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February 13, 2010

V&A - Cosco booster seat

Sit Down

Seating for Kids
6 February – 5 September

Cosco Booster seat, early 1970s (click image for larger version)

When is a seat not just for sitting on? When it’s for play, for eating, for learning or even for a quick snooze of course! Taking the classic children’s tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears as a starting point, major new exhibition Sit Down: Seating for Kids invites the visitor to consider just what makes the perfect seat. Is it comfort? Style? Ease of use?

Spanning four centuries, Sit Down features over 70 examples of seating made for children, ranging from school chairs to armchairs, saddles to swings, highchairs to potties. Designs by Charles Eames and El Ultimo Grito are on display, as well as the Modernist highchair by Dutch architect Gerrit Rietveld and Spotty, a 1960s paper chair designed by Peter Murdoch.

Ideas around the growing popularity of designer seating specifically for children as well as how and why styles have changed over the centuries are also considered.

Source: V&A Museum of Childhood

Fimi Fashion Shows

February 9, 2010

Fimi has released their videos of the kids’ fashion shows that ran alongside the trade fair.  I selected a few of my favourite brands and here they are: Custo, Lourdes & AKR Kids.

Love the prints & colours!

It says Tuc Tuc but it’s Lourdes.  Lourdes’ trademark embroidered stick people are just adorable.  I wasn’t so sure about all black and thought they should’ve shown some of their colours that were ont heir stand at the trade fair.

I love the 3D movie idea for the runway!

Bubble London

February 1, 2010

Today was my first time visiting the Bubble London trade show, and what a show it was.  With 190 brands showcasing their autumn/winter 10/11 collections,  there was no shortage of cute kids’ wares to feast your eyes on.

The show recorded a 37% increase in visitors and welcomed 60 show début brands including Little Legend, Pili Pala and Calvin Klein.  Of the vast number of brands in attendance, my favourites by far (for clothing) were Animal Tails, Brights & Stripes, Paper Wings, Me Too, Let Them Eat Cake and Lilly + Sid, each with their own unique, stylish and fun approach to the wonderful world of childrenswear.  In the home & interiors “group”, Molly-Meg, Dotty Designs and Cocoon Couture showcased the most charming kids’ room accessories such as chairs, bean bags, cloth height charts, canvas toy bags and lots more.

I think Bubble London is definitely a key show to visit for kidswear fashion professionals who want to be up-to-date with the season’s key trends as well as the best and newest brands on the market.  The next edition of Bubble London will take place on the 20th-21st June 2010.

Evian Babies

January 10, 2010

This ad is too cool and the babies are too cute!!  I just love it.

I love: Crocheteddybears

January 7, 2010

Crocheteddybears is run by a talented lady by the name of Paula stevens.  I came across her adorable mini crochet teds on Ebay about 3 years ago and I just had to have beautiful little Molly (above).  She even came with her own little gingerbread doll that you see in her lap!

I just adore Paula’s bears; they’re cute, all with individual little personalities and very well made. She has been making teddy bears since 2001 and is also an avid collector.  Punch threads are her yarn of choice for miniature bears (around 3 1/2 inches) while her more recent and bigger bears (at 12 1/2 inches) are crocheted from suede and chenille yarns.  Each little bear is one of a kind and oh so lovable!  Check out the crocheteddybears Etsy shop and see what little character will steal your heart.

HautTotes on Etsy

January 3, 2010

Etsy could fuel endless entries about talented sellers; I could be writing for weeks if not longer!  Tonight I had the pleasure of feasting my eyes on the wonderful arm candy from HautTotes.  HautTotes is the brainchild of a talented lady by the name of Melissa Lewis, who started her bag-making journey with a pink skull & faux fur bag for her daughter.  She now sells totes, cosmetic bags and make-up pouch-cum-coin purses from her etsy shop and each one is handmade by Lewis from start to finish.  I was initially grabbed by the vintage-inspired Alexander Henry prints that she uses on most of her pieces (at least I think it’s Alexander Henry!).  There is also a selection of equally stylish faux leather bags for those with a desire for a more subtle look.  Prices are reasonable on the wallet thus inflicting minimal guilt for post-Christmas indulgences!  HautTotes bags are simply striking and definitely perfect for all those ladies (young or mature) who like to make a fun, bold statement with their accessories.  Swing by the shop and see for yourselves!

JooSweetie on Etsy

January 2, 2010

Just too cute for words!  I recently came across the super cute wares of an Etsy seller that goes by the JooSweetie.  One look through her shop will have you wanting to buy anything and everything!  From jewellery to keyrings to cards, this is not the shop to visit if you’re trying to curb your post-Christmas spending…but  you simply must take a peek as it’s too lovely to miss.  JooSweetie boasts top notch handcrafted pieces at equally fabulous prices.  My favourites have to be the charming and unique kokeshi doll necklaces and the handpainted necklaces that feature the faces of classic cartoon characters such as Betty Boop, Pippi Longstocking and Pinocchio as well as those of other fantastical characters.  The most capturing aspect of the pieces is the heart-meltingly sweet style of illustration…I’m not sure I’ve seen anything cuter!  I have been known to stare at the various pages of JooSweetie’s shop for hours on end just adoring all the newly listed items as well as revisiting the older pieces.  The  only reason I haven’t bought anything yet is because I’ve found it so difficult to decide what to buy.  But as it’s my birthday in 10 days, I’m gonna treat myself tonight methinks!

Check out the JooSweetie for yourself and see just how lovely everything is.  And treat yourself of course!

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