Preston woman reignites kids’ clothing business 30 years after her mum started on Preston Market

Posted on - 30th November, 2019 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Business, People, Preston News
Katy with her daughter and mum
Katy with her daughter and mum

A Preston woman has launched an online children’s boutique, 30 years after her mum started selling kids’ occasion clothing on Preston Market.


Katy Sudell, from Ashton, is running Little Misschief alongside her existing job as a hairdresser.

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Katy said: “The idea behind Little Misschief started nearly 30 years ago.

“My mum, Margaret Hopkinson, realised it was very difficult to find special occasion dresses, so she started her own children’s clothing company called Little Misschief.

“She began trading on Preston Market in 1991, and the business grew so much that she opened her own shop in 1993 opposite the Fishergate Centre.”


Katy now has a daughter of her own and says she herself has struggled to find special occasion outfits for her.

“I noticed the same difficulty as my mum did all those years ago when trying to find dresses for my daughter’s christening, and her first birthday and Christmas.

“I decided to take the plunge and carry on in my mum’s footsteps to re-open my own Little Misschief.

“My mum has been a huge help in setting up the business with me, from researching suppliers, helping to package and send orders, and generally a great support.

“We are using local suppliers to find occasionwear for boys and girls that’s different to what’s available on the high street.”

Katy is now hoping to follow in her mum’s footsteps by growing the business enough to open her own boutique.

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For more information visit the Little Misschief website.

What do you think of Katy following in her mum’s footsteps? Let us know in the comments.

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