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TOMS + OCEANA

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turtlesselfridgesWe went to see the TOMS and Oceana Sea Turtle collection at Selfridges this week.  The kids range is exclusive to Selfridges and for every pair of TOMS x Oceana Sea Turtle shoes sold, TOMS will donate £5 to Oceana to help save the sea turtles.

The kids loved the fun games and marine life mask making and the turtle shoes are really cute.

wilbur_turtle turtlesselfridgesSea turtles play an important part in ocean ecosystems by maintaining healthy seagrass beds and coral reefs, helping to balance marine food webs and facilitating nutrient cycling from water to land.

The weather is starting to brighten up so get involved and help protect these turtles and get your littles a pair of these TOMS.

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Toms X National Geographic For The Big Cats

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Screen Shot 2015-09-17 at 19.28.04This week we went to TOMS store off Carnaby Street for a fun filled kids event with Mothers Meeting to see the Big Cats Collection.  This one (above) had so much fun, and ate way too many lion biscuits.

TOMS has partnered with National Geographic and  is supporting its critical nonprofit work through the Big Cats Collection. These animals are at risk of becoming extinct. The Big Cats Initiative was founded with National Geographic in 2009.  Since then The Big Cats Initiative has worked to reverse the decline of big cats through on-the-ground conservation and education projects in Africa, Asia, and North and South America. These projects include instituting patrols to prevent lion snaring and poaching and building livestock enclosures to protect endangered cats from retaliatory killing.

Through this project TOMS will be partnering with nonprofit animal conservation organizations to drive awareness and funding for global animal protection.

Screen Shot 2015-09-17 at 19.30.19 Screen Shot 2015-09-17 at 19.31.03The range is all related to the feline and has detail representing that.  Products for men, women and kids, so take a look and support this great cause.  Who doesn’t like an animal print anyway.

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Young Soles

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New Brit shoe brand Young Soles is a coming and we can’t wait.  Their Autumn/Winter collection is about to be available for you to deck your lil’ ones out in some re-invented timeless classics like the T-Bar and Mary Jane.  To the Brogue or Monkey Boot.
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Young Soles founder Lou has always had a love affair with shoes and has been in the footwear industry for over 10years.  Inspired by childhood memories, music, British heritage and the search for a good shoe for their daughter.  The result is a collection of a good old honest, nostalgic, and well made shoe with a bit of an edge that will last.  They are also about working with your child’s foot, being light, durable and versatile are all important factors.  These shoes aren’t just fashion statements.  Hooray to another great Brit brand on the block!
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3 quickies with Lou:
Where do you live and with whom?
I live with my partner Stu and our Daughter Rosie, in East London, close to the Olympic Park

Have you always been a shoe lover, what inspires you?
Always, right from an early age when I used to make paper shoes with my mum, out of newspaper and roll of sticky tape. I followed a career in footwear design, completing a Bachelors and Masters degree and have had a successful career in the footwear industry for over 16 years.  There is alway inspiration to be found, but most of my inspiration for Young Soles comes from childhood memories, British heritage, the music scene, fashion movements and of course my Daughter, the reason I started Young Soles in the first place.

What makes the 3 of you (fam) smile and laugh most at the moment? What’s your favourite fun thing to do together? 
Our daughter Rosie is a constant source of entertainment. She has such an innocent and joyful outlook on the world that constantly makes us laugh. Our favourite thing we all do together is, after a long week, a record goes on our vintage record player, the music is turned up loud and we have Friday night dance around the lounge together!
(images Flannery O’Kafka for Young Soles)

show your toes

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We’ve had a taster of some warm weather, which seems to send some Brits crazy and they feel the need to strip off immediately.

Here are a few cute sandals we’ve seen, if you just want to start with thinking about revealing some little toes, and wait for it to warm up some more.

sandalstop: mini melissa, stella mccartney kids

middle: mango kids, zara kids

bottom: zara kids, sunsan saltwater

Chapter 2 Kids

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When I went to see the AW14 collections at Playtime in Paris last month, I met the lovely and talented wife and husband team behind Chapter 2 Kids Fay and Tom.  They are a luxury British brand that make children’s shoes and belts.  The beautiful shoes are hand made at their home in London.  The designs are classic, yet playful in colour and the leather is of the highest quality.  The craftsmanship of these shoes when you see them in the flesh is outstanding, and a gorgeous keepsake.

Humbug Blush - top ecru+electric Humbugs Balmoral

Obviously a shoe for a special occasion, but also very wearable and so well made, that you would get your moneys worth and we all know how important it is to get your little toes in a good shoe.

And did I mention they also won the Milk Award for best shoes!

Fay has done our mini q & a for us, we’ve kept it short and sweet as usual, because juggling life, kids, and business doesn’t leave much spare time to sit and think.

3 quick ones with Fay:

Where do you live and with whom?
I live with my husband Tom and our two boys Connor 5 and Shea 8 months in Old Isleworth, near Richmond.

What inspires you in your shoe designs and what is your (and Tom’s) favourite pair of shoes?
My designs are quite timeless but with a contemporary edge. I love colour and often like to start the design process with a colour and materials palette but I can be inspired from lots of different things from the foil balloons at Connors birthday to an art exhibition we saw.

I have lots of amazing shoes which I don’t wear as I am terrible at wearing heels, so I guess the ones I love and wear are flat sandals by Joey McMakin. They have skinny ribbon straps with a large rectangular wood and crystal stone off-set over the toes. I’m just waiting for the sun to shine!
Tom’s favourite shoes are a pair of tan leather derbys from Crockett & Jones which he has lived in and have developed a beautiful character over the years.

What are your current favourite items for your boys  (clothing/accessories or toys)?
My favourites for Connor are Nico Nico, Bobo Choses and Mini Rodini and he likes to choose which of our belts he’s going to wear each day. I’d love to get him a pair of Very French Gangster sunglasses this summer if he can be trusted not to break them.
And Shea lives in his Mini Rodini pom pom hat, Tootsa MacGinty trousers and grey shaggy Bon Ton coat. He’s wearing most of Connors old baby clothes and I’m trying really hard to resist buying him a whole new wardrobe!

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Zuzii lil’ shoe love

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I’m in love with these custom made shoes from Zuzii.  Ryan Campbell sources supplies from around the U.S to make these adorable shoes from her studio, creating a wonderful home made business.  Zuzii also make accessories, just as cute as the shoes.

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