Sue Hill experiences the Prince George effect

We’ve been thrilled to see Prince George showing off his cute outfits on his first royal tour to New Zealand and Australia, and it looks like we’re not the only ones who think the little Prince is quickly becoming a style icon.

After he wore his navy dungarees in Australia, we’ve been overwhelmed with requests for our William Shirt and Romper Pants in navy (£75). We’ve now had to order in more fabric to keep up with demand!


On the tour, Prince George was also seen in white pre-walker shoes, and in the past week the interest in our White T-Bar Shoes (£33), which look similar in style to the ones Prince George was wearing, has really taken off. The beautiful T-Bar pram shoes we stock are hand made by Leicestershire-based shoemaker Nigel Bolton, and the classic style looks adorable on little ones.

white t-bar shoes

To complete the Prince George look, we have the personalised name sweaters (£65) on our website now, and these are similar in style to the one Prince George was wearing in the family portrait released in March. Excellent choice for a family photo shoot!

George sweater personalised

Prince George-style baby boy rompers and cardigans for summer

The youngest member of the Royal Family is quickly becoming a style icon, and we love his fashion sense. The other week he showed us how to look adorable in a cute name sweater, and after he left for the Royal Tour Down Under, he’s showed us how baby boy rompers and knitwear make ideal wardrobe choices for little boys. 

Our white baby boy rompers with blue train embroidery (£65) have been very popular this season, and our sewers are busy making more for the summer. They’re great for boys to wear in warm weather, and they look stunning with our selection of cardigans.

Baby boy romper Sue Hill

Prince George was wearing a white baby romper with a cream cardigan when he disembarked the plane in Auckland last week, and we agree that cream looks gorgeous with white rompers for a more formal look. Our hand knitted cardigans in cream come in either 100% cashmere, a merino/cashmere blend or a cotton/cashmere blend, and they’re perfect for special occasions. 

Later in the week, Prince George was wearing a knitted navy jacket with collar, and we also do some beautiful hand knitted navy jackets in a similar style. A regal baby look!

New frill top and bloomer sets for baby girls

With warmer weather on the horizon, it’s time to stock up on summer clothes and ensure the little ones have light and comfortable clothes to wear in the sun. We have introduced new, gorgeous, floral Liberty print frill tops and bloomer sets in 100% cotton for baby girls, which are ideal for hot weather.


The hand made sets (£49) include sleeveless tops with frill detail along the hem and armholes and matching bloomers with elasticated waistband and cuffs. They can be paired with one of our beautiful cashmere cardigans available in a wide range of colours.


The sets, which come in the blue Danjo print and the Ros print, are super cute and make adorable summer outfits for little girls! Order your baby girl a set now for the summer months or to take on your Easter holiday in the sun!

Personalised Sue Hill sweaters hit the press

After Prince George was pictured in a pale blue, knitted sweater with his name on in the royal family portrait released this weekend, our adorable, bespoke sweaters made the news!

Although our name sweaters are not on the website yet, we offer personalised baby and children’s sweaters in a similar style to the one little Prince George was wearing in the photo (see the story in baby&me magazine HERE). Our gorgeous sweaters, all hand knitted in the UK, come in a merino/cashmere or cotton/cashmere blend in a wide choice of colours, including pale blue or pink with cream lettering.


The sweater this little boy is wearing is very similar in style to our cute name sweater

To design the name sweaters, the Sue Hill team makes a graph of the child’s name and our very skilled knitters incorporate the name into the front of the sweater or cardigan. The name goes across the chest at armhole level. It’s a truly personalised sweater, and makes a unique gift!

The pale blue or pink name sweaters in a merino/cashmere or cotton/cashmere blend are £65 in sizes 0-6 months to 18-24 months, and £75 for sizes 2-3 years to 5-6 years. To order your special sweater, contact us now via email or phone. 




Celebrating Mother’s Day in Tunbridge Wells


With Mother’s Day coming up on Sunday, now is the time to get organised to ensure mum is celebrated in style. In beautiful Tunbridge Wells, where the Sue Hill shop is located, there are several lovely places to take mum for brunch or afternoon tea.

Fizzy brunch at Hotel du Vin Tunbridge Wells
Treat mum to Mother’s Day brunch at boutique hotel Hotel du Vin, set in a grade-II listed sandstone mansion. The Mother’s Day brunch, served from noon in the bistro, is £34.95 for 4 courses and a glass of fizz. Little ones can join too for £9.95 per child.

Champagne afternoon tea at Shrager’s Patisserie
Celebrate mum with afternoon tea in Shrager’s Patisserie across the road from the Sue Hill shop in The Pantiles, a pretty and historic area in Tunbridge Wells. Shrager’s Patisserie serves afternoon tea from 2.30pm to 5pm, and if you want to celebrate early, they have a special Mother’s Day Week offer on from Tuesday 25 March to Thursday 27 March. On these days, you can take mum to Champagne Afternoon Tea for Two, and receive a complimentary signed copy of Rosemary Shrager’s new book ‘Bakes, Cakes & Puddings’ (£25 per person).


New photo gallery with our adorable customers

Our Sue Hill clothes are handmade with love in the UK, and it’s always so rewarding for our team to see pictures of our adorable customers wearing our clothes. We have more than 100 knitters around the country, and we’re sure they’ll be thrilled to see these two cuties wearing their Sue Hill knitwear.

