created from need, grown with love
Kim, and her family, live on the Connecticut Shoreline and enjoy summer evenings on the beach and walks in the historical downtown with their two dogs, Maya and Maple. BIzzy Bee Playwear was started in 2016, when their daughter, Isadora, was about 8 months old. Izzy wore cloth diapers and Kim grew increasingly frustrated with her inability to find pants that fit over the bulk of a cloth diaper, so she set out to design some pants to solve the problem. Once Izzy had a little closet of "Grow with Me" pants many friends began asking if they could pay Kim to make them a few pairs, and BIzzy Bee Playwear was born, with a mission of creating eco-friendly styles that solve common children's fashion problems.
The name BIzzy Bee Playwear is very special. Kim's daughter, Isadora, or Izzy, was given the middle name Beverly, after Kim's Grandmother. Kim's Grandparents were married for 50 years when her grandmother passed. When Izzy was born and Kim told her grandfather that she had been given the middle name Beverly he was very touched, but also very ticked because "Izzy B sounds like Busy Bee", and as she has grown, Isadora has proven herself to be a very Busy Bee! Kim's grandmother was a very creative woman, most Christmas gifts included something handmade, she made many Halloween costumes for Kim and her siblings, and she made many of her own clothes for special occasions. Embedding both Isadora and Kim's grandmother Beverly into the name of this creative and busy business seemed necessary.
As time has gone on Kim has found more ways to solve common clothing conundrums, adding car seat ponchos in 2017 to provide parents with a warm coat that children could wear in their car seat, and women's tops with easy breastfeeding access to provide mothers with comfortable, beautiful tops and dresses that allowed easy breastfeeding access to allow easy feeding on the go. The shop has now expanded to offer comfortable dresses for those picky littles who will only wear dresses, comfortable hoodies and pullovers, pants and bummies, sun hats to protect from the sun, and women's scarves with pockets. Kim always welcomes requests for special orders and custom sizing if you have common fit problems.
Eco Friendly and CPSC Compliant
BIzzy Bee Playwear shops from US-based shops that custom print designs on US-based textiles for all of the children's clothing and most of the women's clothing featured in the shop. Shops that print the designs on the fabrics use eco friendly dyes. Most dyes in mass produced textiles require chemicals to set the dye in the fabric, sometime needing 15-20 gallons of water and chemicals per yard of fabric, Dyes in the fabrics selected for Bizzy Bee are set with heat, fabrics arrive at Bizzy Bee with dyes unset and they are set during the process of pre-washing and shrinking fabrics before they are cut into clothing, eliminating the need for hundreds of gallons of water and chemicals.
Additionally, scraps from cutting garments that are too small to be used are repurposed into dog or cat toys and beds that are donated to local organizations. BIzzy Bee works hard to find high quality materials for clothing so garments will last to be handed down and not end-up in landfills.
The Consumer Protection and Safety Committee (CPSC) sets forth strict guidelines for the construction, tracking, and labeling of all clothing items as well as specific requirements around flammability, lead, and small parts testing of components. BIzzy Bee Playwear is very proud that all garments in this shop meet these requirements. Every item will come labeled with the manufacturing details, a unique tracking code that includes the date of manufacture, fiber content, care instructions, and sizing as appropriate. Materials all meet flammability requirements, and any components (zippers, closures or ties) have been tested for lead. You can feel confident in shopping that safety is the first thing considered when selecting materials and design.