Wholesale organic cotton baby clothes

Here, on planet Frugi, we sell our wonderful organic cotton clothes both to shops and direct to our lovely customers. As we wholesale our baby clothes to retailers, it means that when you pop down to your local high street you may well see some smiling Frugi customers in one of our brilliant stockists.

Cheekily perhaps, what we’d really love to know is, are there are any shops that should be stocking us that do not at the moment? Now, if there are, I have a favour to ask. Could you pop in and say, “I love Frugi, they sell gorgeous organic cotton clothes and baby clothes and you really should be stocking them!”

You could go on to elaborate on our cut4cloth range, the organic certification, the baby basics, the Frugi kids, how we are just fab people to deal with and how we are always kind to kittens and puppies etc. I’m sure that would help.

However, failing that, If you just point them to the Frugi website and our wholesale pages, that would be fandabidozi!

Thanks

Boys Organic Cotton Explorer Pants

Product Review by Marrisa C – Frugi Customer & Crusader

Boys Organic Cotton Explorer Pants

Hi There, Helen I’m giving you a run for your money in navigating the site. I’ve just spent 10 minutes going round and round trying to get back to somewhere that will let me write a review! I’ve been reading the ones so far and really amused by your styles! Here goes mine.I’ve been so excited about receiving the Frugi parcels that I was about to write about the lovely swashbuckler pants! (Received the swashbuckler top you see). Connor (22 months) has been wearing the swashbuckler top and pants today and just as I type (with the catalogue for reference) I’ve realised that they’re ‘not the same range’. Could have fooled me (well you did). Like Alex I’m far from a fashionista, & probably can’t spell it, and I’m never too good at the coordinated thing. In years to come Connor will berate me for the photos with fashion crimes that I show to his various friends. So the first thing about the explorer pants and swashbuckler top is that they do indeed go together. Which is handy.

Stone would not be the usual colour that I’d choose for a grubby explorer like Connor but it’s great, the material is just gorgeous and I’d like some for me too please? It has a nice chunky cotton feel that doesn’t go weird or drag itself clean off ‘the bum’ when wet and muddy in the garden. Last year I shyed away from some natural C4C joggers and got 2 blue and I missed a trick! The explorers are 18-24 & ,maybe as we’ve just moved out of washables, (boo hiss sold my soul to moltex) they are a centimetre or 2 long in the leg at the moment. The bonus is they roll up (& button up to 3/4 length) and growth spurts allowing will last us way past Connors second birthday.  Connors waist does seem to vary between medium ‘pot’, and full blown ‘horse belly’ as we call it. (a memory from childhood of local stables pony Skippy, blowing out his belly so as to make tightening the girth a little tricky!) So for now I do have to tighten the waist cord a bit. (i do like the toggle things on some Explorer zip offs we’ve got).  

So hoorah for the Explorer Pants that are not swashbuckler pants! No down sides.  

 

Child Labour

Last night’s Panorama and all the recent news following the use of child labour & Primark, has caused a bit of a stir. Kurt got a bit tearful reading the article in The Guardian, and our Frugi Crusaders have been discussing it. So I thought we should bring it to the forefront of our blog….

There are plenty of questions that have arisen. Should factories that are found to be using child labour be shut down instantly (as currently seems to be the way of ‘handling’ the situation), or is there a better way? What happens to all those children, and adults, who are suddenly unemployed? Who is at fault…are the big companies that sell the clothes to blame, or are consumers just as guilty?

If you haven’t already read/heard the news, then have a read: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jun/22/india.humanrights
We’d be interested to know your thoughts…

Breastfeeding Scoop Neck Tee

Product Review by Diana E – Frugi Customer & Crusader

Breasfeeding Scoop Neck Tee

So the big question I had was have Frugi managed to successfully jump from producing flattering clothing for bigger bums to producing flattering clothing for bigger bosoms?! Well the short answer is “yes”, the longer answer is “it depends”! 

