Our top picks of chic children’s brands at Dot to Dot London
  • February 1, 2016
  • Zac Ghaffar Co-founder, The Inside Edit


    2016 has opened with a bang and we’re excited to share with you some highlights from the annual Dot to Dot show at the Vinyl Factory in Soho London. The design-led trade show showcases niche, independent children’s brands.

    Walking into the venue you are quickly met with a warm and eclectic atmosphere of trendy brands and friendly entrepreneurs. With a diverse range of new and fairly young brands it was an impressive event with some very exciting products.

    The show is for buyers and press only, but here we’ll give you the low down with some of our picks of the brands that really stood out for us.




    Established in 2011, HAMʼs minimal aesthetic seeks to add a serious edge to its playful subject matter. Childhood nostalgia and a fascination with the banal are key themes that continue to inform HAMʼs growing range of animal motifs, all of which have been created by London based designer Jo Ham and brought to life by talented makers within the UK.



    Angel’s Face


    Angel’s Face was started by mother of three, Keely Deininger in 2007 as a kitchen table business based in London. The tutu – a super-soft, high-quality product which is wonderfully full of frilly nylon-chiffon layers, is simply beautiful and we took great pleasure in meeting the person behind our daughter’s favourtie item of clothing.

    Cub Bag



    Created by a mum, the Cub Bag is a beautiful accessory, perfect for carrying your baby changing gear, while providing ideal support for both breast and bottle feeding. The Cub Bag also works as a carry support when holding your baby on your hip.

    Wildfire Teepees


    Inspired by the need to find kids toys that looked great and that could share the space at home, Wildfire Teepees was born – focussed on simple design and quality materials.

    girls talk to boys


    The name girlstalktoboys came from a trip Kelly and her husband took to Vienna. On a sign post in the city centre, there was a piece of paper that said: “FACT: girls that talk to boys from a young age will have better relationships”. girlstalktoboys is about building confidence in your children through what they wear. Kids feel good when they like what they are wearing; it’s a form of self-expression. It’s true, clothes do speak louder than words! girlstalktoboys is designed and manufactured in London, England.

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    OKAY I'M ANGRY! If this is not a platform to share your opinions then where else right?! So here it goes, you may have seen Mattel are doing a Barbie version of FRIDA KAHLO, the profoundly inspirational Mexican Artist. Well on the surface it sounds positive – celebrating female cultural icons etc, but it’s in fact not at all what it seems. . . Zac and I adore this woman and are huge fans. Frida Kahlo represented not just a fearless and boundless expression of individuality, but she stood firmly on the side of those in society that were forgotten about. In her art she explored questions of identity, post-colonialism, gender, class, and race in Mexican society. She was simply brilliant, and an inspiration to all us mothers raising daughters. . . Salma Hayek portrayed her brilliantly in the 2002 Bipoic (please watch it if you haven’t already!) and said Frida was “one of the forces that gave me the determination to pursue my career”. . . On to what Mattel are doing. Firstly – despite what some bloggers like to shill on social media, the Barbie doll is not something positive for any child in my view. It does not represent uniqueness, and when Frida becomes SLIM and more LIGHT SKINNED with LIGHT EYES, that’s when lines are being crossed. This is not just cultural appropriation for commercial gain, but the very colonial re-shaping of identity she stood against. . . LEAVE FRIDA ALONE. Rant over. . #fridakahlo #mattel #leaveheralone #views #latin #mexicanculture #salmahayeck #womensday #strongwomen #womenofculture #mummyviews #londonblogger #unique #art #ethnic #celebratinguniqueness #inspirationalwomen #thisisbullshit #barbieisnotunique #notobarbie #femalerolemodels #ithastobesaid
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