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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
This group of twelve brands – among the most beautiful and respected names in children’s fashion, have decided to join forces and show at the Hudson Studios, NY from February 12th till 14th.
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.
The 21st edition of Playtime Paris will be opening its doors tomorrow at 9:30am. More than 500 children’s and maternity brands will present their Autumn/Winter 2017/18 collections in the Park Floral. Katie will be there to chose the winner of the Pirouette “One to Watch” Award.