It all started nearly 7 years ago, July 2002 when I found out I was pregnant with a girl. A girl. A week later, I found myself entering my first Oilily store at the corner of Peiter Cornelisz. Hooftstraat, next to the Vondelpark, a short 6 block walk from my apartment in Amsterdam. It was love as first sight. By the time I moved home to Minnesota, I had filled a nice sized crate with just Oilily baby girl clothing.
…my love has continued for nearly 7 years as Oilily being my first love of children’s clothing. The whimsical style, the fun prints…I could go on….
In the past few years, there has been management and ownership changes, design changes, manufacturing changes. There has been some lapses in quality and in design. But, I have held onto my hope.
Oilily filed Chapter 11 this Spring, and now worse, Oilily USA has closed “my” local store. I am feeling a bit lost now and am tempted to hold a candlelight vigil outside the shuttered shop.
I am afraid that would label me a crazed shopping loon though. But everyone needs a cause.