I may be on my own here (I suspect not) but I don’t particularly enjoy looking at myself in a mirror after having had a baby; bits are either too big, too unshapely or too wobbly! My leaking, aching boobs (can I say ‘boob’ on this blog?!) look decidedly oversized in my pre-pregnancy tops and I got the shock of my life by the imposing profile that was created from my droopy frontage by the M&S fitter in the search for a “supportive” nursing bra. No matter what childbirth has done to your figure, it is unlikely that you feel excited when examining your wardrobe only to find some over-the-bump maternity trousers, a wrap top that flattered your once firm baby belly but now just accentuates your flabby post-baby tummy and a cleavage-enhancing maternity top that is now more than snug making it impossible to pull it up/down discreetly <sigh>… Tell me I’m not the only one?!

To cut a long moan short, when I got the Frugi breastfeeding top to review I wondered how on earth I would review it without spending an age bemoaning the state of my childbirth ravaged body. Clearly I have failed! Hmmmm…

Anyway, to get to the point, what I need in a good breastfeeding top, especially when out in public, is easy and discreet access that I can accomplish one-handed without taking an eye off my handbag/wandering toddler/shopping. The Scoop Neck Tee comes good on the discreet access, the carefully placed holes in the under layer do miraculously provide you with a gap in the right place to access a good mouthful of boob without exposing miles of flesh as you hoik it up, although at only 5’3” I found the top a bit too long for me and often my baby was lying on the layer of clothing I was trying to pull up leading to a bit of frustration from both of us and maybe a few more stares than usual as I wrestled with the surplus fabric to the sound of impatient whinging (mostly the baby).

As both layers are lovely organic cotton they are sometimes hard to separate and it might be a bit too hot on a summer’s day but we have so few of those it’s barely worth mentioning. The scoop neck is a trifle too wide and low cut for my liking especially as many nursing bras have big straps that you don’t want anyone to see but then I am short as I have said so it would probably suit anyone taller or less frumpy than me, I’m guessing that will be most of you…

This top is more generously proportioned than the Henley Top which I also have, especially for skimming big tums and bums. Its length means you can conceal the fact that you are still wearing your maternity trousers too! The Henley is more ‘straight up and down’ which suits me better 5 months down the line than it did in the first months. If you like your curves (as deep down I do despite my tongue in cheek moaning!) then this Scoop Neck Tee is going to be the first thing you reach for out of the ironing pile, you’ll give it a good shake and pop it on. I’m not one for ironing and neither of these tops needs it to look good although a very quick press brings them back to pristine condition very easily. The ‘Lint’ green is very flattering for paler complexions and I do love the dusky pink edging of the Henley Top.

So despite my reservations, if this top is clean and dry – I’ll be wearing it and hope to be buying a smaller size soon, 9 months on 9 months off they say don’t they?!

 

Clothes for the Mums…the FISHY ROMPER!

As you are increasing the range of clothes Frugi now makes to encompass mothers (and hopefully fathers too?) would you consider an adult version of the Fishy Romper?  I know that many an adult would want to pad around the house in something as comfortable and cheeky as that!  Well, maybe a romper suit is not quite right, but certainly a t-shirt, or even breastfeeding pjs?

There was something about that romper that the sub romper didn’t have.  The green and yellow were a fantastic stripe combination, the fish motive was very cute, and it just seemed to suit the colourings of lots of children.  My mum certainly said how well our Benjamin looked in that green (we had the crawler dungarees too, it was a green summer!)… loved it!  BRING BACK THE FISHY ROMPER!  Or son of Fishy Romper…

I don’t think I’m alone in my feelings for this garment!

hx

The Hoodie

Product Review by Helen S – Frugi Customer & Crusader

Boys Swashbuckler Hooded Jumper

Wonderful!  The burnt sienna hoodie is luscious!  And we have been using it quite frequently in this wonderful summer we’re having (ahem ahem!).  We have been buying big so the sleeves are rolled up at present, but that means that we can enjoy it for longer – hurrah!  It’s also kept amazingly clean and dry in the potty training experiments we’ve been doing.  Benjamin’s been running around the garden without trousers/pants/nappy and had this to keep him warm.  He’s managed potty moments and freer waterings and the hoodie has stayed dry and clean  Hurrah!  One less thing to wash!On reading back, I think the overwhelming word for the hoodie is ‘hurrah!’ 

