Jamie's not the only star in the family! How Jools Oliver's new clothing range for Mothercare is smashing sales targets
00:15 GMT, 12 September 2012
His cookery books and television programmes have brought him a fortune of 150 million.
But figures released yesterday prove that in the Oliver household it isn't just Jamie who knows the recipe for business success.
Sales results for a children's fashion range by his wife Jools show that some items were being bought at a rate of one a minute while other pieces have sold out – all within four weeks of launching.
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Big hit: Jools Oliver pictured at the launch of her Little Birds collection with her children, from left, Petal Blossom Rainbow, Poppy Honey Rosie, Daisy Boo Pamela and Buddy Bear Maurice Oliver
Selling out: Little Bird by Jools yellow button cardigan and wadded gilet, both 14-16
It suggests the Mothercare collection,
called Little Bird, will make a millionaire in her won right out of the
37-year-old wife of TV chef Jamie Oliver.
have been snapping up products from the range since it launched last
month, with its best-selling pieces including floral tunic dresses and
rainbow pyjamas selling out online and across stores.
In fact demand for the line is 25 per cent more than Mothercare originally predicted.
The collection, which ranges in price from a 3.50 charm bracelet to a 54.99 quilt, comprises such items as pretty floral and embroidered dresses, bright
button cardigans, wadded gilets, striped unisex blazers, checked
shirts, polo shirts, stonewashed jeans, chinos, decorative nursery
mobiles, colourful bunting, soft doorstops, and bibs.
Jools has four children with her
chef husband Jamie: Poppy Honey Rosie, 10, Daisy Boo Pamela, nine,
Petal Blossom Rainbow, three, and Buddy Bear Maurice, two.
Little Bird by Jools fawn money box, 12, and fabric storage basket, 24.99
Little Bird by Jools unisex blazer, 25-27, and check shirt, 11-13
‘We are delighted with the performance
of the new Little Bird collection from Jools Oliver,’ says Mike Logue
,UK Managing Director for Mothercare
‘The product range offers exceptional
quality and style at an affordable price, which reflects exactly what
our customers tell us they want from Mothercare.’
Jools follows in the footsteps of
fellow celebrity mother Myleene Klass who launched a best-selling 'Baby
K' collection for the store in 2007.
The whole Oliver family was first in line when the range launched at Mothercare's Oxford Street branch in central London last month.
Mrs Oliver said: 'I have such a
passion for the design of children's clothes, so to have this
opportunity to work with Mothercare is just amazing.
'My mother dressed us in Mothercare
clothes and I have done the same with my children, so Mothercare has
always been part of my life.
Smashing targets: The range's best-selling pieces are selling out online and across stores
'My designs combine both quirky and
classic style inspired by my childhood memories. The collection features
nostalgic, classic pieces, sprinkled with unique touches and playful
attention to detail.
'The entire collection has been
lovingly put together and accessibly priced for parents. I cannot wait
to see the reaction to it.'
After launching the collection last
month Jools tweeted: “Thank u all guys such fab feed back for little
bird over the moon excited and v proud thank u xxxxx”
The high sales are a step in the right direction for Mothercare, who reported it made a 100million loss earlier this
year and plans to close around 110 stores over two years.
Little Bird by Jools jersey rainbow pyjamas, 12, and toadstool bodysuit, hat, bib and bag, 14
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