Mother and daughter Angela McLean and Jessica McCarthy, appeared on the Dragons Den last night (Sunday 1 February), with their Newcastle based children’s clothing company Baggers Originals. Viewers who tuned in saw the Dragons compete for a slice in the recently formed company to secure a deal on television worth £100,000.
Young designer and entrepreneur 29 year old Jessica McCarthy, the wife of international rugby player Mike McCarthy re- launched the company after being the child model and face of the company in the late 80’s, when her mother Angela first launched the brand making waterproof outdoor play jackets and trousers that fold into an inside pocket for Jessica then aged 5 years old.
Jessica initially re- launched Baggers Originals after 25 years on-line, appearing on the BBC documentary programme Be Your Own Boss. Her accomplishment was acknowledged when she was invited to 10 Downing Street to showcase her new business.
“We were invited to audition for the Dragons Den” said Jessica “and it has been thrilling to get the support of the Dragons on the TV programme of our products and brand. I have really fond memories of representing Baggers Originals as a child and it has been a real privilege to bring back this much-loved product for the modern family. As a business we’ve learnt over the years what works and what doesn’t and having won so many awards and recognition in the past together with our new founded support from leading business figures such as Sir Richard Branson and now the Dragons – I’m confident in our range.”
As well as selling on line –Baggers Originals are selling in global retailer Monsoon with a colaboration designed range and have just secured a deal with Dobbies Garden Centres who are stocking Baggers Originals’ outdoor play clothes and rainwear for children from 1-8 years old sold from specially designed display stands from £22.99 per set.
“Baggers is an excellent product for out-door play as well as a great rainwear product that parents and children love, they are so comfortable to wear and practical as they fold in to an inside pocket” said Jessica “On the Dragons Den we also gave a pre-view of our new swimwear range which is available later this year – and the
Dragons loved it”
Sir Richard Branson who has also supported the company stating how “ingenious” the products are and expressing an interest in stocking the swimwear range on Neckar Island.
Angela, Jessica’s mother works alongside her daughter and the story of the re-launch is presented as a story for children to read in their own book when they buy the products. Baggers Originals is due to launch additional products including a swimwear range following the same concept on its website and into retailers for Summer 2015.
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