There has been SO MUCH buzz around the new Bobo Choses AW20 collection and there's absolutely no denying that when I first laid eyes on this season I let out an audible gasp, this is Bobo at their absolute finest!
The adult collection is first out of the traps this season so you can spoil yourself before indulging the kids.....The Catalogue of Marvellous Trades is a celebration of creativity, possibility and freedom and its a little bit amazing!
Konges Sløjd is a beautiful brand hailing from Copenhagen, Denmark. Their design philosophy is to create simple, functional and quality driven product that is undeniably Scandinavian in style and ethically produced.
Established in 2014, we have loved and stocked Konges Sløjd for several years now. It is one of our go-to brands for parents with an eye for interior design and is incredibly popular both in-store or online with people buying for baby showers and new babies or simply treating their little one or themselves to something new.
The latest collection sees some of their most popular products re-imagined in new prints and colour palettes as well as some gorgeous new additions that we are really excited to share with you.
The lemon is one of their signature prints and a personal favourite here, one of the new products we really love is the lemon shape sorter. Shape sorters are just brilliant developmental toys, encouraging little ones to learn how to pick up objects and match their shapes. Made from 100% FSC certified wood this is a beautiful addition to any nursery.
Konges Sløjd are renowned for making wonderful teethers. These are SO popular and we've had some designs sell out in a matter of days previously! New for this season are racoons, elephants, dragons, ice creams, lemons and our personal favourite, the tooth! Made from 100% natural Hevea rubber for soothing sore gums. They are a perfect size for tiny hands to grip and feel.
Most people are familiar with the gorgeous changing mats that Konges Sløjd make for the home but did you that they do portable/travel changing pads too? Available in three new prints this season including blue blossom mist and flower field seen here. The changing pads have a magnetic closure that makes it easy to open and close with one hand and two pockets for nappies, wipes and other changing essentials. Made from 100% organic cotton they are the perfect size to pop in a bag when you're out and about.
Also new this season in is the Mio pacifier with an orthodontic teat, available in four gorgeous colours - blush, light green, lemonade and rose. We have a selection of coordinating pacifier straps available online including some beautiful knitted ones made from soft lambswool with a wooden clip and rubber pacifier loop. These are ideal for securely holding on to your little one's pacifier so it won't get lost or fall onto the floor, you don't want to lose pacifiers that are this pretty!
Something I absolutely lusted after when I was (a lot) younger was a beautiful box to keep all of my treasures and jewellery. These beautiful musical versions come in two colour-ways (cream and blue) with different designs and are complete with a mirror and a drawer. They make for such a lovely gift for a slightly older child and its really interesting to see they consider their treasures to be!
The beautiful stacking fruit toys also deserve a special mention. Available both as the strawberry seen here and a lemon. Again made from 100% FSC certified wood, they are great for encouraging hand/eye coordination and counting skills.
The complete collection is available to view online here. Whilst our shop in the heart of Brighton's beautiful North Laine remains closed at the moment our online business is operating as normal. Stay safe and shop from home!
We put the Maileg House of Minature Dollhouse back in the shop window during lockdown (the shop itself remains closed but items are regularly collected from there for online orders). It's always drawn inquisitive faces to our window and we thought that it might prove fun over lockdown for anyone passing by on their daily exercise to 'spot the difference'! Equally, it has to be said, I'm not adverse to a little tinker with the mice and the girls have enjoyed coming up with different ideas at home for me to re-enact at the shop.
We had the most fun ever creating something rather topical this week and we were surprised just how easy it was to do thanks to the incredible attention to detail on the Maileg mice and accessories. Everything you see in the photos comes from the shop except the teeny tiny loo rolls which I whiled an evening away making (yes really!)
It's the Easter holidays here in the UK and we are taking a welcome break from home schooling. Having everyone home 24/7 coupled with being charged with providing some form of basic education is a challenge in itself! Throw work into the mix and by the end of the second week I was frazzled. It looks increasingly likely that the schools won't return until September......one week at a time I guess....
