Jacq and Rose are a new British wrap brand, created by Katie Meakin, and despite being in it's relative infancy, the brand is already causing quite the stir in the babywearing community. With eye catching wraps made from ethically sourced materials, there is lots to like. I had the pleasure of having the Ribbons prototype tester here for a play - so of course Molly and I took it out for a twirl!
Weighing in at 310gsm, with a 100% cotton blend, this wrap in hand feels quite reminiscent of the American Quilt range by Woven Wings (this is a good thing!). On first glance, I wasn't wholly convinced by the pattern, but as quite often happens, it looks far better when wrapped than on the shelf. The mix of colours - white, blue and green - again weren't to my taste but combined with the pattern, gave a three dimensional quality to the design.
The tester came in a size 5. Because it still requires a bit of breaking in at this stage, I found it wrapped a little short. The wrap is quite wide, and with the thick cotton blend, it was perfectly suited to my 26lb 21 month old, who makes it her mission to try and escape from wrap jobs if she's not in the mood! That said, I would prefer the wrap slightly narrower as it was just a touch too wide for me and my wrappee. I tried a number of carries with it - front wrap cross carry tied under bum, semi front wrap cross carry, simple ruck and ruck variations. I never felt the need to try any double layer carries with it, because it provides so much support in a single layer carry - if you get it tied off tightly, there's no budging it. Molly doesn't have a huge amount of patience for longer wrap jobs at the moment, so the fact we could be comfortable for a decent length of time in a ruck was a huge bonus, With it's substantial weight, it's quite forgiving in the face of sloppy wrap jobs, and doesn't mind being wrapped round wriggly toddlers.
The slipknot in my semi-fwcc was solid, with no slippage. The wrap finished with a large knot in most carries, but this will continue to reduce in size while the wrap softens up some more.
Katie asked if we would like to see this wrap in any other colourways or blends. I may have dropped a small mono hint with my photo at the top there (looks good in black and white I'd say!). I actually think this pattern would do well sticking to a 100% cotton blend, with some experimentation in different colourways.
Having nabbed the newest Jacq and Rose release in the past week, along with having this tester here, I am really excited by what's to come in the future - while aesthetics are definitely a priority, there seems to be a serious focus on wrap qualities. When woven wraps are now so widely accessible, with hundreds of brands to choose from, it is this focus that will keep brand fans loyal. Thanks so much for the opportunity to test this wrap Katie, and I can't wait to see how Jacq and Rose develops in 2017