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Poppy Children

Who made your Palava dress

For a long time now we have wanted to tell you more about who is behind each dress you buy.
It's something we will concentrate on more and more as our brand grows.


We started in the belief that we could make everything here in the UK. However, for many different reasons we have struggled to do so exclusively. Although we do use dressmakers in the UK, we also make in Turkey, Romania, and Lithuania.

Follow our little picture editorial through each process from start to finish…

In our London based studio we design and illustrate all of our own prints by hand. Bryony the creator of Palava, illustrates the patterns herself, as well as writing all of the story books which famously accompany each dress.

 These stories are important to us, they are an integral part of our philosophy -  clothing should mean more to people than just an item of clothing, each piece is designed to be treasured and loved, and worn again and again, heirloom pieces if you like.

The organic cotton we use is grown and produced in Turkey to our own specification. For the last three years we have been producing all out fabrics from 100% GOTS certified cotton (Global Organic Textile Standard). It is not only better for the environment, but also ensures workers are paid a fair price and working conditions meet the correct standards.

Our fabric is often complicated to print, in some cases, because of the ‘story’ border along the bottom, and the intricacy of the prints, we now digitally print more often than screen printing. This process is a lot less wasteful (although not as exciting for Bryony, as screenprinting!). It does mean however, that we can give you more choice of prints each season.

We develop all our own patterns in house and we are constantly looking at improving the shapes and fit to best suit our customers.


All of our factories are subjected to comprehensive, regular audits to ensure that they  have excellent working environments, with high standards of workers’ rights, including pay, safety and overtime.


Each dress is carefully checked for quality and loose threads before being packaged and sent to our warehouse ready to go out to our customers.


 Voila ! A dress is born...

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