The school room we set up is truly representative of all the Friday feels, the only thing that's missing is the miniature bottle of gin!! We also sell the little felted cacti and succulents you can see in this scene, they're made by Felt So Good and come with a no prickle guarantee! Fairtrade and handmade in Nepal, we have a few of these at home and in the office over at the warehouse and love them, no maintenance and pretty to boot!
We hadn't planned creating a whole house originally, it just evolved that way! The project actually started life with our stockpiling mice in the kitchen - we have a rather naughty King Dad and Queen Mum Mouse together with Chef Mouse surrounded by masses of bread, cheese, baked beans, cereals, coffee and condiments made up variously from the vintage food grocery box and vintage picnic set!
Groceries are not the only thing these cheeky little mice have been bulk-buying though, up in the bathroom we have a whole family surrounded by weeks worth of toilet roll! Racer Dad Mouse is joined by Mum Mouse in Sweater and Plaid Skirt and one of the tiny Matchbox Mouse Twins whilst Big Sister Spa and Wellness Mouse takes relaxing bath in a teacup!
The hospital and nurse scenes are a small tribute to all of the incredible work our medical staff are doing the world over at this time. We have a small team of nurse mice tending to a whole family of poorly mice! The nurse outfit is actually sold as a stand-alone item to fit mum mouse as well as a complete nurse character. We have more outfits than we do mice at home and the girls enjoy dressing and undressing them, choosing a different outfit each day, they really are one of their go-to toys.
The full Maileg collection is available to view online and we have so many more characters in addition to the mice. They are a beautiful heirloom toy, made to last and be passed down. If you are local and take Kensington Gardens in on your daily walk don't forget to take a peek inside our window!
Stella Kids is one of our newer brands (it's our second season with them) but also one of our larger ranges, the collections are fun, modern and playful, very much designed with the joyful spirit and energy of kids in mind.
Stella McCartney needs little introduction, born and raised in London and the English countryside she graduated from the world renowned arts and design collage, Central St Martins, in 1995 to pursue an incredibly successful career in fashion. Following a successful tenure as Creative Director at Chloe, she launched her own label back in 2001 with Stella Kids following in 2010.
The Stella Kids range stays true to the mainline fashion collection and many of the pieces take their inspiration from there. Combine this with an explosion of colour and punchy prints and you have a fun, ethical, sustainable and cruelty-free collection that fun-loving kids can't wait to wear!
I'm not sure if it is a global phenomenon or something we are only seeing in the UK but children everywhere are making rainbows to put in the windows to spread a bit of cheer. We have made one ourselves and from my bedroom I can see 3 or 4 other houses in the street with them up, some big, some small but all lovely so it seems rather timely to see so many rainbows in the Stella Kids SS20 collection, we ADORE them!
With over 40 rainbow themed items its almost impossible to highlight a couple of favourites - we have swimwear, shorts, sweatshirts, dresses, sliders, skirts, bags, joggers, rompers, jumpers and tees and probably one or two things in-between I've missed!
The swimwear is really, really lovely, we have a gorgeous swimsuit and bikini which look absolutely fab and so much fun paired with the sliders and sunglasses!
I also have a lot of love for the hearts this season, a bold and absolutely beautiful print that can be found across a number of swimwear items, including some brilliant swim shorts for the boys, the prettiest little sleeveless baby all in one and my personal favourite, the stunning 3/4 sleeve skirt dress with a drop waist!
And finally, the signature military jacket is an absolute must-have, we've had so many of these over the years and they always draw so much positive attention. It's just one of those pieces that looks great with EVERYTHING!
The full collection is available to view online. Whilst our bricks and mortar shop in Brighton remains closed for now our online shop continues to operate as normal and we have added some additional courier options to help with quicker delivery times worldwide. Thank you as ever for your continued support!
We have welcomed a few new and really beautiful brands to Junior Edition this season. The absolutely gorgeous work of Dutch designer Hetty Van Driest and her brand Long Live The Queen has already become a firm favourite with us.
