Bubble London’s second edition, which took place on July 2-4, 2008 at Olympia, featured 100 beautiful brands from the UK and from 12 other countries that showcased their S/S 09 collections.
Bubble runs twice yearly in New York and London bringing a new generation of kids trade show to the marketplace. The New York show takes place mid-March and early August, to coincide with children’s market week in NY. The London show, launched in 2008, takes place late January and early July, in sync with the European calendar.
Each event is carefully conceived as a focused trade show in a wonderful space, where retailers can meet exhibitors from the 360 degrees kid’s world: clothing to toys, shoes, accessories and more.
Learn more about kids fashion designers who exhibited at Bubble London in July 2008.
Born in 2004, Amplified has evolved into one of the hottest street labels around…the diamante Rolling Stones licks t-shirt remains our iconic shirt, although the brand now boasts a complement of headwear, accessories, jackets, footwear & obviously some of the coolest t-shirts around.Music is the absolute inspiration behind Amplified…from the Rolling Stones, the Clash, ACDC and more recently they ventured back to the summer of love & the Happy Mondays…and 2008 sees their passion for 80s New York Disco which inspires their summer collection.
It was on a mother-and-daughter shopping trip to Paris, some three years ago, that inspired Elisabeth Kospoth to create her label of hand smocked dresses called Annafie, which takes name of her daughter Anna Sophie. Elisabeth combines her background in Art History and interest in embroidery designs and fabrics in her label. In her collection, Elisabeth aims for a timeless style but with a fresh and uncomplicated approach and easy care. Attention to detail makes Annafie dresses special and because of the smocking technique, they look beautiful on every body shape.”This year we have used many new fabrics, ranging from woven checks and Vayella, to silk and original Liberty prints. There are also matching cashmere cardigans and boys outfits in a wide range of colors,” explains Elisabeth Kospoth, Annafie.
Bonnie Baby is a refreshing collection of luxury baby knitwear, t-shirts, baby blankets, hats and booties, which caters for newborn babies to two-year-old tots. Bonnie Baby was born in 2005 after the birth of Tracey Samuel’s daughter Alice Bee. With over ten years’ experience as a fashion designer, most recently for Paris fashion house Sonia Rykiel, Tracey quickly realized that her new life as a mother would not fit well around the hectic Paris-London commute! So she took the plunge to set up Bonnie baby, creating beautifully designed high-quality baby clothes in luxury fabrics.Bonnie Baby’s “babysoft rainbow cotton collection” features a beautiful range of fun sweaters, cardigans, hats and blankets knit with softest cotton. The “babysoft pastel cotton collection” is a luxurious take on traditional pink and blue baby knits, including the cutest pastel striped sweaters, trousers and playsuits mix with polka dot cardigans and blankets.
Dandy Star was established by artists Rose Bamford and Charlotte Day who started creating t-shirts in 2004, initially for their own children. Today their range of inspiring images and words adorn beautiful cotton hand-dyed t-shirts all made from fabulous lightweight fabric, which has been specially developed to give them their unique 70’s feel. Dandy Star’s method of printing also gives the t-shirts a genuine vintage touch.Dandy Star recently launched a limited edition range of inspiring T-shirts for cancer caring charity Maggie’s. ‘Joy’, ‘Hope’ and ‘Be’ t-shirts are available in grass green, purple haze and sugar brown for men, women and children this summer. Charlotte Day from Dandy Star said, “Rose and I were delighted to design an exclusive range for Maggie’s. We have long admired the charity’s ethos which focuses on supporting people with cancer to live well and which uses design to inspire them.”
Elephantito, founded by Maria Frallicciardi, is a luxurious clothing and footwear collection for boys and girls from birth to 8 years. After nearly a decade as a television executive, Maria left the corporate world to pursue her dream: to launch a luxury children’s clothing line reflecting her European sense of style and her love for her kids. She launched Elephantito in 2004 and based her company in the paradise island of Key Biscayne where she resides with her family.Elephantito’s S/S 09 collection is reminiscent of English country gardens, classic, elegant, timeless and full of flowers in bloom. The colors and prints include vintage florals, soft candy stripes, lavender, fuchsia, aqua, delicate bluebell, orchid and hues of pink and yellow. Every piece is made from the finest fabrics, soft pima cotton and alpaca, each button is made from mother of pearl and the shoes from the softest leathers.
