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The Winter Bliss Dress

Back in 2009, Peekaboo Beans released this gorgeous Winter Bliss dress. It was part of an Award Winning collection and instantly became a fan favourite. It’s not hard to see why, the rich purple with soft pinks and greys coordinate perfectly. The colour blocking, and front pocket with gathering add original details. Our custom fabric, made with a cotton/spandex blend is soft, comfortable and durable for all kinds of play!

The original Winter Bliss

They are highly coveted, and if you can find one, you can expect to pay a lot for it (and resell it too!) Since this dress was released, I have seen it resale for upwards of $250! (I’m not kidding!)

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You can imagine how thrilled we were back in Winter 2014 to see a newly redesigned Bliss Dress! It had the same great shape, unique front pocket, but just a hint of the colour blocking we all loved so much.

Once again, Peekaboo Beans has done it! They’ve brought back a classic fan favourite! This version is sure to be a sell out, so if you like it, you’ll want to order one fast!

A vintage 2009 favourite, this cozy style is a great option for winter. Easily throw an In The Mix Tee underneath on those chillier days or keep your hands warm in the pouch pocket! Colour-blocking allows this style to effortlessly mix and match with any of our winter leggings.

The highly coveted Winter Bliss Dress is back!

The Winter Bliss
Available in Purple Passion or Charcoal (shown)
Sizes 2-10
$59

Order yours www.peekaboobeans.com/vicky

Peekaboo Beans Winter 2015 Collection

Winter 2015 CollectionOur winter 2015 collection takes your imagination further into the magical world of jewels and gemology this
holiday season.

Kaleidoscope-inspired snowflakes, earth-digging machines and snowy mountain peaks are just a few of the imaginative graphics you will find within these awe-inspiring pieces. Colours found in nature are blocked together to create fun geometric shapes. Evergreen, Coastal Blue and Cactus Flower are some of the bold and bright colours found throughout the collection.

Your little ones will become lost in their imaginations and escape into a colourful winter wonderland all while being comfy, cozy and warm this season.

View the whole collection 

Available October 15 2015!

www.peekaboobeans.com/vicky 

Jeans for the kids who hate jeans!

Do you have a favourite pair of jeans? How many pairs are in your closet? Personally, I haven’t worn jeans in years. The last time I tried some on, they were so uncomfortable – stiff, restrictive and itchy!

I can empathize with the kids who hate jeans. My daughter is one of those kids. She prefers that all her clothes be super soft and cozy. For active kids, who love to move, run and jump while they play, wearing restrictive jeans can impeded on their play!

Do these jeans look comfortable?

Peekaboo Beans has once again come to the rescue with our new Bean Jeans! They are the perfect Hangout Pants!  beanjeansThey look like jeans, but FEEL like cozy, soft sweat pants! Plus, they have our signature thick elastic waist band,which means there are no buttons or fly to fumble with!

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And knowing that kids can be hard on their clothing, these styles feature reinforced knees!

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All the look and style of a great pair of jeans in a new custom-developed Bean Jean fabric that is soft, stretchy and Bean approved.
These pants have all the features of our typical pants such as elastic, drawstring waistband and faux fly, as well as reinforeced knees. This fabric is designed to wash and wear like regular denim so fading is normal.

Hangout Pants
Sizes 1-10
$56

Order yours today www.peekaboobeans.com/vicky

Peekaboo Beans: Vintage Beans and Sample sale

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I’m excited to invite you to this free event! Come check out Peekaboo Beans play wear (sizes 6 months to 14 years). This is a highly popular line from Vancouver, which is not only durable and comfortable, but has a very high resale value! We will have NEW and USED clothing available for trade or purchase (cash only).

Peekaboo Beans is an amazing childrenswear brand that is gaining momentum across Canada! Much like lululemon for kids, you will love the soft and stretchy fabrics, mix and match styles, and maximum comfort for your kids to play in!

Whether you are a loyal Peekaboo Beans fan, or new to the brand, this event is for you! If you have used beans to sell (we call them Vintage Beans), email me to ‘reserve’ a table.

Feel free to bring a friend, or two!

Saturday January 18th, 1:00-4:00pm
Aquaview Community Hall
318 Aquaview, Orleans ON

Hope to see you on January 18th at the Aquaview community Centre in Orleans!

