This New Year we will be on the lookout once again to discover the most exciting emerging labels in kid’s fashion and design for AW18/19. And, for the first time, we start our search in Italy at Pitti Bimbo with both Florence & myself in attendance for the launch of the awards. The search then moves on to London with Dot to Dot and finally out to the states for Playtime, New York.
For this season’s awards, we have collaborated with the brilliant designer Alejandra Salvatore of Severina kids to create an exclusive One to Watch “Spyglass”. The Spyglasses will be presented to the winners of both the design and the fashion awards at each of the shows. So follow what we are up to at the shows and look out for the best emerging talent in kids fashion & design.
This Summer saw an extremely successful launch for Portuguese new label Barn of Monkeys. Their first collection gathered huge interest and accolade during the SS18 selling season, and rightfully so. This is a brand new label with an expansive range of references and wonderful storytelling contained in this, their inaugural collection. A favourite feature is the removable pockets with strong poppers typifying the high quality and detailing found in their garments. This together with impressive imagery and a strong brand identity means even at first viewing you can’t help but stop, look and find out more…
We chat with head designer David Pinto to gain some insight as to why their collection and label is stopping people in their tracks at the shows, becoming both the #Pirouette12Watch label winner and then going on to become the ‘Rising Star’ at Bubble London. Let’s find out more.
The Knit Planet’s rail really grabbed our attention at Dot to Dot London this Summer with their beautiful rich colour palette of machine washable knits for kids. Over and over again I heard visitors and exhibitors at the show use the phrase ” I wish that knitted jumpsuit was in my size”. Always a testament to the appreciation of a collection! This is not only a super wearable collection that can spread across seasons but once you get to see and touch the garments in person you can’t help but fall in love with them. Micky and Nicky Wang, the founders of the label work together as a team in both life and business. Nikky designing the collection whilst Micky focuses on marketing and sales. So let’s have a chat to our #Pirouette12Watch winners for fashion ss18 at Dot to Dot London, and find out more…
Our first Spring/Summer 18 #Pirouette12watch winner in the design category is London based Goodordering mini. We were introduced to Goodordering mini’s retro/modernist super paractical bag range and innovative multi lens magnetic snap on glasses at Dot to Dot, London. Jacqui Ma is the designer and founder of the label. In this winner’s interview feature we chat with Jacqui to discover more about the label, her inspiration and what makes good kid’s design in her view.
Pirouette hearts New York! This summers edition was a fantastic and visually creative hub of kid’s fashion and design. We were amazed to see a strong presence of Lithuanion and Latvian labels exhibiting at the New York show each with an original and distinct brand identity . Throughout the Sunday it was great to see our Pirouette One to Watch winners in Fashion and Design receiving a lot of well deserved attention from the visitors. So here we go, a brief introduction to the winners of our Pirouette One to Watch at Playtime New York for Fashion, & Design.
Playtime Paris added 50 extra brands to this edition of the kid’s fashion and lifestyle trade show. This meant there was an extra annex added on to the show at the North entrance which as it turned out was where we found one of our Pirouette One to Watch winners. This was a vibrant edition with so much to see but let’s introduce you to the Pirouette One to Watch winners in fashion and design at Playtime Paris for ss18.
What a busy Sunday morning at the Vinyl factory for Dot to Dot London. Although the exhibitor numbers were very slightly down for this edition compared with January, visitors certainly appeared to be on the up. Buyers, press, and stylists alike dotting about the stands made for a fun buzz at this little independent show taking place in the lovely brick lined venue of the Vinyl factory, Soho. Dot to Dot has become a great resource for press, buyers and stylists on the search for something a little new on their doorstep in London. Thankfully, colour is making it’s way steadily back into kid’s fashion with warm toned reds, yellows, orange and blues. The exhibitors had some wonderful products and collections at the show, (lots to write about later). But here are our winning brands of the Pirouette One to Watch for ss18 at Dot to Dot London.
Time to sign up if you want to join the dots for the 8th edition of Dot to Dot London taking place this coming Sunday at the Vinyl Factory in Soho. The show is strictly trade only, The SS18 edition of Dot to Dot London will showcase an eclectic selection of children’s fashion, footwear, accessories, toys and homeware as well as our very own Pirouette One to Watch Awards for fashion and design. So if you are curious to see what’s going on at the Vinyl Factory this weekend be sure to register…
Many months ago we started a conversation with Maria – founder of Frida’s Tierchen (see previous post) proposing the idea of Maria creating a Pirouette One to Watch award designed by Frida’s Tierchen for the Summer edition. Fast forward to present day and Maria has successfully put her unique creative stamp on the award by creating a wolf headpiece to be presented to the Pirouette One to Watch winners in fashion and design at Dot to dot London, Playtime Paris and Playtime New York. Let’s find out what Maria considers good kid’s design and what the inspiration was behind her creation.
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.