Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Precious newborn UK brand




Let Them Eat Cake is an exciting new British Children's wear brand. So new that it is not in stores yet, but already "the little darling" of the press in the UK (coming issues of Junior magazine and Anorak). Everything is handmade to an exceptional standard by a small team of talented seamstresses in Bath. The brand, which is ethical and green, combines beautiful and rare vintage fabrics with a crisp, thoroughly modern edge. Stay tuned...we'll let you know more very soon!

The good and the beautiful


"Kids need clothes, but they also need a healthy abundant world. Barley & birch was created to give them both." The shirts, one pieces, pants and hats from Barley and birch are made in the USA using 100% certified organic cotton and water-based inks. The brand really makes a point in making sure their production doesn’t pollute the earth, the water, or expose farm workers to toxins. Behind the philosophy are colorful and original designs. A good way to combine the good and the beautiful.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Product therapy




Atsuyo et Akiko is back to Bubble New York for the 3rd season. We can't wait to discover their new collection of tees, jewelry, home decor, for kids + mums. The Japanese duo based in Brooklyn has great talent to mix styles and influences : Asia meets France in NY; poetry meets industrial in an organic land. Their products make you dream, they make you travel and most important : they make you happy! You can find Atsuyo et Akiko's collection at Pomme (Dumbo, Brooklyn); Sweet William (Williamsburg, Brooklyn); Poppy Store (LA); Couverture (London, UK); Kido Store (Australia), etc.

The little elephant is growing...



This season Elephantito is all about classic Liberty prints to bold, colorful chintz in 100% pima cotton fabrics. With “English Garden in Full Bloom” as the theme, the collection of dresses and separates will be the must-have collection of the Spring 10 season. Cherry on the cake : the gorgeous shoe collection. Now a complete line in neutral colors / interesting textures / metallic finishes — perfect complements to the apparel in full bloom.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Photo exhibit at Bubble





The name Steven Visneau might ring a bell. This season's Bubble image, the little girls on the beach? It's his! He is also the guy behind most of the gorgeous images in Small Magazine. To make sure you get to see more of his work, Bubble New York will feature an exhibit of his photos, including this captivating and mysterious green story!

Traditional funky



Launched at Bubble London in June, Jake and maya met a great success. This nostalgic in feel yet funky collection will cross the pond for Bubble New York, starting next Sunday at Cedar Lake, Chelsea. Muted colors, delicate embroidery and traditional shapes..but nothing boring : details such as over-sized ruffles and large buttons bring a contemporary twist, so dear to us at Bubble.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Sustainable knitted jewelry, and more



Anabel Fournier lives between Kenya and Bolivia where she produces a beautiful knit collection called Fournier. She started a poverty alleviation project while living in Bolivia eight years ago, providing work for low income women in the city of Cochabamba. There are around 80 knitters and seamstresses at the workshop year round producing Fournier and also private label brought by Anabel. Fournier is manufactured with the finest Peruvian pima cotton, baby alpaca and a new blend of baby alpaca with bamboo. Don't miss the new baby toys and knitted jewelry at Bubble New York next Sunday!

Fly me to the moon


To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing, Okido just released a special issue packed with cosmic games, stories and recipes.
Enjoy the ride!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

You are invited


Here is one for you...An invitation to the Small Magazine Party at Kico Kids pop up store in Chelsea, New York tomorrow Wednesday July 22nd. The Small Draw Original Art Coloring Book will be on sale in an exclusive launch, with an exhibition by Grant Cornett. Wish we were there too, but we're busy like bees preparing Bubble New York in 2 weeks!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Bubble online with Earnshaw's


"The digital edition of Earnshaw's is brought to you by Bubble" was mentioned on the newsletter sent earlier this week by Earnshaw's, the US children's trade magazine. For those who haven't received it, clik on the link and you'll be able to flip through the pages...

Travel inspired



Clover will show their second collection at Bubble New York next month. The colors for Spring/Summer 2010 are inspired by the travels of Mariette and Jordana, the founders, to Northern India. The collection plays with embroidered birds, hand block-printed mosquitoes, along with ribbons and lace they've discovered in a trim shop hidden in a Delhi bazaar. With their spontaneous and emotional way of working, Clover brings freshness and newness to the childrenswear world.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Sparkling in style



Among the names exclusively showing at Bubble New York this August is Nellystella, a new brand based in Taiwan. Designed with passion by Nelly Chen, the collection aims "to catch the sparkling eyes of little girls while satisfying the discerning tastes of their parents". Tops, skirts, dresses in liberty prints of plain colors mix and match with style. We wish a great success to Nellystella.

