|Leopard sweater, £50, Mini Rodini|
CLB’s Bristol-based readers will already be familiar with The Pippa & Ike Show’s fashion-forward approach to children’s clothes. It was tears before bedtime all round when the much-adored Gloucester Road boutique shut up shop to focus on e-commerce at the end of 2012. But Bristol’s loss is the rest of the planet’s gain.
For owner and childrenswear designer Lianne Part, less time behind the till means more spent hunting down the quirky designs that make her shop an easy hit with style-savvy kids (and their parents). You’ll find an emphasis on illustration-driven design (Bobo Choses, Soft Gallery, Atsuyo et Akiko), cool, muted colour palettes, cut-above party favours (the Omm Design robot puzzles are a winner) and why-didn’t-I-think-of-that products like Little Titans’ tights for boys.
I love the Plastic Fantastic section, which cheerfully proves the kids were right all along with a rainbow of shiny elephant money boxes, bright flower garlands and display-worthy animal nesting dolls. Browse on for bold melamine kitchenware, imaginative toys, quirky stationery and edgy jewellery and accessories.
By Emma Howarth
|Emma and lovely little Cleo|
Bristol-based Emma has turned an obsession with hunting down amazing places to eat, drink, relax and shop (for kids and grown-ups) into a career. She’s fast becoming an expert on children’s style thanks to four-year-old Lola (loves a tiara; despises buttons) and two-year-old Cleo (never fully dressed with a monkey mask and a medal). Having edited numerous travel and lifestyle guides for Time Out, she writes freelance for various publications and is finishing her first novel.
|Fox sweater, £40, Mini Rodini|
|Umbrella sweater, £42, Bobo Choses|
|Guitar sweater, £27, Bobo Choses|
|Knee-patch tights, £15, Little Titans|
|Norsu elephant money-box, £8.99|