Friday, 22 May 2015

Play It Again

Psst...have you heard the news? Replay & Sons is making a welcome return to Bubble London this season! And, if you can't wait to see what the iconic brand has in store for S/S16, you won't want to miss its current collection...

Replay's S/S15 offer is a typically cool affair, featuring sun-bleached colours, beach-ready denim and bold motifs. 

There are pop-art print sweaters and t-shirts for girls (we love those Lichtenstein-style lips), and Hawaiian-inspired florals for the boys. 

Little details - from frayed hems to metal hardwear - lend the whole collection a cool, contemporary edge. 

Catch the brand's S/S16 range at Bubble London this July! You can apply for a free ticket here...

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Flower Power

With the Chelsea Flower Show now well underway, we've been thinking about all things floral! Here are four very different takes on the enduring spring/summer trend...

Bold and Bright

We love these bright daisy-print dungarees from Piccalilly, a Bubble brand with serious eco-credentials. Founder Hannah Evans worked as a buyer for an ethical import company, before deciding to launch her own organic babywear label. Today, she and her team create fun children's clothing from organic and fairly traded cotton. We can't resist those buttercup-yellow Project Jelly wellies, either! 

On Trend

The clashing prints in BBBambino's debut collection are seriously on-trend; think pastel checks and cool, contemporary florals. Founder Betty Bonhard (formerly a womenswear designer) hand-draws the brand's distinctive graphics, which are then printed onto soft, organic cotton. Stay tuned for more on this exciting new Bubble brand...


While it doesn't feature florals in the traditional sense, we're big fans of Sand Dollar's jungle range. Frogs, ferns and carnivorous plants - what's not to love? Founded by mother-of-four Maureen Dolan, the Irish brand specialises UV swimwear for 5 - 12 year olds. It places emphasis on both sun-safety and design, creating protective tops, shorts, and swim sets that children will want to wear. 

Vintage Blooms

Australian girlswear label Tinker and Boo marries vintage inspired florals (like that stunning cherry blossom print) with modern design elements. Think daisy-print jacquards, floral bomber jackets and full-skirted, 50s-inspired dresses.

Which take on spring/summer florals is your favourite? You can catch them all at Bubble London July 2015; apply for a ticket here!

Friday, 15 May 2015

In the Details

What makes the perfect party dress? If you ask us, it's all about finishing touches - which is why we love new Bubble brand Le Mu!

The newly-launched UK label creates elegant, high-end occassionwear for girls aged two to nine; think layered tulle skirts, drop waists, and a palette of pretty pastels. 

Le Mu uses high-quality materials, and finishes garments by hand - but we think it's the little details that really elevate its skirts, dresses and accessories.  

Its debut collection features jewelled belts, sequinned hems, removable collars and hand embroidered flowers - not to mention a range of matching accessories. 

You can catch Le Mu at Bubble London in July. Apply for your free ticket here

Sunday, 3 May 2015

This Week's Best Bits: Royal Baby Special

Happy Bank Holiday - and congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, whose daughter was born yesterday morning!

The Telegraph told us everything we needed to know about the new princess - including who was responsible for her very first outfit, a soft woolen shawl (Nottingham-based company G.H Hurt & Son, if you're wondering!) 

And what about George's outfit? Smallish Magazine revealed that the little prince wore pieces from Amaia Kids and Bubble brand Rachel Riley while visiting his new sister in hospital. 

CWB, meanwhile, took a look at the 'royal baby effect' - and how savvy brands could capitalise on it. 

Even we succumbed to royal baby fever, putting together this 'homecoming' edit. 

Just one question remains now - what will William and Kate name their new arrival? 

Friday, 1 May 2015

Special Delivery

It's been the question on everyone's lips since Kensington Palace announced that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were expecting their second child: what will baby wear when he or she leaves hospital? Ahead of the big day, we've put together a royal homecoming edit...

When Prince George left St Mary's Hospital on 23 July, he was wrapped in one of aden + anais' muslin swaddles. The bird print blanket promptly sold out, cementing George's status as a royal style icon. 

Soft, durable and breathable, the aden + anais cotton wrap (which doubles as a pram and feeding cover, burping cloth and tummy-time blanket) was certainly the perfect choice for HRH's first car journey. 

In fact, he couldn't have been in better hands. Founded by Aussie mum-of-four Raegan Moya-Jones, aden + anais has been designing traditional cotton swaddles since 2006. Today, it also creates sleeping bags, towels and multi-purpose security blankets. 

The brand is even set to unveil its first layette range - featuring muslin rompers, body suits and tunic top and trouser sets - at Bubble S/S16. 

And what about the new arrival? Will HRH be going home in another aden + anais swaddle? We'll have to wait and see...

A homecoming outfit should be supremely comfortable - and Petit Oh!'s bodies, t shirts, sleepsuits and layette pieces are some of the softest and most breathable available. 

The Spanish brand uses Pima Cotton, which has been grown in Peru for 5000 years. Fine and uniquely resistant, this hand-gathered fibre produces its own wax - making it soft enough for babies' delicate skin. 

The end product is comfortable, practical and stylish, too: think spots, subtle details, and soft, neutral colours. We're sure Kate - who's renowned for her elegant, understated style - would love that striped romper!

But will the new arrival be a boy or a girl? Either way, Baby Acorn has it covered. 

The all-new Bubble brand creates coordinating, unisex babywear in original prints and fun colours (pink and blue are strictly off limits). Customers can choose from four woodland themes: Acorn Dot, Forest Fox, Honey Bee and Woodland Sunshine. 

What's more, Baby Acorn's sleepsuits, hats, bibs and shawls are designed and manufactured exclusively in Britain. We'd love to see the new royal baby leaving St Mary's in a home-grown brand!

Catch aden + anais, Petit Oh! and Baby Acorn at Bubble London in July.