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.
It was a dark rainy Sunday in New York for the 16th edition of Playtime New York but it didn’t hamper the vibrancy of the show. In fact Playtime registered a new attendance record of 2,114 professional visitors with the majority (45.3%) attending on the first day. As we stated in the Playtime Paris report, stand presentation is paramount for labels wishing to capture the attention of visitors, either that they know already or are on their wishlist. Certainly there was no missing Lulaland’s rich fabric wall and it was difficult to not be intrigued by the giant 4ft stuffed Gizmo assistant at Fresh Dinosaurs.
On arrival to the 23rd edition of Playtime it already felt super busy. It seems we keep seeing buyers and press arriving bright and early ready to go first thing on day 1 – maybe hoping to capitalise from fresh brains & fresh eyes. This was born out by the visitor figures, with Saturday hitting the top day, worth noting for brands. The show welcomed 7,654 professional visitors through the doors at Parc Floral and interestingly for the first time the international visitors outnumbered the french home crowd.
Arriving to a cold and clear London for the 9th edition of Dot to Dot was rather lovely. Pirouette attended on Monday (day 2 of the show) to find our Pirouette One to Watch winners. Fortunately there were lots of young fledgling labels to discover at the show, which was helpful!
Show directors Carly and Nicole looked fresh faced and happy post Luna (UK) mag launch the previous day. Lots of press were in attendance on the Monday which is always nice to catch up. Lets take a look at the #09 edition of the show….
‘Live Movie’ was the theme for this the 86th edition of Pitti Immagine Bimbo and boy did it live up to the billing, with big anniversaries, events, and catwalk shows making for this vibrant extravaganza of the kid’s fashion calendar. Pitti Bimbo now caters for some of the biggest names along with medium independents right down to fledgling first time labels. There is something for everyone at Pitti with the show drawing visitors, buyers and press from all over the world to the beautiful city of Firenze, Florence, Italy. Pirouette was there for two reasons, firstly to cover the show for our behind the scenes web doc with NYC based children’s fashion photographer Molly Magnuson; and secondly to launch the Pirouette One to Watch Awards accompanied by Pirouette founder Florence Rolando. The events were big, the catwalk production outstanding and the collections vibrant. This is how it went….
For this edition #23 commencing Saturday the 27th of January at the Parc Floral de Paris Playtime Paris embraces the theme of mutation ‘changeover’. Throughout the three days there will be over 540 brands to discover, including 100 new exhibitors. With this edition’s trends: Agricool, Flow and Renew, Playtime has invited some exciting designers to interpret the themes.
The Playtime team sincerely believe that fashion has a role to play in outlining the world of tomorrow. As such Playtime have supported a number of socially conscious and creative exhibitions taking place over the three days – by Marie Claire Enfant, Doolittle, Pirouette and Frederique Daubal for Kid’s Wear Magazine. We for one can’t wait for the 23rd edition of Playtime Paris to discover all the new collections, new exhibitors and lap up Playtime’s unique creative environment. So let’s share a little more of what to look out for…
Movie themed Pitti Immagine Bimbo #86 is kicks off in two days, Pirouette will be there for the launch of the new season with our first Pirouette One to Watch Awards at Pitti Bimbo. Plus photographer Molly Magnuson will be making her way over from the States to Italy to combine forces with Pirouette to produce a backstage web documentary with video interviews, catwalk coverage, Molly’s photography and much more…
So lets take a look at some of the events taking place at the show.
Sticky Lemon was founded mid 2016 by Simone, Lotte & Dorien. Whilst working on other design projects their idea for a quirky and bold brand became more and more serious. Eventually their first backpacks became a reality and Sticky Lemon was born. This brand was concieved for both little, and bigger kids who have an outspoken taste in the way they look. It’s colourful, bold and sunny. Colourblocking is combined with patterns and illustrations. It was a bit of family affair at the New York show which made for an absolute joy presenting the award. Sticky Lemon #Pirouette12watch winners ss18 Playtime New York! let’s find out more.
The 9th edition of London based trade show Dot to Dot is fast approaching, with an international cast of labels in attendance. This friendly boutique style show remains in the same central and welcoming location – the fabulous Vinyl factory at the back or the famous Carnaby street. But remember to register prior to your visit or take your business card as a strictly trade policy is exercised.
Straight from Italy, Pirouette will be there on the Monday looking out for the new Pirouette One to Watch award winners at the show. The 9th edition will also be hosting the launch of the UK version of German based Luna Magazine. During which the lovely Peggy Jusch, the editor in chief of Luna UK will be holding creative workshops for visitors and hosting an evening drinks event on the Saturday to celebrate the launch.
Always a great show for a little discovery, we have a quick chat with Peggy re the launch of the English Luna Mag and hear a little from show founders Carly Gledhill and Nicole Frobusch.
Like it’s name Anchovy is a unique kids label with a very strong USP attributed to the brand. With an artistry at the foundation and imagery unlike no other this independent kids label is hard to miss during a trade show. Last Summer at Playtime New York the circle dresses from the ss18 collection ‘hiding from the sun’ really stood out slowly and memorisingly turning on the architecturally designed stand, with gradients of soft pastel colours. The uniqueness of this label is to be celebrated, oh and I forgot to say amongst all this artistry the pieces remain incredibly functional and wearable. We chat with designer and founder Giedre Kose.
Balance bikes are now part of what seems to be every toddlers journey towards becoming a fully fledged cyclist. It’s hard for parents & children alike not to fall for Banwood’s balance bike. Both retro and modern mixed into a perfectly balanced recipe. There was a constant buzz around the Banwood’s stand at Playtime Paris last summer, their product is charming with a stylish look for those design loving parents and their offspring. In this #pirouette12watch winner’s interview we have the pleasure of chatting with one half of the design duo behind Banwood – Frida Jonsby.