Local families are lucky to have the wonderful Gloucester Road with its range of amazing independent shops. Now that we also have Moodles – a beautiful childrenswear shop – Gloucester Road offers everything a family could need.
Sarah Ubhi, a Bishopston Mum of three, launched Moodles earlier this year and it has been popular with local families. Moodles stocks children’s clothes, gifts and accessories – all of which are designed and made in the UK.
What’s more, Moodles now stocks school uniform too; very useful indeed!
Today I wanted to feature some of the beautiful products that Moodles offers; as always to encourage Bishopston Mum readers to shop local. As you will see, Sarah prides herself on only selling high-quality, unique and local products.
First up, here is a photo of Sarah with the t-shirts and babygrows which formed the basis of the Moodles brand. The garments are all 100% cotton and are made in the UK, and her applique designs are added in store. She also has a range of hand-knits, in merino wool with cashmere and silk (machine-washable of course), in glorious colours.
Sarah and her staff have a “uniform” from the Little Posh Dress Company, which manufactures in England, or try to wear handmade dresses or other British made brands, such as Poppy.
Other products which Moodles offers include reversible sun hats made by Ailiee, which are available in sizes newborn to 5 – 6 years at £15…
Romper suits by Huddle and Bliss, Made in England, £12.50 Newborn/0-3 and 3-6 months…
And here are some So Small Shoes which are entirely hand stitched for babies aged 3-6 months and a perfect new baby keepsake gift. They are £25 per pair which also includes gift bag and tag. They are made by mother and daughter team, Lottie and Sarah who are based in Cornwall.
As well as beautiful clothes, kids also need basics like socks so Moodles stocks British made socks, sourced from Jem Sox Ltd in Market Harborough. They are available in various styles and sizes for both boys and girls and are £3.75 per pack of two pairs.
Children’s socks haven’t been made in England since 2008, but Moodles has sourced overstock from British Manufacturer Jem Sox to have them in store.
Moodles stock some absolutely beautiful dresses. On the left of this photo below are dresses by Bread and Jam which are designed in Oxford and made in Wales.
Each dress is produced in a limited run of just fifty, ten of each size in each new style. When they’re gone, they’re gone so if you love it, don’t hesitate! They are £32 each and fit ages 2-3 years to 9-10 years.
In the middle of the photo are hand-made button hotch-potch tops by St George designer brand, Ailee Made This, £18 each. Ailee used to work as a pattern designer and sampler for Bishopston Trading Company and is delighted to be back based on Gloucester Road. Moodles also has Ailee’s much coveted limited edition fully lined dungarees in store at £29.50.
The cotton smock dresses in the photo are made by Popkins. These have been handmade by Henleaze designer and seamstress Paula New and make a beautiful orignal present at just £24 each. Moodles also has her co-ordinating bonnets at £18 and her amazing handmade dressed dolls at just £30.
The photo above features the Moodles Map which shows where every brand in Moodles is made within the UK. The cotton shirts are 100% cotton and handmade by Dorothy Bird, of Cheeky Monkey Brand. Dorothy lives in Poole, but her son and grandson live in Bristol. She loves the fabulous designer prints to be found, and her quirky shirts are delighting customers looking for something a little bit different for boys.
The shirts are £25 each and are available in sizes 6-12 months to 9-10 years, and Dorothy is happy to make to order. The Picaloulou crew neck jumpers are beautifully soft. They are made from 90% cotton, with 10% cashmere for extra softness. They also have the added benefit of being manufactured with seam-free technology, thus avoiding any irritation and are £32 each and are available in sizes 3-6 months to 9-10 years.
This photo shows some Birthday T-shirts made by local brand Little Sausages. They are designed by Katrin Vogel (another local Mum) and each design uses different upcycled fabric, making each T-shirt unique. These are made exclusively for Moodles, on their own British Made t-shirts. I bought one of these last week for my nephew’s first birthday!
September will see a new range of Little Sausages designs on long-sleeved T-shirts, great for autumn. The birthday T-shirts are £15 each.
Moodles stocks all school uniform basics, all of which are made in England by Innovation.
With Bishop Road school opting for full uniform from September, Moodles set to work sourcing British Made school uniform at competitive prices. In stock are two styles of skirt, two style of pinafores and trousers for girls. They are made from soft polyester viscose mix with elastane for stretch and comfort. Prices are just £7.50 – £15.
Boys have the choice of two fits of school trousers, slim and regular, with the younger ages designed in a pull-up style. They are well made with high quality fabric to withstand the rigours of the playground!
These are £12.50 a pair, or two pairs for £20. School shorts are also available at just £8.50 a pair. These are suited to both boys and girls, and work well with tights underneath. All of the basics are available to order in grey, black or navy blue. School socks and tights are also available, together with PE shorts in both black and navy blue.
Additionally Moodles is stocking a 100% cotton lilac gingham school dress for children age 4 – 12, retailing at £12.50 or two for £20. Unfortunately these are not currently British Made, but they are a good alternative to the 100% polyester versions available elsewhere.
Moodles also stocks the cotton dresses in red for Henleaze Infant and Junior Schools, and green for Brunel Field Primary School. Blue is currently out of stock, but will be available next spring. All uniform can now be ordered online at www.Facebook.com/Moodles.biz and collected in store at no additional cost.
Of course, kids also need socks to accompany their school uniform. Moodles stock school socks which are 80% cotton and are £3.75 for a pack of 3. You can also mix and match any 3 sock packs or school tights for £10.
There are bargains to be enjoyed at Moodles and this Sale Rail contains beautiful bargains from brands including Brit Chic Signature, Michiko and Me, Poppy and Dainty Dizzy from £30 – £43.
I really like these Doodlewiz lunch boxes, designed by a teacher and made by Exeter company Green Lighthouse Ltd. These are lunch boxes which kids can doodle on and have the added twist of including games on the box, replacement colouring in designs and come with a dice, whiteboard marker and rubber.
These are brilliant not just for lunches, but make ideal holiday boxes to put books and keepsakes in, and will help to keep children occupied in the car or in the tent on a rainy day! Moodles stocks a range of designs which include a Doodle drinks bottle. Doodlewiz lunch boxes are £15 each.
Here are some hand-made clocks by Little Timbers, personalised in-store. These are £30 each which includes child’s name.
If ever you need to buy a child’s card and/or a birthday badge, Moodles stock lots of these made by local makers Lisa England and Nikki Waterlow of Callisto. Nikki will also make personalised bunting to order – a perfect birthday gift or new baby present.
If you are designing a nursery for a new baby or redecorating a child’s bedroom, this might be of interest to you. Moodles stocks a range of the nostalgic brand Belle and Boo, including their fabric wall stickers (the above photo is an example of one of the wall stickers), cushions and framed prints.
The illustrator behind the brand, Mandy Sutcliffe, lives locally and the stickers and prints are all printed and framed in Montpelier and range from £5 – £45.
Lastly, Moodles also has a range of beautiful bridesmaid and communion dresses, with size samples in store. The dresses can then be made to order.
As you can see there are beautiful children’s products to be had at Moodles. Do pop in and meet Sarah and check-out some of the clothes, gifts and accessories yourself.
You can find Moodles on 208 Gloucester Road, Bishopston. Alternatively you can check out more of the children’s clothes, gifts and accessories it sells by visiting the Moodles website. Moodles is also on facebook and Twitter.
*Disclosure: This was a sponsored post.