A relative recently gifted us with a set of bamboo fabric clothing for the kids and OH MY… it’s a whisper of heaven on their skins! They raved about it the next morning, saying how they slept super well as there weren’t any sweaty moments in bed! Kids sleeping well through the night?! 😱😍 #FamilyGoals
I’d had known about bamboo clothing for a while now, having fallen in love with maternity wear made with this gloriously smooth and breathable material when I was pregnant with no.2. Bamboo fabric is a naturally anti-fungal, hypoallergenic and antibacterial material. Super breathable, it absorbs moisture from our bodies up to four times faster than cotton, and doesn’t stick to our skins. Bamboo clothing is perfect for our local hot and humid weather, especially for those with more sensitive skin! It came at a rather hefty price tag though, and wasn’t easily available in retail stores then. Imagine my joy when we were gifted with some of these sets for the kiddies!
Oddly, I had not encountered this brand before, despite being perpetually on the lookout for comfy casual clothing for the kids to hang out in. Izzy (no.1) and Boo (no.3) have sensitive, eczema-prone skin that break out in rash pretty easily, so breathable wear is very important to us. For Boo, it’s especially sensitive at his joint creases and privates, the poor bugger! I am on a constant search for breathable underwear that won’t break the bank, for him. The best discovery was that these bamboo underwear sets are quite affordable ($19.95 for a set of 5), given the premium material used! They also have attractive character prints for those kids who are so inclined!
After the kids tried the clothing on and fell in love, I felt I HAD to do more research into this brand. Simply Life is actually a home-grown brand, set up by a local couple! They manufacture basic-wear, bedding and towels from bamboo fibre; and cater mainly to children from infancy up to 13 years old (They do offer some adult-wear in their online store; however that is limited to female sleepwear). The folks at Simply Life claim that their bamboo material has a higher composition of bamboo than most other brands, at 95% bamboo! Other brands would typically have 70% bamboo composites, it seems. They retail at Takashimaya Departmental Store, in the baby and children’s section. There are other stores that carry some items from this brand (e.g. BHG, Robinsons, Kiddy Palace, Isetan, OG, Mothercare, Precious Thots, etc… their website has the detailed list of retailers); however Takashimaya and Metro Centrepoint supposedly carry the widest range in-store.
After savoring my Tai Cheong egg tart and Ya Kun Teh-C ☕️💕 at the Taka basement food hall, I made my way up to find out exactly how much this brand had to offer.
At first glance, it was apparent how the brand tried to keep things simple. Their designs are classic, the focus being on material and workmanship quality. At their Takashimaya display shelf, they offer onesies and footed rompers for babies, as well as toddler tees and pyjama sets to keep our darlings cool and comfy in the humid climate! Baby bedding sets and toddler pillow cases were also available there.
My kids are way past this stage though (where did my babies go?! 😱); and to my dismay, their display offering was very limited when it came to the ages beyond 4 years old! I could only find ONE gondola with some pj sets on sale, and a rack with their underwear selection, but that was it! 😩
After checking with the sales staff at Takashimaya, it seems they only allow the brand to display clothing up to ages 4-5, with the exception of underwear for up to ages 10 years. The clothing for the older children only come out for display during specific sale periods! Bahhhhh. 😕 I was asked to check out the brand’s online store (http://simplylife.com.sg/). What a bummer, as I was hoping to be able to have a look at physical pieces and and score a few casual wear tees, singlets and shorts! I found the pj sets a tad beyond my budget for sleepwear. Thankfully they at least had the underwear sets, which I bagged a few! I will have to turn online for the shorts and singlet sets I was hoping to get.
It would still be worth a trip to have a feel of the actual material though, for those who have yet to caress the luxurious feel of 95% bamboo material! Feeling the gloriously soft baby wear made me feel like having another baby again! For those with older children (5 years and older), I would go for the plain tees and shorts, as well as the singlet and underwear sets. They were having some discounts on their website, the last time i peeked! Awesome stuff for the kids to wear for a casual hang out, or even to bed! My monkeys love their Simply Life bamboo wear, for sure!
-by germy 💕