Bobo Choses is our first Spring/Summer collection of the year and WOW! What a way to start... For President is everything we love about Bobo - soft naturals meet beautiful bolds and quirky, colourful prints abound.
Ear-to-ear smiles, friendly pet lions, funny pepper presidential candidates, big tomatoes and smiley-fingered hands - this collection is SO much fun and one the kids are guaranteed to enjoy wearing.
Clothing wise it's been one the most unusual to date, with collections trickling through in multiple drops across almost all brands due to impact on production and distribution during this tumultuous year.
One brand that was already doing things differently (and by their own free will I hasten to add) is Amsterdam based Repose AMS who moved to a refreshingly different approach to selling clothes at the end of 2019, releasing four collections across the year - two main and two capsule, aimed at bucking the trend of selling summer shorts in February and winter coats in July.
I was never not going to write about this collaboration, E.T has been my favourite film forever, I have watched it scores and scores of times, I have a whole box of ET themed merch in tucked away in my loft and a giant stuffed toy in my room, I cried when I rode on the ride at Universal Studios in Florida. You get the picture, OBSESSED.
Keeping this collection a secret was harder for me than the first 3 months of pregnancy, I have basically been almost self-combusting with excitement in the months since it was first announced and it is such a relief to finally be able to shout it from the rooftops - ET PHONE MINI RODINI HAS ARRIVED!!!
Wynken is the most beautiful fashion brand from London, creating childrenswear that we stock from 6 months all the way up to 12 years. Established in 2014, Elbe Lealman (formerly Head Designer at the fabulous 'Folk') created Wynken after becoming a mother, realising her dream of creating a contemporary and creative children's clothing collection with a strong design and quality focus. Clothing that parents love to buy and children love to wear!
Fiesta Forever is a gloriously rich collection, muted tones combine with colours that pop! There are textured fabrics, beautifully bold prints, soft velour and faux fur jerseys and chunky alpaca knits. Colours include mallow pink, umber, otomi blue and buff and buttermilk tones together with burgundy and fiesta green plaid.
The first instalment of the (quite frankly AMAZING) AW20 collection from The Animals Observatory dropped on July 21st at the slightly un-godly hour of 6am CET (thats 5am UK time folks, 5am!) so armed with lots of strong coffee and slightly bleary-eyed we hit the launch button and waited for lift-off!
Launch days are always a slightly apprehensive affair, will you love it as much as we do, did we plump for the pieces you are going to love? The answer was a resounding YES and we were thrilled to read all of your positive feedback and see several pieces and sizes sell out in those first couple of days. When you get all the feels, we get the all the feels too so thank you!
It's here! The eagerly awaited AW20 collection by Bobo Choses, The Catalogue of Marvellous Trades.
Firstly, WOW What a week last week! And what a BUZZ launch day was! Drop 1 landed with us on Thursday 16th July and the excitement in the days that ran up to launch was palpable. We always thought this collection was something pretty special and to see that cross-over amongst all of our wonderful customers really was a joy to behold, thanks to each and every one of you for your orders.
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 it's a little bit amazing!
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!
I know we are lucky enough to have customers from all over the world so I don't want to harp on about it too much but my god it has been a horrendous winter here in the UK. Don't get me wrong, I'm not in the anti-winter brigade, I love a woolly jumper and a large glass of red by a roaring fire! I don't even mind the cold if the truth be told and I LOVE a bit of snow (rare as it is in this country) but it has been relentless rain and high winds for as long as I can remember. So. Over. It.
And so, in an attempt to pretend the outside isn't happening, I'm projecting all things summer related and taking a closer look at the gorgeous new collection by Wynken which is inspired by the classic Roy Ayers Song, Everybody Loves The Sunshine and perfectly encapsulates the laid back vibe of a sunny summer day.
For anyone not familiar with Wynken, they are a London based childrenswear brand creating unisex fashion for kids which we stock from three months all the way up to to eight years. Wynken was created by Elbe Lealman in 2014 shortly after becoming a mother herself, realising her dreams of creating a contemporary children's clothing line for modern kids. Wynken is one of those brands that is as popular with kids as it is the adults, with its strong design focus coupled with quality and wearability. The multitude of techniques used during manufacturing, from print to appliqué and embroidery means that every collection produced boasts rich and textured clothing that is kind to both the wearer and the environment. We're huge fans here!
The SS20 collection is a particularly special one - it's feel good, it's slow pace, it's slow play and it's oozing those good time summer vibes. There are SO MANY great pieces this season, but the dresses really are exquisite! The Gather Dress in Clay is my personal favourite. Relaxed and roomy with a frill sleeve, this pretty dress is made from clay colour linen cotton mix fabric and is printed with a distressed sunshine print in a darker clay tone. It has a crew neckline with button opening down the back bodice with the skirt gathered in to the waist seam. If this came in adult sizes I would 100% be wearing it! We have already sold out in age 8 but have 2, 4 and 6 years still available.
The Wynken caps and hats have always been super popular for us. We have the trademark wink caps in blue terry, bronze, deep coral and dull pink together with badge caps in golden, red/bronze and silver. We are also stocking the havana hat in four colour-ways and the glorious bucket hat (seen here with the sunshine stripe tee shirt and daily shorts) in both pink and sand. We have a hat for every occasion!
The cuban shirt also deserves a special mention......it's the most stunning relaxed fit shirt. It has a button front closure with a button and loop detail at collar giving an option to close up to the neck (it looks brill either way!). There are two lower front patch pockets and the cotton fabric has been printed with an all over sun print which has a distressed finish. Sold out in age 6 we still have ages 2,4 and 8 available at the moment.
Shop the full collection online here, and if you've not tried Wynken before we absolutely guarantee you won't be disappointed!