

Liv, as my close friend Dawn Foxall is knitwear designer and brand director and they buy from same supply chains so I know they are manufacturing to the highest ethical standards.

10. Who would your ideal dinner date be and what would be your food and drink of choice?

This is very topical but I would love to have dinner with recent nobel peace prize winner Kailash Satyarthi, founder of the Bachpan Bachao Andolan. Piccalilly have been supporting the BBA for many years through fundraising and sample sales and have had the pleasure of meeting several members of the BBA and Global March team plus visiting the Mukti Ashram, which takes in children rescued from bonded and child labour ahead of being rehabilitated (where possible) with their parents. It’s a really interesting project that has been tackling a massive issue facing India and I’d love to meet Kailash personally to hear about the ongoing challenges running the BBA.

 My food of choice would of course have to be Thai and drink of choice white wine!

 

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Featured Baby Outfit – Rainbows!

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We think you’ll love our featured baby outfit for the weekend.. it’s bright, fun and unisex too!

Check out our huge range of fun organic cotton baby and kids clothes online at Babi Pur!

 

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Musical Instruments for Children

Last hot lesbian porn week on the blog we featured a post all about our brilliant musical instruments for babies. Well this week, it’s the turn of the over 3′s, as we explore our fab range of musical instruments for children.

By the age of three, children have usually progressed beyond the banging, crashing and shaking that babies like to do (although that’s still fun too!) and they can usually appreciate different notes and are starting to get the hang of different rhythms too.

We can certainly help you to encourage your budding musicians with our brilliant selection of ethical and sustainable wooden musical instruments for children. Let’s start with the rhythm section and some of our lovely wooden drums.

We think this Plan Toys Tot Drum is absolutely brilliant! It’s loads of instruments in one, and can be used as a string or percussion instrument. Hit and thwack it like a normal drum, but it’s so much more too! Give the string a good pull to hear the big booooooom sound, give it a good shake so that the green pellets hit the drum Chinese style or twang the strings the other side for a different tone. It’s suitable for kids over 12 months old, so even teeny toddlers can have a bash (literally!).

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Other drums include this super cute Plan Toys Big Drum, which can be either tapped with little fingers or given a good old bash with the toddler-sized sticks that are included. Little drummers will love the BOOM BOOM BOOM noise and it also includes a strap so it can be worn around the neck and kids can stomp about with it in time to the beat. Brilliant for developing hand-eye co-ordination as well as musical creativity. Great fun!

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For even more fun, how about the Plan Toys Musical Band? We think it’s super cute – a mini drum kit, especially designed for young children (ages 3+). There are two big drums as well as a shiny cymbal and a noisy guiro, so kids will love finding their rythym and getting in the groove – that’s if you can bear to part with it (it’s meant to be for the kids, hehe!). And, as with all Plan Toys products, it’s made from recycled rubber wood in factories with strong emphasis on ethical working conditions.

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And finally, for any budding guitarists out there, we think these Hape First Wooden Play Guitars are absolutely gorgeous. The bodies are smaller than usual guitars so they are the perfect size for little hands and fingers. They are made from sturdy wood and are really robust so kids can have a good old play about with the strings to see which notes they can make and tunes they can create. It’s a great way to get your kids interested in music, and a good first step into playing the guitar.

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So why not get the whole family inspired by a bit of good old fashioned music? Check out our brilliant range of musical instruments for children (oh kamagra online go on then, mums and dads can have a go too!). Don’t stop the music!

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Featured Kids Outfit – Organic cotton snuggles!

It’s a little chilly here in Snowdonia today. Not sure if it’s Hurricane Gonzalo’s little visit or if Winter really is upon us. Either way we took it as upon ourselves to wear woolly cardigans and have some home made soup with crusty bread for lunch.

In honour the colder weather, this outfit is sure to keep your little ones roasty toasty warm in the cold weather -

The Frugi Daisy Polka Dots Snuggle Fleece, fab Frugi Organic Jenny jeans, Piccalilly Poinsettia Stripy hat with matching Poinsettia dog scarf for the girls

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And the Frugi Navy Explorer Coat, Frugi Check Snugs, Piccalilly Kelly Green Sausage Dog Stripe Scarf and Piccalilly Kelly Green Stripe Hat for the boys.

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Head buy nolvadex over to the Babi Pur website to check out the full range of kids clothes ages 3-6 years.

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GroVia ‘My Choice’ Trainer Pant

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Some funky new training pants have arrived here at Babi Pur – the GroVia My Choice Trainer pants. They come diflucan online in 4 lovely colours – Blackberry, Vanilla, Surf and Cloud

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The trainer pant includes the trainer body and 2 side interchangeable side panels.

The side flex panels make it easy for your little one to pull them up and down helping the transition from nappy to potty and the popper fastening make them easy for you to pop them on and off. They’re also interchangeable so you can mix and match the colours, creating some snazzy colour combinations.

The outside of the trainer body is made from a super durable waterproof TPU layer with a polyester ‘GroCool’ lining on the inside, which means your child will know when the nappy is wet. The core is made from a cotton/hemp blend, ensuring any little wee’s get caught while the handy hidden pocket provide the option of adding booster for extra absorbency – great for some extra protection during naps or night time.

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Here at Babi Pur we offer a wide range of training pants, click here to head over to the website to check them out.

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Wooden Play Food

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Play food is a great way to encourage a love of healthy eating in children, as they learn all about the different colours and textures of food. Wooden or fabric play food can also be great for teaching children how to share as they play, as well as learning about colours, counting and shape sorting. We think play food is a fantastic addition to any toy box, and we’ve got a brilliant range for you to choose from on the Babi Pur shelves.

Even teeny babies can enjoy fabric play food with these gorgeous fair phonesex trade Pebble Cupcake Rattles. nude milfs These little cupcakes are good enough to eat and babies will love giving them a good old shake to hear the rattle inside. And older children will love to use them for baking and tea-party games too. And they also come in a Doughnut Rattle and an Ice Cream Rattle design too.

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For older children who love to mess about with their play kitchens or some good old fashioned tea-party and cooking games, we’ve got loads of great additions to their play foods. Starting with some of the fabric play food, how about this brilliant Haba Grilled Chicken? It looks as good as the real thing! And, the drumsticks and wings are stuck on with velcro so your budding chef can serve up different parts of the chicken for tea.

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And if chicken on it’s own is a bit bland, don’t worry! How about some gorgeous fabric mushrooms? Our Haba Mushroom Pack comes with six cute little fabric ‘shrooms, or the bright and bold Haba Strawberry. Strawberries and chicken anyone, yum!

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The wooden play food we have in stock is just brilliant! We absolutely love this fantastic Hape Homemade Pizza, which is made from sustainable wood and all natural and non-toxic paints. It all comes apart so kids can choose their favourite toppings (or throw them all on!), pop it in the play oven and then slice it up with the cute wooden slicer and spatula that comes with the set. Oh, and don’t forget to divide it up for everyone, and not eat it all!


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There are lots of other “slice-able” and “chop-able” wooden play food too, like this adorable Plan Toys Fruit & Vegetable Play Set. All the pieces “cut” in half with the knife, so your little chefs can slice and chop to their hearts content.

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So anime hentai porn why not release your childrens’ inner foodies and let them play chef tonight? They’ll serve you up a tasty treat with some delicious and hearty play food from Babi Pur.

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