Sometimes the mundane items in life are often overlooked when it comes to design. Enter Elodie Details, a company that wants to elevate all those little items of every day baby life into the stylish accessories they all have the potential to be.Elodie Details was formed in Sweden in 2005 and was inspired by baby Elodie, who had so much personality the accessories available already just didn’t do her justice. As a brand, they are certainly not about conventional cool or anything run-of-the-mill, instead aiming their designs firmly at strong characters who are true individuals.
Hucklebones children’s clothing is designed for little girls aged 2-4 years and uses only the finest fabrics and trims. With beautiful hand printed silks and pure Italian wool, this energetic collection will inspire the design conscious.Hucklebones’ collection has a modern vintage feel with strong hues and luxurious textures. The scrumptious palate is made up of rich mustard yellow, a forest trail of greens and browns, highlighted with sorbet pink and berry reds. The silhouette is fun with wistful snapshots of times gone by. Attention to detail is paramount. Garments are punctuated with pop stitching and delightful buttons making each item individually special. All garments are designed in London and manufactured ethically in the EU.
IdaT was founded in April 2005 in Denmark by head designer Ida Trads. With her humoristic and sweet illustrations, Ida has given life to numerous wild, fun and sweet animals all over the world. For IdaT’s S/S 09 Collection – “Tiger Tots Globetrotters” – she has done it again with lots more fun colors and fantasy prints from the animal kingdom. IdaT invites us on a worldwide expedition. Brave-hearted boys and girls will love to explore the wardrobes of IdaT, traveling over the rainbow escorted by numerous exciting animals will again be the enjoyment for parents as well as the color full little globetrotter.The animal kingdom grows for every season and 2009 is no excuse for the collection enriched by more four-legged friends having fun in a landscaped jungle of stripes and colors. The collection can be described as ‘comfortable play clothes’ – manufactured in soft cotton with a holistic view to the health and safety and fair-trade. Fashion and environmental conscious tots, wear eco friendly clothes, and most of the wonderful IdaT collection has the Eco-Tex certification. Eco-Tex is the worlds leading health control for textiles that guaranties the clothes are testes against allergies and chemicals use.
Little Linens is a vintage-inspired collection of 100% linen clothing for babies and children is created by UK designer Keely Deiniger. Keely has collected vintage linen treasures for the past 25 years with the aim of putting together a collection that combines the nostalgia of times gone by with the modernity of today.The Little Linens collection is a celebration of the craft of needlework. Each garment has been made using fine linen cloth. All garments are washed to remove shrinkage and make them wonderfully soft. The garments are all machine washable so they can be worn every day, not just for special occasions. The buttons are mother-of-pearl, drilled from real sea shells, as they would have been on garments made 100 years ago. The timeless designs are enriched with beautiful detailing, such as hand embroidery and crochet. The cut of the garments are simple and timeless – they are both classic and casual.
The Danish children’s wear brand milibe offers stripes and knit with a “scent of childhood” creating a universe of nostalgic clothes with modern comfort.The beautiful stripes and edgy trimmings of the basic line transforms underwear, leggings and t-shirts into tasteful and durable clothes of a unique quality. Knickers, cardigans and vests complete the sensation of extremely tasteful clothes for modern children – with a sent of childhood! milibe was founded in 2003 by Mille Milt and Maria Raben, and is now sold in selected stores throughout Europe. From the very beginning milibe has valued clothes for children in unique color combinations, exquisite quality and second-to-none comfort – and of course, eco-tex colors.
MINI A TURE
Danish brand MINI A TURE, launched in 2001 by sisters Federikke and Kathrine Hviid, goes all nostalgic in their S/S 09 collection and takes a trip back in time to Sweden, during the 18th Century. This innocent time is reminiscent of a pre-industrialized Europe and a time when happiness came from the simplest of things. This era is every young boy’s fantasy – chasing old steam trains and yearning to play with the old engines, which have clearly been abandoned some time ago.The MINI A TURE children play barefoot in the forest by the lake. The girls are wearing simply cut, functional and embroidered dresses, which almost feel like a second skin. When they’ve finished playing, the children settle down for a picnic. The girls slip on their small, light jackets and fling off their ballerina shoes. Some of the boys who’ve been working in the fields are wearing casual shorts and loose trousers with light checked and striped shirts in light colors – and not forgetting their trademark ‘Sixpence’ hats – and the others are wearing their ‘Sunday Best’ trousers with a white, fine shirt and a rather smart tank top. The overall look is light, both in terms of colors and fabrics. Colors are toned-down but feature bright ‘twists’ of color. Checks and stripes are also featured in the collection, particularly for the boys.
