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'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. 


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. 


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'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'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.


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. 


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 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...

Friday 19 June 2015

Stars on the Rise...

It's that time of year again; after receiving a raft of applications, we've shortlisted 14 new brands for our S/S16 Rising Star Award. Meet this season's finalists...

Little Lulus

Founded by experienced designer Catriona Alfaham, Little Lulu's is a footwear brand specialising in 'big people's trends for little people'. Its debut collection features desert boots, animal print ballet pumps and glittery trainers. 

Mr Wolf

Fashion designer Alexandra Cobb and photographer Ben Hanley launched Mr Wolf with a view to creating fun, original childrenswear that kids and adults alike would love. The brand's first, 27-piece collection features quirky prints and bold colours. 

Dotty Dungarees

Dotty Dungarees specialises, unsurprisingly, in practical and adjustable dungarees for children. Each pair can be rolled up as their wearer grows, revealing a colourful, spotty lining. 

Hop Shoes

Hop Shoes' fun, colourful footwear is designed especially for growing feet. Each pair features flexible rubber soles, wide toe boxes and simple fastenings. 

Tinker and Boo

Australian newcomer Tinker and Boo creates fun, vintage-inspired girlswear for 3 - 8 year olds. Expect retro silhouettes, bold signature pieces and floral prints - all with a playful, modern twist. 

Horses of the Wild

After developing women's and childrenswear for brands including Fat Face and Levi's, designer Andie decided to found her own label. The result was Horses of the Wild, which creates wearable clothing for tween-age girls - and donates 5% of its profits to projects across India. 

Little Kokoro

Designed to let children be children, Little Kokoro's clothing is playful, functional and imaginative. Whimsical prints and fun details ensure that each garment is stylish without being too 'grown-up'. 

Le Mu

Regular Bubble & Speak readers may remember Le Mu from this post. The UK brand creates elegant occassionwear and accessories for girls aged two - 9; think tulle skirts, jewelled belts, oversized bows and detachable collars. 

Model My Own

Homegrown brand Model My Own creates elegant dresses with a unique twist; each one can be customised using special, clip-on accessories - which range from colourful flowers, to letters, butterflies and bows. 


Amabelle's ultra-feminine skirts, dresses and tutus are perfect for special occasions - or, every-day dressing up. The girlswear brand takes inspiration from ballet, fairy tales, and the elegant fashion of the '50s and '60s.

Where's That Bear?

Bold, creative and 'piggy bank friendly', Where's That Bear's clothing is designed to 'put smiles on faces'. Its debut collection features contemporary cuts and cool, gender-neutral colours - meaning that pieces can be mixed, matched and shared.

Little Wardrobe London

Luxury childrenswear brand Little Wardrobe London celebrates the elegance, eccentricity and individuality of classic British style. Expect beautifully-cut dresses, tailored trousers and chic white blouses.

Baby Acorn

Babywear will come courtesy of British label Baby Acorn, whose soft cotton sleepsuits, shawls, bibs and jackets are available in a range of gender-neutral colours and prints. Read more about the brand here.


Earlier this season, we met BBbambino's founder, Betty Bonhard. She hand draws all the brand's unique prints herself, taking inspiration from fairy tales, fantasy worlds, and Ollie, the family corgi. 

So, there you have it - our S/S16 Rising Star finalists! You can meet them all at the show in July; just register for your free ticket...

Friday 12 June 2015

My Old Man

Father's day is fast approaching - and, this season, we've got a Bubble brand tailor-made for the occasion! 

Founded by Australian parents Michelle L'Huillier and Jelle de Jong, swimwear label Tom and Teddy celebrates the unique bond between dads and their sons. 

Michelle and Jelle design matching swim-shorts and rash tops for 'big guys and their little nippers', taking inspiration from family days out at the beach. 

We love Tom and Teddy's fun prints, which range from vintage inspired planes and scooters, to chic stripes and fish. 

Made from fast-drying microfibre fabric, its shorts and tops are salt, chlorine and UV resistant. 

Meet Tom and Teddy at the July 2015 edition of Bubble London. Haven't applied for a ticket yet? You can register here...

Friday 5 June 2015

My, my!

It's the age-old question; how do you follow an award-winning debut?

Rising Star Oh...My! stole the February 2015 show with its first range of elegant, fashion-forward girlswear - and, ever since, we've been eagerly awaiting its second collection. 

