The Pirouette One to Watch Awards are about finding and highlighting some of the best emerging talent working in children’s fashion and design. We take our time to search through the many eye catching labels at Pitti Bimbo, Dot to Dot London and Playtime New York. There are many reasons a product, brand or collection captures our imagination and enthusiasm, whether it is with engaging design, responsible and sustainable manufacturing or a unique and original approach.
In our first AW19 Pirouette One To Watch Winner interview we are delighted to introduce you to Katie & Han (sisters and duo) behind the eye catching and imaginative childrens design company Mini Wallers. Mini Wallers create circular dreamlike wall decals. Through these multi-themed portholes Mini Wallers invites a child’s imagination to awake and create! In fact on some of their promo cards children have written their own stories. Clever, fun, engaging and a very good price point. Lets find out more about our winners Mini Wallers…
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.
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.
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…
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.
There was so much emerging talent at Dot to Dot that it made our job of selecting The Ones to Watch very difficult but what a lovely day walking through the show talking with the exhibitors and looking through the collections. So many were producing at their country of origin (in this case mainly the UK), which is great to see. So without further ado here are our Pirouette One to Watch winners from Dot to Dot London for ‘Children’s Fashion & Accessories’ and ‘Children’s Design’ …