Monday, 30 June 2014

Roll Up! Roll Up!

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages... come along to Bubble London this season and escape to a world of colour.

While preparing to dress the catwalk and plaza areas of the show this July along with hosting its very own pop-up shop at the show, our friends over at The Loving Chair Company have been busy planning its new collection. The team's in house designers and artists have been dreaming up new, innovative ideas with a sprinkling of fun to bring love, laughter and colour to interior and outside spaces.

Check out TLC's new Circus themed photo shoot, embrace a travelling circus theme, which captures an artistic flair and passion for design, texture and colour, which you can see for yourself in just a couple of weeks' time.

Bubble London takes place on the 13 & 14 July 2014.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Le'Go on the Bus!

Standing within perhaps the busiest shopping destination of the West End, or the whole of London for that matter, you can find a bus stop made entirely out of Lego!

In celebration of 200 years of London buses, this Lego-built stop has appeared on our world-famous Regent Street.

Made from 100,000 bricks, this collaboration between Transport for London, Lego, and Trueform, a design and manufacturing company that specialises in public transport hardware, has been built outside London's iconic toy shop - Hamley's.

In place until 15 July 2014, pop by and see for yourself during your visit to Bubble London

It even has its own Twitter hashtag! #LEGOBusStop

Thursday, 26 June 2014

aden + anais Entrepreneur Wins Big

Another week, another Bubble brand making waves in the business world...

This time it's aden + anais, whose co-founder, Raegan Moya-Jones, has been named an EY Entrepreneur of the Year.

Raegan won the New York regional competition in the Consumer Products category, and is now eligible for the Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 national programme. 

She was one of just two female finalists in the running for EY's prestigious award, which celebrates innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment. 

Australian-born Raegan co-founded aden + anais after struggling to find traditional swaddling for her own daughters. Featuring colourful, modern prints, the brand's muslin swaddles double as stroller covers, nursing shields, blankets and burping cloths. 

Raegan was delighted to be recognised by EY, and has vowed to continue creating products that make the journey through parenthood easier, safer and more stylish. 

Catch aden + anais' latest collection at Bubble London this season! 

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Stars of Tomorrow

Each season, we present the coveted Rising Star Award to Bubble's best debuting launch brand - and, for our latest round of applicants, the wait is over. We've chosen 11 finalists, who will present their collections to the judging panel at July's show. 

As ever, we were inundated with first-class entries - and the Rising Star shortlist is as diverse as Bubble's Spring/Summer 2015 lineup.

Sophisticated girlswear brand, Miss L Ray, has earned itself a place in the final, alongside fairy tale-inspired label Tails and Tales

Miss L Ray

They will be joined by stylish childrenswear brand, Prettybluefox, and London-based Tiny She, whose long, flowing skirts are inspired by the island of Ibiza. 

Spanish brand, Plumeti Rain, will present its organic, hand-embroidered clothing to the judges, while Luluzulu is set to unveil a range of cotton-rich baby tights and fun hat-masks. 

Specialising in fuss-free, vintage-feel boysewear, ABC123me has secured a place in the final. Star51, which takes inspiration from the elegant girlswear of the 1950s, has also been shortlisted. 


Pupe & Cavalieri will compete alongside them, presenting a collection of pretty rompers, dresses and christening ensembles. Darlo, which supports Indian charity, Project Crayons, through the sale of its cotton vests, leggings and baby-grows, is also in contention for the award. 

Completing the line-up, Pixie Toes will unveil a collection of handmade leather sandals in on-trend colours and prints. 

A panel of industry experts - including childrenswear retailers and magazine editors - will judge the competition, announcing their verdict at 17.00 on Sunday 13. 

Like former Rising Stars Wolf and Rita and RaspberryPlum, the winner is set to receive a free stand at Bubble's next edition. 

Who should our judges crown Rising Star? Visit the finalists at Bubble this season, and pick your favourite! 

Friday, 20 June 2014

Stealing The Show

Bubble London has assembled a glittering cast of brands for its July edition - and these stars are set to steal the show...

Ever fancied designing your own childrenswear? French brand, Blue Poppies, gives customers and retailers the chance to do just that. Creative types can design a bespoke garment on the label's website, choosing from a range of styles, fabrics and colours. Their piece is brought to life in a French workshop, before being delivered directly to them. It even comes with a picture of the dressmaker! 

Fun, pretty and playful, premium girlswear brand, Billieblush, was founded in 2013. Its stylish clothing is designed for mischievous little princesses aged 0 - 12; expect neon, ruffles and lashings of lace. 