 

I won’t be putting it with the burnt sienna shorts though as I’ve washed them quite a few times now and the colour has faded, it would look a bit funny, as well as a bit too co-ordinated.  Sometimes I like co-ordination, other times I like that ‘my husband dressed him’ look.

lots of love

helen

 

Boys Swashbuckler Hat

Well, I am feeling inadequate.  It seems I need my eyes tested and have to take a course in reading instructions.   Having now found the ‘write tab’ which I’m convinced wasn’t so obvious when I looked on Friday, I’m now able to let you know what I think of the hat.

Our Benjamin is 18 months old and has always been on the 98th percentile for height, 75th for weight.  He’s a tall, slim, not-so-little fellow with an average size head.  The 2-4 year old hat we got given is a bit of a snug fit!  I’m hoping his head’s not going to grow too much as I don’t like the idea of waste and the hat might not last that long! 

Having said that, it’s a lovely hat!  I love the burnt sienna colour!  I bought the shorts, which have been going down a storm.  We’re in the throws of potty training at the moment and so they are now looking a bit big on him, but at least that means we could potentially use them next year too! 

I also got given the burnt sienna hoodie.  I have to say, I’m not sure Benjamin will ever been seen out wearing the shorts, hoodie and hat (we also have the swashbuckler top, the stripy reverse of the hoodie).  I think it looks as though I’m trying too hard if he was ever that co-ordinated!   The swashbuckler top and shorts though are a great match.  

I also think, contrary to Alex’s comments, that the burnt sienna goes with lots of things.  It’s very good with brown and blue, green..well, anything in our boy’s wardrobe, and what does it matter if it clashes a bit?  Our childminder did say she likes bright colours and stripes because then you can point out the kids in your charge much quicker.  And I wouldn’t want ours to get lost!

I did try the hat on 2 of Benjamin’s little friends, one a week younger than him and one 17 months older…the result was the same – it’s snug!  It might be though that it stretches to accommodate and I just have to wait and see.

On grounds of style though, I do like the hats that have a flap down the back to cover necks when the sun is out.  Benjamin does spend most of his time playing in the garden and that usually means he has his trowel or fork somewhere in the bean or strawberry patch, head down and engrossed in finding worms.  Thus his neck is still exposed with this hat whereas the previous hat (a terribly extravagent ‘Lawrence of Arabia cum old man’s hankie’ style muslin with 2 knots at the front to keep it on his head) covered everything (literally!).

Maybe an elastic band at the back of the hat would have that give to accommodate 2 years of growth?  That’s assuming the hat doesn’t stretch….

I’ll keep thinking!

Many thanks for the hat and hoodie though!  Don’t want to sound ungrateful!

Helen

 

Clothes for Cloth Nappies

When Lucy first had the idea to start a company selling clothes that would fit over cloth nappies, I must admit that I was a little dubious. I would go so far as to say that, right at the very start, I humoured her somewhat saying things like, “Yes darling, that’s a great idea. You carry on reading all the cloth nappy forums and making postings and do your research and then we’ll talk”. Well, my bluff was called a bit wasn’t it?

Being a bloke, clothes to me are a bit more function than form. Late nights talking cloth nappies, baby clothes, fat bums, gussets etc were not really my ‘bag’…man. Then we started talking land fill and how cloth nappies are better than disposables and the environmental implications and I began to have the seeds of interest. (Just the seeds you realise, not the whole Jack and the Beanstalk).


