A new uniform for a new school
Alison Melrose, Headmistress of Prince’s Gardens explains why Perry was hand-picked to design our stunning new uniform
Designing the uniform for a new school is a huge undertaking and we needed a partner with the experience to understand the practical and style requirements for Prince’s Gardens.
Alison explains the design process and we look forward to sharing the final designs with you soon.
The history of Perry
Perry has been a name synonymous with the world of school uniforms for many years.
Caroline and Bernard Bunting started a children’s clothing company, The Children’s Warehouse, in 1994 not long after the birth of their second child, Anna.
The Children’s Warehouse, based in London, had a strong reputation for the design and manufacture of high-quality children’s clothes; so much so that parents asked schools to enlist The Children’s Warehouse to manufacture school uniform – and so that’s exactly what they did.
By 2007, The Children’s Warehouse had grown significantly in the independent school uniform sector in London. A chance phone call that year led the Bunting’s to acquire Perry, a Leeds based factory that had been firmly established as manufacturing distinctive school uniforms here in the UK since 1946.
Since then, the Bunting’s have grown Perry to become leaders in innovation and design as a supplier of uniforms to schools, universities and clubs. They still operate close to their original locations with a factory and warehouse in Armley, West Leeds, and three showrooms in Knightsbridge, London.
As the business has grown, Perry’s have increasingly been commissioned by a wide range of prestigious organisations seeking to enhance their own brand with garments that showcase their heritage. Do not be surprised to find an England rower or cricketer at the showrooms, trying on their latest kit.
With Prince’s Gardens Preparatory School soon to be housed in newly refurbished premises, we agreed that it was a great opportunity to review the school uniform to fit with the revised colour scheme and branding. It has been an exciting journey to work with Caroline and her team, incorporating their many years of experience in this field and we look forward to sharing the designs with you in the New Year.
Caroline Bunting says, “Perry were proud to be invited to design the uniform and sports kit for Prince’s Gardens Preparatory School. It has been an exciting collaborative project and throughout the development Perry has been impressed by the attention to detail shown by the Senior Management team, ensuring that each item is practical, that the fabrics are comfortable to wear and easy to care for and that the fresh new colours will stand out from the crowd”.
The key features of the uniform which make it ideal for Prince’s Gardens are the waterproofs for Nursery and Reception children which they can put over their school clothes before popping on their wellies and heading out into the garden come rain or shine.
A little bit of mud after a rainy day will not keep them inside and it will keep their uniform clean and tidy. Nursery and Reception children will also have a new smock with their name embroidered on it.
The Nursery will have a uniform closely aligned to the older children and it will make them feel part of the school.
Using Perry’s immense technical knowledge, we have worked together to design a modern sports kit and kit bag so that the children are prepared for all sporting activities. Sports clothing relies on layering and we have worked on the same theme, with technical, breathable fabrics to maintain body temperature. The children will be easily recognisable in Hyde Park and be the envy of any team on the sports field.
Lastly, we have been working on designing a school coat that will work well with the educational visits we have planned to the local museums to inspire learning. This was quite a challenge as it needed to be smart yet practical, warm but lightweight, and keep out the rain.