Following the success of Billieblush, Children Worldwide Fashion has launched an in-house brand for boys. Billybandit marries trendiness and wearability with a healthy dose of humour. Featuring playful designs and a bright, modern colour-palette, its inaugural collection is aimed at boys aged 2 - 12.

Portuguese brand, Maria Bianca, specialises in comfortable, elegant clothing for babies aged 0 - 24 months. Available in a range of soft colours, its traditional dresses, baby-grows and rompers are lined with 100% cotton. And, while each piece features exquisite detailing, it's skin-friendly and wearable, too. 

Founded by designer, Katie Walker, Believer Jewellery is on a mission to support children affected by war. Its bracelets and necklaces are crafted from colourful glass and sterling silver - and, with a percentage of each sale going to the UK charity, Warchild, they're a statement as well as a fun accessory. 

Replay and Sons has been creating ultra-stylish kid's clothing for over 30 years. Its Spring/Summer 2015 collection is inspired by the sandy beaches of California; think patch decors, floral prints, and a colour-palette of sun-bleached hues. 

Catch Blue Poppies, Billieblush, Billybandit, Maria Bianca, Believer and Replay & Sons at the show - and, to see the full cast-list, visit the Bubble website

Friday, 13 June 2014

A Little TLC

Bubble London gets a little TLC this July as The Loving Chair Company adds some serious style to the show with its bespoke, statement pieces of furniture, soft furnishings, home accessories and works of art on display throughout the Business Design Centre. 

With all pieces available for sale at the show and options to place an order, don't miss the chance to explore TLC's unique offerings. Take a seat on a piece of funky furniture on the Bubble Plaza and make sure you check out the pop-up shop and lounge within Bubble GUM.

Bubble London takes place on the 13 & 14 July 2014.

Friday, 6 June 2014

Just My Imagination...

If there's one thing little ones love, it's dressing up - and these Bubble brands are guaranteed to kick-start their imaginations...

Founded in 2011, British brand Dainty Dizzy specialises in hand-stitched tutu skirts and dresses. Its latest collection is inspired by the sea; think glistening moonlight, golden sand and mermaids...

Sew Heart Felt's designer, Sonia Spencer, takes inspiration from her own menagerie of household pets. Crafted from organic wool, these felt slippers are cute, cosy, and much cleaner than the real thing!

Story-telling and clothing come together in Tails and Tales' magical first collection, which is based on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. 

Catch Dainty Dizzy, Sew Heart Felt and Tails and Tales at Bubble this July...

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Teepee Magazine - Anorak is Growing Up

Billed as 'what would happen if Monty Python, Ralph Steadman and Renee Magritte decided to make a magazine for children', Bubble favourite, Anorak has been delighting its pint-sized readership since 2006. Now, The Anorak Press is preparing to launch Teepee, a magazine for teenagers. We caught up with Anorak founder, Cathy Olmedillas, to talk fashion, culture and silly fun...

Why are you launching Teepee, Cathy?

Two main reasons: our Anorak readers are growing up, and they have told us that they would love a more grown-up version of Anorak.

The second reason is that I realized that, even more so than with the kids magazine market, the teen magazine market is poorly served. It seems to mainly consist of celebrity-driven titles aimed at girls. There doesn't seem to be anything substantial that celebrates all aspects of being a teen. Teepee's contributors are teenagers from all around the world who have something positive to contribute to culture and their environment. That sounds a little serious but fear not, it will also have a healthy dose of silly fun!

Who will it be aimed at?

The typical Teepee reader is a boy or a girl aged 14+. They are creative, opinionated and inquisitive. They are from all walks of life, and what glues them together is a strong sense of individuality. Oh, and they love having fun!

Will it have a similar look and ethos to Anorak?

Definitely, it will undoubtedly feel part of the same family! It will draw on the crème de la crème of the illustration world to bring great stories, features and comics to life. Uniquely, it will be entirely written by teens, as it is about giving them a voice and a platform to express themselves.

What kind of content will it feature?

Stories, essays and comics, all beautifully illustrated. 

Teepee Loves: will be mostly about fashion, culture and great places to visit.

Opinion pieces on all manners of topics, ranging from politics, religion and culture. In issue 1 we are looking to explore subjects such as the power of prayers, how happiness is actually hard work, a beauty piece on the history of the eyebrow shape and much more! There will also be profiles of inspiring teens, past and present.

When can we get our hands on a copy?

It will be available in September 2014! 

We can't wait!