Author: Claire Heywood
Date Posted:11 February 2016
I met these brands a year ago and whilst they have quite a following in the UK I realise that here in Australia they are unknown. I'd like to remedy this so have written a little piece about each of these gorgeous brands so that you can get to know them and how they came to produce these beautiful clothes. I currently stock 7 brands making this is a bit of a long blog but a very interesting one. So make yourself a cuppa and enjoy!
(This information is taken from their websites)
Doodle Do is a London-based children’s wear brand creating colourful and cozy apparel for ages newborn through 7 years old. We dare to be different, employing bright colours and quirky characters in truly comfortable, gender-neutral designs that allow kids to run, play, and lounge in special yet cozy clothing.
From how our cotton is grown and manufactured to our branding and packaging, every step in the manufacturing process meets the standard for Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certification.
Dribblebuster online baby shopping store was started in 2007 when my first grandson was born; he was constantly getting chills on his chest from the dampness of baby dribble. I found that ordinary baby dribble bibs didn’t really help the problem and besides they hid his lovely outfits.
As an experienced dressmaker and designer, I began to experiment with a number of different designs and perfected the Dribblebuster baby bandana bib. My grandson could then keep the same outfit on all day, massively cutting down on the laundry pile. He no longer got chills and to top it all, he looked gorgeous.
Since those early days we have received very good feedback from hundreds of satisfied Mums who say “What a difference the Dribblebuster has made. I am no longer changing babies clothes 3 to 4 times a day due to baby dribble”. As our testimonials show, mums find that Dribblebuster baby dribble bibs are the softest, most long lasting and best quality on the market. Dribblebuster dribble bibs have no rough overlocked edge. The seams are completely enclosed, giving a smooth tailored finish that washes and wears well, and stays softer for longer.
We have developed other ranges of unique baby clothes and baby accessories – our gorgeous baby bloomers are our latest design and these are proving popular in the United States.
Little green Radicals started life in 2005 with a passion for fair trade and a quirky sense of humour. Not long after our launch Little Green Radicals was in a select group of brands to be first in the UK to get Fairtrade certification for cotton. And, of course, we were and always have been organic too.
Our farmers, cased in India, get a guaranteed price for their cotton, and they don’t use nasty pesticides. The factories we work with look after their employees, who get fair wages, maternity leave, and many of the other things you would expect from decent factories. Buying products made from Fairtrade cotton ensures that our farmers receive a fair and stable price for their cotton giving them and their families security and stability. Through Fairtrade, thousands of cotton farmers have already improved their lives. Cotton co-operatives have become better organised and women are receiving the same treatment as men, from voting rights to equal pay.
The Fairtrade mark means that the cotton in our products has been produced by farmers that meet the Fairtrade social, economic and environmental standards. These standards include protection of workers’ rights and the environment, payment of the Fairtrade Minimum Price and an additional Fairtrade Premium which always has to be invested back in community projects.
When you buy a Little Green Radicals piece you will always be buying an organic product where no harmful chemicals such as chlorine bleach, formaldehyde or dangerous dyes are used. This means our clothes are softer and better for babies and kids particularly those with allergies or eczema. Finally because our cotton has not been broken down with chemicals, our clothing will last much longer and always wash incredibly well.
Over the years our belief has never dimmed and the mission to make beautiful things the right way still makes us want to jump the hurdles to come.
Clothing made from bamboo – surely not…..
We hear this all the time and we’re here to tell you that if you don’t have a piece of bamboo clothing for your baby you’re really missing out!
We are Judith and Amanda and after many years working hard as Directors for businesses including Whistles, House of Fraser and Warehouse we decided it was time to do it for ourselves….
When clothing our own kids we discovered the amazing properties of bamboo – Amanda’s son Frankie suffered from eczema; bamboo sleepwear really seemed to help. BUT it was really hard to get hold of bamboo kids clothing and when she did most of the styles were really boring…… Panda and the Sparrow was born.
So we have created a range of unique clothing. We offer you all of bamboo’s natural eco credentials as well as fun and functional design. We aim to make kids clothing that says a lot about you and what you care about. Pieces that not only look great but are also easy for your kids to wear, whether out and about or snuggled up at night. Pieces destined to become treasured keepsakes or prized hand me downs.
In 2006 the adventure began. Shortly after the birth of my second child I was made redundant. Worrying times turned to positive opportunities and I embraced being released from working 9-5 to set up Piccalilly.
The market for organic clothes was in its infancy and the lack of colour, design and desirability in the organic baby wear market seemed to be a gap that needed filling. My background working for a BAFTS (British Association of Fair Trade Shops) recognised Import Company reinforced this idea. I’d long been frustrated by the over reliance on the ‘worthiness’ of ethical products and wanted to produce a new generation of ethically produced products that were eco friendly, modern in design, upmarket and appealing to a new generation of socially responsible parents and grandparents who don't want to compromise on style.
By chance a contact was passed my way of an innovative project that was taking place in Kolkata. Not wanting to miss out I jumped on a plane to meet Rajat who was pioneering an organic cotton project in India. I learnt that by teaming Fairtrade certified organic cotton with low impact environmentally friendly dyes we could create a new generation of ethical clothes that not only had major benefits for the farmers and factory workers but the end product was much kinder on newborn baby skin. This sounded like a great idea and Piccalilly was born!
The Piccalilly story has been moving fast ever since. We've long outgrown the back room at home and moved into a lovely unit in the market town of Settle, overlooking the Settle-Carlisle railway line and the rolling Yorkshire Dales hills. Our ranges have also grown to include clothes for kids and the Piccalilly team seems to be getting bigger by the day!
I’ve also learnt loads of stuff over the last four years by taking time out of day to day business to go and meet the cotton farmers and the suppliers we buy from. By engaging with the people who make our products and by taking a little consideration over how we do things has an impact on other people’s lives – that’s quite a big responsibility and something I take very seriously.
All in all it’s been a great journey so far and I can’t wait to tell you the next chapter.
In 2006 I travelled to Bangladesh with my little daughter Isabelle to join my husband who was working in Dhaka. During the year that we spent in Dhaka I kept myself busy making clothes for Isabelle and her friends.
I have always struggled to find little girls’ clothes that I like; clothes which are simple in shape, free of cartoon characters, branding and NOT PINK! My solution was to borrow a sewing machine and start making the clothes I couldn't buy. Each time we returned to England to visit family I stocked up on Liberty prints and in Dhaka I bought fine cotton voiles from the market.
In my pre-children life I graduated with a degree in fashion design and clothing technology and for many years I ran my own business designing and producing high-end couture bridal gowns and evening wear. To have a new venture to work on whilst at home with Isabelle was the perfect arrangement!
After returning to Britain the arrival of Isabelle’s brother and several house-moves brought progress with the children’s wear project to a stand-still. I couldn’t put the idea to rest and now, at long last, I am settled in Edinburgh’s New Town and have a small studio where I make classic clothes for babies and young children under my label ‘Tinker & Belle’.
Toby Tiger has been leading the way in colourful, ethical and organic childrenswear since it was founded in 1998 by best selling author and designer Zoë Mellor.
Our childrens clothing is bold, sustainable, timeless and high quality. The Toby Tiger philosophy is for kids to be dressed as kids, in our colourful, instantly recognisable prints and motifs. Our clothing is made to last and to be passed down from generation to generation.
Toby Tiger promotes the use of organic cotton and believes in good working practices. We are proud that all of our jersey range is made from the softest organic cotton and is certified by GOTS and The Soil Association. We use AZO free dyes that are kind to the earth and your little ones' skin.
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