The Bumble & Ava Story

 

Our philosophy at Bumble and Ava is that we are more than a children’s clothing brand – we are all about family, ethical business practice, hard work and then family again!

Bumble & Ava is an ethically made children’s fashion brand designing beautiful, fun, practical clothes and accessories for babies, girls and boys from 3 months to 6 years.

Bumble & Ava launched in Spring 2017, the first collection was well received and we were awarded a Bronze Award for ‘Best Fashion Newcomer’ by the Junior Design Awards. 

We are mother and daughter, Alexandra Pike 'Bumble' and Natasha Dickinson and we founded Bumble & Ava shortly after the birth of Natasha’s elder daughter Ava in 2013. As a keen seamstress, Alexandra began to design and make clothes for Ava. Her handmade, stylish designs were admired and she began to take bespoke orders. Natasha worked in the interior design world in London for 10 years. Her passion for prints, colours and textiles has led to a natural collaboration and the idea for Bumble & Ava was born.

 

The Festival Collection 2018

Summer time and festivals go together like Bumble & Ava. We have created a divine collection of summery garments using fresh cotton fabrics, all in beautiful cool designs. Festivals are happy places, full of fun things to do and see and experience. Our new collection is just that – fun and happy! We have brought back some old favourite prints and designs and proudly launching some new ones…introducing The Nancy Dress, the Olivia Top and the ultimate boys Bay Bomber jacket.

Kenya is part and parcel of Bumble & Ava and this season we have had some beautiful striped fabrics printed using traditional hand screen-printing methods here in Nairobi. Our striped boys’ shorts are comfortable and perfect for every occasion including mucking about in the garden. The girls’ Olivia top sums up summertime hippy style.

We now make garments up to 6 years for boys and girls and have expanded the baby pantaloon range to include 11 different fabrics from size 3 months to 24 months.

Bumble & Ava are enormously proud of our connection to the World Fair Trade Organisation. All our garments are manufactured under this system in Kenya. We are a ‘boutique’ brand that fits within the internationally recognised WFTO Guarantee System that provides members with credibility and identity.

WFTO members contribute to sustainable development by offering fair trading conditions to marginalized producers. WFTO members represent the whole fair trading supply chain: from farmers and primary producers to manufacturers, export agencies, import agencies and retailers. WFTO members demonstrate 100% commitment to Fair Trade and comply with the WFTO Fair Trade Standard in their businesses and supply chain.

 THE 10 PRINCIPLES

  1. Creating opportunities for economically disadvantaged producers/workers.
  2. Transparency and accountability
  3. Fairtrading Practices
  4. Paying a fair price
  5. Ensuring no child labour or forced labour
  6. Commitment to non-discrimination, gender equity and freedom of association.
  7. Ensuring good working conditions
  8. Providing capacity building
  9. Promoting Fair Trade
  10. Protecting the environment

Designed in England - made in Kenya

Ava and Stella - Our very precious inspiration!