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Bubble: London’s biggest and most comprehensive baby and kids’ show is back for SS18
Posted by: Bubble London 04 July 2017

16 + 17 July, Business Design Centre, Islington

Bubble is back this season with a range of kids’ collections designed to inspire. As the UK’s leading trade event for fashion and lifestyle, Bubble is the London destination to see global leaders alongside fresh new talent.

Ready for launch

Bubble maintains its position as the launchpad for new talent with a dynamic selection of debutantes this July. Barn of Monkeys arrives from Portugal with an offer of sustainable fashion for boys and girls, crafted from organic raw materials. British label Cooee Kids has a similar social conscience running through its every fibre, thanks to its commitment to crafting everything from 100% African cotton through a production process that supports Ugandan craftspeople.

For London label Carlie Grace, the focus is on girls’ fashion for up to eight years. Offering sustainable fashion in designs created to portray individuality and fun, the brand is one to watch for stylish little girls. Fellow homegrown label Eva & Indie focuses on bold, quirky prints in handmade designs to achieve a unique level of individuality. London-born XOkiddo meanwhile is defined by simplicity, with a range of ultra-contemporary practical and unisex styles crafted from organic materials.

Handmade in Britain but inspired by all things French, Wex Baby fuses cross-Channel cultures with its hand-drawn designs on fabric. Inspired by Highland culture meanwhile, Scottish knitwear label Tout Petit is French by name, but offers a range of nursery accessories and gifts in Merino wool.

Bamboo, viscose and organic cotton are just some of the OEKO-TEX approved fabrics used to create girls’ and boys’ designs for new Lithuanian label Little Mouse. Harbouring similarly big aspirations for little people, Little Zi creates luxury designs for babies in Pima and organic cotton for the softest of newborn skin. Babies are also the focus for Modor Naycher, with its range of 100% organic and chemical-free blankets and nursery products for mother and baby.

House of Juniors is created by a team of parents offering smart-casual - and predominantly unisex - sportswear from the toddler stage right up to teenwear. Inevitabile is equally on-trend, but its focus is purely female with a range of embroidered blouses for girls made in-house at its Brussels headquarters.

Ciao Bimba is guaranteed to inspire buyers and customers alike with its imaginative range of dolls, outfits and accessories crafted from natural fibres. For Cradle & Tonic, it’s all about mum, with a range of luxury aromatherapy candles for those magical steps of bump, birth and baby.

Over in Bubble Bump, Bubble’s unique showcase for maternity and nursery brands, American changing bag brand Ju-Ju-Be makes its Bubble debut and will be joined by brands including Mama Designs and Bullabaloo.

Look who’s talking

Bubble is the first port of call for retailers looking to get ahead in the business of childrenswear. This season’s engaging seminar programme talks buyers through the Business of Branding (Sunday, 10.30 and Monday, 10.00), Trends (Sunday, 14.00 and Monday 11.30) and Online Retailing (Monday, 12.30) with industry experts Abigail and Chloe Baldwin, Fiona Coleman and Dan Conboy.

Don’t miss Bubble’s lively discussion panels, which will bring modern-day childrenswear retail to life on stage throughout the show. Franck van Huizen, Fiona Coleman, Childsplay’s Nick Bassi and Blue Almonds’ Izabella Minkiewicz will offer an expert insight from their respective viewpoints as leaders in their field (Sunday, 13.00), while creative and inspiring interiors will be the talking point of the Future proofing: how interiors can grow your business panel discussion, chaired by Absolutely Mama editor Holly Kirkwood. (Sunday, 12.00).

Running out of time to see so much new talent? Don’t miss Perfect Pitch (Sunday, 15.30 and Monday 14.00) for a series of fast-paced elevator pitches on our pick of the designers to watch at Bubble London, presented by Danielle Wilkins from Little London Magazine.

And finally…

It’s the accolade of the trade, so take time out of your buying schedule to discover the winner of Bubble’s ever-popular Rising Star competition, announced on Sunday afternoon at 17.00.

Which stand is outstanding? The Stand Out competition is back this season, so look out for the badge of honour as you make your way around the show and see if you agree.

See the art of nursery design brought to life with a unique installation by nursery designer Bunny & Clyde and Absolutely Mama magazine on stand B56.

As always, there will be lots to keep little ones occupied at the show. The team from Maggie & Rose - London’s original family member’s club - will be providing entertainment for kids of all ages and visitors will have a chance to preview their new ‘At Home’ collection. Spun Candy will be spinning out sweet treats on both days and creative collective Buttercrumble will be producing visitor portraits at the show. There will be music workshops and book signings for kids by Monty the Maestro on both Sunday and Monday.

Bubble takes place Sunday 16 from 9.30 until 6pm and Monday 17 July from 9.30 until 5pm. Register for your ticket beforehand

Image: Wex Baby

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