Interview with Petra Barkhof
We chat to Petra Barkhof from Kidswear magazine about the launch of her new Scimparello magazine
For this the second part of our agent series we talk to Birgir Birgisson, owner of Rhubarb Republik, a Brand Agency which in their own words “creates social platforms between conceptual children brands and conceptual retailers all over the world”.
Pirouette returns to Playtime Paris to curate the second edition of the Screen Capture series. This time the exhibition explores the theme of Modern Beauty.
Beauty… physical, nature, behaviour, in a world where we can now add a filter, instantly display our like or dislike, and add our comment. We ask a group of illustrators to join the Screen Capture exhibition in exploring the theme of ‘Modern Beauty’ by creating an original piece of work for showing at Playtime Paris. Open to the artist’s interpretation with no interference by Pirouette, the resulting artwork seems reassuringly gentle.
We start off our series on the role of the agent in children’s fashion with an interview from Barcelona based Tabata Kids who represents the likes of Organic Zoo, Emile et Ida, Sleepy Doe and more.
Any label looking to develop it’s customer base will at some point consider working with an agent. However finding the correct agent can seem daunting, the pitfalls of getting it wrong can be both painful and expensive. If you get it right however, the advantage to your brand in that market can be huge. So how do you find the correct agent, or do they find you? We talk to 3 children’s fashion agents about their own approach, what they look for when signing a new label, and their role as intermediary between client and brand from their perspective.
It’s important children’s shoes are comfortable, durable and if they can look rather wonderful in the process even better. Spanish label Novel Walk do just this, good quality manufacturing, sensible yet beautiful and very cool. They also have the most clever, eye catching photography campaigns. Definitely a label to check out if you are at Pitti 87 and Playtime Paris this coming season. We chat with designer and co founder Cati Ferragut to find out more about this little shoe label with huge potential!
With the show season about to start Pirouette is just about ready for a new round of One to Watch awards. As with last season we are looking for stand out young brands starting at Pitti Bimbo, Florence, then on to Dot to Dot in London, and finally Playtime, New York.
This season we have enlisted the special talent of Lore Laporte to design our Award. With her child like humour we were hoping to get something a little unconventional. We were not disappointed… Read on to learn more about Lore Laporte.
Show season is fast approaching! This upcoming season Pirouette will be covering Pitti Bimbo 87 with a video diary over the three days, complete with interviews, what SS19 collections to look out for, catwalk show edits, events coverage, and more… The Pitti Bimbo 87 theme this time round is Optical Power so it’s bound to be bold and bright and beautiful in the city of Firenze, Italy Firenze, Italy. Thurs 21 June – Sat 23 June.
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The Pirouette One to Watch Awards are about finding and highlighting some of the best emerging talent working in children’s fashion and design. We take our time to search through the many eye catching labels at Pitti Bimbo, Dot to Dot London and Playtime New York. There are many reasons a product, brand or collection captures our imagination and enthusiasm, whether it is with engaging design, responsible and sustainable manufacturing or a unique and original approach.
In our first AW19 Pirouette One To Watch Winner interview we are delighted to introduce you to Katie & Han (sisters and duo) behind the eye catching and imaginative childrens design company Mini Wallers. Mini Wallers create circular dreamlike wall decals. Through these multi-themed portholes Mini Wallers invites a child’s imagination to awake and create! In fact on some of their promo cards children have written their own stories. Clever, fun, engaging and a very good price point. Lets find out more about our winners Mini Wallers…
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.