Sunday, February 22, 2009

Our Launch Collections

Our Funky Star range is a collection of co-ordinates with an edgy street wear appeal. Featuring a star applique in contrasting fabric colour - the range is designed to mix and match with a variety of choices from our bright bold colour palette, and looks very funky when styles are layered when there is a bit of a chill in the air.

Many of the pieces are of a unisex nature, though we have added the skirt and a-line sleeveless top to provide some additional options for our little chickie babes.
Watch this collection grow as new colours and styles are added and your little chickes wardrobe will be complete!

We originally started working on Funky Star with our colleagues from Barefoot Kids. For those of you new to Cheeky Chickies, Barefoot Kids was one of our first labels when we commenced operating as an online retail store in August 2006. Their distinctive designs naturally captured attention, using cotton chenille fabric and bright bold prints. When we decided last year that we wanted to develop our own clothing range, we spoke at length with the gals from BFK about basic cotton coordinates that they could also use. The girls had always matched their chenille bottoms with a coordinating Bonds chesty singlet. The problem with Bonds was that their minimum orders were enormous, and their colour range was not spread over the sizes. You were able to get a great variety of colours in sizes 000-2 but then very few in the large sizes. We also had numerous discussions about how there were no good quality and stylish aussie made blank tee shirts in the size range that they covered (being 000-6).

So with this in mind, I started to gather samples for tees from all over the world, looking at the varieties in cotton fabric (jersey, interloc, cotton lycra), and the differences in style, from loose to slim fit, round neck, envelope neck etc etc. I am very happy with the styles and fabrics of our range, and the kids seem to find them very comfortable too!

Alas, at the end of last year, the gals at Barefoot Kids decided to call it a day. Due to different family circumstances, they felt they were unable to continue with the label in the direction it needed to head, and have been in search of a new mumpreneur to take over and continue to grow the business. We have been very fortunate to have developed such a warm and friendly working relationship with BFK, and are thankful for the mentoring and support they continue to provide. As such, we dedicate our Funky Star collection to them, as a thank you for all the inspiration they have provided Cheeky Chickies!

Our Sunny Side Up collection is a simple yet stylish range of co-ordinating girly pieces. I have a lot of fun with this collection - it was such a buzz to learn how to make the little rosette brooches - thank you to the wonderful mums on the internet who post tutorials on "how to"!

Consisting of relaxed, easy breezy dresses and tops, ruffle pants and skirts, and featuring our little rosette brooches, that have been loving hand made by Mrs Chicken, and are finished with vintage and recycled buttons.

This is the range that keeps me awake for countless hours during the night, as I dream up more and more styles to add - can't wait to get on to the next spring/summer collection with ruffle bloomers and matching sleeveless top with brooch, and how about some little 3/4 length leggings with little rosettes!!

and I am sure there will be more collections to come - just got to find the time between looking after two children under 3, and not to mention the job I am returning to two days a week (yes, have to pay the mortgage).....

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