Posted in Mood of the dayFebruary 1, 2010
Pink is an obsession for every girl between age 2 and 3. This is just a rule, and don’t try to fight too hard. I bought the most gorgeous clothes for my girls around that age : minimal grey dress from Tuss, taupe bohemian top from Antik Batik, vintage looking brown coat from Maan, charcoal cashmere jumper from mor mor rita, blue tunique from Essentiel Girls, to mention only a few of my favorites. They simply refused to even try them on. I thought I had done something wrong because all they wanted to wear was pink, pink and pink. They were not even subtle about it: no powdery, tea or old pink, just the piggie-ham, the less suitable to their fair complexion. So I decided to feed them their passion and I bought all the pink I could find at H&M, the more girlie the better, lots of trims, sparkles and overload of decorations. They loved that very much until they little by little started to shift towards lighter tones, shocking pink and even purple. Now at age 4 and 5, they like to explore the whole color spectrum. See, it is only a question of time after all.
Posted in Trade ShowsJanuary 28, 2010
Maison&Objet is an institution in France : a giant show where there are shuttles to take people from a hall to another. Thousands and thousands of square meter of furniture, home decor, tablewear and other small objets for the house.
Since a couple of years the show has a little children’s section, mainly with room furniture, decor and bedding. If you plan to visit next season, we highly recommend you to visit the “NOW” section which is always stimulating with great scenography, trends area and students projects. Really inspiring. Then you are ready to dive in the jungle of the best and worst.
More info about products seen at Maison&Objet will follow.
Posted in CultureJanuary 28, 2010
This is such a beautiful book by author Carole Daprey
Carole has a passion for children’s vintage furniture and the history behind it. She uses her blog as a filing cabinet for her inspirational finds and ideas: “A drawer for this, a drawer serving as a place to store every detail open to others to share and to learn from.”
Daprey’s book focuses on children’s furniture design. Bringing together over 50 of the best and most representative pieces by the likes of Alvar Aalto, Arne Jacobsen, Charles and Ray Eames, and Jean Prouvé. Putting into perspective 60 years of design, from the 1920s onwards, placing each piece in an historical context. I am hoping that it will be translated into English or one day I will learn French!
Courtesy of molly-meg.blogspot.com
Posted in Trade ShowsJanuary 25, 2010
It’s always a pleasure to visit Florence, although it can take ages to reach the famous capital of Tuscany. Our flight landed in Pisa, and we only arrived at final destination three hours later. But Pitti Bimbo is definitely a must visit fair, not to mention that the Tuscan beauty, the unique light and the exquisite food banishes any complaints in the blink of an eye
Showing a large spectrum of collections, from Italian historical brands (I pinco Pallino) to licenced world famous names (D&G, Roberto Cavalli, Burberry) to streetwear (Fiorucci, Pepe Jeans, Diesel) to the new generation of successful players (Essentiel girls, Imps and Elfs, Antik Batik), to young designers (Huckelbones), Pitti Bimbo gives the best overview of what’s available on the market.
We liked the section called The Apartment with its wooden lightboxes frames and tables showcasing collections of vintage objects, and an arty installation from Milk magazine. Bonnie Young, Ann Valerie Hash, Loica Bonini, Nathalie Verlinder, Caramel Baby and Child, etc.
Our booth award went to American Outfiters who planted a desert tent on a floor of pebbles.
More posts on products seen at Pitti Bimbo will follow.
Posted in Trade ShowsJanuary 25, 2010
New to the European trade shows calendar and right after Pitti, White Kids took place in Milan. A total of 53 collections were showcased in industrial lofts located in a creative area of the city.
The show was visually very strong with open stands, attention to details, artistic collaborations, play areas. Vogue bambini brought a good addition to the show, playing around sports.
Among the exhibitors were Caramel Baby and child, Pepe, Petit Bateau, Douuod, Anne Valerie Hash, Marimekko, Aeronautica militare, BLav. I Pinco Pallino were presents with an exhibit of their golden line.
We liked the good energy and the scenography a lot; we only regretted the brand selection that we expected a little bit stronger and more innovative. It will be very interesting to follow this new comer and to see hits evolution.
More info on products shown at White Kids will follow.
Posted in ProductsDecember 3, 2009
A couple of years ago, Kids On Roof
met a great success with their blue doll houses. The company has since developed an outstanding range of eco friendly items, including the totem collection of imaginative 3D products to build before using as a house decoration. The Xmas tree is made of 150 recycled and biodegradable cardboard pieces printed with an angel, deer, peace doves, candles, ornaments and a big gleaming star. Available at Brooklyn storehttp://www.sweetwilliamltd.com
“> Sweet William
Posted in Press - Online magazinesNovember 30, 2009
It’s a real pleasure to go from magazines to websites and to see so many creative and rich Christmas shopping guides. The one on Australian magazine LMNOP specifically caught our eye with its crisp layout and awesome selection of objects. Click on the link http://www.lmnop.com.au/signin/“>http://www.lmnop.com.au/signin/ to download the magazine pages. You’ll have to sign up and it will take 2 minutes of your time but it’s really worth it!
Posted in Retail - WindowsNovember 11, 2009
American children’s designer brands were hardly seen in Europe in the days of a strong dollar. They are finally getting more attention and it is well deserved. Orfeo, a London based online store launched in 2007, is a great window for beautiful US brands such as Wovenplay, mor mor rita, Atsuyo et Akiko, Marilyn Tov, Oeuf, Shirin Kids, Tamar Mogendorf, etc. The web boutique carries high end clothes and gifts for children 0-6, mainly from up-and-coming independent designers with an understated, contemporary, poetic, natural, imaginative style. Photo 1.Wovenplay, 2.Apolline.