Images with soul… In 1997 Giovanna Aryafara started her own ‘buying’ business which required her to travel extensively in India, Bali, Nepal & Burma. This gave her the opportunity to travel to exotic countries and pursue her love of photography by capturing people in their natural environment and telling their story without words. Here we share some of her stunning images of the Suri Tribe.
Olliella, the makers of the hugely popular Luggy basket have recently launched the super cute Strolly! A hand-woven rattan basket on wheels that switches from a pram to a shopping trolley just by lowering the hood of the pram. Perfect for dolls, pretend play, or for transporting your favourite knitted fruits and vegetables. (See cute veggies in main picture MyuM). Your little ones can even take their chosen toys out for a stroll. Wonderful for both little boys & girls…
Portuguese label Barn of Monkeys launched during last Summer’s sales period to great success. This is a design led label for everyday use, manufactured in Portugal the quality is high whilst the detailing and story telling by head designer David Pinto makes for a super first collection. We think it’s safe to look forward to the fruits of Summer.
Imperfect production runs are very common, even with a tried and tested manufacturer. These things can just happen during production, however the interesting question is how does a label turn a stressful negative, imperfect production run into a sustainable positive?
Forivor’s answer takes after the ethos of Fashion Revolution (see previous Pirouette post). Instead of condemning the imperfect pieces to sit wasted in storage, unloved, unused and hidden they have decided instead to be open about the teething problems they had with this production run. Honest about the ever so slight imperfections in some of their beautiful bedding and nightwear so that you now have the Imperfectly Perfect Sale where you can pick up pieces at a fraction of their normal retail value.
UK based children fashion and lifestyle trade show Bubble London owned by ITE has decided to discontinue. The show which is still currently advertised as taking place on 15-16 July has been cancelled. Exhibitors were informed of the decision yesterday, whilst a representative from Bubble London confirmed with us this morning their decision to permanatly close the trade show.
It seems it probably just comes down to visitor numbers which given that they reported a 6% rise in visitors for SS17 must be disappointing.
It is currently unclear if CWB the children’s trade publication also owned by ITE will continue.
ITE’s decision to close Bubble London follows shortly after the trade shows Market by Kleine fabriek in Amsterdam and Kid in Paris also decided to discontinue.
Commencing Tuesday the 17th and running until the 22nd of April Unduetrestella – Italian based communication and creative studio who organise events around art and children’s design brands are celebrating their 10th anniversary with their own event Now, Now, and Now! Unduetrestella Design Week. The week long event brings together an interesting selection of children’s design brands under the one roof of the Fabbrica del Vapore, a large industrial space usually used for contemporary art and culture close to the city centre.
Cristina Villegas opened children’s fashion and lifestyle store YOYA back in 2002 after the birth of her first child Mila (see parent and child interview from 2011). Fast forward to 2018 and Yoya now has an online outlet. So what is it about this children’s fashion gem in the West Village, NYC that keeps customers coming back. We discover more about this ever evolving bricks and mortar in this YOYA store Profile.
Or rather batteries not required as The Flying Martha by Haptic lab is a flying toy powered by a single rubber band that flies by flapping, just like a real bird. This imaginative, interactive and captivating toy is the result of years of experimental tried and tested variations. Finally homing in on the perfect composition the Flying Martha was given life through a successful kickstarter campaign with the exciting ornithopter available to purchase mid April.
Creativity, consumer savviness, quality, imaginative and interactive design, longevity and sustainability were some of the wonderful reasons the winners of our Pirouette One to Watch caught our eye. AW18 collections from Pitti Bimbo, Dot to Dot London and Playtime New York. Some great labels for you to look out for…
If you have been waiting… well the good news is Tuchinda’s SS18 ‘Vicky Christina Barcelona’ inspired collection is now available! Bohemian, fresh iceberg green, elements of floral print and embroidery. We think it’s ok to say good bye to Winter and feel free to dream of sunnier skies. Here are some of our favourites from the Tuchinda SS18 collection.