Interview: Poppy Rose

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Wren is a big fan of Danish brand Poppy Rose. In fact, she insists on wearing one of their skirts most days – on it’s own, over trousers, sometimes underneath several dresses – she’s named it her ‘special dancing skirt’ and the two of them won’t be parted. I caught up with Minna, founder of the brand to find out why my two year old loves them so much.

What is Poppy Rose?
A children’s fashion brand, for ages 0 to 14, creating exclusive and comfortable clothes. The motivation for the unique styles comes from a vision of combining simplicity and quality, with quality in particular being an area that will never be compromised with. The vision for Poppy Rose is for it to become the leading children’s brand that offers nothing but quality clothes in pure materials.
What fabrics do you use?
We use Liberty print fabric most seasons, merino wool, alpaca, pure cotton, silk blend and soft jersey.
Where do you manufacture?
The manufacture is done in Portugal, Poland and China.
Where are you based?
We are located in Hellerup, a bit north of Copenhagen, in Denmark.
Do you have kids? If so, what do you like to do with them?
Yes, two daughters and one son. In our free time we love to go to the beach and play, cooking together, listening to music and hanging out. Each summer we travel to France, we all love the beach and we play football and surf.
What are your favourite children’s books?
My favourites are Madicken and Alle vi Børn i Bulderby by Astrid Lindgren, which describe the interactions between children when they are playing, the relationships they build and the fun things they do. They are fun and sweet books to read together with the children. Another fascinating, but at the same time a sad book is Where Children Sleep by the English-born photographer James Mollison. It is full of illustrations of children bedrooms around the world with their life stories, which are not always happy.
Do you have any exciting plans for the future?
We just got back from Paris where we have been shooting the AW14 catalogue. The AW14 collection is called Dream Child and is inspired by the beautiful world and creative universe of the Narnia books by C. S. Lewis. This collection, has through the eye of the child, captured the magic and poetry that we all have dreamed of.
Another potential future vacation plan is to travel to Vietnam or Bolivia when our youngest daughter is a bit older.

Thank you! Poppy Rose have their winter sale on at the moment with up to 60% off. The images above are from their new spring/summer collection launching soon…

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New Books: Happy Homemade

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One of my many New Year resolutions is to spend more time making things. And one of my first projects is going to be from the Happy Homemade series of books. I first featured Japanese sewing books in this post, and these lovely little books are the latest by the same designer. Yoshiko Tsukiori specialises in artful, minimalist clothes that thankfully, are fairly easy to make. I have lots of favourites in these two books – enough to keep me busy for the whole year. The kids book is especially adorable, and there are several pieces in there I’d like to make for the summer. But selfishly, I think I’ll start with something for myself. Either a smock dress or roll-up trousers – I haven’t quite decided yet.

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Play: Ecopapershapes

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I love these new Ecopapershapes – little pieces of recycled cardboard, that come pre-cut in various designs. So far we have used them for glueing, sticking and good old colouring in, as well as for gift tags on Christmas presents.
The shapes come in different themed packs including Dress Up Doll, Tea Set, Specs, Papercharms and Alphabet. I think they would make the perfect stocking filler or small gift for kids. The sets are very fairly priced, and available from the Ecopapershapes shop. Their blog is also filled with lots of inspiring ideas of ways to use them – good if like me, you are sometimes stuck for inspiration on a rainy day.

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Kids: A Mouthful of Milk Teeth

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It’s not surprising that I love this new collection by Lu Flux called A Mouthful of Milk Teeth. It combines patchwork, kid’s clothes and knitwear – three of my favourite things. Each piece is made to order from a mix of cotton and wool yarns and the items have great names, like Gummy Trousers, Flossy Skirt and Molar Helmet. Hmm, it’s all a lot more fun than going to the dentist.

P.S. I like their Bear dress for grown ups too.

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