Mischief abounds in the childrenswear department of Harvey Nichols August 15 2014, 120 Comments
Hello dear reader,
It is with some trepidation we post this latest installation in our blog (oh, how we detest that word) announcing the arrival of the latest collection from Nanny Pickle into the hallowed halls of Harvey Nichols, London.
Why be nervous of such a celebratory occasion, I hear you ask?
Well, as you know, Nanny Pickle has in her charge a wee bairn formerly known as Bad Bunny. We say formerly, for you see, when Nanny was off visiting Mr Edward Smythe-Edwards, purveyor of fine meats, for her weekly purchase of best Cumberland sausages, Bad Bunny took himself off to the Department of Names and Such and changed his name by deed poll to…wait for it…Pop. We can only hazard a guess as to why he chose that name. Possibly comes from the fact he loves to eat beans of the baked kind?
However, we digress as to the reason for trepidation, not celebration.
Well, you see, Pop (formerly known as Bad Bunny), did insist on accompanying said collection to London and ensuring the lovely sales assistants, in their perfectly ironed, buttoned down crisp white blouses, displayed Nanny's goods in an appropriate manner.
We here at the coalface of the business are worried you see, because he insisted on packing his glue gun, boxes of glitter and sequins, permanent markers (neon, of course) and a rather large papier maché pink flamingo in order to "style" the collection.
He also offered to take control of the instore loudspeaker system to announce to all and sundry, said arrival and subsequent stunning display of the collection created by his own artistic paw.
More importantly, he felt, was the announcement that his most striking resemblance was featured on many of the styles in the collection, and that this would indeed be of most interest to the stylish customers of Harvey Nichols (he also forewarned the security guards to be on high alert once this announcement was made as it would be sure to cause instore hysteria in the rush to purchase said styles).
We here at the office think we might all just go for a nice lie down and try to forget what chaos may currently be unfolding for the poor ladies trying to do their job in the childrenswear department of Harvey Nichols. We just hope Scotland Yard and the Australian Embassy do not need to become involved…
Change is as good as a holiday....although a holiday would be really nice. June 05 2013, 115 Comments
Welcome to Nanny Pickle's all new look website. Oh my, we have been waiting for this day for a wee while now, but these things take time.
To be honest the update has got us thinking.
Change may well indeed be good for the soul but just as importantly the Au Pairs feel that a time for reflection is just as important.
Taking the time to look back without regret is, without wanting to sound like a self-help book, reaffirming.
So here it is, our look back on the past five years...the things that worked and the things that didn't work as well....we like to call them learnings!
Nanny Pickle's first ever collection...we were told that green would never sell. This is where we learnt not to listen to everybody all the time. The green sold out very quickly indeed.
We then introduced two new colours into the range and as you can see we also did soft toys, paper products, lampshades, wall canvases, height charts and gift boxes. What we found was that we had bitten off more than we could chew so...
We made the decision to just concentrate on the clothing. This gave us more time to concentrate on the production process. Although we then realised that something was missing from our marketing images...
Sheer genius...why don't we actually put a baby in our clothing? Well the real reason was that up until this time we had been shooting everything on Au Pair Jennine's 8 year old daughter's point and shoot camera. So we saved our pennies and bought an actual camera with a lens and all!
Of course the new found freedom lead to...
All sorts of possibilities unfolded as we began to really get a feel for how we wanted our customers to see the brand. A touch of whimsy and a bit of a giggle seemed to be etched in our minds with everything we did. Which led to our next collection...
Spot the Difference! We had so much fun with this one. Babies just look gorgeous in spots. Spots are fun, spots make people smile. Which led us to our current range...
"Some Days are Diamonds" made us realise that we are a tad more confident in what we do. So, we had that conversation about do we expand a little? which has lead to:
Our first pair of shoes, our first pair of cable knit tights and Bad Bunny's A to Z Alphabet Flash Cards...featuring Bad Bunny in 26 crazy guises.
because he is the reason that we are still here and laughing.
Until next time Nursery Peeps...that's modern speak you know!
The Fashion Police exposed, or, underexposed. An unfortunate incident indeed. May 01 2013, 118 Comments
As an embarrassing result of the Au Pairs recent foray into the retail world, we regret to inform those of you who have an endearing love for our Bunny of the mischievous kind that said Bunny has had a run in with the boys in blue.
Yes, I deceive you not. Our wee charge has fallen onto the wrong side of the law.(Well, it was only a matter of time and we believe the magistrate will exercise leniency).
You see, as is our wont, Au Pair Jennine (Au Pair Hired Out of Desperation) and myself (Au Pair Shannon aka Au Pair First Hired) were, unfortunately, rather vocal in the presence of a Bunny with rather large ears and a matching tummy on the subject of the faux pas of the fashion kind that are paraded before our very eyes when plying our trade in our little pop up stores.
(All in all, we sometimes get a tad concerned as to what indeed is deemed fashionable or even wearable in shopping centres. Underwear is called underwear for a reason people!)
As a result of our lack of subtlety, Bad Bunny felt the need to get legal advice from the top, from the thin blue line in fact, or if you are prone to watching Pay TV, he rang the cops. Oh yes, Bad Bunny got his little paws on Au Pair Jennine’s (Au Pair Hired Out of Desperation) iPhone when she left it lying temptingly on Nanny’s sideboard, and with said paws deftly poised, he did dial that number that contains naught but three zeros.
And so, the conversation unfolded (according to Police transcript):
Boys in Blue: “Emergency. How can we assist?”
Bad Bunny: “Good afternoon occifer (sic). Why no hello? Are you having a bad day? Nanny always told me to greet people with a friendly hello.”
Boys in Blue: “Do you have an emergency?”
Bad Bunny: “Well, I do indeed. May I please speak to an occifer (sic) from your Fashion Police Department?”
Boys in Blue: “What? We don’t have a Fashion Police Department. Young man, is this some sort of prank. You do realise we can charge you for wasting police time.”
Bad Bunny: “Occifer (sic), this is far from a prank. A very serious offence has been committed. Or so the Au Pairs say. You see I overheard them saying that there are people murdering style and it was about time the Fashion Police did something about it.”
Boys in Blue: “Please get off the line, boy! This number is for emergencies only.”
Bad Bunny: “Really? But clearly there is a need for Fashion Police. Maybe the Au Pairs and me could become fashion detectives. According to the Au Pairs they believe themselves to be terribly stylish. And they are very good at telling people behind their backs that they really shouldn’t wear lycra. I myself look terribly fetching in a uniform and I do so love to wield a baton.
Boys in Blue: “Is there an adult in the room with you? Put them on!”
Bad Bunny: “Well there is a giraffe. Will he do? He is terribly shy though.”
Boys in Blue: “I must insist you hang up the phone now!”
Bad Bunny: “Oh dear, you are having a bad day. You seem so terribly grumpy. Before I go, could I just ask you about capsicum spray? Is it some strange form of salad dressing? I hear it talked about on the news but it never seems to be mentioned in the same sentence as salad. And indeed if you are using capsicum as a way of thwarting villains, surely throwing a capsicum whole, rather than making a salad dressing of it would be far more helpful. And indeed, perhaps not a capsicum, but an overripe banana instead. Much more bang for your buck. Kind of a pie in the face effect with soft banana and then a banana skin on which to slip up said fiend. Two for one. It’s genius. Anyway, I digress…”
Boys in Blue: BEEP BEEP BEEP
Needless to say, Bad Bunny’s dialling rights have been revoked until further notice. And we, Au Pairs First Hired and Hired Our of Desperation have had a dressing down (not a salad kind either) from Nanny Pickle for filling Bad Bunny’s head with nonsense.