The sun was shining, the weather superb, what a great day it was to head on over to the Dot to Dot London Tradeshow. I thought I would do a quick run through to check out all the great brands, say hello to a few people, take some photos and then dash. What was I thinking? I always get talking to everyone and end up staying for hours, but let me assure you, they were hours well spent.
Yes you are probably thinking, you have your own brand why would you go and want to chat to other people about their brands, well because I am a true believer in supporting your mama/dad/designer friends! The kidswear industry is still quite small here in London, yes it's bomming but it's so important to support your friends! I still love blogging about all the great brands out there. I also love interviewing new brands for our chit chat Friday too.
It was so nice chatting up with old friends and seeing their brands grow from season to season. It makes me super proud!
Here are some of the brands I chatted to for a bit. Several others I didn't even get photos of because my phone died. I know what you are thinking, why didn't I bring back-up, I know, it's silly.
One of my favourite brands at the moment is Knit Planet! London duo Micky and Nicky wanted to design affordable organic cotton, bamboo fire and merino wool knits for kids. Their knits are beautifully designed and the colour palettes are always fun and kid approved. They now offer a small selection in adult sizes now too. You know what that means, Edith and I will be twinning!
I was really happy to see Bang Bang Copenhagen there which you can find at many retailers throughout London. Their collection are always consist of amazing silhouettes, fun patterns and a big of colour. Edith loves Bang Bang!
I met Jen founder of Etta Loves at the Leyton Pop-Up event last year. I fell in love with her unique prints. The special thing about these muslins is they have been designed with input from an early years visual expert, to ensure that they stimulate babies' visual and cognitive development. How cool is that?
When you work a tradeshow you become friends with those around you. I met Emma owner of Turtledove London at Dot to Dot a few seasons ago. Her brand has just really taken off. Turtledove is a 100% organic cotton brand for kids 0-5 years. Her collections consist of a monochrome palette which I love! She's added some lovely prints for the new season! Such a shame Edith is too big for them now :( If you have a little one, please check them out!
I had a lovely chat with Carmit from The Feather Kids. Carmit is an agent for several very stylish brands. If you looking for some great brands contact her! She represents POPUPSHOP, one of my all time favourite brands. Bak in the day when I had my own online kidswear shop we use to stock POPUPSHOP. Edith was dressed head to toe in them some day. She still wears them to this day.
I met the founder of Mini Stitches, Kelly, at the same pop-up I met Jen from Etta Loves. Mini Stitches is the result of a charity called Stitches in Time, which works with local women and teaches them valuable skills to get them back into work and also teaches them how to sew to a very high standard. This high standard can be seen all throughout the collection. Check out both Mini Stitches and Stitches in Time.
It was so lovely chatting with Julia from JAM London. I met Julia on Facebook actually, I had put out a request for some business advice and she was so kind to meet up with me and share her knowledge. Jam London's main focus is beautiful classic style knitwear. Knitwear that you would see at a lovely tea party or a christening. Very beautiful indeed.
I had a lovely lovely chat with Jadwiga from Cribstar. We were next to each other at the Dot to Dot Christmas Fair last year and had a grand ole time. Jadwiga designs minimalist clothing for kids 0-6 years. Her range is stylish and super easy to wear and affordable! Check her out!
There were so many other brands I didn't get a chance to chat with or did very briefly. I mean I could go on and on about all the amazing brands!
Word of advice support your UK brands! It's worth it!