Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Trend Forecasting for S | S 19 & // E-Course!


We are busy busy busy here at [K.I.D.S] Ltd HG preparing out trend publication for Spring | Summer 2019 due to be released this September! We are also running out first Trend Forecasting E-Course..
Want to lear how to trend forecast?  Join us to learn how!


Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Personalised Home Illustrations


Recently I have been creating a few personalised home illustrations for friends and family so that they can create their own personalised stationery. 

Here is one of them of a friends
beautiful home near Cambridge...


Monday, 3 July 2017

Brand Launch // Grass & Air



Earlier this year I worked on a project helping design the first range for a new childrenswear outerwear brand Grass and Air.  Things have been developing fast and they are exhibiting at INDX Kidswear on 2nd and 3rd July 2017 (visit them at Stand 15)



Melissa and Ian who are the brains behind the brand were really specific and spot on with their design brief.  Grass and Air is established in Manchester and the founders were keen to get this across in the brands ethos.  Anyone familiar with the UK knows we can have four seasons of weather in one day; one minute we can be drowning in rain followed by sun, strong wind and then rush hour chaos as one centimetre of snow falls!!! This really can (and does) happen all in the space of 24 hours, especially in Manchester!


It’s no wonder any parent or carer of small children really struggles with dressing their kids for the day ahead without sending them to nursery or school with a suitcase full of options!  The answer; suitable and adaptable outerwear with layering options.  This is what Grass & Air aim to offer; clothing that’s functional and flexible and above all FUN!


Melissa and Ian wanted to develop prints for the range that have a fun element to them and represented the four seasons of weather in one day!  I came up with these colourful cloud prints that can be seen across the range.


Each piece of outerwear is designer to be above all functional, easy, quick and comfortable to get on.  Colours are practical yet fun mixed with pop colours to fastenings and the signage prints mixed in for balance.



I really believe this range answers the need for parents and carers for balanced layered outerwear and base layers for kids that are fun yet practice.  I for one will be the first in line to get my kids into these pieces with the brands official launch this year!

You can follow Grass & Air now on facebook and Instagram and sign up for updates on their website here.



Keep posted for more updates....





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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Colour Focus // Summer Nudes


A Short Summer Colour Story...


NEED/WANT MORE TREND INSPIRATION???

[K.I.D.S] Ltd currently has four trend books for sale: Autumn | Winter 2018/19Spring | Summer 2018Autumn Winter 2017/18 and Spring | Summer 2017.  Each costs £150 for the PDF (hard copy also available at blurb- see below) and is invoiced via Paypal.  Click here to e mail me for more details.  


  Each book contains over 30 separate trend boards split into older, younger and baby/layette age groups with separate boards for boys and girls.  You can preview a few pages from each of the books by clicking here and viewing in my bookshop on blurb.

In this new addition we have also added a print and pattern page with prints designed by designers at rise design and shine.



Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Spring | Summer // Trend Update: TROPI-Fision...


Here is  Spring | Summer Update TROPI - Fusion:


NEED/WANT MORE TREND INSPIRATION???

[K.I.D.S] Ltd currently has four trend books for sale: Autumn | Winter 2018/19Spring | Summer 2018Autumn Winter 2017/18 and Spring | Summer 2017.  Each costs £150 for the PDF (hard copy also available at blurb- see below) and is invoiced via Paypal.  Click here to e mail me for more details.  

  Each book contains over 30 separate trend boards split into older, younger and baby/layette age groups with separate boards for boys and girls.  You can preview a few pages from each of the books by clicking here and viewing in my bookshop on blurb.

In this new addition we have also added a print and pattern page with prints designed by designers at rise design and shine.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Cambridge Illustration featured in "The Cambridge Art Book by Emma Bennett


Here is the Cambridge illustration I designed a few years back now that is featured in "The Cambridge Art Book' By Emma Bennett which is being released this July!







Monday, 15 May 2017

Featured Artist in: The Cambridge Art Book By Emma Bennett


I have been lucky enough to be features in a beautiful new book due for launch in July called the "Cambridge Art Book' by Emma Bennett.  I have been lucky enough to call Cambridge home for most of my life so its really exciting to have one of my prints of the city featured.

Take a look inside and come to the launch on July 18th 2017 a Heffer's Bookshop.  Click here to register a place.




The Cambridge Art Book showcases one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Inspired by Cambridge’s unique architecture and historic university, over 50 artists have produced a unique collection of contemporary images illustrating all aspects of the city and surrounding area. The city is shown in a new light through a range of media, from screen print and computer aided design to hand-cut collage.




