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Like our range of tops, we offer a range of lower body garments such as trousers, leggings and shorts for children aged 0-8years. Our Merino leggings are a staple of any kids wardrobe and are available from new born right up to age 8years. All Merino leggings are made from 100% superfine New Zealand Merino wool – a beautiful fabric, that is soft to touch and will sit comfortably against the skin. From our Capsule Collection we offer a range of bottoms (trousers and shorts) made from natural fabrics such as cotton, bamboo, linen and silk. Made to last, and thoughtfully designed to grow with a child our bottoms range is ideal for both girls and boys.
We are committed to doing better – for our planet, people and customers. Doing better looks like carefully selecting the highest quality, natural fabrics which have a clear traceability back to planting the seeds for the crops or bringing the new life of a sheep into the world. We also are committed to our social responsibility of building lasting relationships with the people who help us to make our designs a reality – the pattern developers, the fabric cutters and the machinists who make the garments. We searched and sampled a variety of options throughout New Zealand and finally found factories that aligned with our values. We work with a number of small businesses who all contribute to the final product that you see available online. Being geographically close to these people gives us the opportunity to work with them in person and in real time. By choosing to manufacture in New Zealand, we are acknowledging the skills and expertise that are locally available – reducing our carbon footprint and supporting these industries. Through buying a piece of Wilderling clothing, you are helping to support these craftspeople and the incredible work they are doing in our communities.
Boutique Design: by not following fads and trends, or needing to bring out new collections every 6 weeks, we are able to take a step back and really design pieces of clothing that are thoughtfully crafted and unique. There is a story behind each trouser, bloomer or legging. There is a reason for its production and a hope that it will bring a child much joy and evoke a sense of occasion.
Made in Aotearoa, New Zealand:all our clothing is made locally in the South Island of New Zealand. We think this is important because it allows us to have greater transparency over our supply chain, and build relationships with people in person. As we are based in Queenstown, which is in the lower South Island, we are able to drive to see our expert crafts people or video call them in real time. It is these relationships that bring joy to our process, we are constantly learning and adapting our practices and our manufacturers challenge us to be better and keep us accountable.
Natural Fabrics:it goes without saying that we love natural fibres. Natural fibres for us include those from plants and are cellulose based such as cotton, bamboo, flax (linen) and silk. As well as protein based fibres such as wool. While natural fibres made into natural fabrics is a good start, we want to know more. We want to ensure that from seed to clothing, the planet and the people involved in the process are all respected, cared for and not adding to the harmful destruction of the environment. This is a constant process of learning, asking questions and holding people accountable. We are not satisfied with the status quo and strive to make better choices so that our customers can be rest assured that they are making sustainable and ethical choices through buying a Wilderling product for their baby or child.
High Quality:is one of our guiding values. We believe that quality is defined as fit for the purpose intended and for children’s clothing this looks like high quality natural fabrics, being made into clothing that has been constructed well and made to last. Clothing is durable, machine washable and does not restrict movement. Design is thoughtful and intentional – no Wilderling product is made just for the sake of making it. We want each piece to be worn, loved and cherished by boys and girls and for kids to feel proud and empowered to be themselves.
Adjustable Size:as not all waists are the same size, and vary greatly among kids our trousers have been deigned to be adjustable. We have skilfully designed a waist that is tailored in the front and elasticated in the back. The elastic is also adjustable and can be tightened or loosened as needed throughout signature button system. All encased inside the waistband, so it is hidden from view when worn. Please see our trouser product page for images of how this adjustable waist operates.
Elastic Waist: our bottoms have elasticated waist bands for ease of wearing as well as comfort and ability to fit a wider range of shapes within a size. Each waistband has been sewn in place, so that the elastic will not twist – a huge frustration for children and something we purposefully try to avoid. Our elastic is soft and has a high stretch and recovery. It is also able to be machine washed.
Long in the Leg: we have designed our pants and leggings to be as universal as possible. Our trousers are long in the leg, but able to be rolled up to shorten or left unrolled for those longer legged kids. The hem on our trousers is double rolled, meaning it looks nice rolled up, with no raw seams exposed. Our leggings have been expertly finished to do the same as the trousers – roll them up to shorten the length. Please see our size chart for more information (click here).
Designer Fabrics: our fabrics are unique, durable, soft to touch and have a range of colours and patterns that complement one another. Fabric choice is as important as pattern design and when chosen correctly can really set a piece of clothing apart from the rest. We pride ourselves on sourcing the finest fabrics from the most trusted suppliers throughout New Zealand. Where possible we will endeavour to source traceable, certified or end of line fabrics from fashion houses that were destined for the landfill. Many of our fabric suppliers are actively sourcing incredible fabrics, made from off cuts of the textile industry or by small communities as a source of sustainable income.
We offer a range of pants, trousers, leggings and shorts for babies and kids that are able to grow with the child and offer warmth and protection from the elements. Through our expert design and testing of samples, we have spent the time altering clothing to be more fit for purpose and believe that clothing should last and be able to be worn by kids, being kids. It should be functional, not restrict movement, be easily laundered and ultimately bring joy to the lives of those wearing it.
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Our range of high quality baby products were designed for our own children and we love the fact that our customers feel as passionate about them as we do. See exactly what our customers think by reading a full range of reviews. If you are unsure about what to buy that special child for a birthday or special occasion, we offer a range of gifting options to take the stress out of making a decision. See our full range of gift packs, gift vouchers or baby shower gifts here.