This week I was at Bubble London – the trade show for ‘all things children’ meeting existing suppliers and seeing what’s new.
It is a lovely show – extremely civilised and good looking – with over 200 exhibitors that range from the ‘big names’ through to small startups just launching their first collection. Predominantly exhibitors are baby/children’s fashion but there is also footwear, interiors, gifts, accessories and maternity collections on offer.
It’s certainly grown and diversified since I first started attending – this year was clearly the year of footwear – I’ve never seen sooooo many shoes for babies and children! I stopped to chat to Daisy Roots who manufacture their gorgeous handmade leather shoes in Northamptonshire. As I admired their baby shoes they gave me a diddy shoe key ring….which mysteriously appeared on my daughters bag a day or so later?!
Meanwhile I met up with our friends at Piccalilly, Pigeon Organics and Toby Tiger from whom we buy our organic cotton rompers, sleepsuits and accessories. I particularly fell for a couple of the lovely new designs from Pigeon Organics – all the fun of the seaside (think crabs and seashorses!) in beautiful colours with coordinating jackets. They should be with us in a few weeks time…
I also spotted new launch Panda & Ping who manufacture their fun range of children’s bed wear here in the UK. I really loved their ‘Jumbo Blankets’ – 140 x 100 cm and made from thick jersey cotton in bright graphic designs including flamingos, giraffes and elephants. These two hard working mums are producing well designed practical products and certainly deserve their Highly Recommended accolade in the Rising Star award category!
My favourite ‘find’ was British company ‘History Heroes.’ They produce entertaining card games that allow everyone to enjoy and learn about history! Based around the idea of ‘Who Am I’ and with five great themes – Explorers, WW1, Sport, Scientists and Children – they link up with various parts of the curriculum but also are just interesting and fun. I particularly liked that 20p from the sale of each Children’s set goes to the Rainbow Trust. They definitely meet the definition of ‘Good Stuff with a Good Story’ and we can’t wait to have History Heroes on board.