Shop­ping without any of the tod­dler tantrums

Taupo Times - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - DAVID BUR­ROUGHS

Find­ing clothes for your tod­dler is now a whole lot eas­ier with the launch of an on­line ser­vice that does it for you.

The Panda Crew web­site of­fers sub­scribers a monthly de­liv­ery of chil­drens’ clothes in a par­tic­u­lar style.

The founder, Taupo¯-based Holly Van­den­berg, said the site min­imises ’’those in­evitable shop­ping cen­tre tantrums’’.

‘‘Be­cause there’s so many ba­sics that you need for a small child, we take the has­sle out of that so par­ents can have more time do­ing the fun stuff with their child.’’

Web­site users en­ter child’s siz­ing re­quire­ments de­tails, then an­swer ques­tions about the type of clothes they’re af­ter.

Pack­ages range in price from $40 a month for ac­ces­sories to $300 for the ‘‘Lav­ish Panda pack’’ that in­cludes ’’high end de­signer branded cloth­ing, shoes, and ac­ces­sories, fit for a prince or princess’’.

The sys­tem also keeps track of the or­ders and made note of the chil­dren’s ages and the sizes and would au­to­mat­i­cally get big­ger as they grew older.

‘‘We’ve got ques­tions in there like what’s your level of ac­tiv­ity, are you go­ing to a lot of play­groups and brunches or do you mostly hang around at home and play around on the play mat or on the farm,’’ Van­den­berg said.

Van­de­berg and Auck­land­based co-founder Brid­get Alexan­der are both orig­i­nally from Taranaki but didn’t meet un­til years later when Van­den­berg started work­ing with Alexan­der’s hus­band.

Van­den­berg de­signed the web­site from scratch while Alexan­der fo­cused on select­ing the clothes.

Since they launched a num­ber of Kiwi and Aus­tralian cloth­ing de­sign­ers and man­u­fac­tures have got in­volved.

‘‘I don’t re­ally know any­thing about [kids clothes] and that’s why Brid­get has been in­valu­able be­cause she knows a lot about it and she’s got her think-tank of mums to make sure the prod­ucts we’re send­ing [are] not only stylish but they’re also func­tional,’’ Van­den­berg said.

‘‘You don’t want to be tak­ing off seven lay­ers of cloth­ing ev­ery time you want to change a nappy or any­thing like that,’’ she said.

Van­den­berg al­ready runs the Berg Club and Style Club web­sites, which de­liver clothes pack­ages to adults.

TOM HOL­LOW

Holly Van­den­berg, with niece In­dia Miller Rain Van­den­berg, started up the Panda Crew web­site.

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