You can pre purchase the book here.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

[K.I.D.S] Autumn | Winter 2018/19 _ Pre Historic (Trend Overview)


[K.I.D.S] Ltd currently has four trend books for sale: Autumn | Winter 2018/19Spring | Summer 2018Autumn Winter 2017/18 and Spring | Summer 2017.  Each costs £150 for the PDF (hard copy also available at blurb- see below) and is invoiced via Paypal.  Click here to e mail me for more details.  

Below is an overview of one of the 6 trends in the A/W 18/19 Trend Book.  Each book contains over 30 separate trend boards split into older, younger and baby/layette age groups with separate boards for boys and girls.  You can preview a few pages from each of the books by clicking here and viewing in my bookshop on blurb.

In this new addition we have also added a print and pattern page with prints designed by designers at rise design and shine.



Tuesday, 9 May 2017

[K.I.D.S] Autumn | Winter 2018/19_Kidswear Trend Publication - FOR SALE!


It's that time of year again - another season has passed and we here at [K.I.D.S] Ltd, after months of hard work, are ready to release and sell our Autumn|Winter 2018/19 Kidswear Trend Publication.



Like with all issues you can purchase the PDF by e mailing me at emikiddy@googlemail.com OR info@kidsltd.co for £150 (invoiced via paypal)OR you can purchase the hardcopy via blurb.com click here to view bookshop.

Click HERE to see a taster of a few of the 100+ pages.

The trend publication has 5 trend stories each split into 6 separate trend stories: 3 for boys and 3 for girls split into specific age categories: Baby/layette, Younger and Older.  There are also 2 x Christmas focus boards too.  Each trend also has a fabric focus board AND out NEW print and Pattern focus pages too!

Thats well over 100 pages of trend information!

This issue we are happy to have added a print and pattern inspiration page to all our 6 trend stories by collaborating with designers from rise and shine design studio.

Also available to purchase are:

Spring | Summer 2018

Autumn | Winter 2017/18



For purchase please e mail me at emikiddy@googlemail.com OR info@kidsltd.co or you can purchase online the hardcopies from blurb - click here to view bookshop.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

[K.I.D.S] Autumn | Winter 2018/19 _ Mountain Yurt (Trend Overview)


[K.I.D.S] Ltd currently has four trend books for sale: Autumn | Winter 2018/19Spring | Summer 2018Autumn Winter 2017/18 and Spring | Summer 2017.  Each costs £150 for the PDF (hard copy also available at blurb- see below) and is invoiced via Paypal.  Click here to e mail me for more details.  

Below is an overview of one of the 6 trends in the SS18 Trend Book.  Each book contains over 30 separate trend boards split into older, younger and baby/layette age groups with separate boards for boys and girls.  You can preview a few pages from each of the books by clicking here and viewing in my bookshop on blurb.

In this new addition we have also added a print and pattern page with prints designed by designers at rise design and shine.


Video Lectures //


I have recently created a few video lectures for the course I lecture on at Revensbourne and thought I would share them with my blog viewers too as they cover subjects you may well be interested in!

Click here to view them!

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

[K.I.D.S] Autumn | Winter 2018/19 _ Home School (Trend Overview)


[K.I.D.S] Ltd currently has four trend books for sale: Autumn | Winter 2018/19Spring | Summer 2018Autumn Winter 2017/18 and Spring | Summer 2017.  Each costs £150 for the PDF (hard copy also available at blurb- see below) and is invoiced via Paypal.  Click here to e mail me for more details.  

Below is an overview of one of the 6 trends in the SS18 Trend Book.  Each book contains over 30 separate trend boards split into older, younger and baby/layette age groups with separate boards for boys and girls.  You can preview a few pages from each of the books by clicking here and viewing in my bookshop on blurb.

In this new addition we have also added a print and pattern page with prints designed by designers at rise design and shine.


Thursday, 23 March 2017

[K.I.D.S] Autumn | Winter 2018/19 _ Inter Galactic (Trend Overview)


[K.I.D.S] Ltd currently has four trend books for sale: Autumn | Winter 2018/19Spring | Summer 2018Autumn Winter 2017/18 and Spring | Summer 2017.  Each costs £150 for the PDF (hard copy also available at blurb- see below) and is invoiced via Paypal.  Click here to e mail me for more details.  

Below is an overview of one of the 6 trends in the SS18 Trend Book.  Each book contains over 30 separate trend boards split into older, younger and baby/layette age groups with separate boards for boys and girls.  You can preview a few pages from each of the books by clicking here and viewing in my bookshop on blurb.

In this new addition we have also added a print and pattern page with prints designed by designers at rise design and shine.




Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Featured Work: Tiny Twig Organic


I have been working with the lovely brand Tiny Twig for a few years now.  Here is a picture of their stand featuring my designs at Children's Club...


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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

NEW!! [K.I.D.S] Autumn | Winter 2018/19_Kidswear Trend Publication - FOR SALE!


