I played with these toys when I was a little girl… sewing machine and washing machine “comme maman“, cash register like a real merchant. So much fun! They are all available at Bianca and family, and I am sure that they are still fun for our children. I still occasionally read some good old “Martine” to my girls and they love it. A real piece of French culture…
Der Kleine Salon is a children’s concept store in Vienna, featuring some of the coolest brands of the moment : Mini Rodini, Bobo Choses, Popupshop, Atsuyo et Akiko, Wovenplay, Soft Gallery, Bangbang, ESPno.1, The Brand. If you are really too far to Austria, you can visit Der Kleine Salon online : www.derkleinesalon.at.
Happy anniversary to Les Petits Bohèmes who celebrated their one year in December. The website and e-store was founded by Mathild, a creative mom in love with beautiful things and furniture/objects from the past. Les Petits Bohemes was a very natural process for her, she did not have to think too long before launching it. Mathild loves unusual and unique pieces, the mix of design and industrial styles, the little self made stories and things created with the heart. Check out the wonderful finds coming from local flea markets and mixed with brands and designer’s objects that she loves (Lucky Boy Sunday, Evangelione, Désaccord). Jack of all trades, Mathild also knits and dyes the pieces that she can’t find anywhere. Go for a treasure hunt!
Fresh Spring display at Yoya in New York. I hope we will be able to wear just a tee shirt, cardigan and skirt soon.
Futas and sheep handmade in Tunisia, exclusive at Yoya.
Theophane loves elephants; something that you could have guessed by only looking at his lovely bedroom. He also deeply loves his mother, Albane de Sigy-Cromback, a children’s furniture designer from Paris, who moved to Belgium 5 years ago. Her line Madaket is available online (see here) and at Bobo Kids in London (29 Elystan Street, Chelsea).Read more
Aspen? No, Central Park. Yes, this is a cold cold winter with record amounts of snow. These pictures were taken last week by a friend.
It reminds me the excitement created in 2005 by Finger in the nose with their gorgeous down jackets, so puffy, so well executed in top quality material and full of clever technical details. It was probably the first garment ever created specifically for children with such luxury and fashion content.
I have to say that it really pays off to invest in high quality when it comes to urban puff jackets because it makes such a difference when warmth is combined with lightness.
I am sure that we all dream to put our winter gear in storage pretty soon, but before doing so, here’s 3 brands to keep in mind…for next winter!
Ver de Terre
La Petite Mag just released their issue number 3, is very pleasant journey into the world of children’s fashion and design, with interviews of those who make it : Bobo choses, Molly Meg, Wanda Kujack, Bodie and Fou, Orfeo, Marisa Crawford… Congratulations to Rachelle Wilde (and a big Thank you for including Pirouette).
Another Bubble London, another consistent message from the exhibitors : they are very happy with their show. Is it because Bubble London is small? Because the UK buyers don’t travel much? According to a survey published by CWB, only 20% of them do their buying at overseas shows. It might be the combination of many elements, and whatever they are it is always pleasant to visit a show where people are happy and positive. At the entrance of Bubble, an exhibit by London store Kidsen, encouraging retailers to focus on strong windows/visual displays.
Wallpaper is back, no doubt. It has become the main ingredient in stand’s decoration. Above, The Old rectory and P’tit Chic de Paris.
A young man is wearing an Alpaca fur hat and sweater from Waddler, a brand created by his parents. Above his picture, the irresistible knits from Kidscase; below, the successful message tees and dresses from Dandy Star. Each season, the brand comes up with fresh, exciting new products and graphics. Here below, Little Ducklings (very beautiful collection (their 3rd I think) – very attractive prices) and K for Keeps, a new comer at the show.
It is sometimes a frustration to visit shows and not to have a store. If I’d had one, I would definitively have picked No added sugar, Hucklebones, Popupshop, Lucky boy Sunday, Pale Cloud, Waddler, Little ducklings, Dandy Star, Kidscase. I would also have added pieces from Boutons (dresses, skirts, jackets, PJ’s – all from traditional handmade fabrics from India) and from Nyoki (merino+kit mohair handknits from Kosovo).
Fashion Bible Trends expo. (Colorful trunk by Deluna Kids)
A few more facts on UK retailers (Source : CWB) * Were sales for 2010 up or down on 2009? Up 41% – same 28 % – down 31% * Where do you do your buying? UK shows 66% - overseas shows 20% – showrooms 66% – agents visiting stores 56% * Have you changed your buying budget for A/W 11? Cutting back 44% – staying same 39% – investing more 17% * Do you plan to drop any labels for A/W 11? YES 71% – introduce any new labels YES 60% 58% of retailers say that online sales are an important part of their business and 66% will focus on investing in website/online sales for 2011*
Great news for all the Design lovers : some smart people are cooking up an exclusive project around children’s design, to be displayed during Milano Mobile in April. Exactly what that vibrant, exciting and very international furniture fair was missing.
“Kids room – ZOOM! is a special home exclusively designed for children, staged and curated by unduetrestella founder Paola Noé together with Austrian children’s furniture designer Thomas Maitz. The project provides a snapshot of contemporary design for children and aims at moving this young, emerging creative scene into the center of public attention. An elegant apartment on the third floor of a residential building, located in an exclusive area in the heart of Milan, will open its doors to international design for children as well as to contemporary artists, publishers and food installations“.
The exhibitors, carefully selected, come from all over the world; some well established, some less known. The list includes byBODesign, Collect Furniture, Jaell und Tofta, Kalon Studios, Kidsonroof, Liliane, Momoll, Ninetonine, Nonjetable, Perludi, White Elephant Design Lab.
Pebbles? Jelly Beans? Neither. They’re Crayons! All natural soy wax crayon made from USA grown soybeans and colored with natural mineral powders.
I found this fun and beautiful product on the blog Papinee. I don’t know who produces them/where to buy them, so if you find out let me know. It would also be interesting to understand if soybean crayons really work, or if they are just another marketing invention (as read online)…anyway, thanks Papinee for the great find!
Since she was last featured on Pirouette, in May 2010 (view the post here), photographer Emily Ulmer added a fair amount of new work on her website. Children’s portraits, but also family portraits, a new thing for her. Colours have faded, the large usage of browny and beige tones bringing an additional vintage touch to her images. Emily is definitely an artist to follow; we can’t wait to see what will be next in her portfolio.