Local fashion designer Carrie Iddins is the brains behind FairPlay Clothing. Here she reveals more about this up and coming children’s brand.
In June 2014, in an attempt to combine something I love doing, which is sewing, with something I’m passionate about: the world around me, FairPlay Clothing was created. My aim was, and still is, to offer fun, comfortable, handmade clothing for children using Fairtrade fabrics, locally bought fabric and haberdashery as well as recycled fabric. My daughter Mary loves skirts, so I started there and now I’m venturing into shorts and trousers for my son Woody. I started by going through donated fabric from friends, old clothes and taking a trip to my local fabric shop (a family owned business which started as a market stall over 30 years ago). The Fairtrade fabric I use is woven by amazing artisans from the Maya Traditions Foundation in Guatemala. They create the most vibrant and colourful textiles using the backstrap weaving technique where they are physically connected to a tree with their loom. I also use Fairtrade fabric from Tamil Nadu, India. An area that’s been working within the Fairtrade system for 25 years. At the end of the day, I want my children to see me doing what I love and eventually begin to understand the importance of being connected with the world around them. I want to be able to tell folks, “I made your clothes” and that by supporting FairPlay Clothing, you’re supporting local business and helping to empower communities around the world. I ‘give back’ by supporting local and national charities. My current charity is RefuAid based here in Molesey. They are doing much needed work in Lesvos, Greece providing medical assistance, supplies, and whatever support they can give to help the refugees arriving daily on the island. 10% of all FairPlay Clothing sales goes directly to RefuAid. If there’s a special little someone in your life who has a birthday coming up consider buying them something handmade and original that will make an impact locally and globally.
My full range is available in The Pineapple Store, but I love making custom pieces too, so if you don’t see the size you need or the pattern you like, let me know and I’ll make one just for you. As well as my clothing line, I’m responsible for sourcing all the products you’ll find in the kids’ section.
I’m currently stocking Djeco products designed in France, Lanka Kade Fairtrade toys from Sri Lanka, Nature’s Purest baby blankets and toys, Pebble Child baby organic rattles and Dr Zigs Extraordinary Eco Bubbles made here in the UK.