Minimù Italy’s clean, simple lines create understated elegance for little girls and boys from 1 to 10 years. Practical yet smart, simple yet chic. Clothes designed to look good on important occasions and withstand the rough and tumble of everyday life. Today, these comfortable, sturdy, stylish clothes also have the fragrance of childhood. Minimù puts passion and dedication at the service of special creations. Like the children who wear them.Minimù’s S/S 09 Collection brings “a season of senses”. When Spring arrives, children blossom like little flowers. They welcome the sun’s warmth, gamboling like foals in the meadow. This reawakening of the senses inspires minimù’s new collection for spring/summer 2009, a fresh breeze bringing new shapes, colors and perfumes to re-energize minimù’s multisensory approach to children’s apparel. Clothes and accessories inspired by natural fragrances, colors and materials, embracing children in the beauty of an Italian summer. Minimù has something for everyone: babies and toddlers, little boys and girls from 1 to 10 years, free at last to play in the open air after the cold of winter.
Molo was established in 1999 by Lousie Frederiksen – graduate of the Danish School of Design in Copenhagen.Molo is unique and unpredictable. For Molo children’s clothing has to be a mix of every day durability and funky, durable design that has a humorous slant. Molo clothes are full of fun, quirky details set within the clean and “raw” design traditions of Northern Europe. Molo’s philosophy is that when children are free to express their creativity through their clothing, they gain self-esteem and confidence. “We believe that the fit of the clothing should allow for freedom of movement while rich details allow freedom of expression. Our clothes should open a world of possibilities for the child, not limit them.”
munster kids, is a collection of kids apparel that is driven by music, art and street culture. Originating in Australia in 2006 and after a successful launch and growth of the brand in the US and Japan last year, munster now takes on the street wise UK market with the release of the brand at Bubble London.The new S/S 09 line continues to push music inspired graphics as well as a fresh mixture of toon themes and black and white photo prints. Cut-off over dyed denim shorts and roll ups mix it with the rock and toon tees whilst clean plaid and herringbone weaved walk shorts provide a cleaner alternative. Board shorts provide options in both cotton and quick dry material, short or mid leg and with plenty of color Denim Jeans are in over dyed blue, black and a raw indigo in a narrow leg.
Bohemian, eccentric and eco-friendly, Nixie designed by Nicole Frobusch, is the label for the 21st century.Made for girls and boys ages 1-8 years, the Eco Label for the 21st Century using Vintage Fabrics, Reconditioned Wools and introducing Organic Hemp into their new exclusive Line. From one off vintage pieces to Kid’s Couture, each piece is individually crafted in London, UK. Nixie’s S/S 09 collection includes bright Purples mixed with eclectic greens and 1970’s psychedelic vintage fabrics made into Kimono Style Coats. The inspiration coming from gypsies travelling in caravans and the mixing of diverse fabrics into one design. Nixie proves that being eco conscious doesn’t mean to be boring and that children have the same right to individuality as their mummies and dads.
Petit by Sofie Schnoor
With her collection Sofie Schnoor from Denmark has dimmed both the colors and the style of our days’ children’s’ clothing. She has created a world of simple and clean-cut collections in soft colors. Petit by Sofie Schnoor has been inspired by the 1920’s classic features in combination with the raw look of high quality products for which this designer is so well-known. The entire collection is a mix of the pure and simple look with raw details. All products are made using only long-lasting, soft materials of high quality with no use of fabricated or artificial materials, Sofie herself is in charge of all prints and coloring of all styles.Petit by Sofie Schnoor isn’t just a line of collections as much as it is an invitation to explore a new universe! In this universe, the child is the center. The child’s mobility is the very essence of this collection by which, when wearing these clothes, the child is not disturbed or limited in any way. Using a basic style the designer focuses on the child rather than what he or she wears. Sofie Schnoor products are frames only – it is the child who is the master piece!
Serendipity is a Danish infant & children’s wear brand committed to use only the purest materials offered – certified 100% Organic Cotton, Silk & Wool. The design is inspired by play, nature and clear lines, encouraging little and bigger ones to feel both comfortable and smart with a simple and casual look.Smooth orange, dusty green and blue together with warm coral and marine blue outlines the picture of Serendipity Summer 2009. Serendipity summer 2009 presents light flower prints and soft colors in the classic clear Scandinavian design brought together in light woven cotton fabrics, soft velour and classic rib t-shirt, all base on certified 100% organic cotton of the soft Serendipity quality.