The fantastic Laura of Whistlebrook Children’s Clothes is our Spotlight Small Business for May and here she is in her own words. It makes a very inspirational read, and quite an insight into how a small business navigates through such turbulent times during covid 19. Thanks so much for sharing your story Laura. And don’t miss Laura’s fab offer for the month of May – scroll to end.
Hi, my name is Laura and I own and run The Whistlebrook Clothing Company. I live with my husband and two children (6&4) in Ivinghoe on the Bucks/Beds/Herts border.
I started Whistlebrook in earnest a couple of years ago after a couple of false starts! Namely having both my children! Whistlebrook has evolved over time and started its days with me making one of pieces from vintage patterns and fabric. It has now become a bigger store, offering a full range of clothing in amazing exclusive designs.
I have always wanted the clothes to have a tradition feel, having been a child of the 70’s where all my sisters and my clothes were handmade. I have been lucky enough to still have a lot of them and loved dressing my daughter in them when she was a baby. Handmade clothes simply don’t fall apart in the same way modern clothes do, they last and last.
The Whistlebrook Clothing Company is a unique, handmade kids clothing store. I make clothing for preemie babies up to 12 years of age, with most prints being exclusively designed for me. I love collaborating with different designers to come up with different , colourful designs that suit children of all ages. My aim is to offer a one stop shop for all your kids clothing, creating beautiful capsule wardrobes for your little ones. The store offers everything from Babygrows, rompers, dresses, leggings, shorts and tops for both boys and girls as well as a small range of accessories.
All the clothes I make are made from either 100% woven cotton or cotton Jersey and all are OEKO-TEX certified, this means no harmful chemicals or were used in the printing or production of the fabrics, so you can buy in confidence. I also use, predominantly women to help support Whistlebrook, whether it’s the company where the fabrics are printed, the designers, the labels I use; all are created by other women in small business.
During not so strange times, I also run sewing classes for beginners out of my base here at HQ, they have been incredibly popular and I cant wait to get these up and running again once things are back to normal. If anyone would like further information and would like to be kept to date with new classes, when we are allowed, please join my facebook group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/426355141282386/?ref=share
I am pleased to say that, whilst lead times are little longer, the shop has remained open for business and shipping orders as usual, home collection is done while fully adhering to social distancing guidelines. I have also added cotton face masks to the website for both children and adults who would like to purchase.
I have also been kept very busy in the last few weeks making headbands for our nurses and front line workers, these have buttons for the elastic on their facemasks to sit on rather than their skin. I’m approaching the 500 mark now which is amazing.
I am delighted to say that for the month of May, anyone who uses the code Highstreet will get a 10% discount on all orders.
My contact details are
New fabric prints and designed are posted regularly on social media, so please follow to keep up to date, and to get first news of offers or sales.