Our range of tops offer children clothing options to cover all occasions. We have our foundation range of New Zealand Merino tops, which are designed to sit against the skin to offer warmth and protection from the elements. To layer with the Merino tops, we have tops as part of our Capsule Collection. These tops offer an outer layer, which are age appropriate, and in natural fabrics to compliment foundation pieces. Much thought has gone into the development of functional pieces, which can be worn by children, being children. While considering classic looks and timeless silhouettes. All of our tops are finished expertly, by our team of craftspeople based in New Zealand.
We only use Natural Fabrics for all of our clothing and accessories. This means that along with our foundation range of New Zealand Merino garments, we also offer a range of Capsule pieces made from predominantly cotton, bamboo, linen or silk. The properties of these natural fabrics, offer breathability, warmth and a biodegradable fabric option which are important for busy children and the planet. Through avoiding plastics and synthetic fabrics, we are minimising our impact on the environment, ensuring our products will eventually break down and that no harmful substances are against a growing child’s skin. As the skin is the largest absorber of substances into the body – we need to minimise the risk of harmful fabrics layered on it. Especially when children heat up during play and exercise. We are committed to doing better for our planet and people – and see natural fabrics as being imperative to this commitment.
Unique: as a small, family owned and operated business we do not do large production runs of styles. When you buy a Wilderling top, you are buying a garment that unique and not mainstream.
Made in New Zealand: all our clothing is designed in Queenstown and made right here in New Zealand. We have ensured that our supply chain is as local as possible, and love the fact that we have such close relationships with the skilled craftspeople who cut, make and trim each of the pieces of clothing you see before you. We regularly talk on the phone and visit our people in working with them to create Wilderling clothing and accessories.
Natural Fabrics: made from natural fibres such as Merino Wool, Cotton, Bamboo, Linen and Silk is a conscious decision. Not only are natural fabrics derived from nature as the name suggests, but they also allow for key performance properties which we believe are critical to the safety and wearability of children’s clothing. Such performance properties relate to their mechanical properties – important for their use such as strength, resistance to abrasion and stretch and recovery. It also relates to their aesthetic acceptability in terms of their handle (softness), and ease of care (washing). And their properties related to comfort and ability to be manufactured – such as warmth, smoothness, flame resistance, sewability and freedom from static.
Superior Craftmanship: all our Wilderling tops have been expertly crafted, with attention to detail in the way the garment has been designed and then sewn together. We believe that the process of making a garment should be considered and the right care and attention taken to make sure no process has been rushed or corners cut. We can do this through working with the best people and having small production runs of garments being made at any one time.
True to Size: our tops have been designed with growing children in mind. As parents ourselves we know the frustration of clothing not lasting or fitting correctly. Our size range has been developed for the top 75th percentile of children in New Zealand. This means that for our size 1-2years, our clothing will fit 75% of children in that age range. For each age bracket we have considered chest, hip and waist measurements, but feel that the most accurate reflection of sizing comes from the height measurement. Please see our size chart for more information (click here).
Easy to Pull Over Heads: our tops have also been designed to be easily put on. Children don’t like to stay still for long periods of time, therefore our tops are either made from a knit fabric (such as our merino range) which can be easily stretched to get over heads or we have designed button or dome closures for fabrics with no stretch.
Lower Hem at Back: we have designed all our tops to have a lower hemline at the back. The reason for this is we know how much children are bent over, exploring and playing. Having a top ride up and expose the small of their lower back is both uncomfortable for a child and creates draft in cooler months. So we have tried to mitigate this problem through designing a hemline that scoops lower than the front.
Beautiful Fabrics: our merino and capsule collections offer a range of fabrics that are specifically suited to the end need of the piece of clothing. We choose fabrics and patterns based on a timeless look which is less likely to date and therefore last. Sourcing such fabrics requires time and having trustworthy relationships with suppliers. We do not compromise on quality, and for us it all starts with beautiful fabrics.
Our range of tops enable children to play, move and find joy in their world, while keeping them warm and protected from the elements. They're perfect for all occasions whether it's a baby shower present, day at the park or a special birthday. With a focus on functional design, quality fabrics and construction techniques we are able to offer a product that is able to withstand children being active and adventurous.
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