Sep 26, 2019 | By Jane Boddy
Jan 31, 2018
Held at the Vinyl Factory in London’s buzzing West End, Dot to Dot trade show opened its doors last week to showcase it’s comparatively small, but never the less well curated A/W18/19 selection of kidswear labels. Exhibiting both apparel & lifestyle products the show prides itself on providing a collaborative environment for brands and buyers to explore new commercial opportunities. While several well established boutique brands were in attendance from Finger In The Nose through to Tootsa Macginty and Bonny Mob.
Having covered other key trade shows such as Pitti Bimbo, The WGSN kidswear team picked out few new brands to watch from Dot to Dot that demonstrate the creatively balanced nature of the show.
Starting off with The Faraway Gang, established in 2017 by Sally Jackson [ former designer at Joules and Boden] This is a unisex knitwear brand, aimed at kids aged 4-7 years old. Complex fair isle pattern layouts and an innovative unisex colour palette builds a commercial offering that updates classic heritage looks. Designed and manufactured in the UK using machine washable soft Marino wool, this is certainly one brand to watch.
Having built out a business through its well curated Instagram posts LaLa & Pom is best known for its tastefully pom pom decorated accessories. The label is now expanding into knitwear with quirky intarsia capes and hats that still maintain its vintage sensibilities.
Demonstrating the shows diverse approach to curation, Korean brand Licomas and BeBeBeBe launch in the UK, showcasing their collections with signature quirky Korean looks ranging from felted character coats and layered up graphic jersey separates.
Finally, the trend for sustainability and the repurposing and recycling of fabric as opposed to the production of new, is a baby toddler trend we are tracking. This approach has been embraced by new brand to market Pippins Childrenswear, who’s denim items aimed at babies aged 0-2 years is lovingly made in Yorkshire created from 100% recycled grade A denim even the clothes tags made from 100% cotton t-shirt scraps.
For highlights of all the shows the WGSN Kidswear team are covering this season, read our Global Trade Show Guide 2018.
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