17.04.15

Petitbo S/S 2015

Petitbo S/S 2015
Petitbo S/S 2015
Petitbo S/S 2015
Petitbo S/S 2015
Petitbo S/S 2015
Petitbo S/S 2015
This is the new collection of Petitbo – the boho meets rock’n’roll brand.

The team comes from Sweden but is now based in the South West of France. I am sure the sun and the waves help a lot to get inspired…

The trademark fringes are now side on side with cool ikat and leopard prints. A great collection for cool kids that live life easy and playful!

All clothes are made from 100% cotton that are knitted in Sweden. Almost all fabrics are GOTS certified and dyed according to IVN standards. All clothes are made in EU.

To get here.

 

 

16.04.15

Monkind

monkind
monkind
monkind
monkind
monkind
monkind
monkind

So happy to report about a new brand that is based in Berlin. You know how much I love to share great things coming from my home town and it’s been a little while that I did not have something NEW here…

But the wait was well worth it!

Hello MONKIND –  a family business that produces unique, handmade, organic and sustainable children’s clothing.

All products are handmade in Berlin and the brand is run by designer Valeria Popov and her husband Stewart Hill, a musician, the manager of MONKIND.

The collections are for children from 0 to 6 and for this summer you can find elegant and classic designs. Mint, peach, denim and lots of stripes – just the right mix of simple, minimalistic and fun.

I also very much love the cool pieces for boys and who can resist a kid in a dungaree?

15.04.15

Bandit Kids S/S 2015

Bandit Kids
Bandit Kids
Bandit Kids
Bandit Kids
Bandit Kids
Bandit Kids
Bandit Kids
Bandit Kids are an Australian brand who make children’s clothing that kids love to wear and parents want to dress them in.

I introduced you to this rad label last year {here} and here they come with their 2nd season and it is spot on with their cool prints!
These are hand-drawn and then screen printed. And because it is all hand printed and not mass produced you can be confident your little bandit will be wearing something unique.

Their sizing and wash instructions have also been hand-drawn and screen-printed on so that there are no itchy labels. Their swing-tags are extra little pieces of art, and they are printed on recycled paper with soy ink. It’s all about the details at Bandit Kids, especially because they know how much kids {and parents} love precious little treasures.

Available here or here.

 

 

14.04.15

Playtime Tokyo

Playtime Tokyo February 201
A cardboard dinosaur by Flatout Frankie – via CAST Japan

I absolutely love attending Playtime, an international children and maternity show that takes place twice a year in Paris, Tokyo and NYC. I am happy to report once more about the last Tokyo edition which happened last February at Belle Salle Garden Shibuya. No matter how much time I spend at the show, I always miss out on so many things, and I always wish I could talk to each exhibitor and listen to what they have to share. I wonder if I will ever be able to make this happen!

I have made friends over the years, and of course I will always visit them in priority on the first day. Last week I discovered new labels with fresh collections and exciting concepts. I also managed to attend the cocktail party (with my kids!) and listened to the “Kodomo Jazz” singer Roco who was animating the evening.

Let’s find out in pictures what Playtime Tokyo had to unveil!

*Illustration: Ever since its creation in 2007, each year Playtime selects a new artist to illustrate its fairs – from the trade show invitation, to the booklet, website, murals etc… This year it was Italian illustrator Philip Giordano who shared his vision of the three capitals in his signature animals, geometric shapes with quirky details. His work for Playtime won silver medal in the advertising category at the Society of Illustrators NY.

‘Le Club Lounge’ by Abi Loves with Mika Posa: a space where small visitors can play, create and relax. The wall paper  seemed to be an awesome outlet for the little ones to express their creativity. My children surely enjoyed the space while I was happily catching up with friends!

Playtime Tokyo February 201

  • Trend space 1 // ‘Welcome to the Club‘ by Kim Songhe

Kim Songhe was born in Tokyo in 1982 and graduated from Oda Design College, after which she started her design activity. In 2005, she got noticed with her chandeliers displayed at the Loveless store in Aoyama (Tokyo). She has then produced many shop displays in Japan and showcased her work at museums in San Francisco and Seoul (2009). The chandeliers are made of products pasted to each other and can be described as “junk collage”. Kim Songhe created a disco/pop chandelier for the trend Space of Playtime Tokyo.

Playtime Tokyo February 201

To celebrate the opening of the 12th edition of Playtime Tokyo, Japanese singer Roco and her musicians animated the cocktail party on the 24th of February. Her playful music entertained visitors and exhibitors as well as the children who attended.

Playtime Tokyo February 201

Let’s start with a short introduction to the brands I was able to visit and what I liked:

Toi-Même: cute, classy designs in pastel colours. Made in France. I ♥︎ the musical stars and their bright lights.

  • Que Sera Sera: an Osaka-based shop presenting labels such as The Great Lakes Goods, SugarBoo designs, Hartland Brooklyn, Gold Teeth Brooklyn etc… I ♥︎ the laser-cut wooden decoration items by The Great Lakes Goods.
  • La Lovie: eco-friendly accessories and dolls in cashmere and organic cotton for environmentally conscious parents. I ♥︎ the cashmere plaids and their original designs!

