The evergreen children’s property, Percy the Park Keeper is moving in on the baby, children’s wear, and accessories space thanks to a new partnership with Poetic Brands, adding to the firm’s strengthening portfolio across the kids’ market.
The collection with include babywear, layette and baby accessories including bibs, hats, scratch mitts, booties, and muslin cloths, as well as baby changing bags. For children, the range will include apparel and outerwear, swimwear and towelling ponchos, as well as nightwear and essentials.
Percy the Park Keeper’s narrative has encouraged generations of children, especially in schools, to take an interest in, and care for, the natural world around them. Written by award winning author, Nick Butterworth, Percy the Park Keeper has sold around nine million books since its first appearance in 1989. Since then the character has been the subject of an animated TV series, where he was voiced by Academy Award-winning British actor, Jim Broadbent.
As the brand celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, there has been a range of activity around the much-loved park keeper, including a partnership with National Trust at Blickling Estate, and Dunham Massey, featuring online activity including story time with Nick himself.
Anne Bradford, director, Poetic Brands, said: “Percy The Park Keeper was already on our radar for 2021 and as soon as Hannah at The Point.1888 confirmed that they were representing Percy, the deal memo was signed.
“The brand is a true evergreen from both a book and television perspective, but has a completely clean retail space for apparel. We’re looking forward to working with these incredible illustrations to create some premium ranges with a broad appeal to adults and children alike who know and love these books.”
Olivia Wiggett, senior commercial executive, at The Point.1888, added: “‘We are absolutely delighted to be working with Anne and the specialist team at Poetic on this truly magical range of products. Percy is a brand dear to so many families, across the generations – and we look forward to expanding this brand to retail across various categories in 2021.”