Look out, Pirouette returns this summer to Dot to Dot London, Playtime Paris and Playtime New York on the lookout for the best emerging talent in kid’s fashion and design for the Pirouette One to Watch Awards SS18 but this edition there’s something a little different.
Tia Cibani Kids Aw17 collection ‘Wallflower’ is rich in colour and texture, diverse in materials and abundant in choice. All reasons why this NY based label was our One to Watch for fashion AW17 at Playtime NY. Tia Cibani is an experienced designer and this is her second foray into kidswear evident from the maturity of the collection. The label launched a couple of years a go and runs parallel to the Tia Cibani womenswear line. After speaking with Tia at Playtime NY it was evident how much she enjoys the children’s fashion industry and designing/producing fashion for kids. Bold, complex and with a hint of tribal ethnic roots, a beautiful collection from a talented lady. Let’s find out more from Tia.
Loopy Mango recently crossed over into the world of children’s design by creating a mini range of their popular DIY knitwear boxes. The pieces are gorgeously super chunky which on a little kid looks incredibly cute. Lets face it chunky is in for Aw17, and you don’t get much more chunky than Loopy Mangos fabulous range. The mini DIY kits themeselves are brilliantly giftable, bright and fun. Unbelievably the new mini DIY knit kits aren’t currently stocked in Europe, though this is bound to change very soon. Find out more about the AW17 Pirouette One to Watch winners for design – Playtime New York.
Bonjour are our One to Watch winners for design at Playtime Paris AW17. It’s of no surprise this label has amassed a large social media following with the stylist, designer and founder Anne Millet’s inspiring and captivating style. The Petite chamber noire (the little dark room) collection for Aw17 makes reference to the cinematographic and photographic world, creating a contrasted but subtle atmosphere as a photographer might reveal colours on photographic prints in a dark room. Wonderful moss greens and warm nudes are backgrounds to beautiful hand-block printed vintage flowers. We fell in love with the home linen, mattresses, quilts and the exquisite green in this collection. Let’s find out more about Bonjour, it’s designer and founder and share a sneak peek of Petite chambre noire.
New York based label lulaland was our first One to Watch winner in the fashion catagory at Playtime Paris. This fun mixmatching collection drew us in for a further look, different textures, whimsical prints and rich colouring makes for a bold beautiful collection and whatever the combination it will work. The aztec pineapple print was a favorite from the collection, Lula designs the prints herself and has them printed to organic cotton fabric. This is a rich and fun label, certainly One to Watch, let’s find out more.
Mini Stitches are our first Pirouette One to Watch winners in the fashion category. A part from producing a wonderful clothing line they are in fact a social enterprise kidswear label with strong ethical roots. We both found their enthusiasm and commitment to what they are attempting to achieve both infectious and inspiring.
Britain will later today hand deliver it’s letter of resignation to the President of the European council and so the 2 year Brexit negotiation begins. How this divorce will ultimately affect Britain, Europe and business only time will tell, it is however clear that we are in for a prolonged period of uncertainty and quarrelling. But whilst politicians, lawyers, advisors and such like work out terms it will be business that is left to get on with making it work.
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.
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.
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…
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.