Playtime Tokyo February 201

Toi Même (top & left) // The Great Lakes Goods via Que Sera Sera SEED
Playtime Tokyo February 201
Playtime Tokyo February 201
Cashmere and cuties by La Lovie

 

I have been a fan of these brands for a while now:

  • Sophia 203: the most delightful embroidered accessories. Every season a new enchanted theme, for the little and not so little ones.
  • Les Enfantines: chic and timeless clothes for children – I ♥︎ the peacock liberty print collar for baby.
  • Bonheur du Jour: poetic, sweet and girly, the collection was stunning – I ♥︎ everything!

Camphor: superb knitwear and a minimalistic/ eco-friendly feel. I ♥︎ the sweaters which are also water-repellent (!).

Playtime Tokyo February 201
Playtime Tokyo February 201
A Curious Circus by Sophia 203

Playtime Tokyo February 201
Les Enfantines

Playtime Tokyo February 201
Playtime Tokyo February 201
Playtime Tokyo February 201
Bonheur du Jour Paris (all of the above)

 

The artist is using the technique of knitting with different materials to create infinite shapes such as feathers, wings or elytrons (a harden forewing of some insects such as beetles). He has participated in collective and individual exhibits in museums and galleries across Japan since 1991. For Playtime Tokyo he created a giant knitted tree, a unique symbol and a space where people would gather, communicate and exchange.

Playtime Tokyo February 201
Playtime Tokyo February 201
Trend space by Masayuqi Yoshida // knitwear by Camphor

 

Born in 1977 in Tokyo, Daisuke Takahashi launched his first ready-to-wear collection for women (Disk1) in 2005 in Paris. He moved back to Tokyo in 2006 and has expanded his work to men and kids collection as well as art installation made of fabrics or cardboard that are presented in cafés and shops. For Playtime Tokyo he created cardboard-framed objects to illustrate the happy mix between handmade and digital.
Playtime Tokyo February 201
Trend space by Daisuke Takahashi // Embroidery by Holmgren

 

  • Folk Made: a beautiful winter collection, made complete with the gorgeous knitted stools. The wooden furnitures were also handmade – by Mr. Folk Made. Pretty awesome!
  • Pilkku: the concept -> comfortable, simple pieces that can be worn by girls and boys ♥︎
  • Holmgren: the last booth I visited, and one of my favorite. A collection of hooded sweatshirts resulting from a collaboration between Camilla Holmgren, a photographer, and her son Emile. The embroidery designs were taken straight from Emile’s sketchbook and are poetic, full of imaginative creatures and stories. The booth concept was a street in Hong Kong were the look book photos were taken.  ♥︎♥︎♥︎
  • Tiny Bitz: a boutique baby gifting brand with the focus on bringing thoughtful gifts for growing kids. I ♥︎ the beautiful quality and super soft cotton of their onesies.

CAST Japan: a distributor of some of my favorite products, such as Stocs, the Time Capsules by Make History, the Loog guitar etc… They recently added a new label to

  • their line of products, the Flatout Frankie cardboard toys (from New Zealand). I ♥︎ the alphabet!

Playtime Tokyo February 201
Holmgren

Playtime Tokyo February 201
Pilkku

Playtime Tokyo February 201
Folk Made

Playtime Tokyo February 201

Playtime Tokyo February 201

Stocs and Flatout Frankie by CAST Japan (above and left) // Tiny Bitz (right)

Playtime Tokyo February 201

2015 ©All photographs by Marie Maglaque

 

Thank you Marie for this first awesome guest post!

I so want to go and see this fair one day. Seeing Japan & Tokyo in general…. dreams!!!

 

14.04.15

Welcome new contributor – Marie from Tokyo

Marie Maglaque

So so happy to introduce you to Marie, my new contributor here on Paul & Paula.

Marie is originally from France and an accessory designer and party planner but also a nomad {just like me} who currently lives in Tokyo, Japan with her 2 kids and husband.

To be honest I do not recall exactly how I met Marie {do you Marie?} but it must be because of our blogs. Big world can be so small. We also managed to meet once at Playtime and I remember this crazy looking phone number calling me. A Japanese one to let me know that she waited on the other side of the fair…

Marie is such a cute and warm and sweet person. We kept in touch via e mail and social media and one day I just asked her if she could imagine to report a little about Japan and what is going on with kids fashion, design etc… there are gorgeous things but often it is hard to find them. Many brands do not even have a website and if they do, in Japanese only… hard to navigate for me.

Buuuuuut Marie said yes…. I am so happy because me too I am so curious to see, read and learn more from this part of the world.

Today I will also share a big report Marie did on the last edition of Playtime Tokyo! Stay tuned… lots of goodies!

 

Please discover Marie’s work here and her blog here.

 

 

 

 

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