This happy customer looks utterly gorgeous in her bespoke Sue Hill shawl collar coat, beanie and scarf set. Her mummy and daddy bought her this beautiful set, deciding to have our delicate forget-me-nots embroidered onto these classic pieces.The forget-me-nots were also hand embroidered onto the back belt of the shawl collar coat, and the whole outfit looks stunning.


This sweet little boy also looks absolutely adorable in one of our bestsellers, our cream and blue contrast trim jacket and leggings. He looks so snug! The beautiful merino/cashmere blend set also comes in a girl version with pink trim or a neutral version with a grey trim

Customer Blue Contrast Trim Jacket Leggings

We love receiving pictures of your little bundles of joy wearing our knitwear, so please continue sending us pictures for our customer gallery on Pinterest!

Preparing for autumn/winter 2014

Although it’s finally warming up outside, we’re already looking ahead to winter here at Sue Hill. It’s been a very exciting start to the month with new fabric swatches arriving and sample dresses being finished.

Sue has been trawling fabric fairs for beautiful and unique fabrics for the new season, and we’re now looking at a selection of gorgeous wool blend fabrics – some herringbone and some patterned. We think these lovely and soft fabrics, made in Portugal, will be perfect for our popular classic-style pinafores.


In addition, we’re looking at these swatches for our baby and girls coats. The new autumn/winter collection will include new classic coat styles, some with velvet trims, and we think some of the wool blend fabrics will be amazing for the new designs.

To wear with these gorgeous coats, we’ll also have a range of new dresses. Some of the samples for our Bergdorf Goodman collection, are already done, and we’re so excited about these adorable baby party dresses for the autumn/winter season. We will make it easy for little ones to dress to impress!


Go bespoke to plan your dream day!

It can be daunting to plan a wedding or a christening, and many brides and mums find it particularly challenging to dress their little ones for these special family events. Here at Sue Hill we know how important it is to get the details absolutely right, and that’s why we offer our customers a bespoke service. In the last few months, we’ve been very busy with bespoke orders, and here are examples of a few gorgeous bespoke designs.

Our latest bespoke order were for two flower girl dresses based on the cotton Poppy tulle dress design. We added puff sleeves to the style and knitted boleros to go with the dresses. Onto the boleros, we hand-stitched sparkles matching the sequins and beads on the bodice of the dresses. The little outfits look stunning!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA   Another recent bespoke order was also for two Poppy flower girl dresses, and for this customer we added fuschia sashes to match the colour scheme of the wedding and the dresses of the older bridesmaids. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We also made a bespoke dress for the bride’s daughter to wear. Her adorable outfit is based on our silk Matilda dress, but Sue hand-stitched sequins and beads onto the bodice and skirt. A gorgeous dress for mum’s big day!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA For another customer, we made a special christening outfit for mum and daughter. Mum chose the beautiful cream wild rose cashmere dress for her little girl, and we made a matching shawl for mum to wear on the big day. A lovely touch to a very special family event! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Preview beautiful dresses from the spring/summer 2014 collection!

With the temperature changing and the sun finally shining again, now is the time to start planning the summer season. And that’s exactly what we’ve done at Sue Hill this week. In fact, we’ve even released a few key pieces from our brand new spring/summer 2014 collection in-store and online!

Highlights from the new collection include our fabulous spring party dresses, which are available in two limited edition seasonal Liberty prints – Ricardo’s Blooms and Rochester. The party dresses, which are in one of our bestselling styles, have a circular skirt, round neck, cap sleeve, sash, and layers of netting. These fantastic hand made dresses ooze style, and they’re ideal for all those summer birthdays!


For baby girls, we’ve now released one of Sue’s favourite pieces from the new collection, our adorable Capel Liberty print dress. This cute dress has puffed sleeves, a peter pan collar and full gathered skirt, and it would make a lovely baby gift, or a wonderful outfit for a baby photo shoot.


Sue’s other favourite dress from the new collection is our gorgeous Aurelia dress, which has a semi circular skirt, button and loops opening at the back and a grosgrain ribbon around the waist. This pretty but understated hand made dress in a beautiful Liberty print is perfect for little girls to wear to anything from a theatre trip to a summer party!


Happy shopping!

Top tips for a family day out in Tunbridge Wells this half-term!

School holidays are always fun, but it can be difficult to come up with an action-packed programme for the whole week. To do something different this half-term, why not visit historic Tunbridge Wells, which is only an hour by train from London?

The Sue Hill shop is based in a beautiful part of Tunbridge Wells called The Pantiles, and this really is an ideal destination for a day trip.

The Pantiles, a pretty colonnaded walkway, is a short walk from Tunbridge Wells station, and there’s lots to see here, including cute shops, galleries and cafes.


The Pantiles collonade in Tunbridge Wells – copyright Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

If you want to take the children out for a half-term treat, The CakeShed, does lovely cakes made fresh on site and it’s located straight across The Pantiles from our shop.

There’s also a new patisserie Shrager’s Patisserie across from our shop, where you can enjoy breakfast, coffee, lunch or afternoon tea. We’ve recently had several customers commenting on how impressed they are with the patisserie’s chef Marc Mouzon, an award-winning, Paris-trained pastry chef. Shrager’s Patisserie, opened by chef and cookery teacher Rosemary Shrager, is definitely worth a stop on a day in The Pantiles. 

But don’t forget to set aside time for visiting our beautiful shop too! We will be previewing our spring/summer collection in-store this week, and you can stop by to place your orders. While you browse the new collection, your little ones can have fun playing in our play corner.


A fantastic day trip for the whole family!