MEET THE MAKER - Zippyup

Posted by RACHAEL KIRKWOOD on

My name is Angela and I am the face behind Zippyup. I am the designer, buyer, marketing department, social media guru, pick & pack and customer service. Everything from the logo design to the budgeting is down to me (with a little help from my two boys ages 4 and 2 years old).

The classic ZIPPYUP original babygrow is made from 100% cotton, soft fabric. The zips are concealed so they do not have contact with your baby's skin and the tab at the neck make sure the zip puller doesn't catch on any little chins. All babygrows have a head to toe zip for easy, quick nappy and outfit changes. For parents of newborns the 2 way zip makes night changes much simpler: Sizes go up to 18-24m so little wrigglers can be changed in record time before they make a quick getaway

I spent the majority of my career in the fashion industry working with factories making men’s and women’s clothing for high street stores. Working with designers and buyers to import and supply large retailers on time and on trend. I made the leap of running my own business when I became a mummy with my first baby. I realised there was a need for affordable zip baby clothes (I still have no idea why poppers are used on the majority of babygrows?!) I decided to put my experience of design and the clothing industry to good use and created ZIPPYUP.

Since starting my business from nothing I’m really pleased to say it has grown steadily over the last 18 months. I have been able to buy more stock and I am in the process of designing and ordering the next range for Autumn/Winter 2020. I’ve had amazing feedback from customers which is most important to me.

I’ve had to compromise on the selection of colours I can offer due to budget, I would love to have a wide range of colour combinations, prints and stripes for customers to choose from but to keep costs down and the product affordable I need to order reasonably large quantities and so cannot risk a colour not selling well. Customers are also still very keen to buy pink for girls and blue for boys. Although Aqua has been my best selling colour to date. I am very excited for new colours to be arriving later in 2020.

Running my own business and being a mum is a complete juggling act in itself, working between nap times and nursery drop offs is difficult. Time out with friends and my hubby is rare but very much appreciated when it does happen.

Being featured in Tatler magazine has been a huge boost for the brand and also winning several awards has been really rewarding for all my hard work. I’m very excited to be exclusively stocked in Mollie & Ollie.

 

 

 

 


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