We’d been using cloth nappies with Tom, but I’d never really dug into the depths of the rationale behind it. I did the whole path of least resistance thing and just nodded my head, as I still do, to every suggestion Lucy makes (getting into a debate with her about anything is sure to end in humiliating defeat as annoyingly she’s mostly right…grrrrr!). But it made sense, and cloth nappies are apparently quite cool amongst the 30 – something modern man (as I think I am? – Ok don’t laugh). However, it did take me a while to get into the tonging skiddy nappies into the washing machine ritual. The phrase “Like #### to a blanket” never seemed more appropriate. And we coined the phrase “Ro Ro” for one of those more solid presents that skip merrily from the nappy down the loo, without any bowl scraping flushing action involved. (Those that use cloth nappies will know exactly what I mean).

So, what am I saying here? Well, cloth nappies are close to our hearts – metaphorically. Cut4Cloth was started to solve a problem and it will remain an integral part of what Frugi is all about. After all, I owe a great deal to cloth nappies. Without them I wouldn’t be sitting here blogging away to who knows who, discussing poo, the environment and my place in the marital hierarchy.

Yes, cloth nappies have indeed made my life complete 😉

Kurt

 

 

Swashbuckler Top

Product Review by Alex C – Frugi Customer & Crusader

Swashbuckler Top


Now, I want you to understand, I am not a fashionista.  My idea of fashion is something that doesn’t smell too bad, can drip dry and where sick stains can be hidden with careful accessorising. In fact, I dithered for a long time about whether to become a Frugi Crusader – would it mean that I’d be expected to understand words like ‘bias cut’ and ‘demi-saison’, or (even worse) use them in reviews?
 

Thankfully, my 16-month-old son’s childminder IS a fashionista – or at least, she used to work for Dorothy Perkins, which is close enough for me. 

So when this rather snazzy stripey top arrived in the post, I cheated – I handed it to Mrs Childminder and asked for her opinion. 

I wasn’t disappointed.  She tugged at the seams, held it up to the light and declared appreciatively that it was well-made, from good quality cotton, and had ‘beatnik influences’. 

Hmmm.  I was already in over my head, so in an effort not to appear a fashion outcast, I emailed Lauren, one of the two lovely designer people at Frugi.  Does this top, I asked, have beatnik influences, and if so, what does that mean?  

I received a swift reply.  The top was inspired by the swashbuckling pirates who sailed the seven seas.  Not beatniks, who she said were ‘travelling bums’. 

Now my son, Oliver, is 16 months old, and when I see his cloth-covered rump waddling away from me the phrase ‘travelling bum’ is wonderfully appropriate.  Keen to lean more, I turned to the internet. 

Wikipedia kindly informed me that beatnik is “a media stereotype that borrowed the most superficial aspects of the Beat Generation literary movement of the 1950s to present a distorted (and sometimes violent), cartoon-like misrepresentation of the real-life people”.  Which didn’t help me a lot. 

The accompanying picture did, though.  Ned Flanders from The Simpsons, with his beatnik parents.

 Flanders with Parents.png

 Look familiar? 

Anyway, beatnik or pirate, this is a great top.  The super-soft cotton washes beautifully and, unusually for organic cloth, with minimal shrinkage.  It’s also one of those magical pieces of clothing which looks better on than off – why does that never seem to be the case with my stuff?! 

The sizing is generous – Oliver is spot-on average weight and height for his age, but this was still quite large on him.  The wide neck means it’s easy to put on a young wriggler, and I think the vibrant colours – brick-red with contrasting turquoise trim – would look equally good on girls and boys. 

The downsides? 

A little niggle about the two large labels sewn in the back.  Okay, they are made of soft cotton, but might they still irritate Oliver’s neck?  In practice, he didn’t seem bothered at all, but more sensitive souls might be.    

My other wee gripe is a very personal one.  This top is part of a co-ordinated range – matching shorties, hats and a hoodie are all available.  If you’re the type of parent who likes to see their child in proper ‘outfits’ this is great, but I’m not.  And, lovely though this top is, it isn’t the type of thing you can just throw on with any old pair of trews, safe in the knowledge that your beloved offspring won’t look as if you dressed them in the dark.  The bold design and colours of this top demand you put some effort into picking out the right bottoms if it’s to attract the admiring comments it deserves.