Posted on September 01 2023
At the Children Galleria's by Motherswork, parents can support locally, socially and environmentally consious brands, including Le Petit Society (above).
Famous wit Oscar Wilde once said, “The things of nature do not really belong to us”, hence, “we should leave them to our children as we have received them.” In other words, we need to conserve the earth's resources for our children's future well-being. To that end, consider purchasing from brands that are socially and environmentally responsible. Meet such vendors at the Children’s Galleria by Motherswork - most of the businesses are locally-owned. Additionally, quite a number of them are also women-led. Held from 11 - 17 September at the Great World Atrium, the week-long event also includes fun activities for the whole family.
Essentials for Your Little Ones
Stock up on nutritious snacks like these HiPP purees for your little ones, as well as other essentials at the Children's Galleria by Motherswork.
Motherswork brings you the Children’s Galleria as part of our 25th anniversary celebrations. The leading premium retailer for mother, kids and baby products in China and Singapore, Motherswork aims to bring the best to our mums while also supporting local businesses. Partnering them on their journeys from pregnancy right up to sending them off to school, Motherswork also provides parents with vital information and resources to help them bring up their little ones.
Motherswork Give Back
Mindful of parents who are less fortunate, our founder Sharon Wong began the Motherswork Gives Back programme in 2009. As part of this programme, the team organises in-store events to create awareness and fundraise for various charities. Some beneficiaries have included the Singapore Children’s Cancer Foundation and Singapore Children Society. Additionally, they have also supported new Singaporean baby businesses, hence parent-business owners have a platform to grow their businesses
Bloom & Grow
Like many brands, Bloom & Grow was also born out of necessity. Determined to give her first daughter Petra the best, founder and CEO Alex Dickson Leach had to shop in the UK and bring the items back to Hong Kong. After realising that many friends faced similar challenges, she and her husband set up a small scale distribution business. It began with bringing Grobags from the UK to Asia. Now, the small venture has become a professional group in the Asia Pacific region. . They carefully curate brands and products that they personally believe in.
Starting your child’s oral health journey? Try the local oral care brand Pearlie White’s toothpastes for kids three months and up, with all natural ingredients, and low dentin abrasivity. Additionally, the oral care products do not contain ingredients of animal origin and the brand does not test on animals. Likewise, Babyganics products are also safe to use for babies, effective and sustainably packaged. They adhere to industry standards like NPA and EWG and only use ingredients they’d personally use around or on their babies. Other kid-friendly products that CORLISON exclusively distributes include Euky Bear, Method, eCover and Hoppi.
Beginning as a small family business, CORLISON is now one of the largest fully Singapore-owned distributors of personal, health care and home cleaning products. Its directors are fully involved with every brand from the first correspondence, and their team members have an average of more than 10 years’ experience in these fields.
Desiring our babies to grow up happily in a peaceful world is undoubtedly a wish that all parents - and Pigeon - share . The market leader in mother and baby care products, their product range includes bottle and breastfeeding products, and skincare essentials for delicate baby skin. In order to make breastfeeding easier for new parents, Pigeon has also stocked nursing rooms with their equipment. Some locations include Beauty Mums & Babies, Mount Alvernia Hospital and United Square Shopping Mall. Additionally, Pigeon has also collected and recycled more than 50,000 plastic bottles through its Recycling Nursing Bottles Campaign.
Ban Choon Marketing
Have a perpetually hungry toddler or infant? Don’t forget these nutritious and tasty snacks from HiPP. For example, the HiPP Organic Apple Pear Banana fruit pouch features 100 per cent, organically produced fruit, with only the natural sweetness from the fruits. These are perfect as a sweet treat during snack time or while out and about.
Aside from HiPP baby food, Ban Choon Marketing also distributes organic groceries like Barney’s barn eggs, Lakewood Organic Juices and OptiBac probiotics. They have worked with exporters from all over the world through its 35 years of operations.
Asian Kidswear Brand
Maison Q's reversible clothes feature cute prints like a streeth booth hawking pineapples, fireworks and a lion dancer.
Ever wished that your children could get more use out of the clothes that they wear? At Maison Q, most clothes - dresses, shirts and onesies - are reversible, to get twice the mileage with twice the fun prints. Founded by husband and wife-team Faidli and Suhana Abdat, the brand employs highly-trained artisans from villages around Tasikmalaya, Indonesia to produce these collections at their family-owned atelier. Hence, the designs are also unique and cannot be found anywhere else. Additionally, the fabrics come from OEKO-TEX certified factories, free from harmful substances and safe for little ones.
The Elly Store
Perfect for children 0 to 14 years old, The Elly Store is best known for its Chinese New Year collections of mandarin-collared shirts for boys, and cheongsams for girls. Frustrated with the lack of classic and comfortable options for Carol’s daughter to play, her sister Audrey Ng stepped in. She bought fabrics from London to make clothes for her niece, and soon the offers to buy the clothes came pouring in.
Hence, Audrey moved back to Singapore a year later to launch Elly. A signature feature of the brand’s clothes is that it features beloved Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, Classic Pooh, 101 Dalmatians and Dumbo. Since 2019, Elly has collaborated with The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia for its Disney x Elly collections. Aside from their own collections, you’ll also find a wide range of baby gifts, toys, and international brands of shoes, Marcus and Marcus tableware and Miniware, perfect for gifting.
Le Petit Society
Based on the principle that great style should be for everyone, including precious newborns, Singaporean couple Robyn Liang and Dylan Ong developed an Asia-made line with top quality and design. The parents of two girls and one boy have created clothing ranges for the whole family, using fabrics that children will want to wear daily and that can last generations. Hence, the whole family can wear matching outfits even after Chinese New Year.
All of Le Petit Society’s organic products are Global Organic Textile Standard-certified. This means that at least 95 per cent of the fibres in a textile product must be certified organic, without the use of synthetic pesticides, harmful chemicals and genetically modified organisms. While the remaining 5 per cent may include non-organic fibres, they still have to meet certain social and ecological criteria.
Trekking long distances to school, children in Xuyong County, Sichuan Province, were often inadequately dressed for the winter climate. Even worse, they were often unaccompanied by their parents as the latter had to travel to work. Thus, M.Latin’s team of designers got to work in 2020 to create warm school uniforms for them. In order to do this, they thoroughly researched the mountain climate, and recorded the children’s sizes.
After the designs were perfected, the designers personally visited the recipient schools to observe how the children wore these uniforms. Not only did they want the children to stay warm during the winter, but they also hoped the uniforms could be like their parents giving them a hug. M.Latin, established in 2004, focuses on the design and retail operations of children’s clothing, integrating design, development, production and sales.