UNIVERSITY graduate Victoria Thompson is hoping for big things with her children’s clothing company.
The 23-year-old set up organic clothing label Green Nippers after graduating from the University of Huddersfield in 2008 with a BA in Fashion Design with Manufacture, Marketing and Promotion.
Her brightly-coloured collection is already capturing the imagination of mums up and down the country and a recent exhibition at a prestigious baby show in London proved a huge success.
Victoria, who runs her business in her home town of Barnsley, was inspired by her fashion course to take the plunge and set up her own business.
She said: “During my final year at university I designed children’s wear and used organic fabrics with my designs.
“I had wanted to go down the children’s clothing route anyway, but felt it would be great if I could do something to help the environment at the time.
“A company approached me to do designs for them and I did a few, but then I thought why not set up something on my own?
Victoria’s clothing label is aimed at babies and children aged up to five and provides organic and ethical clothing, toys and accessories.
All the products are made from 100% organic cotton and chemical free dyes and are certified by the Soil Association.
Victoria said: “I didn’t feel there were enough products of this kind on the market for younger children. Some companies produce clothing that is only 10% or 20% organic, but I wanted something that was 100% natural.
“As well as being better for the environment, this type of clothing is better for babies because there are no harmful dyes to irritate their skin. They are also kinder to babies suffering from eczema.
“Organic clothing tends to be really bland and all beiges and creams, so my designs are nice and colourful.”
Victoria’s designs have appeared in a number of national magazines, including Prima Baby and Mother & Baby and several independent shops already stock the range.
Fans of her clothing include Victoria’s niece Isla, two, who models the designer’s clothes on her website.
An exhibition and fashion show display at this year’s Baby Show at London’s ExCeL centre helped raise the company’s profile and Victoria is in talks with more stockists throughout the UK.
She said: “I was so proud to see my designs on the catwalk.
“I wanted to do something fun and creative and I’m pleased that things are going really well.
“I just need to keep building it up and getting my designs out there for more people to see.”
For information visit www.greennippers.co.uk