I’m always banging on about the importance of buying from ethical & sustainable clothing brands so it will come as no surprise to you why I’ve chosen Mayoral for today’s kid’s fashion post.
Spanish brand Mayoral Moda Infantil is a family owned company with high corporate & social ethics. They believe in taking responsibility for all their actions worldwide. Mayoral enforce an impressive code of conduct with all manufacturers, factories and other organisations collaborating in the production of their garments . Some of these include safety & hygiene for workers, fair pay & most importantly no child or forced labour is tolerated. In addition to the human aspect they are committed to protecting the environment, consistently reducing their carbon footprint by incorporating new sustainability policies year after year. The irony of children’s clothes being made by children never ceases to amaze & disgust me so it’s with great pleasure that I’m throwing the spotlight on Mayoral today.
Of course there is a mountain of cool kids clothing on the high street & most of it is cheaper than buying your mid morning cappuccino & cake. Naturally this is a bad thing. If it’s that cheap rest assured it has a dark provenance & I for one won’t go there. I understand children are expensive, I have three! So I say let’s go back to the good old days of the “hand me down”.
My kids have enjoyed rummaging through sacks of second-hand clothes from my friend Lisa their entire lives. For them there is absolutely no stigma attached to it what so ever, in fact quite the opposite. They think it’s pretty awesome getting the latest look from older kids whom they admire. And it doesn’t stop with them, I recently gave my niece an adorable white summer dress with little strawberries printed on it. Another gem originally from Lisa & still in pristine condition after both my girls had outgrown it. That’s 4 children & counting…my youngest niece will wear it next!
How to get more wear out of childrenswear
Because our children grow out of their clothes & shoes so quickly it doesn’t matter if the quality is poor & they fall apart, lose shape or fade. Right? No not right, wrong…Very wrong. Kids clothes are washed more & need to withstand enormous wear & tear especially shoes. When the standard is high they remain in excellent condition for the next child to wear. If you have more than one child like me you’ll be recycling most of it within the family anyway. Why just this morning a Mum from Lulu’s class said she remembered my eldest wearing the No Added Sugar coat she had on. Now my girls are five years apart so it’s slightly tricky however I manage to keep all Kiki’s bits for Lulu stored in a vacuüm sealed bag so they get another round of wear. Then after Lu has outgrown them I send some to their little cousins & the rest to charity.
Failing that, another terrific way to recycle stylish childrenswear is by selling it on Ebay! Right Abby?
Shop the Outfit
The choices of style Mayoral offer for pre-teens is pretty impressive. Kiki isn’t one for frills & bows or girlie styles, she’ll tell you herself she’s a tomboy. You’d think that would limit her options yet she was spoilt for choice & absolutely loved the other T-shirts & jeans in the range. She jumped all over this jacket – “black like my soul” she joked the funny kid. The boys gear is just as fashion forward & there’s also plenty of party outfits too if you’re in need of something more fancy. Anyway I’ll leave you to have browse through their site, let me know what you think…Mx
Next post is about Rixo London & the dress I wore to the Uk Blog Awards.