Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Patouche, new label designed and manufactured in Canada launched with great success at Bubble New York last March. Retailers and press liked this playful line which brings a touch of dress-up into everyday wear. Spring/Summer '09 is about lostboys, fairies, mermaids and pirates, reminding a trip to Neverland dominated by cotton prints, natural linens and nautical stripes.
Our children's Gorilla has always been one of our favorites decor/play brands. Great materials, design & execution as well as humor + ethics. The brand, whose motto is "buy less and buy better", has just signed with a UK distributor : Thorsten van Elten. We hope the whales, monkeys and other funky gorilla characters will spread quickly across the country.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Inspired by the crochet and knit works of our grandmothers, Loica Bonini's collection offers pieces of the traditional new born & baby wardrobe, treated in a contemporary way. Absolutely refined and unique, this collection for boys (o-2 years old) will be displayed in exclusivity at Colette's Dococo space in Paris, May 12-30.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
New York City–based couple Robert and Cortney Novogratz have been renovating and designing unique homes for families for over ten years. They live in Soho in a sophisticated bohemian townhouse (featured in Milk Magazine "styles" number 2) with their 7 children. In the book published this month by Rizzoli, they give realistic advice on how to create original, warm interiors with ease. You'll find practical info, inspiring pictures and humorous anecdotes about the pitfalls and pleasures of renovation and, of course, advice on how to decorate kids’ rooms. With 7 kids under 10, you can trust their words!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Plush is a sparkling new children’s clothing + accessories brand from Belgium. It’s huggable, it’s cute, it’s raw and somewhat rock’n’roll! The handmade colourful high-class tees finished with felt up-prints are
simply fun to wear. No wonder : the choice of material, colours and forms of the upprints is decided togheter with children.
Shirin Roubeni, designer of SHirin Kids is passionate about designing her own prints. She combines innovative drawings with quality craftsmanship to redefine the fabric of the basic cotton tee. The end result is a sophisticate and delightful eco-friendly collection. Every piece is individually hand silkscreened with water based inks which create a soft transparent look complemented by pure and vibrant colors. Many of the miniature designs find their equivalent counterpart in the adult line, creating a a delightful perk for mother and child in Shirin's Mommy and Me Couture combinations.
Keisuke Saka is a Japanese paper engineer making fun kits to assemble. It takes about two hours to complete, so it is the perfect companion for a rainy afternoon. Just make sure you have scissors, craft knife and glue. The colorful designs are printed on good quality paper, and a few moving parts produce fun movements. Available at paperanimation.com.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Debuting this season at Bubble London is Sebra Interior for Kids. Launched in 2004 by designer Mia Dela, this innovative and beautifully designed Danish brand offers an extensive collection of furniture, bedding and accessories for children. A large part of the collection is handmade and uses natural materials such as wood, wool and cotton. www.sebra.dk
One of Bubble’s London favorite vendors, Bebe by Minihaha, is launching a range using the world famous liberty flowers. What can we expect from the Australian brand? Exclusive prints and special attention to detail, comfort and softness for newborn to 6.
"Chez Violette and Lolo, the little shop of images" is the idea that sprung from the encounter of photographers Violaine Rogasik and Laura Farrell. The two graduates from ICP (NY) decided to create a small agency specialized in Kids Fashion Photography and to compose images in which imagination, dreams and happiness of childhood converge with adventures and fears. The two are currently casting a small network of emerging photographers from the Americas, Europe and Asia that share a passion for childhood in their art. Meanwhile they already have beautiful selection of images available that can be seen on www.violainerogasik.com.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Benny & Moon, based and produced in Chicago, is a collection of stylish, preppy-boho clothing for children ages 2 to 6 years old. Launched in 2009, the design inspiration is drawn from influences of art, photography, film and vintage wardrobes. The founder also has two lovely nieces as well as several other little boys and girls in her life who continually inspire her to create comfortable classic pieces for their everyday adventures. Benny & Moon will be showing at Bubble New York in August.
Iceing on top is a must-have jewelry collection for baby, child and teen. It’s loaded with sparkling gold facets and comes in pretty colors like rose, yellow and white gold. A line of fine jewelry with a signature eye-catching look that has also incorporated eco-friendly values into every facet of the collection, from the product to packaging. Iceing on top will be at Bubble New York in August.
A new cool product has been added to the Magis’Me Too range of children’s furniture. Villa Julia by Javier Mariscal was launched at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan last month. The black and white Villa Julia comes with stickers so chidren can personalise their playhouse. Villa Julia will only be available in the fall, so we recommend to save it for Santa's list.
Friday, May 8, 2009
Launched in 2007, Okido (hybrid of “ kid” and “okey”) is a science and arts magazine for 2 to 7 years old children, published four times a year. Each issue has a theme and is illustrated by contemporary artists. With the help of the unforgettable characters Messy Monster or Yoga Monkey, Okido is all about inspiring our children with games, stories and recipes. Don’t miss Okido Magazine at Bubble London for exclusive workshops and activities.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Located in the heart of the Bird Road shopping district in Miami, The Nest & Cradle is a light-hearted and fun boutique, much like the collections in display. Newly opened (August 08), the Nest & Cradle offers a wide range of products, "good designer products rather than designer labels". The owner Carmen Uriarte confesses her clients particularly like the colorful modern dresses from Pink Chicken, the sophisticated look of Chase'n Sky and Jasper Wren's jean birdie dress, which Carmen calls a "window stopper". Besides from clothing, clients have a preference for the Orbit stroller, the store's best selling product. We wish a long life to The Nest&Cradle!
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Aravore (meaning 'a piece of Heaven') produces organic baby wear and accessories for babies and toddlers from 0 to 5 years. Aravore produce the collections in their own workshops, and work with small-scale farms in Paraguay to produce the cotton they use, which is certified fair trade as well as organic. Yanina Aubrey, social entrepreneur and founder of Aravore Babies, ensures that her business model not only helps parents in the UK to provide luxurious, yet ethically produced, clothing for their children but has made a real difference to many women in Paraguay, where the products are made.
Native Play Designs tipis will be on display at Bubble London in June. Handmade in Wales from 100% cotton, the Native Play tipis provide a refreshing antidote to the garish polyester pop ups. They are cooler inside as well, and available in different versions of colors/patterns. The company owner says : "Give the children an imaginative play environment and a few simple toys and watch their imaginations run away with them". We are sure that those tipis will provide many happy playtime memories!
May stands for Play at Colette, the famous Paris adults'concept store. "Dococo", a one month concept for kids will take place in the mezzanine of the Rue Saint-Honore store with a selection of clothing from APC, Balouga, Bonpoint, Cacharel, Little Marc, and the latest creation of Matali Crasset : the "Composit'" couch for Dunlopillo. Each Wednesday and Saturday kids will be entretained at the store with events around arts and crafts, starting with an animation from Make It Magnetic by Laure Fischbach.
Kids Fashion Designers is a Must Have for everyone who is interested in kids fashion. The 400 pages book features a great selection of international designers. Each designer is introduced through many different photographs from articles, catalogues and look-books, as well as various sketches and moods. Most of the designers presented have shown or are showing at Bubble, The Kids Trade Show, some of them in exclusivity. Check out Babybean, Dagmar Daley, Finger in the nose, Flora and henri, Ismodern, lemlem, Mor Mor Rita, No added sugar, Oeuf, Pink chicken, Tzawa, Wovenplay and more.