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Kids clothing and footwear store to open in Havelock North

11th August 2014

Unique new quality kids clothing and footwear store to open in Havelock North

Owl and the Pussycat opens its doors to the public on Saturday 30th August promising to give customers great quality children’s clothing and shoes that will last.

Owl and the Pussycat is the brainchild of local businesswoman Catherine Browning, she wanted to deliver a shop with a difference with great items at affordable prices.

Much of the clothing is unique to the store with exciting designs coming from London, New York, Australia and New Zealand. Shoe brands from Italy, Germany, UK and USA.

Organic cotton clothing and fair trade items from India will also feature.

Well known reliable shoe brands, Clarks, Skechers, Birkenstock and Lelli Kelly who are an Italian brand.

Owl and the Pussycat has also commissioned hand-made clothing and toys made by Mums and Grandmas here in New Zealand.

The shop will offer school shoes and socks and tights in the colours of all Havelock North primary schools.

The socks and tights come from a UK company that has supplied royal weddings.

Another London label, Sid and Lilly stock department stores Harrods and Harvey Nichols.

Other UK labels Kite and Piccalilly very popular with English parents and Little Shrimp are a UK based company that manufacture the garments and print the fabric there as well.

Earthlings are Auckland based and have a completely fair trade process with their production of organic cotton clothing for babies and pre schoolers.

Oobi are Australian and are consistently voted a most popular childrens-wear brand amongst Australian consumers.

Age range is 0-10 with some items covering age 11/12 years.

The shop will be based on great quality items, fabulous and exciting designs and great customer service.

Catherine Browning is originally from London and travelled all over the world and seen lots of different clothing and shoe styles.

She trained as a primary school teacher, taught kids in London 4-16 years.

A second career in London was a head office buyer for major UK department store chains and she enjoyed working with major brands and suppliers throughout UK and the world.

Catherine then took these skills to the charity sector and helped modernise the buying systems at one of the largest Cancer Charities and then became Events Manager in the charity sector.

She moved to NZ in 2006, worked as a PORSE home educator whilst her kids at home and then she temporarily fostered young children at end of last year.

2014 heralded opportunity to embark on new career and that’s when Catherine decided it was time to start the shop that has been planned for many years.

“I always hoped to have my own store one day and my love of kids and my love of searching out great products came together to form Owl and the Pussycat.

“I’m really looking forward to serving the kids and their families as I love meeting new people and sourcing quality products from around the world.”

The shop based in Havelock North Village is next door to Sujus and behind Diva’s Bar and Bistro.


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