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Playtime New York AW17

March 23, 2017
Playtime New York

New York has had it’s fair share of snow the past few months which made for an interesting flight to Playtime New York but it was well worth the bumpy arrival. It was great to see many European brands in attendance at the Playtime New York show alongside the many American, South American and Canadian brands. As always it was great to have the opportunity to talk to the designers whilst seeing the new collections at first hand.  Continue Reading

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Shoe business: Tip Toey Joey Founders Ana & Scott McInerney

March 16, 2017

Life is amazing really, you never know what’s round the corner or where it will take you. For example if I were to go back in time to Australia and ask an 8 year old Scott McInerney what he’d like to be when he’s older, I’m sure the reply would not have been ‘I’m going to design elasticated heeled baby shoes (comfortable and clever) and make lots of them, say 2000 a day in my own factory in Brazil’. It’s fascinating how from a little seed of an idea an international business can grow. We chat with Tip Toey Joey founders Ana & Scott McInerney to find out more about the business, manufacturing in Brazil and of course what makes a good kids shoe.

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Mother & bambino trip: Pitti Bimbo, Florence

March 6, 2017
Kidz Fizz Fashion show

When you have two or more children you very rarely get to spend quality time with one of them by yourself. Life gets in the way, between juggling the eldest’s after school activities, the youngest’s social life, family life and work – it all gets very busy and I never seem to end up hanging out with one without the other. So I decided that I would leave the youngest with Dad and I’d take Lulu (my eldest) with me to Florence for Pitti Bimbo on our first ever Mother & bambino trip… Continue Reading

Mood of the day Pirouette One to Watch awards

Owl and Dog Playbooks: Pirouette One to Watch winner – design dot to dot

March 3, 2017
Owl & Dog Playbooks- Flat Zoo

The Owl and Dog Playbooks are the first Pirouette One to Watch winners in the design category. We were already familiar with their books but it’s always so nice (important) to see a product in the flesh and let it grab your attention. We also took the time to speak with the designers Yeonju Yang and Claudio Ripol to talk about these beautiful books.  Continue Reading

Business Trade Shows

21st edition of Playtime Paris AW17 : Show Report

February 21, 2017

Walking the aisles of Playtime Paris AW17 felt like a welcome escape to the noise of the current climate. It was very encouraging to take in the creative energy, exceptional design and celebrate a bit of diverse creative thinking. The 21st edition of Playtime Paris was special for Pirouette blog with our first Pirouette ‘One to Watch’ awards at the show. In fact it couldn’t have been better timing with the introduction of the ‘New Now” space curated by the designer Deborah Sfez. Continue Reading

Pirouette One to Watch awards Trade Shows

Pirouette One to Watch Winners: Playtime New York

February 15, 2017
Playtime New York Pirouette One to Watch winners

Playtime New York had over 180 labels exhibiting this time round and what a fun and exciting show it was. Arriving from Europe it was really interesting to meet labels from the US, South America and Canada. Once again there were many labels manufacturing in their country of origin with an emphasis on conscientious sourcing. A trend we keep seeing, if it carries on maybe it will just become the norm amongst independent brands! Continue Reading

Mood of the day Trade Shows

Playtime New York: 180 collections under one roof

February 10, 2017
pirouette playtime New York

Playtime New York opens it’s doors at 9am this Sunday 12 February at the Metropolitan Pavilion and Altman Building. With over a 180 collections, a seminar on social media storytelling and a celebration by three artists of the themes ‘Shaman’, ‘Party time’ and ‘Daily’ it’s bound to be a fascinating and insightful show. Not to be missed!

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Pirouette One to Watch awards Trade Shows

Pirouette One to Watch Winners: Playtime Paris

February 6, 2017
playtime paris awards : winners - Bonjour Lulaland

Playtime Paris had over 500 labels exhibiting this time round so finding the Pirouette One to Watch winners took a bit of footwork, but boy was it worth it. It’s important to say how impressed we were with the brands in the ‘New Now’ space, the emerging talent in this section was really great to see with each label exhibiting their own unique selling points. It was a shame not to have more awards to give out.

Following our London winners here are our Pirouette One to Watch winners from Playtime Paris ‘Children’s Fashion & Accessories’ and ‘Children’s Design’ …  (next stop New York) Continue Reading