This week I am so happy (as are my girls) to be introducing the wonderfully unique and beautiful British Brand Fred and Olive. Victoria, the lovely creator of Fred and Olive cuts each ‘Liberty’ appliqué by hand and hand sews each one from her home in Hampshire, she is a true advocate for British made goods and therefore sources all her tees, bodysuits, towels and blankets from within the UK.
I love the attention to detail Victoria shows to every element of her brand, from the beautiful, easy to use website, the stunning brand ribbon and stickers and hand wrapped packages to the tiny label in each garment. Unfortunately the Hubby threw away the ‘outer’ post packaging before I was able to take a photo but my gosh was it pretty, I honestly have never had such an attractive parcel come through my door before!!
‘Personalised Liberty Print Navy T-Shirt- Fairford C’
Every single one of Fred and Olive’s items are made to order using a variety of Liberty print fabrics from well established prints to ‘hot off the press’ 2016 prints. Each tee, bodysuit, towel or blanket can be fully customised with an initial, full name, number or ‘funky’ shape making them both a lovely item for any kiddies wardrobe but also a perfect and thoughtful gift too. Victoria can even send the present directly to the recipient with a handwritten gift tag, now thats what I call customer service!
‘Personalised Liberty Print Baby Bodysuit- Flower Tops C and matching Dibble Bib’
Bodysuits are available from newborn right up to 18-24 months, whilst t-shirts can be bought in sizes 0-3 months all the way to 5-6 years. Fred and Olive have very recently added Navy t-shirts to their collection of garments and I really think they are a fantastic addition to an already lovely selection. It is wonderful to have the choice between white and navy, both lend themselves perfectly as a backdrop to the bright and charming Liberty prints (with the navy being a rather brilliant colour for a messy toddler!!).
We have already washed all the tees and bodysuit (with a weaning baby and an explorer toddler most items are washed within a few hours of wear!!) and I am very pleased to report that they have cleaned beautifully and still look as wonderful as when they first arrived. Fred and Olive do suggest that the items be washed at a low heat (we already wash everything at 30 in our house) and suggest a light iron on the back if the Liberty fabric is particulary creased after washing.
They also offer a selection of accessories including completely handmade Dribble Bibs, adorable hair accessories (ssshhh don’t tell Hubby but I think we may need some matching clips to go with the stunning clothes!!) and delightful towels and blankets.
‘Personalised Liberty Print T-Shirt- Land of Dreams A’
There is something a little bit different and special about Fred and Olive though, and that is Victoria’s involvement and donations to the Williams Syndrome Foundation. Victoria’s daughter has recently been diagnosed with Williams Syndrome, a very rare congenital disorder. Williams Syndrome occurs randomly and affects one in 18,000 people in the UK. Being such a rare disorder only 1 in 30 GP’s will have ever met someone with the condition meaning it often takes a long while to be diagnosed. Victoria is now trying to raise awareness of Williams Syndrome, she donates 10% of all her profits and 100% of all profits made by sales of the beautiful, sunshiny fabric Clare Emily to the Williams Syndrome Foundation. The WS Foundation is ran by parents for parents as a way to support families affected by Williams Syndrome, and they also help fund research into the disorder. If you have a few minutes please do head over to look at the WS Foundation website and learn a little about WS, I have to admit it was not a disorder I was aware of before talking to Victoria and now having read more I feel it is so important to raise awareness of this extremely rare disorder.
Fred and Olive have kindly given me an exclusive discount code to offer you all 15% off one order until midnight on the 31st July 2016. The discount code is limited to one per customer but will give you 15% off the basket total, all you have to do is enter the ‘ORDINARYMUM’ at the checkout to receive your exclusive discount.
Please do pop over to Instagram to show Fred and Olive some love and have a ganders through their cheerful and bright selection of Liberty print designs over on their website too. Victoria also has a page dedicated to Williams Syndrome on her site where you can learn more about the disorder and how it has affected her family.
I hope you adore these designs as much as I do, thank you Fred and Olive for taking the time to design and create these beautiful clothes and accessories for all our little kiddies.
*We were gifted and discounted these items for the purpose of this post. All opinions are my own.