Jen introduced me (and all of you BT readers) to Waddler back in October. In her words: ''(Waddler is) a beautiful range for girls and boys, that uses Alpaca in many of their garments. Knitted in Bolivia, they support the local women there and work to fair trade practices and age old traditions.'' Of course, I was instantly interested.
#1 They're based in Scotland
#2 They make a wolf suit that's very Maurice Sendak-esque
#3 They have some of the most inspiring photography out there.
I also appreciate the slow fashion approach...one collection a year, and if you follow their blog, it's wonderful to see where your clothes are coming from and who is making them.
So, we've been putting their grey hooded poncho and teal Lila cardigan through their paces. Waddler knits come in super handy in the strong Glasgow winds!
Our Ace Apparel test drive for Waddler was extremely successful! I love the clothes. The colours are perfect and the pieces are fun. They're warm but delicate and could be worn nearly all year round here... Although they recommend hand-washing, I have accidentally thrown that cardigan in the wash a few times on cold. It's still beautiful. I will say that Hugo has managed to partially unravel one of the pom-poms from obsessively pulling at it...I think the Wolf & Bear hooded jumper probably would have been better for him (He just can't leave things alone!!).
This might sound weird...but my favourite thing about their clothes is the way they smell after being washed. There's something really nice and earthy about the alpaca wool. Yes, that sounded weird.
To see more Waddler + flannery o'kafka in action, visit the current issue of Babiekins magazine (page 141) and look for the 'Tip-Top' editorial. I really enjoyed pairing Waddler with some other great designers.