Roll-up this Spring in bold bright prints, florals and stripes, netting, lace and pleats, and simple pastel shades for the boys!
Hosted in the Vinyl Factory just off of Carnaby Street in London, myself and Emily were so excited to visit Dot To Dot to meet with brands of old favourites and new exhibiting their visions for AW16 for the first time. Dot to Dot is always a carefully curated show in an environment where you can take the time to meet with the creative’s behind the brands and gather a real understanding of their values and appreciate their lines.
Wool in modern shapes and vibrant tones will be a big influence on the next season. A great advocate of which was new brand Knit Planet. A parent team having fun with knit wear and capturing moments of childhood friendship.
We had a whole lot of love for new label Maison Chaos awarded Best Collection of the show, a title well deserved. Created by a team of fathers from Sweden using fabrics that are predominantly seen across the adult luxe athletic trend and applying them to Children’s wear. The result. A line of superhero inspired ready to wear pieces of modern voluminous shapes and fluidity; with superb attention to detail. Neoprene sweaters and metallic pleated skirts this Autumn Winter? We cannot wait.
From Childrenswear to Interiors, HAM walked away with the award for Best Stand. A display of the brand’s new wall stickers and crafted wares encapsulating the playful moments of a Rabbit. These beautifully presented nostalgic prints in their monochrome style are great fun for any nursery.
This year Dot To Dot presented awards in celebration of their exhibitors. The crowned winners were :
Best Newcomer / I Haven The Foggiest
Best Newcomer – Highly Commended / Jax And Hedley
Best Stand / HAM
Best Stand – Highly Commended / Aravore
Best Collection / Maison Chaos
Best Collection – Highly Commended / Beau Loves
Discovering pastels in delicate baby accessories at Scarlet Ribbon Merino to vibrant graphic prints of Moobles and Toobles, Kid Them All and bringing back corduroy with a kick is Sindiso Khumalo. Tiba And Marl and Cub Bags answering Mama’s practical bag prayers. AW16 proves to be an exciting season.
Congratulations Dot To Dot on yet another great show. A sincere thank you for making us and our little Babiekins so welcome. See you in the Summer!
Meet the two creatives behind Sprout and Sparrow who create bold, contemporary art prints which bring colour and life into any little child’s space. Adi (a former lawyer) and Tash (a graphic designer) are sisters and mums to four cheeky (but gorgeous) kids.
Sprout and Sparrow was born after the two sisters spent hours scouring shops and the internet to find the perfect piece of art for their little ones’. They didn’t want to spend a lot of money and just wanted to find something a little bit different, bold yet colourful. Nothing really grabbed their attention, so in a brief moment of calm during a play date one morning, they came up with an idea over a pot of peppermint tea: “let’s make our own art!” And so they did! It has become a great creative outlet for them and the world loves them.
Adi and Tash find so much inspiration everywhere. They love colour. Even in the midst of the monochrome craze they have always maintained bright colourful pieces in their stunning range. Their new range is predominantly inspired by their kids. Their ‘Paper plane’ print came about because one of their kids is a little obsessed with paper planes; if you look closely at the print, you will see his words on the page. Such a beautiful and personal touch.
It is no surprise when I tell you I like all things black and white. I tend to buy a lot in those colours for the kids too.
The other day Jules asked me if I would take his picture on the roofterrace. When you hear a proposal like that, you just can’t refuse. Although, I knew that he just wanted to do a shoot because he wanted candy afterwards. Yes, I am that kind of a mother. Not proud of it, but honest enough to admit that I ‘sometimes’ bribe my kids to pose for me.
So here comes Jules. In black and white.
I always loved show and tell at school, and this little blog feature today, is my show and tell in the adult world.
I would like to show you the work of Simone Downey of Honeycup and tell you that she is a brillant illustrator who like me, is a Melbourne girl. She also has her own blog which is one to add to your bookmarks.
Her images are wintery and quirky which i love and I often use in my unisex room designs as they are gender friendly.
The problem is, i try to design unique rooms for every client but Simone continually releases such wonderful prints that i want to use them in every child’s room. I hope you can see why?
Jacinda – Hide & Sleep