Prior to the arrival of the pudding I loved nothing more than shopping for myself. However since his arrival, I have realised I have a wardrobe full of clothes I never wear and if I go shopping with a child under the age of one the most I can realistically come away with is a lipstick, while wistfully window shopping as I zoom past Reiss and Anthropologie with buggie in tow.
However as it turns out shopping for the little man is actually more enjoyable than shopping for grown up clothes. Do you ever wish your child’s clothes came in a few sizes bigger?
Recently I got the opportunity to attend Dot to Dot London showcasing a range of great independent children’s brands and also some very talented and creative people behind the designs, who I was lucky enough to meet.
These are my top four picks, so be sure to check them out over the course of 2016… For fun, playful and modern tableware for children, which is also practical, look no further than Buddy and Bear. If like me you have had enough of neon coloured plastic in your house and your life, which apparently automatically comes with having a child, you will love this collection, which is influenced by Japanese and Scandanavian design.
Designed by graphic designers Sarah and Jon Weston, Buddy and Bear sets out to spark the imagination of little appetites and brighten up mealtimes through the bold yet subtle designs on their cups, trays and plates, using themes such as telling the time, fruit, numbers and letters. And their bunny egg cups will make any hard boiled egg look and taste more enticing!
A favourite in our household Jack & Jillaroo, make the most stylish and practical bibs, as well as leggings and organic teethers. Lovingly handmade by Cath Court from her kitchen table the gorgeous bibs, which are made from bamboo cotton towelling and 100% organic cotton, add a little extra to an outfit, while also keeping little necks extra snug in the cooler months and are super breathable when summer arrives.
Keep a look out for a range of new beautiful bibs to be revealed very soon as well as 100% cotton blankets and 100% organic cotton muslin swaddles, which will also be added to Jack & Jillaroo’s collection.
Bumble and Blooms was one of my favourite finds at Dot to Dot. Founded by Emma Snowdon only last year, Emma hand crafts the most gorgeous snoods and bloomers for boys and girls from her home. Perfect for layering in the winter and for showing off those chubby legs in the summer. I am a huge fan of the bloomers especially the denim and gingham fabrics. Beautifully packaged with a personal touch Bumble and Blooms offer something a little quirkier for your little bean and also make for a great gift idea.
For understated luxury and with a focus on design, craftsmanship, quality & sustainability, Aravore’s collection really is something you will want to treasure forever. The award winning designer childrenswear has a nostalgic feel and look about it and a huge amount of love has goes into the creation of each individual piece whether it is a pair of booties, a dress or a shawl and each swing tag is signed by the seamstress behind the creation.
So for timeless classics made with a huge amount of attention to detail Aravore’s collection of childrenswear is a must. The problem will be to know when to stop adding to your basket.