Tag Archives: vintage

Molly Meg Pop Up

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The brilliant vintage and modern children’s design shop, Molly Meg has a pop up shop at Anthropologie on the Kings Road starting this weekend.  It’s on for a month, with lots of great workshops taking place during it’s stay.  Each workshop will cost £5 and goes to charity.  You could make a character with Corby Tindersticks, Easter totes with Porter Colline or an animal brooch with Emma Cocker. I love Emma Cocker’s work, so wish one of my beans was the right age to do that one.

The space will of course be full of the delights found on Molly Megs online shop, and I’m sure it is going to look amazing and a real treat to visit.  A definite must go see with or without the kids.

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une belle époque

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We’re totally in love with this ‘very’ new brand une belle époque.  Timeless, classic and functionable clothing for girls and boys up to 5yrs (for this first collection).  The faded fabric tones and vintage feel are to die for.  Founded by two sisters Dee and Nikki, the clothes are mainly produced in the UK, homegrown, working with other growing businesses.

The collection is beautifully shot by Dee who has a degree in fine art photography, also check out her blog http://shehadusathello.blogspot.co.uk/

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We’ll be getting a few pieces from this brand and look forward to their new collection.

Here are 3 quickies with Dee:

Where do you live and with whom?

I live in West London with my Australian husband and two small daughters, Lissom (Limi) and Clémence (Claya).

What is your background and what inspired the name of the brand?

I grew up in a small town in South Africa. My mother is a brilliant seamstress and my sister and I loved designing our own outfits (and some for our dolls too) which my mum would sew up for us. I have always loved the process of sketching a design, selecting fabric, watching that fabric be folded and cut and then going through the various fittings until you have a finished piece. When I had my eldest daughter, I struggled to find simple clothes for her that were a bit original and weren’t all pink. I was looking for something with French flair and English individuality and so I started creating my own designs and the brand grew from there. The name une belle époque is our attempt to acknowledge the inspiration from French children’s clothes and vintage English details. It refers to The Golden Age or La Belle Époque and I loved the idea that childhood is, A Golden Age.

What do you have planned for SS14 collection?

The brand only started in 2013 so we have an enormous amount planned for the coming year. We’re moving most of our production to the UK where I can be more hands on and I’m also hoping to find some local suppliers. Each season, we will be keeping a core range of ‘basics’ and adding new colours. My girls live in their can can tops, circus pants and puppet playsuits so these will stay as staples. We’ll be expanding the boys range and l’ve also started working on a complimentary collection that will take the essence of une belle époque, timeless kids clothing and add a quirky element. You may find a slipped collar, oversized cuffs, interesting layers…..i’m having a lot of fun with this new collection. The idea is to build this brand slowly, working with suppliers and production workshops that we like. The love for designing and creating has never faded for me so I am loving every aspect of building up this small kids brand.

What are your children’s favourite things at the moment?

Limi is three and we’ve recently taught her how to play snakes and ladders. She’s a bit obsessed and seems to be having plenty of beginner’s luck. Claya desperately wants to join in (and do anything that her sister is doing) but she just moves the pieces around on the board which doesn’t help our game much. I’m looking out for an original board that Limi will one day remember as vividly as I do, my own childhood board games.

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If you’re in London this weekend check out the Anorak sale in Dulwich on Saturday and Renegade Craft Fair at the Old Truman Brewery, Saturday and Sunday.

Happy weekend x

sweet Poketto

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These limited, hand made clothes from Poketto are gorgeous.  I love bloomers and these sunsuits made from vintage fabrics are the sweetest things.  They are made in Australia and you can buy through Etsy.

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New Etsy shop – Magpie & Hen

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New on Etsy is the lovely Magpie & Hen.  The shop launched a few  weeks ago, by London based mama Sarah.  It is full of pre-loved treasures for little ones.  Vintage Fisher Price, beautifully illustrated books, and lovely odd gems.  Some of the items are even too nice just to buy for little ones, and could be used for shop displays or reference pieces.  The photography of the items for the shop are great too.  You won’t find any blurry shots here, that I see too often on Etsy shops and I just don’t understand why people do it (a pet hate of mine).

Here are a few of our favourite picks:

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Quick 3 for Sarah:

Where do you live?

I live right on the triangle in Crystal Palace, SE London – a hub of vintage shops and antique markets.

What’s your luckiest area for thrifting?

The furthest away from London the better! I have found some real treasures up in the North-East. Luckily for me, this is where my partners parents live, so a good excuse to visit the future in-laws! 

What’s your favourite treasure?

That’s so difficult, I have a few! I love the set of late 60s Zoo-It-Yourself plastic animals made by Tupperware Toys that can be pulled apart and remade into different creatures. I think my current favourite find is a quirky hobby horse with a wooden pole and molded plastic head. It’s so unusual and stylish, and my two year old loves playing with it.

This is one shop we’ll be visiting regularly to keep an eye on what great finds we can get our hands on.  Can’t wait for the next updates.

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beautiful jewelry made in London by Rust

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Rust make lovely jewelry in London.  Their attention to detail is amazing, whether it be in the jewelry, displays, packaging or product shots.  It’s all beautiful.  I received a pair of earrings as a gift a couple of years ago from Rust and love them.  All the jewelry is made in small quantities, some being one-offs as they use vintage trinkets.

Rust are a husband and wife team in South London and Artemis also has a blog called Junkaholique, which has another separate little shop attached to it.  The lifestyle blog is as lovely as their jewelry, and very addictive (and inspiring) to follow the creativeness of this family.

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A limited kids eyewear collaboratioin

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I have been reading the blog Bleubird vintage for a few years now, when it started mainly as a vintage shop.  It soon evolved in to more of a family, lifestyle, fashion blog, as when you have children they often creep in here and there.  Bleubird is a girl called James, married to Aubrey, with 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls, newly moved to Nashville.

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Anyway, James has collaborated with Bonlook and designed a limited range of eyewear for kids.  There are 2 retro styles that both come in 3 colours and affordable at $39.

 

We love the ‘Birdie’ style in Marigold. Make sure you take a look at the blog too.

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Etsy finds week: KallioNYC

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I love this find…Kallio (NYC) make children’s clothes, boys and girls,  from vintage men’s shirts.  Super cute, comfortable and we’re all for recycling!

Happy weekend!

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Etsy finds week: Happy Circus

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There are some lovely knitted treats from Happy Circus (Bath, England), as well as a few vintage pieces.  Love the knitted bow hair accessories for little girls and there are  some bow ties for little boys.

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a little vintage inspired modern

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These are some of the cutest vintage inspired dresses I have seen in a while.  The designer of the brand is called Brianne Wallace and the label launched in March 2011.  The pieces are handmade, vintage inspired with a modern edge.  I have a soft spot for bloomers (I seem to feature them quite a lot in posts),  and I love the headscarves.  The model is pretty damn cute too.

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