Whilst visiting the Danish Island of Fyn a must is to visit the Funen Village in the Birth City of the Famous Children’s author Hans Christian Andersen. Every summer Children perform a Hans Christian Andersens story in the Open Air Theatre there.
This summer the story performed was the Tinderbox. The magical show lasts about 90 minutes and is performed entirely by talented chldren, singing & dancing. Around the edges are stalls selling popcorn, hot dogs, sweets, coffee and beer. Everyone brings their own blankets to sit on.
Now is the time to take advantage of the great Winter offers that are out there for Children’s Clothes. Invest in some pieces for next year. Maybe quality brands that you wouldn’t normally buy because the price seems just a little bit too much to justify. Or a style that you child has enjoyed wearing this year and is likely to want to wear next year too.
Look for Children’s Winter Clothes that are in colours that would work well in the Summer months too. These will be perfect for the odd cold day you may get. Jersey cotton is a great fabric that works well for both Winter and Summer. For Girl’s there are lots of short sleeved Party dresses which can also be used for the summer.
If you are looking at shops online you may also find when looking through their sale pages, that the shop still has some items from the summer in the sale.
Shopping this way will enable you to justify spending more on some key pieces for your children when the next Winter season comes around. It also gives you the opportunity to try some clothes you wouldn’t normally buy to see the benefit of spending a little bit more on quality clothes that last and stay newer looking for longer. Just remember though to look through what you bought in the sales the previous year before you go out shopping for the new season!
Kite sent us this message saying Kite entered the Childrenswear Brand Award which was a category open to any established childrenswear brand and where judges were looking for creativity, a strong brand proposition, a dedicated following in the UK and overseas, and good sales growth.
Roger Hakes, Director, who collected the award from Susanna Reid and Jo Wood, said: “I’m delighted to receive this award on behalf of the whole Kite team. We’re thrilled to have been recognised for our achievements over the past 12 months: we grew our sales by more than 50% and now serve more than 300 stockists across 20 countries. The key to our success has been our focus on producing fabulous collections for our consumers – every garment we design and make is packed with original and thoughtful details, manufactured to the highest quality and produced with the lowest environmental impact.”
Kite is one of our most popular brands because of the fabulous colours they use and the sheer comfort of the styles they create. The clothes are a beautiful quality, which wash well and can usually be passed on to another child. Raspberry Red stocks Kite from age 0 to 9 years for boys and girls.
We get lots of people coming in to the shop looking for a present for a new baby. Most of the time they would like to buy an item of clothing but would like a little something to go with it for the baby to play with.
We have created some ideas based on what customers have put together in the shop and what we think looks fun together!
During our Christmas visit to Denmark I took the time to go and have a look at some Children’s Shops over there. I found this lovely one on Fyn. It was interesting to see the different ways they displayed items. I love how they have managed to use all the space so effectively. Unsurprisingly they stock lots of the same Danish brands that we do.
A traditional Scandinavian advent calendar has small wrapped presents which have been personally wrapped by the Christmas Nisse (aka mother!) ready for the 1st of December. For each day there is a present to open leading up to the 24th December. (In Scandinavia we celebrate Christmas on the 24th).
Presents can be bought that mean something to the child/children such as something they are collecting or it could be as simple as Christmas chocolate and sweets. Another idea is to break apart a set and wrap pieces up for each day. The year before last we purchased a Lego Advent Calendar and used the pieces from this. Last year we bought a set of moshi monsters so the kids opened one each week day and then Christmas Chocolates at the weekend.
This is a lovely Christmas tradition that the kids look forward to each year. The excitement of opening a little present each day is magical. There are many different versions of the advent calendar that can be purchased. Our favourite is the Maileg Pixie Calendar, which has pockets and rings for each day in December for you to attach presents for each day to. A new version is created each year by Maileg. These Pixie’s are an investment, something to keep in the family for many years. Even when the kids are older they are a beautiful decorative item to bring out at Christmas time. These are the 2013 versions:
Bohemian and romantic, Danish Aya Naya was one of our best selling girls clothes brands from last winter. This winter they are proving to be just as popular. Their style appeals to both the parent and the child as they design clothes which are stylish and a bit more grown up looking which the girls like, but without being provocative which the mums like. On many occasion we have also been asked if Aya Naya design ladies clothes as the Mums would like some of the items for themselves!
A typical winter Aya Naya design isn’t tight, is made from fabrics which are soft, comfortable and floaty, and uses muted colours such as grey, brown and navy. Many mothers are telling us their daughters of five and above don’t want to wear the cute young looking clothes that they still want to buy for them but that they find it hard to find clothes which aren’t more suited to teens. This gap in the market seems to be being fulfilled by Aya Naya. Parents love Aya Naya because their girls love it and it maintains the innocence of children.
A bit late on this post as Top Drawer Gift Exhibition was a few weeks ago… I visited Top Drawer at Olympia in London to look for new unusual things to sell in my children’s shop. My first thought as I walked in was wow, thank goodness I don’t have a general gift shop, there is so much to see! It all looked beautiful. I walked past so many stands desperately trying to hold myself back from looking too closely as I sought out JUST the things that were for children! I found the visit very nostalgic too, bringing back memories of a childhood spent going to Top Drawer every year with my parents who exhibited Danish mobiles!
Wow what a day we had at our Macmillan Coffee Morning at Holme Grange Craft Village last Friday!
We had various stall holders all donating 10% of their takings to Macmillan, a raffle with prizes donated by the shops and the stall holders, cakes made by the shops for people to take and donate. Most importantly the weather was amazing, the sun was shining and lots of people came and made nearly £400 for Macmillan!
Our shop and our website are now filled with lots of beautiful Autumn Winter Kids Clothes. There are lots of corals & greys from one of our most popular brands from last winter, Danish Aya Naya. Aya Naya design girls clothes which are stylish but also practical, with elasticated necklines and arms & soft and comfortable fabrics. Already in the first week of having the clothes in the shop it is yet again proving to be popular.
We then have greys and reds/corals from Little Duckling whose designer brings a mix of Scandinavian & British influences together. The designs are more classic in look but again with a practical comfortable fit to them.
Frugi and Kitekids are both colourful, fun and organic practical kids clothes. Both are British designed, family owned businesses. Frugi is a new brand for us, we are in our second season with them, following a successful first one. Kitekids are one of our original favourites!