Working To Build A Sustainable Future

Working To Build A Sustainable Future

Wow, what a rollercoaster of a year 2020 turned out to be! It was a bumpy old year but we made it through, in large part thanks to the support of our wonderful customers, thank you.

Amongst all of the chaos it has been a year of reflection for us, as a business. We first came into this five whole years ago now and there's no denying that it has been TOUGH on occasion, juggling family with a business that grew to include a physical store as well as online threw up some of the most enormous challenges. We have worked really hard across the last couple of years to smooth out operational issues. Securing a warehouse and having a proper distribution hub was a game-changer for us and we are lucky enough to have a really strong and committed team who have been nothing short of amazing during this pandemic.

Mini Rodini AW20: Für Elise

Mini Rodini AW20: Für Elise

Mini Rodini never fail to impress; quirky, colourful prints that work as hard as kids play! It's one of those brands that is fun to buy and even more exciting to launch as little is revealed by way of 'sneak peaks' beyond the name of the collection. We get such a buzz launching the product after weeks of speculation on social media and there are always a few absolute gems in there that get folks super excited, and this season was no exception!

Autumn/Winter 2020 is an absolute cracker of a collection, with 3 chapters released across the months of July, August and September. Für Elise is inspired by classical music and art and there are so many fabulous new prints from Mozart pandas and cat choirs to notes and violas. 

New Collection: Mini Rodini SS20 Chapter 1 - Diana

New Collection: Mini Rodini SS20 Chapter 1 - Diana

Mini Rodini, Diana - Chapter one of FIVE (oh yes!!) that will be released between now and the end of March, dropped last Thursday 30th January. Paying homage to the style icon that is Princess Diana, it is a gorgeously preppy, sporty-chic collection with very British roots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

One of our favourite items from the collection HAS to be the country jacket, it is such a great transitional piece for Winter to Spring. Perfect for layering with fleece or warm knits in this colder weather and brilliant on its own as the temperatures improve. Made in recycled polyester and organic cotton it combines functionality with a very classic heritage style. Water-repellent with BIONIC-FINISH® ECO coating and breathable, it has foldable corduroy cuffs that means it can grow with your child. Wish, wish, wish they did this in grown-up sizes!!

If you are more sports pitch than country field minded, you are going to LOVE the rugby shirts which we are stocking in four beautiful colours including this pretty pink. Made from organic cotton and produced in a factory that is part of MIni Rodini's living wage project. This product is GOTS certified – the strictest certification for organic materials on the market today, which involves rigid controls throughout the entire manufacturing process, including chemical use and working conditions.

Mini Rodini's commitment to sustainability is well documented, it is one of the most sustainable childrenswear collections around. The (out-of-this-world) panther jacket for example, is made in 100% recycled polyestar from recycled PET plastic bottles, discarded fishing nets and used clothes making it GRS certified. What's not to love!?!

With four more beautiful chapters yet to be revealed, make sure you stay tuned for lots more exciting products and prints. Chapter 2 lands on Thursday 13th February and we can't wait to show you what we have!

Check out the full collection online here, it also includes some fabulous baby pieces in brilliant prints including tiger stripes and unicorns!

The Earth Is Our Mother, We Must Take Care Of Her

The Earth Is Our Mother, We Must Take Care Of Her

Mini Rodini have long offered highly sustainable childrens-wear and their latest collection, "Mother Earth", uses old fishnet and ocean waste to make swimwear, recycled PET bottles to make jackets and cotton that is grown without carcinogenic pesticides and harmful chemicals. Harnessing energy from the wind and sun to sew it all together in the final stages, this a killer collection without killing the planet in the process.

The first of two drops this season introduces some truly fabulous animal characters, the most striking of which has to be the draco print, available in a number of beautiful colour combinations and countless styles across both baby and older children's pieces  - equally as awesome for the girls as boys!

And who wouldn't want to bump into these cute characters down at the stables this summer? Gorgeous horses and cheeky donkeys across dresses, skirts, tees, jumpers, rompers, hoodies and caps to name but a few!

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the very newly borns we are also now stocking smallest size pieces which include wrap bodysuits and leggings in the horse print and the essential basics -  leopard, navy and black.

 

Indulge yourself further with a look at our complete collection here or come visit our store in the heart of Brighton's North Laine area and see this beautiful new collection in all its glory!

PlanToys - Sustainable Play

PlanToys - Sustainable Play

Environmentally responsible PlanToys is notable for making its toys from rubber wood, a sustainable by-product of the latex industry's harvesting of trees used for natural rubber production.

From first baby toys for tiny hands still mastering grip and coordination to puzzles, games and construction for more able, older children - the PlanToys collection is a pre-schooler's dream.

The stand-out item from the collection for us is the stunning rocking pegasus, this item could not be any more beautiful if it tried!

  

Other favourites for the tinies are these adorable animal racers in a duck, hen and bunny design.  With their numbered frontage they make perfect first, second and third birthday gifts or buy all three to race at the same time - 1,2,3 and they're off!

Beautiful bath time toys are surprisingly hard to find but PlanToys have excelled themselves with their arctic adventurers.  Of the walrus, penguin, polar bear and seal it has to be the new walrus that floats our boat!

For the budding builder in your life PlanToys have an awesome pounding bench which is suitable from just 12 months.  Once all the pegs are pounded children can simply turn the panel over to start the fun all over again!  And for those age 3+ this toolbox is pretty awesome - not only can you build amazing things but you can also have your own robot play buddy!  The set consists of 16 pieces and includes a hammer, wrench with screwdriver, nuts and bolts and the toolbox itself that can flip upside down and be transformed into a robot.

Of the games we have here which include a balancing cactus and feed a frog, it's the beehive game for the little one that's won our hearts - it helps to develop fine motor skills by matching the bee to its hive using the pincer grasp on the forceps and also reinforces colour recognition and counting, super cute!

Indulge yourself further with a look at our complete collection here or come visit our beautiful store in the heart of Brighton's North Laine area.