Uniqlo Kids launches in the UK

Uniqlo Kids launches in the UK.

Uniqlo Kids is finally launching in the UK – I’ve been a loyal customer of theirs for over ten years now, and I’m so excited!

Uniqlo Kids

From August 15th all the UK stores will stock clothes as well as online! This makes me VERY excited.

Uniqlo (for me) make really good quality clothes, have worked with some fantastic designers and companies (Cath Kidston, Laura Ashley, Celia Birtwell, Lulu Guinness, Greengate, Disney, Pixar and more) – moving into kids clothes in all stores is a great thing! (though not for my bank balance)

The range will be the same high-quality fabrics and aesthetic you already know, the range will offer basics and key on-trend pieces, fun outer items and more, with kids needs in mind.

Uniqlo started in Japan around 1985, with the words ‘unique’ and ‘clothing’ amalgamating to become Uniqlo. I’ve found their clothes to be affordable and really good quality. Their jeans are one of the best fits for me too – and since I’ve been losing weight I can buy their women’s jeans again which is great. The Uniqlo kids range has been available in Japan for a while now, and I seem to recall a UK trial run in the West End stores and Bluewater, so to see this being rolled out to other stores is brilliant news. I’ll be there on the 15th (thank goodness it’s payday…) and probably buying way too much – though not spending a lot (I hope!).

Uniqlo Kids

Make sure you drop in on August 15th to check out how your favourite one-stop clothing shop has made life even easier, offering easy style solutions for the whole family under one roof.

I am a Uniqlo affiliate, if you want to see their adult range of clothes please click on the logo at the bottom. Uniqlo Kids range to follow soon!

Dear H&M

I love you. You make really nice clothes for my little girl – and that’s what she is, a little girl. Please don’t think you exclusively have my love, but this week you do.

While I’ll still wince inside as I see your stores with their blues and greens and browns to one side, and sparkles, princesses, pink and sequins to the other, the other day I was happy to see a section which appeals to both genders (even if it was tucked over in the boys section a teeny bit more).

Since we received your last catalogue H has had her eye on a Brazil football shirt. What I love the most about that page in the catalogue is there are boys and girls wearing the shirts – it isn’t exclusively male (as of course football isn’t).

H has been having football lessons for the last year – initially she was the only girl in her group but this last term she’s been with three others – and I think it’s great. Somehow in the last few weeks she’s telling me which toys are girls or boys ones, and is starting to notice it a lot more. It makes me sad, I’m not into labelling things by gender.

Seeing something which is inclusive for all makes me happy inside. Even my team (Tottenham) did the weirdest thing, making ‘Never Red’ shirts in pink – for girls. When I got my first Spurs shirt it was blue and white with just the badge on it, as I’m sure many other females did.

So thank you H&M for not dumbing down or pink-ing up the football shirts, and just making them the same for everyone. It makes me very happy. That and it being £5.99 which is a brilliant price!



H&M Football shirts for girls

Nippaz With Attitude – A Giveaway

I started my current job (working for a group of record labels) in 1999 – one of the labels A&R people was Ian McLaren – he left, and after a while word got back that he’d started his own company making extremely cool baby clothes. We knew it would be really cool company as we knew Ian, and his attention to detail – he’d worked for Beggars for many years as well as running his own label in that time. You know when you know? (plus when he came to visit he’d had metal business cards made!)

Nippaz With Attitude was born in 2001 out of an irrational fear and loathing of baby and toddlerwear covered in bunnies & bears – as well as an almost religious love of graphic design and cultural shoplifting – Ian is a man with an unhealthy obsession with good typography, terrible puns, tattooing and sunshine.

These days Ian lives in Brazil where he still does all the designs and sends them over to the UK where, it being a very small world, it happens one of his friends runs Nippaz for him, who again is one of my old music friends – Leza! All the production; manufacturing and printing is all made right here in the UK helping to keep other small companies like Nippaz in business.

Nippaz brings you cool clothes, or rather in their words, clothes for ‘little gangstas, punks, rockers and ravers’ – indeed I believe Nippaz were the first to do the BA/BY AC/DC style tops way back when Kate Moss’s girl was little and Madonna’s also was…  Jack White’s kids wear Nippaz, all the cool kids do.

There’s more than just cool clothes there – there’s music too (lullaby versions of all the music you never thought you’d hear done that way), some cool toys (how ace is the rock hand?)and books and some extremely cool wall art.

So it’s with great sadness in my heart that the coolest t-shirt of all has been launched, and H is TOO BIG to fit in it. Now, if you’re getting the idea of what Nippaz is about – check this out – and if you love Sonic Youth, then you’ll get it immediately.

Colic Youth Bib Colic Youth Baby Vest Colic Youth closeup

How utterly fantastic is this?

How about some Tupac Shakur inspired clothing then?

Mama Ain't Raisin No Fool Mama Ain't Raisin No Fool

Even better than that, Nippaz are giving this months competition prize – you can choose any item of baby clothing for free – just enter using Rafflecopter below – good luck! You’ve got until the 18th May 2012.

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