I absolutely love buying the children’s clothing for ‘The Little O&P’ (the part of our little shop and online store that sells designer children’s clothing from newborn up to 12yrs).
My lovely Mama and I have always made sure we spend time together each year by shooting off to some fabulous city for some serious retail therapy, it is what we do and what we love! In our time, we have been lucky enough to hop across the Atlantic to NYC, Washington, Boston, LA, Vegas & San Fran; and over the channel to Rome, Milan, Paris & a little further to Dubai & Hong Kong. And of course, we go to London – a lot!
When we took over The O&P in January 2019 it happened to coincide with the biggest designer kids clothing wholesale event called ‘Pitti Imagine Bimbo’ in Florence, Italy – well, okay then if we must! And we did. We took the opportunity to spend the time together and go and do some research, sight-seeing and, of course, some shopping. Well, OMG – the most beautiful designer children’s clothing you have ever seen. From the sublime to the ridiculous, every item of kids clothing on offer. Over the top bundles of lace (within which I think you’d struggle to find a baby to be honest), to the latest in catwalk trend (a bit too OTT for me but fabulous to see) to what I think were the very best quality, beautifully made, perfect girls and boys clothes available. I’ll cut a long story short, we drank champers, shopped, brought far too much for a new business, got it a bit wrong, a bit right and had the most fabulous weekend!
Today, I think we have managed to hone our buying skills (these gargantuan shows are a bit akin to shopping on steroids – “I’ll have 10 of those please and 20 of those” – heaven knows the quantities the big guns like John Lewis must buy in (but I’d love to have a go!!!). I adore the Mediterranean brands for The Little O&P children. I spent and try to spend most of my summers in the Balearics and have always marvelled at the well-turned-out designer children on the promenade by the luxury yachts of an evening. And I love, love, love coordinating (not necessarily matching, there is a difference) for younger siblings whether they be brothers & sisters or a gaggle of girlies or bunch of boisterous boys. The brands we are currently featuring online and, in the shop, I hope offers a selection for all. Yes, we sell some designer children’s wear, but I am also conscious that not everyone’s pocket can or indeed wants to stretch for little people that seem to grow faster than you can shop. So, from toddler clothes to kids’ clothes for every occasion we have selected pieces which cover it all.
Leading the charge in terms of volume at the moment is Spanish brand ‘Mayoral,’ whom like us, is a family business which we love but unlike us (at the mo) they have been producing fabulous coordinating kids clothing for just shy of 80 years! Wow, that’s testament for sure! ‘Mayoral’ for us offer cool and trendy kid’s clothes, made well and that the kids want to wear! It strikes a great balance between cost, quality, and design. Hanging alongside Mayoral you can find ‘Dadati,’ which offers really pretty clothing for babies’ upwards and they are fabulous at collections that suit children of varying ages but whom you want to coordinate. Presenting value for money is ‘Newness’ who offer a less expensive alternative yet still with the Mediterranean vibe and an offering you won’t see in the supermarkets.
Of course, we love the European children’s clothing, but we also adore some of the best of British kids’ clothing brands. We are proud to offer ‘Dotty Dungarees’ which in our humble opinion every toddler needs to have at least one pair at one time. They are awesome and the lovely Mum’s that own the brand have thought of everything from convenience of dressing, to comfort, to funky style to bring us the best kid’s dungarees on the market. For special occasions we have a bit of a love affair with ‘Little Lord & Lady,’ for whom, as the name suggests bring great occasion wear for kids, with pieces that are fabulous enough for flower girls dresses and boys suits for weddings.
Our high-end designer children’s brand in ‘Lapin House’ from Greece. Honestly, it's quality is like nothing we have ever seen before (we found this one in Florence). It does have a hefty price-tag but honestly think about economy of scale here. These pieces are built to last, so size-up and I promise you will not be disappointed. The kid’s jackets are to die for!
Not forgetting fab kids’ swimwear too. You must stop by the website or in shop and look at the pieces from ‘Meia Pata’, seriously the most gorgeous brother/sister coordinating boys board shorts and girls swimming costumes you have ever seen! Elizabeth Hurley Beach is on offer for the designer girl’s swimwear and brilliantly clever brand ‘Slipfree’ offers fun sun protective rash vests and pool/beach shoes to protect little feet and look cool too!
I hope that’s given you a little insight into ‘The Little O&P,’ come and see it or check it out online here https://theowlandthepussycat.shop/pages/the-little-o-p
I hope you’ll love the children’s clothes as much as we do.