I am enthralled by the exciting Mum Boss revolution that is currently underway. So many of us seem to be shunning our conventional 9-5 jobs, and setting up shop to make, to sell, to manage, to create; all to be able to work around our children. I think it’s absolutely amazing how innovative each and everyone of us is, and Instagram is such a fantastic place to witness this remarkable change in our society.
Mary set up her new childrenswear brand Bear & Babe earlier this year, although she’s been making clothes for her own two children for a while now. She has been a Nanny for ten years, but it’s not a job that works particularly well around her own children, and she spends her time feeling very torn.
However, after listening to the amazing Jenny from KyNa Boutique talk about setting up a business at a Mama Social event (Sheffield’s mum networking playgroup), and following lots of compliments from friends and other parents about the clothes she makes for her two children, she decided that she would launch her own childrenswear brand. And although it’s still in the early days, she’s doing a wonderful job – with orders coming in despite not having a finished website yet (you can buy from her Etsy shop – link at the end of the post). Her Husband is in marketing, and has apparently been a big help in that side of things!
The Bear & Babe ethos is very simple – handmade, colourful, fun, stylish garments that are as individual as your children, whilst being soft and easy to wear. Mary chooses fabrics and designs that children would love, as well as parents. The majority of their clothes are gender neutral because they don’t believe colours are gender specific. Hurrah!
Busby and H-Bear were very kindly sent a couple of different outfits from Bear & Babe, and I’ve decided to showcase them as a two-part feature. Mary must understand my penchant with twinning my two, as both outfits are co-ordinating: #TwinningisWinning after all.
We visited The Balloon Tree, just outside of York, for some pumpkin picking a couple of weekends ago, and I thought it was the ideal place to photograph these amazing Batman-themed items. With Halloween only a week away I was eager to share this shoot with you!
Busby was sent a pair of harem-style pants in age 4-5. They fit perfectly and are so comfortable! She’s had no issues wearing them (especially when I teamed them with this jumper from H&M) and she spent the whole time at the farm running around shouting “I’m Super Busby! These trousers make me faster!” so I think they are a hit…
H-Bear was sent possibly the most amazing dungaree-romper I think I’ve ever seen. Not only is it adorned with Batman masks, but it has a popper-on cape!?! The cape easily detaches for washing (or tree climbing) with poppers.
I can’t even tell you how excited Nick was when I got H-Bear dressed and came downstairs. We were in fits of giggles for most of the day because he looks AWESOME. We weren’t the only ones to think this either – we had SO many comments and enquiries from other parents at the farm!
H-Bear is wearing age 18-24 months, which fits well with some growing room. I’d definitely recommend sizing up with these to get the most wear out of them.
Both items are beautifully made from lovely thick jersey, which makes them ideal playwear for the impending winter.
I’m always hesitant about buying white items with bright/dark contrasting trims, but the purple doesn’t run into the white in the wash at all. They also wash incredibly well: H-Bear sat in a very muddy, slightly oily puddle at the farm and it has all come out (with the help of Vanish obviously).
The Batmask garments would make the most wonderful Christmas presents for any Batman-loving children. If you’re looking to support and buy from independent stores (or if your buying niche is independent Yorkshire shops) this Christmas, then I can’t recommend Bear & Babe enough. The harems start at £12.50 and the rompers start at £20. Find out more on Bear & Babe‘s Etsy page.