Friday, 22 August 2014

The Cornershop: The Ultimate Shopping Experience

An old launderette in East London has been transformed into a grocery store and everybody's talking about it. 
And why is that? Well, everything in The Cornershop is made of felt.

Stitching and sewing for 8 months, Lucy Sparrow has created 4,000 items, which are all on display and on sale. 


From the till to the soup cans and pick ‘n’ mix stand, everything is handcrafted with immense precision and attention to detail. 


Not one to rest on her laurels, Super Lucy is also running sewing workshops for kids and adults until 31 August, before taking her Cornershop to Brighton. 

The Cornershop

19 Wellington Row
Bethnal Green
London
E2 7BB

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

B&S Meets...Project Jelly

There are plenty of reasons to love Bubble brand, Project Jelly. For one thing, they're responsible for some of the most gorgeous jelly shoes and wellies around - and, for another, they're entirely home-grown. Then there's the fact that they donate 20% of their profits to children's charities... We caught up with founder, Natalie Collier, who told us more about her remarkable mission...



Natalie and son, Jude

Natalie, why did you decide to found Project Jelly? And why jelly shoes?


 Ha! It's a very long story of many silly ideas, but essentially it was a mission to fund-raise. I had a long standing love for JuJu Jellies and wanted to start a business with a BIG fundraising heart. After winning the MD of JuJu over with my plans and designing my first collection of Limited Editions, I started the business 14 months ago and signed up for Bubble London's summer show. Its then been a fast paced roller-coaster of good fortune and lots of hard work! We have just signed our first distribution deal for most of Asia and will see our Project Jellies in high end stores - including Lane Crawford, Galerie Layafette and Harvey Nichols Asia. 



Were you surprised by the success Project Jelly enjoyed after debuting at Bubble London? 

Honestly, YES - but the biggest surprise has to be the cult status we have achieved in Asia in just a few months. Taiwan sold over 1000 pairs of our Jellies in a few hours at launch. They love our 'giving story' and premium British jellies. The love affair with 'Made in England' is such an important USP, particularly in Asia right now.

What's been the highlight so far?

Ah, unashamedly it has to be the Invitation to No.10 Downing street last May. I presented Samantha Cameron with some of our Project jellies for her daughter, Florence, and had the privilege to share my charity initiative and business idea with her. 



Could you tell us a bit about your next collection - and your new charity, Great Ormond Street Hospital?

Some of you in the industry already know that my toddler son, Jude was diagnosed with a disability, SPINA BIFIDA, in January this year. It was heartbreaking and I honestly considered giving Project Jelly up - however we got a fast op date from Great Ormond Street Hospital and the 'rock star' neurosurgeon performed a rare operation to help Jude's symptoms. Jude will be attending clinics and further operations every few months through his childhood. I owe GOSH everything and it feels only right to support them next year along with some local charities. My long term ambition is to set up a Foundation Trust and help children's charities in every country we launch in.  


Jude and friend

If you had one piece of advice for someone looking to launch a charity initiative like Project Jelly, what would it be?

Do it ! Don't be afraid to voice your ideas to anyone that will listen. Secondly, seek out a mentor; there is so much to learn, and the Childrenswear industry is full of amazing, creative and friendly people. Special mention to The British Footwear Association and Department of Trade & Industry, who are also incredibly supportive. 


We're seriously inspired by Project Jelly's remarkable story - are you? 

Friday, 15 August 2014

Join the Circus!

Did you dream of running away to join the circus as a child? Yes? Then you're in luck! This season, some of our favourite brands are looking to the traditional big top for inspiration; think animal prints, bold circus colours, and embellishments fit for a ringmaster...

aden + anais


aden + anais' latest collection, Vintage Circus, features big top-inspired prints in gender-neutral colours. 


Launching on September 1, it includes swaddles, snap bibs, sleeping bags and classic musys. Kids, big and small, will love the wonderfully detailed illustrations (how cute is that baby elephant?)

Sture&Lisa

There are plenty of nods to this season's circus trend in the latest collection from Swedish brand, Sture&Lisa. Expect bright, big-top colours and quirky prints - from these marching elephants, to lions flying planes. 




Quinn + Fox

Quinn + Fox's AW14 collection is inspired by a vintage Italian circus, the Circo Bisceglie of 1914. Its muted pastel colour-scheme and elegant prints remind us of retro big-top flyers. 






What do you think of this season's circus trend? Roll up, roll up, and let us know!

Friday, 8 August 2014

This Week's Best Bits

Have a lovely weekend, folks - we'll see you on Monday! In the meantime, here are some of this week's best links to keep you occupied. 





This interactive cloud light, by designer Richard Clarkson, would look great in a child's bedroom (providing they weren't scared of thunderstorms!)


The Andy Warhol + Bugaboo Cameleon: via Bugaboo.com. 

Bugaboo's ongoing collaboration with The Andy Warhol Foundation has already given us this iconic, banana-print stroller - and now they're offering fans the chance to bid on a limited edition, Blondie-inspired model. It's all in aid of charity Kid's Company! 


RaspberryPlum's S/S15 collection has landed! The Bubble brand and former Rising Star has extended its range, introducing vintage-inspired pieces for boys and babies. We love those lemon-yellow accents!


Henri Matisse: The Sheaf. Via The Tate Modern

If you're in London with little ones this weekend, The Tate Modern's Matisse Families event could be a winner. 


Feeling uninspired? Teepee Magazine's Tumblr is full of great images and illustrations.

What are you up to this weekend? Let us know!

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Hey Boy, Hey Girl: Cool Gender-neutral Clothing

Who says little girls always have to be pretty in pink? And why should the coolest, edgiest prints be reserved for boys? Gender-neutral kidswear is enjoying a fashion moment - and these three brands do it very well indeed!

Beau LOves




Named after founder, Faye Wilde's own little boy, Beau LOves is stylish, fun - and, wherever possible, gender-neutral. Girls and boys alike will love the edgy, modern prints and quirky details; think caps with cat ears and dinosaur-spike hoodies.

Doodle Do




Doodle Do's unisex range features tops, leggings, rompers and accessories in colourful, organic fabrics. This season, its trademark prints are inspired by travel and adventure; we love the parrot motif!

Quinn and Fox


Quinn and Fox's motto - 'Messy hair don't care' - tells you everything you need to know about this rule-breaking American brand. Its latest collection of high-quality, unisex clothing features colourways and prints inspired by a vintage Italian circus, 'Circo Bisceglie'. 

Which other brands do gender-neutral clothing well? Let us know!