So, imagine our excitement when we were invited to take an exclusive sneak peek at the brand's new S/S16 offer - and a behind the scenes look at its latest photo-shoot!

If these shots are anything to go by, Oh...My's follow-up collection is as timeless and fashion-forward as it's prize-winning debut.

Inspired by vintage botanical prints, the 35-piece range features dresses, blouses, full skirts, pleated wrap tops, statement bomber jackets and on-trend culottes.

High-end fabrics - from metallic jacquards, to lace and broderie anglaise - also figure heavily.

We love the subtle colour palette of soft pastels, and the whimsical, feminine finishing touches - including bows, embroidery and scalloped hems.

Fancy seeing the whole collection? Oh...My! will be returning to Bubble in July - and you can register for your free ticket to the show here...

Tuesday 2 June 2015


Image: www.mamasvib.com

Bubble and Speak are always on the lookout for exciting new projects - and, when we heard that friends of the show Franchesca Lee and Rachel Bisiker were launching a new pop-up shopping event, we couldn't wait to learn more!

Working alongside local independents, Kid'sArcade will bring a hand-picked selection of children's brands to towns and villages across the UK. Ahead of the first edition on 6th June, we've been catching up with co-founder Fran...

Fran, could you introduce yourself and Rachel? How long have you both been involved in the childrenswear industry?

I've been working in the childrenswear market for six years since the birth of my son Lucca, although I have been working in Fashion for nearer fifteen years. Rachel has come full circle; from starting out as a picture editor on Family titles (Family Life & Prima Baby) doing kids fashion & lifestyle shoots 15 years ago, to working on Glossy magazines like InStyle. Most recently she has been working on kids fashion for a local magazine.

Could you tell us, in a bit more detail, about why you decided to found KA?

Rachel and I both have a love of great design, especially when it comes to gorgeous kids clothing and products. For ages we have been talking about doing something together and she finally suggested a childrens lifestyle pop up, local to her in the Cotswolds. Having lived for years in Kensal Rise, she found that as soon as she moved outside of the M25 her choice was a bit more limited. For her friends who didn't work in the industry there were dozens of brands, designers and shops they hadn't even heard of, let alone bought from! 
That got the ball rolling. We then both spoke to lots of other friends up and down the country, many whom had moved out of London to raise their families - and virtually all of them agreed. We realised that perhaps we had found our niche, and KidsArcade was born.

Which brands and companies will be participating in the first edition of KA – or is this still top-secret?

We're delighted that the following are showing with us...

Aravore London
Darcy and Eliza Vintage Hire
FG4 London
Five Boys Clothing
Four Fairies and a Prince
Karen Brost London
La Petite Lilly
Lilly and Sid
Little Knickerbockers
Marsh Pottery Painting Company
Milk & Biscuits
Miss Hall
Muna London
Olivier Baby
Papu Stories
Sonya Hurtado Photography
Spotty Herberts
Superarts Model 
The CamperVin Co.
Raspberry Plum
Crafty Wrens

You mentioned that you will be working with boutiques and shops, as well as brands – could you tell us a bit more about this?

We are very aware that having KA pop-up on a saturday in your local area could effect your business, so we are asking local independent retailers to showcase their collections with us in our platform to reach new audiences. We are also approaching online boutiques and shops to do the same - it makes the shopping experience 'real' again!

We know it's hard for the independents; they have huge overheads and can't always afford to take the risks on 'the new' as perhaps they once used to - so, as we're only a one day event, we're able to champion the start up who is only selling on Etsy as well as the more well known brands. We want to create a more collaborative environment; that is why we're also trying to connect with other local businesses in the area to tie in our creative workshops and F&B offer with our locality. We have model agency, Superarts, scouting, as well as CWB photographer Sonya Hurtado shooting in our Pop Up studio. Hopefully we're creating an event full of like-minded people who can support each other under our umbrella.

Why have you decided to hold the first edition of KA in the Cotswolds?

You have to start with what you know. Rachel lives in Great Barrington, the village in which we launch KA (Great Barrington Village Hall) - so we'll all spend the weekend at her house, eat porridge in the morning and go over with our kids and husbands in tow to set up on the morning of the 6th June. It's a family affair and we're encouraging our exhibitors to do the same. When you run your own business and juggle your family time is precious, so it's really nice to have the opportunity to combine the two!

Good luck, Rachel and Fran! We can't wait to hear more about the first edition of KidsArcade...