Friday, 10 April 2015

Little Ladies

It's 'Fabulous Friday' at the Grand National - and, as racegoers don their finest frocks, we've been swooning over La Pitchoune's latest collection of Ladies Day-worthy occassionwear. 

La Pitchoune's co-founder, Loulou Bontemps, was a personal stylist whose clients often asked her to create bespoke dresses for their own daughters. As demand for her creations grew, she and fellow designer, Gemma Smith, decided to launch a luxury girlswear brand. 

Their label, La Pitchoune (which translates as 'The Little One'), made its debut appearance at Bubble in February. Unsurprisingly, it reached the finals of our Rising Star award, wowing judges with its exquisite, British-made creations. 

Loulou and Gemma are based in London, and source their fabrics (from comfortable cottons, to elegant silks) locally. Inspired by vintage dresses, fairy tales and story books, the duo create 'dreamy' partywear which is also practical and comfortable. 

CWB Magazine, Vogue Bambini and The Guardian have all tipped them for stardom - and we have to agree!

Catch La Pitchoune at Bubble London in July...

Sunday, 5 April 2015

This Week's Best Bits

Happy Easter! We hope your long-weekend is going well, whether you've been manning the till, organising egg hunts, or simply enjoying a well-deserved rest! Here are the links we've loved this week:

First up, it's La Pitchoune, which unveiled these adorable 'Bunny Bands' just in time for Easter. Made to match the Bubble brand's exquisite dresses, they'd be perfect for a spot of dressing-up.

Sticking with the Easter-theme, Little Spree shared this edit of chic festive finds - from bunny-print sleep sets, to cupcake kits. 

There was an Easter-themed birthday party over at the Babiekins blog - and we were delighted to spot a troupe of Lola Beau candle holders on top of the cake! They proved a huge hit at our A/W14 show. 

Finally, as election campaigns got underway, CWB magazine took a look at the main parties' pledges to the business sector. 

What are you doing this Easter Sunday? We'd love to hear all about it! 

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Sweet April With Plumeti Rain

If ever a brand embodied the joy and optimism of spring, it was A/W14 Rising Star winner Plumeti Rain. The Spanish label creates elegant childrenswear in light, comfortable fabrics, which allow for 'running, dancing, jumping and crawling'.

Its co-founder, Laura Pena Perez, is an experienced childrenswear designer, who employs traditional techniques (think hand-embroidery and smocking) when finishing her exquisite garments. 

We were delighted when we heard that Plumeti Rain would be returning to Bubble this July, and couldn't wait to catch-up with Laura...

Laura, what has changed for Plumeti Rain since you won the Rising Star award in July 2014?

Plumeti Rain became known thanks to winning the award - and, during our second season at Bubble London, many shops came to discover our collection. We're coming back to Bubble this summer because the British and international public received our brand so well.

What are you working on at the moment?

We are working on our S/S16 collection, which will see us expand our shoe range. All the prints will be unique, and our own. 

Could you tell us a bit more about your creative process? What inspires your collections?

We choose a name for each collection, which helps us decide on shapes, patterns and styling. I am inspired by the natural world; our last collection, 'Enchanted Forest', was based on the hidden magic of nature. The prints were foxes, stars, flowers and fairies, and it also featured lots of tulle and glitter. 

What are your hopes for the future?

We'd love to keep growing, and we aim to continue creating unique garments with a story behind them. 

If you could give one piece of advice to someone launching their own childrenswear brand, what would it be?

Starting a brand is hard work, but very rewarding thanks to the customers and buyers. I think the most important piece of advice I can give is to be very clear about who your client is. That will help you progress with confidence, and make the correct decisions. 

What can we expect from Plumeti Rain next season?

The collection is unfinished, but I can say that it is very sweet and romantic. We hope you like it! 

We're sure we will! See you in July, Laura! 

Friday, 27 March 2015

Spring Greens

Spring styling should be fresh, innovative, and, most importantly, fun. Three very different Bubble brands show us how it's done...

New to Bubble this season, Room Seven's clothing strikes a perfect balance between elegance and playfulness. Think bold colourways, show-stopping prints, and exquisite details - like the Mexican-inspired embroidery and tassels in its latest S/S collection. 

The German brand also creates bedding, nightwear and accessories - and has even designed a range of wallpapers based on its unique fabrics. We love its multi-purpose patchwork quilts.

Luxury label Sand Dollar specialises in UV swimwear for children aged 5 - 12. 

As a mum-of-four, its founder, Maureen, was keen to create stylish, sun-safe garments that little ones would want to wear. 

Her beautifully-designed pieces - from shorts and tops, to elegant swimsets - are made from fast-drying, breathable fabric. Parents will love the brand's sun-safe credentials, while style-conscious kids won't be able to resist its cool prints and colours. 


No one does Scandi-chic quite like Danefae. The Bubble brand creates children's clothing in irresistibly fun colours and graphic prints, taking inspiration from Danish myths and landscapes. 

Mermaids, swans and Vikings all figure heavily in its current S/S collection, which is designed for children aged 0 - 10. 

Catch Room Seven, Sand Dollar Swim and Danefae at Bubble London in July...

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Discover...Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Earlier this month, Bubble and Speak set out on a whistle-stop tour of Yorkshire's best family attractions, events and eateries. Salts Mill was our first port of call - and, after all that coffee and cake, we decided to get some fresh air at The Yorkshire Sculpture Park. 

Outdoor art gallery YSP plays host to an ever-changing programme of exhibitions. Based in the grounds of Bretton Hall, Wakefield, it's currently home to works by Henry Moore, Ai Weiwei, Barbara Hepworth and Anthony Caro. 

There are over 500 acres of rolling countryside to explore, and many of the estate's original features - including a deer shelter, chapel and camellia house - have been restored and repurposed. 

YSP also boasts several indoor art-spaces - the largest of which, The Underground Gallery, is currently showing a selection of Henry Moore's sculptures and drawings. 

Families can enjoy a picnic in the grounds - but, on the rainy afternoon we visited, its fantastic café and restaurant seemed like a safer bet. After a brisk half-hour walk, we felt as though we'd earned a hot chocolate and vanilla latte...

The restaurant is situated on the second floor of YPS's award-winning visitor centre, and affords diners panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Downstairs, there's an independent shop selling art books, children's toys, and gifts and jewellery by local designers. 

The park regularly hosts family-friendly events (from sculpture workshops, to heron watching and after-hours gallery evenings) - but children will be just as happy exploring its fields and woodland. 

So, what do you think? Does YSP sounds like your idea of a great family day out? Let us know...