Peekaboo Beans: Join our vine

Have you been thinking about joining the Peekaboo Beans Vine as a Play Stylist? Don’t miss out on this perfect opportunity!! For the month of June only sign up to be a part of our growing company and share the love of Peekaboo Beans with your Peeps for only
$149!

Email me for more info: vicky@peekaboobeans.com 
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Want to be a Play Stylist?
AND.. as a Special Bonus just for signing up with me, I will give you a FREE 31 Gifts Large Utility Tote in purple to carry all your Peekaboo Beans in!*
Large Utility Tote in Purple
*$42 value, font and colour may vary, only available through Vicky Bisson, Peekaboo Beans Play Stylist.

Peekaboo Beans: Where are they made?

Earlier this week, I read this article from the National Post: A guide to ethical shopping shopping. It included 5 tips for buying clothing more responsibly. One tip in particular was especially relevant when it comes to buying Peekaboo Beans:

Buy second hand or be prepared to spend a little more.

Investing in fewer items that are higher quality and more durable is environmentally responsible. You are not only helping the environment by keeping clothing out of landfills, but you are saving money in the long run by not having to re-invest in clothing as often. When your kids have outgrown their Beans, you pass them along to another family member, or re-sell them on our Vintage Beans page.

In light of the tragic events that took place in Bangledesh, I have been asked by many customers to share information about where Peekaboo Beans is made, and what conditions are like in our factory. I am also asked frequently ‘why are these clothes so expensive.’  There is a lot that goes behind a price tag, and when the entire process of manufacturing is handled responsibly, we can expect to pay more for a quality product.

Peekaboo Beans is manufactured in Dongguan, Southern China, which is a very developed district with many garment factories and the support of companies, like fabric and thread suppliers, dying mills and printers nearby. The buildings are built to be factories!

In Dongguan there is competition between factories to have and keep experienced workers.   Workers have the option of finding alternative jobs elsewhere if they are not treated fairly.  That alone is encouragement for factories to treat their people right, but on top of that, the regulations in Dongguan for working conditions, minimum wages, and over-time, are strictly controlled and monitored by the government.  In fact a factory owner can go to jail if he requires too much over-time of his employees.

Peekaboo Beans Manufacturing Team

The pressure of overseas clients changed the industry in China to introduce safety standards and improve working conditions, which results in increased manufacturing costs substantially. Unfortunately what happens in many cases is buyers move to other “cheaper” and less developed countries to get their clothing manufactured.  In addition to the low labor costs in Bangladesh and other developing countries, generally these imports are duty exempt.  With the increasing demand of cheap  product in the western world, the savings on import duties and low labor costs is not enough, therefore additional cost saving measures are required, combined with corruption, mainly the workers pay the price.

Peekaboo Beans founder Traci Costa, production manager Michaela and lead designer Calli visit the factories in China at least twice per year. They have developed a wonderful relationship with the factory ground floor team, communicating daily with them regularily.

Why not manufacture in Canada?

Many customers have asked me why Peekaboo Beans is no longer  produced in Canada.  Peekaboo Beans was produced in Vancouver from 2006-2009 and moved production offshore in 2010.  The residing fact is Canada is not a manufacturing country.  The conditions in Canada are often poorer than what you would see in other countries.  We do not have skilled labour force to manage big productions and we do not have the support companies to work with (ie: screen printers, fabric mills etc).

In fact all the fabric, trims, notions – absolutely everything needed to make our garments was imported from China and the 5-10 sewers in the factory were landed immigrants from China. At the end of the day, if you take into consideration the import duties applied by the government on goods made in China, we are paying upwards of what local production would cost, however we are limiting the environmental impacts of the multiple shipments required to get raw goods here and we are creating efficiencies in the production process.  Simply put, we are producing with people who know what they are doing and are good at it.  We do still have factory partners in Vancouver for small production runs that are manageable.

Driven by abundance and generosity

Peekaboo Beans is fueling the economy in abundance, whether with the people working at the Playground, the courier services, lawyers, graphic designers, office supply companies,  logistic companies, consultants, printers and our own Stylist entrepreneurial businesses, among others. Everyone who touches Peekaboo Beans at any point it its development is treated with fairness, equality, respect and generosity. Myself included.

I have aligned myself with Peekaboo Beans because I believe in the same values. I believe in quality, in creating abundance and living generously. I am proud to tell people that we are not expensive, but that we care about real value in the whole entire chain. Peekaboo Beans is a socially responsible company and we care deeply about the legacy we are leaving in the lives that we touch.

