Thursday, 2 July 2015

B&S meets...Picture Book Fashion

What happens when experienced childrenswear agents decide to launch their own brand? Michelle and Andrew Molloy did just that, founding Picture Book Fashion Ltd after 20 years with agencies.

Based in Scotland, the company now has two successful labels; Ariana Dee (known as A*Dee) - which specialises in 'complete look' collections for girls aged three to 12 - and boyswear brand Mitch&Son

Ahead of Bubble S/S16, Andrew has been telling us more about their transition from agents to designers...




Andrew, why did you decide to launch your own brand? 

We launched Picture Book Fashion in 2011, when we could not find the right look and styling our retail clients were searching for. 

With 20-plus years of agency experience, we felt we were well equipped with knowledge about what worked - both in colour and styling, but also in terms of delivery and customer service. We set out to become the perfect company for our retailers, and Ariana Dee was born.




Was the transition an easy one? 

As you can imagine, it turned out to be a whole lot harder than we anticipated! However, we received great support from our retailers, and the small successes of the early days gave a very rewarding feeling that encouraged us to work even harder. 



How did the brand grow?

Slowly Ariana Dee gained a foothold with our retailers, and sales out were also encouraging - so the name and some recognition spread through the UK, Ireland and Holland. 

As we have learned more about the design and production environment, so the collection has changed into what we recognise now. 




When and how did you found Mitch&Son?

Mitch&Son has much the same origins as its sister brand. It was born out of a little frustration at not having the product that our retailers were looking for.

With the knowledge gained from the launch of Ariana Dee, it was a relatively simple process to launch our boys brand. The label was gratefully received, and the growth and sell-through was really terrific. 


Mitch&Son has developed and grown into more colour groups, bigger stories and even footwear, as retailers continue to react well to it.

Catch A*Dee and Mitch&Son at Bubble London this July...


Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Sitting Pretty

If you attended last season's edition of Bubble London, you probably remember our charity chair auction



We joined forces with charitable social enterprise Out of the Dark (OOTD), which specialised in upcycling unwanted furniture. 11 friends-of-Bubble were given a crash course in re-upholstery, before creating their own bespoke children's chair. 




Their handywork was then auctioned off at Bubble's February show, with all proceeds due to go to the wonderful OOTD and its young craftspeople. 

very sadly, the charity was forced to go into administration - and, after much deliberation, we decided to donate the £495 raised to Oxfam, in aid of those affected by the Nepal earthquake. 


A huge thank you to everyone who bid on a chair - particularly, the lucky winners, Victoria Johns, Mark Benzie, Dorothy Thompson, and Colette Tebutt. 

Chair-upcyclers Peppe Orru, Victoria Evans and Bianca Evans loved their creations so much that they also placed bids - and won!




We're so glad that the chairs will be going to good homes!

This season, we'll be raising money for mental health charity Mind. Look out for collection tins across the show...

Friday, 26 June 2015

Just for you

Looking for something unique? You won't find these exclusive-to-Bubble brands anywhere else...

Poppy





Poppy's whimsical girlswear is inspired by the adventures of eponymous heroine Poppy and her dog, Fred. This season, its signature dresses will be available in new fabrics and shapes. Each garment comes with its own storybook, based on the collection. 

Oh...My!






A/W15 Rising Star Oh...My! will return to claim its free stand this season, showcasing a spring/summer collection inspired by vintage florals. The range features full-skirted dresses, statement bomber jackets, and on-trend culottes. 

Shooshoos




Manufactured exclusively in Cape Town, South Africa, Shooshoos baby and toddler shoes are soft and breathable. Expect comfortable leather sandals in bright colours this July.

Jump Junior




Rising Star finalist Jump Junior creates quirky knitted tank tops in natural yarns. Each heirloom piece is colourful and comfortable, with a vintage feel. Look out for new patterns - including dinosaurs and safari animals - this season. 

Jam


Jam's comfortable clothing is designed to grow with children. The brand uses stretchy fabrics and natural fibres, creating versatile girlswear with an extended lifespan. Little wonder it was one of our A/W15 Rising Star runners-up!

La Pitchoune



Designed for little girls who love to dress-up and have fun, La Pitchoune's occasionwear is elegant and wearable. 

Catch Poppy, Oh...My!, Shooshoos, Jump Junior, Jam, La Pitchoune and a host of other exclusive-to-Bubble labels at the show this July! You can register for your free ticket here

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Cover to Cover

Earlier this season, CWB Magazine launched Cover to Cover, a competition to find a cover star for its Bubble-preview edition. Editor Laura Turner was inundated with entries, but there could only be one winner - and that honour went to the wonderful Lilly + Sid! We're delighted to introduce their June/July cover...

Laura explained that, while choosing a winner was tough, Lilly + Sid's image (taken from their S/S16 collection, 'Vintage Holiday') really stood out. 

"We had some wonderful photography supplied for the Cover to Cover competition, but there were a few factors that set the winning Lilly + Sid image apart from the rest," she explained. 

"Technically, the Lilly + Sid image is very well shot, it accommodates the CWB masthead well and is of high-resolution - all elements that are essential for a magazine's cover and for high-quality print.

"Beyond this, it was also the most aesthetically pleasing in terms of what we look for in a front cover. Essentially, the shot encapsulates what the CWB brand stand for - great fashion, individual design and carefree, childhood innocence."

What do you think of Lilly + Sid's cover? You can catch the brand at Bubble this July...

Core Store Winners

This season, we'll be showcasing a host of key store winners; top brands that form the core of your seasonal edit. You can see the latest from these big hitters at Bubble London S/S16 - but, in the meantime, here's a sneak peek...


Carrément Beau


Following its launch last season, CarrĂ©ment Beau will return to Bubble with a new collection of ultra-chic childrenswear. Expect laser-cut dresses, playful sportswear, and a colour-palette of powdery pastels. 

Camper for Kids

This season, Camper for Kids is set to unveil its latest collection of cool, comfortable children's shoes at the show. Expect lightweight materials, summery colour-combinations, and fun, quirky details. 
Bob + Blossom


Bob + Blossom's year-round collection of signature printed tees, frothy tutus and striped tops has become a core store winner. This season, the brand will introduce a new selection of sparkly tutu-skirts.

Frugi


Frugi's S/S16 collection includes its debut range of colourful, printed swimwear. The organic brand will also showcase Puddle Buster Suits, fold-away macs, unisex babywear, and a host of new prints and characters.

Kite




Inspired by travel and adventure, Kite's S/S16 collection features a selection of fresh new prints; think Navajo feathers, hot air balloons, bears, zebras and diving turtles. 

IDo



This July, IDo will unveil a spring/summer range of complete outfits - with stripes, prints, soft denim and ethnic-inspired prints set to be key for the new season. 

Kissy Kissy


Expect large Pima cotton bibs, new prints and new colours - including orange and lime - from ever-popular babywear brand Kissy Kissy this S/S/16. 

Lilly + Sid




Dubbed 'Vintage Holiday', Lilly + Sid's S/S16 collection features quirky new characters, retro-inspired silhouettes and bold colours. The CWB cover-star will also unveil new gifting options, and its largest collection of older-girl's dresses to date. 

Igor



Igor will return to Bubble this season, presenting its latest range of playful jelly shoes and sandals. 

Aden + Anais



It's set to be a particularly exciting season for Bubble favourite Aden + Anais, which will showcase its first ever range of layette. The muslin rompers, tank-top bodysuits, kimono bodysuits and tunic top and trouser sets will be available for both 0 - 3 month-olds, and 9 - 12 month olds. 

Fancy catching up with these core store winners? You can register for your free ticket to the show here...