Have you got a little one on the way? All prepared for the delivery? Or you have one or two running around now and need them dressed? Maybe you need a present for that little nephew or niece. We meet Bronwyn O’Loan to talk about her online retail store, Shophouse – Big Style for Little People.
nepchin: “Bronwyn, Shophouse, what’s the origin of it, how did it come about? have you been around for very long?”
Bronwyn: “We’re in our 4th year this year and our product range is getting bigger each year. We started the business out of a desire to create a one stop shop for mums to ‘outfit’ their children and also have access to some great accessories and toys.”
nepchin: “What kind of products and brands do you stock? Is there much influence on fashion as there is for I guess adults?”
Bronwyn: “Our very favourite brands are Oobi Baby, Purebaby and Three Little Trees. They are our current main fashion lines and we make sure we have a huge range available at the beginning of each season. Our other much loved ‘accessory’ brands include the very popular Penny Scallan, Bobbleart, Cocoon Couture and Alimrose Designs. There are really too many brands to list here but bringing them all together makes for a wonderful shopping experience. As far as fashion influences for children, we see parts of adult fashion filtering through, like leggings and the trench coat. But mostly children’s fashion is about wearability, quality and longevity.”
nepchin: “When it comes to buying online for babies, kids and toddlers, is there any advice or recommendations you can give to parents, friends, aunts and uncles to ensure that order the right thing?”
Bronwyn: “Obviously it helps, with clothing, to know the size of the child that you are buying for. It’s easy to shop online for a child up to about size 8 as the sizing is true. However, we are always happy to field questions by email or phone to assist with sizing for children. It always helps to have a good look at the images of the products that you are interested in buying, and to read the detailed descriptions available for each product. If you do get it wrong, most online stores, including http://www.shophouse.com.au, will refund or exchange.”
nepchin: “Has there been anything popular or unique at shophouse that customers have ask for which give you a little chuckle when you recall the time?”
Bronwyn: “I remember last year our most popular item was the Oobi Darcy skirt. It’s a gorgeous full pettiskirt that, back then, came in a pale pink and a bright red. Our warehouse was awash with a sea of gorgeous fluffiness and I would giggle every time I walked in during that time. Darcy skirts were going out in almost every parcel and it was just fun and very pretty. We still sell Oobi Darcy skirts, they come in many more colours now. But it is a fun memory when it was our hot item.”
nepchin: “We had a look at some of the outfit ideas, your models, are they easy to work with and have you experience any tantrums with them?!”
Bronwyn: “We are very lucky with our models. They are all very sweet and happy to stand and pose at our in-house studio – that is, for about 15 minutes. So we work fast to get the best shots. It helps to have mum nearby in case of any tantrums but I honestly can’t remember ever having to deal with a complete meltdown moment. We often use props like small toys from the warehouse and this helps with the amusement factor.”
nepchin: “thanks for joining us and it was great to see what Shophouse is all about. Best wishes”
Bronwyn: “It was a pleasure. Thank you.”
If you are looking for style for your little ones or a special gift, you can Post a need on nepchin to reach Bronwyn at the Shophouse.