Little Pea and Bertie is a new online boutique which sells a great assortment of baby and children’s clothes, toys, furniture and gift sets. Founder Lisa Gray, has sourced products by designers which are both affordable and adorable. Also good to know is that a lot of the items are made from organic cotton. If you are after something unique that you won’t find on the high street, whether it’s for playing on the beach or going to a wedding, Little Pea and Bertie will have something for your little one!
WLM recently met up with Lisa:
What inspired you to start Little Pea and Bertie?
I started my career in a buying function for Nursery Furniture and later became an analyst where one of the areas I control is Baby and Childrenswear. I’d always wanted to start a business but the time was never right. Due to long hours working I found I was buying all of my present shopping for friends and family online. It frustrated me that I couldn’t find websites that offered a wide selection of unique brands rather than the mass produced brands from the large high-street retailers. It was at this point a year ago that Little Pea and Bertie was born. I wanted to create the feel of a boutique, stocking smaller suppliers that are not able to produce huge quantities for department stores alongside carefully selected brands. I always purchase ethically produced goods and wanted the Little Pea and Bertie customer to be assured that our selections met this criteria.
What challenges have you faced and had to overcome with the business?
I still work long hours as an analyst to fund the creation of Little Pea and Bertie which at times can be stressful. Finding enough hours in the day is a constant battle. To keep costs down I’ve had to learn quickly doing many jobs myself in the small hours rather than outsource; a personal achievement was teaching myself HTML and Photoshop. My current challenge is SEO. It’s a never ending learning curve, but one I’m enjoying immensely.
What future plans do you have for Little Pea and Bertie?
Little Pea and Bertie aspires to become a one stop boutique for mothers and children. I’m constantly sourcing new suppliers and gorgeous new products. Both the selection and service that Little Pea and Bertie offers is constantly evolving. A very exciting development is the Little Pea and Bertie brand which will hopefully be ready to launch at the end of this year. I’m really excited about the future and hope that I’ll be working full time on Little Pea and Bertie rather than a 9-5 business (which of course is never 9-5!!).
What are your top sellers?
Little Pea and Bertie now stock over 30 brands and are adding new ranges weekly some of the best sellers include the stunning Ella & Otto ranges with their lovely prints and the Molliemoo baby giftsets.
And most important – who is Bertie?
Bertie is the child in all of us that escapes to a fantasy world of loveliness. The story of Bertie and his friend Little Pea can be seen on Bertie’s Blog on the website where more installments will be added as stories for young children.
Little Pea and Bertie is offering a 10% discount to West London Mum readers. Just enter WEST at checkout for the discount to apply.
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