Youthful country clothing finished on farm…
"My children hated wearing wool balaclavas, but these are so light they dont seem to mind them at all," says Liz Burman, describing the Arctic fleece hoods she sells from her Mucky Duck range of quality clothing for children aged three to 12 years.
Liz and her husband Nick run the Stitch Company from their small Bedfordshire farm. At the heart of the operation is an embroidery machine used to produce logos and motifs initally for corporate customers. Now they have diversified into farm and country clothing for youngsters.
They buy items like sweatshirts, rugby and drill shirts from existing ranges and decorate them with their own logos or pictures. Sweatshirts which feature John Deere or Massey Ferguson tractors or diggers (from £14.50) are proving a popular line.
Son James (3) models these for their advertisements while the garments modelled by daughter Katie (5) include the warm, showerproof tops in Arctic fleece (from £22.95). These are made to the Burmans own designs. Soft to handle and easy to care for, the tops come in two styles: Funnel-neck ones with side pockets, and rugby-style ones with colourful taped placket and side vents. Both have ribbed cuffs.
Attractive tube socks (£4.95) and frog boots (£24.95) are among the other fashionable but practical garments featured in the Mucky Duck mail order brochure available from The Stitch Co Ltd, Greenfield House, Ickwell Green, Biggleswade, Beds SG18 9EE (01767-627021, fax 01767-627050).
Arctic fleece tops from Mucky Duck come in two styles. They are light but warm and suit both boys and girls.