From Petaluma to Bubble New York



Jess Brown dolls were brought to our attention by Katherine Edmonds from Wovenplay when she and Jess collaborated on a doll project.
Jess Brown dolls are all hand made made out of cotton muslin and linen, and primarily recycled + antique fabrics and findings, stuffed with a sustainable corn fiber. Their skin tones variations are obtained by hand dyes in Persian black teas. How extraordinary!
Jess lives in Petaluma, California with her children Stella and Tiger and her husband Erio. She and her good friend Stacy own a small shop in town called maude (they will have to tell us more about it!). Jess will travel to New York to show her beautiful creations at Bubble, The Kids Trade Show. Welcome!

Friday, July 10, 2009

French retro-modern



Donatienne Cerise is a cute brand and store with a great selection of handknits, bibs, home decor and furniture. All products are made in France with a special focus on quality of materials + workmanship. We like the re-invented old classics: "vichy" pattern school apron, colorful version of the classic French school chair. Donatienne Cerise 12, rue de Nice 75011 Paris or online www.donatiennecerise.com.

Stroller-bike



Here's a fantastic product from the Netherlands: Taga, multifunctional urban vehicle uniquely designed to suit the needs of today's parents and children. Taga combines the benefits of a premium stroller and a carrier bicycle to create a new transportation modality. The bicycle is converted within seconds into a stroller, allowing parent and child to conveniently enter the premises, ride an elevator or ascend steps. There is no need to lock Taga outside and no parts are left behind. A perfect way to stay green and fit!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Mimi'lou for kids and mums




Mimi'lou is a decor collection designed by a German mother based in Paris, former art director in advertisement. The collection features pillows, lamps, wall stickers, bags, stationery and more. The wall stickers are really unique : so colorful, poetic, enchanting, with real size animals, real size kids. You can even order personalized portraits of you children that look like hand-painted art. Lovely!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

20th century design for kids



Molly–Meg is a company dedicated to bringing 20th Century Modern design icons to the world of children. Specialising in children’s furniture from the 1950s to the present, Molly-Meg aims to show that good design is not just for adults. The best of contemporary design along with vintage classics can be brought together in a perfect combination which kids will love and that will evoke nostalgia among parents. Founder Molly-Meg Price is a former childrenswear designer, now Kidswear Editor for leading international fashion forecasters WGSN. She believes that these “new antiques” can appeal to every age and blend seamlessly into any contemporary home. We can only agree on that.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Dream House



This modernist doll house is the dream toy for all kids, but also for minimalist lovers of any age group. It is made of waxed birch plywood and acrylic glass. The studio has a movable back and front. It comes alone or with furniture (beds, table & stools,shower with wash stand, kitchenette and a movable room divider) and outdoor facilities (roofed pool, staircase, catwalk, sun deck and movable bench monoliths). Hours of concentration guaranteed! By Sirch, the German company behind the wonderful SIBI wooden toys collection.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Ilze Vanaga pour Bubble


We're delighted to share with you the image of the season Fall/Winter 2010, courtesy of Latvian photographer Ilze Vanaga. Based in London, Ilze often goes back to her home country to shoot the innocence of her childhood via the eyes of her niece. She secretly dreams of moving to New York some day. May her involvement with Bubble Trade Shows ad campaign bring her luck in the new continent! Thank you Ilze.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Surreal Mix Media Artist




We had a complete crush on the work of Wanda Kujacz. Her photographs are quite remarkable; her mix media work is just unique. Kujacz uses photoshop and proceeds like a visual DJ with images she founds in her personal archive for inserts and collages. She sometimes adds poetic drawings. "The majority of my work is inspired by unbelievable stories I have heard from my Polish Grand-Ma when I was a little girl while living with her; absurd, surreal, incredible stories she believed in and so did I and do I, like an escape, an door constantly open to something else...". Wanda is represented by Julie S├ęguinier at "La Maroquinerie" www.juliesagency.com.