Now in their fifth season, Long Live The Queen SS20 is a collection of ethically produced and environmentally conscious girls clothing which we are stocking in ages 2-10 years. Made from up-cycled fabrics, organic jersey and super soft knits, all carefully selected to help reduce the footprint left behind.
Favourite pieces this season? Honestly, I love it all and if it came in adult sizes I would most definitely be wearing it. The puff sleeves are an absolute winner for me and are seen across several tees (in golden yellow and rose dawn) as well as the gorgeous short and long and sleeve terry sweaters which come in lavender, bronze, multicoloured stripes and green dots (short sleeved) and toffee and vintage blue (long sleeved).
I'm a sucker for short shorts (yes I was born in the 70's!) and terry too! Both the brown spots and multicoloured stripes shorts look great with their coordinating sleeveless tops with a ruffle collar. A beautifully practical combo that looks divine too!
Of the dresses, the candy stripe tiered maxi is a personal favourite. It can be dressed up to make the perfect party dress but looks equally as stylish with a pair of trainers and works really well layered with the short-sleeved lavender terry sweater.
I also really love the tie dye effect on the gorgeous off-white sweater, it takes me back to carefree summer days in Ibiza, wandering around the hippy markets, soaking up the sunshine and the atmosphere. What I would give to be there now! It's all turned rather cold here in Brighton again today. Still, summer is just about in our grasp and we've had a few really glorious spring days recently to help us on our way. I'll give it a couple of weeks before the kids beg me to roll out the paddling pool in the back garden!
There's so much more to see online, you can shop the full collection here. All of our shop staff have relocated to the warehouse for the time-being so online orders are being despatched in lightening quick time!
I think for so many of us, dressing our kids in gorgeous clothes give us great pleasure. Equally, I think that for some (certainly me) the investment both emotionally and financially in our own wardrobes has waned slightly, now that there are small people to dress. And certainly (for many mamas) things aren't in the same place or the same shape as they used to be, having undertaken the immense task of carrying/birthing children and breast-feeding.
I am a default jeans and trainers kind of girl, and there's nothing wrong with that. It's a practical, comfortable and safe look that works well. There's occasions though where I do find myself feeling a bit meh as my staying in and going out clothes are one and the same! And so we've decided to broaden our horizons a bit and branch out a little further than we have historically into womenswear, with so many of our favourite baby and kid brands having adult offshoots with some really lovely pieces.
Emile et Ida is one of the womenswear brands we have decided to focus on this spring/summer - they design and produce deliciously retro basics with folky roots. Its a really wearable collection and one that can be as easily dressed up as down plus (bonus!) lots of tees and tops that look great with jeans. With a colour palette of caramel and ecru together with dusty pinks and blues we are stocking skirts and dresses too from extra small to large.
We are also carrying Liilu in mama sizes this season for the first time. A really beautiful collection with a timeless feel. Every piece is made from 100% organic cotton muslin and we have a small but perfectly formed collection of dresses, skirts, shirts and blouses available but be quick, we are already down to the last item in several designs!
We are also delighted to be stocking Bobo Choses Growing Young again this Spring/Summer. A Dance Romance is an immensely fun collection that features prints and shapes from the kids collection. They have taken some of the very best pieces and given them just a little bit of a twist - we have some stand-out t shirts and sweatshirts (I may have brought them all!) but also some gorgeous knits and some beautifully printed shirts and midi skirts and so much more besides!
With additional pieces from Rylee and Cru, Mingo, My Moumout, Poudre Organic, Monkind, The Animals Observatory and Le Petit Germain plus adult sunglasses from Izipizi, its well worth a browse! We are currently in the throes of making our website a bit more user friendly, its still a work in progress but we have created a Womenswear section and you are now able to search by price, size and brand, it makes such a difference!
Womenswear is an area we hope to continue to grow.....we may well top up our existing collections this season and have already placed orders for Autumn/Winter 2020. Shop what we have so far online here, and watch this space for further news!