A WHIRLWIND TRIP TO BUBBLE LONDON. 1.2.16
Only managed a mad dash round Bubble this time – don’t ask!
But, as always there was plenty to see and do. Fashion-wise we’d say there’s been a shift from 70’s soft focus Scandi style and folksy English – think 4funkyflavours and I love Gorgeous – to a dressier, little lady/pocket gentlemen vibe. Not for us, has to be said. But, clearly, for somebody.
Anyway, in among the shiny ruffles and neck-a-ties we unearthed a few gems:
We love London-based Jam. They’re pretty pricy, but y’know, made to last. Lovely luxurious fabrics (cotton cashmere knits, anyone?) and smart innovations (we want seamless sleeves and reversible jackets, too), Jam techniques aim to minimise waste and prolong garment life. Our kind of ethos.
If you’re after a gorgeous, ethically made, quirkily patterned contemporary twist on the classic hand-smocked dress (and playsuit) you simply can’t do better than Question Everything. We heart.
DOING THE DOODLE
Doodle Do mines the gender-neutral, hand-made, illustrated by children, ethical, homespun seam that bit better than most. Though, to be honest, any brand with a peace sign on the home page gets our vote. Yes, we likey.
More for your little’uns, though they do go up to age 6, Superlove Merino makes all those lovely super-softy fine wool underlayers, babygros and bits and bobs that Scandis do so well. But this wool’s all ethically-sourced and super simples.
Shoes were a breath of fresh air at Bubble this year, with cult classic brands such as Angulus and Pom D’Api setting the standard. In a crowded field the gorgeous handmade collection from The Little Shoemaker stood out for us.
For those of you, like us, very much over the ubiquitous Saltwater sandal, we’d recommend either some groovy Igor Jellies or f.troupe’s fab 'love & peace' bathing shoe co-lab with artist Rob Ryan, for all your pool and seaside needs.
When the weather turns, you’ll struggle to beat dogwalkers’ choice, Bogs for groovy neoprene boots that’ll keep the wet out and the cosy in.
And, finally, as they say on the news, it’d be harsh if we didn’t mention the lovely wash-off-nail-art girls at dinkydoodah, who captivated a recalcitrant 9-year-old for 40 minutes. Thank you!!