We all have a choice to make when it comes to buying clothing for our children. Consumers are educating themselves and making deliberate choices as to where to spend their money. Annie from Phd In Parenting wrote recently that boycotting made in Bangledesh is not the answer. What we need to do is support companies that function ethically and with social responsibility.

I may not have all the answers that consumers are looking for, but I can definitely find them. If you have unanswered questions about Peekaboo Beans manufacturing, please email me vicky@peekaboobeans.com.

Learn more about our continued work with Playground Builders in Afghanistan (and the world).

Peekaboo Beans: Family First

Can you imagine working for a company that believes family matters have no business in the workplace?  I can’t. Today the CBC writes “Employers told they must accommodate staff’s child-care requests.”  The article talks of a new landmark federal court decision that states workplaces are obliged to accommodate reasonable childcare-related requests from their employee. It’s a step in the right direction for many employers.

But not for Peekaboo Beans; we are so far ahead of the race you can’t even see us. We are a company that puts families first. A company that doesn’t require you to choose your work over your family. If your kids are sick, you stay home with them. If your kids have a school recital  you go – no questions asked. If your kids have a PD and you need to get a few things done, you bring them to work.

One step at a time, we are changing the way the work force prioritizes families. I’m so proud to be a part of such a progressive company, and one that has its priorities in line.

 

Peekaboo Beans Discount

We have lots of great deals on our Fall/Winter 2012 collection! Why not pick up a piece or two to try out the line if you haven’t yet, or if you are a fan, grab some pieces for next year! Contact me to order: vickyb.stylist@peekaboobeans.com. Receive FREE Shipping from me on your Fall 2012 order – just tell me you saw this post! Free shipping offer expires January 20th, 2013.

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Clothing for special moments: Peekaboo Beans

So many memories I have of my children involve them wearing Peekaboo Beans. I used to save the Beans for special occasions, but quickly realized that my children need to be wearing Peekaboo Beans ALL THE TIME! Here’s another memory to add to our collection, our annual Santa photo!

Peekaboo Beans Santa

The best job in the world

Our Director of Play and Founder Traci Costa recently shared this message in our monthly Beans Bulletin. It was a message I can so relate to, as I’ve been there – in a job that I was miserable in for far too long. I’m so fortunate to now be doing something that I love! Owning my own business as a Play Stylist brings me so much joy. Read Traci’s message about we can have it all;  a job we love, a family too, and the best working environment in the world :

message from traci“How many of you had dreaded going to a job, have cringed when the alarm goes off, felt sad to miss out on an important event in your Beans lives. Or maybe you have a job that you love, but want something to channel your inner entrepreneur, a creative or social outlet, to be part of your community, to make something yours.

At some point, we have all been there. Paid our dues, put in our time for someone else, learned our lessons, worked hard, had a boss that didn’t treat people right. I have been there. It is one of the reasons I am so passionate about creating a working opportunity for women, and particularly for mothers. Why can’t work be fun, why can’t we make a difference, why can’t we embrace the people, create goals, achieve them in business and personally. Why can’t we be a stand for the best work environments for mothers, at the Playground or by creating self employment opportunities for women and mothers everywhere.

So I say it again, find what you do, and it will never feel like a day of work ever……create your own destiny, be your own boss, join a family that cares. Peekaboo Beans cares. I care.

So here I am today, asking you to help make a difference in the world, with me. Together. Let’s be the change. Lets:

  • Be a reminder everyday to give children space, time and freedom to find themselves, to find their strengths, weaknesses, and to fall down and get back up. Play is their work. Play is what children do when we stop telling them what to do, where to be, or who to be with.
  • Be a stand for a quality product – by choosing a Company that respects our customer’s money and values that they want to spend their hard earned dollars on our product. A Company that thinks about the way children move, jump, bend, run, skip, and play, but also fosters independence.  A Company that believes in children and thinks about what is best for them.  A Company that puts family first.  A product that is quality and not consumable.  Produced with love and care.
  • Be a stand for creating the best working environments that fosters people, values, and gives back and is socially responsible.

We can have all this, we can do all this. All we have to do is share our story, share our passion. All we have to do is believe. But we have to do this together. One vine. Standing together through thick and thin. I will continue to spread the joy, to be a stand for our product and be a stand for my Beans and yours.

In love and play,

Traci

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