[K.I.D.S] Ltd currently has four trend books for sale: Autumn | Winter 2018/19Spring | Summer 2018Autumn Winter 2017/18 and Spring | Summer 2017.  Each costs £150 for the PDF (hard copy also available at blurb- see below) and is invoiced via Paypal.  Click here to e mail me for more details.  

  Each book contains over 30 separate trend boards split into older, younger and baby/layette age groups with separate boards for boys and girls.  You can preview a few pages from each of the books by clicking here and viewing in my bookshop on blurb.

In this new addition we have also added a print and pattern page with prints designed by designers at rise design and shine.

Monday, 20 March 2017

[K.I.D.S] Autumn | Winter 2018/19 _ Farmers Market (Trend Overview)


[K.I.D.S] Ltd currently has four trend books for sale: Autumn | Winter 2018/19Spring | Summer 2018Autumn Winter 2017/18 and Spring | Summer 2017.  Each costs £150 for the PDF (hard copy also available at blurb- see below) and is invoiced via Paypal.  Click here to e mail me for more details.  

Below is an overview of one of the 6 trends in the SS18 Trend Book.  Each book contains over 30 separate trend boards split into older, younger and baby/layette age groups with separate boards for boys and girls.  You can preview a few pages from each of the books by clicking here and viewing in my bookshop on blurb.

In this new addition we have also added a print and pattern page with prints designed by designers at rise design and shine.





Monday, 13 March 2017

NEW!! [K.I.D.S] Autumn | Winter 2018/19_Kidswear Trend Publication - FOR SALE!


It's that time of year again - another season has passed and we here at [K.I.D.S] Ltd, after months of hard work, are ready to release and sell our Autumn|Winter 2018/19 Kidswear Trend Publication.



Like with all issues you can purchase the PDF by e mailing me at emikiddy@googlemail.com OR info@kidsltd.co for £150 (invoiced via paypal)OR you can purchase the hardcopy via blurb.com click here to view bookshop.

Click HERE to see a taster of a few of the 100+ pages.

The trend publication has 5 trend stories each split into 6 separate trend stories: 3 for boys and 3 for girls split into specific age categories: Baby/layette, Younger and Older.  There are also 2 x Christmas focus boards too.  Each trend also has a fabric focus board AND out NEW print and Pattern focus pages too!

Thats well over 100 pages of trend information!

This issue we are happy to have added a print and pattern inspiration page to all our 6 trend stories by collaborating with designers from rise and shine design studio.

Also available to purchase are:

Spring | Summer 2018

Autumn | Winter 2017/18

For purchase please e mail me at emikiddy@googlemail.com OR info@kidsltd.co or you can purchase online the hardcopies from blurb - click here to view bookshop.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Sustainable Manufacturing Trip to Sri Lanka


I am currently in Sri Lanka on part of a Sustainable Manufacturing and Cultural tour with some of the students I teach on the Fashion Buying and Brand Management BA Hons course at Ravensbourne.  I decided to share my experience here on my blog daily to record the visit as a reference for the students as well as for my own readers who will also hopefully find it of interest.

We are here visiting factories and learning about producing fashion from the very first stage of picking the cotton bud through to printing and production.  We are based at MAS Fabric part situated about an hour and a half north west of Colombo in an area called Thulhiriya.  Sustainability is one of the key ethics on the agenda at MAS and they have created the worlds first purpose-built green manufacturing plant within the apparel industry which we were taken to today.

This trip crucial experience for the students who otherwise usually wouldn’t get the chance to see and experience how clothing is produced until much further into their careers.  In fact, through my own career, I have seen friends and colleagues wait years to get the opportunity to visit factories.  Without this experience, their career can often be forfeited on progressing to the next level as most recruiters and employers require their employees to have experienced and more importantly understand this process before they can get promoted within their positions.  Gaining this experience at this stage, as students, will be key in these student’s journeys to becoming professionals within the fashion industry post graduation (and something I wish I had had the opportunity to experience for myself as a student).


We started our day with an introduction to MAS holdings and how and why it was established.  We were briefed on the company which went into detail about their sustainability program including how they transform the sludge produced from excess waste that they have transformed into a brick to be used in building works which is twenty percent stronger than your usual brick!  They also went into their work ethics for their employees including making sure all employees are transported to work and get off site on busses provided with in six minutes of finishing their shifts.  We were then shown a couple of videos of knit production and introduced to the two different types of knit: Welt knit (horizontal) and Warp Knitting (vertical)


After the introduction we were taken to one of the fabric mills within the grounds and introduced to the fabric manufacturing process from fibre to fabric showing the different techniques used to create fabrics such as Spandex and Nylon.  These fabrics were being used to create swim and active wear for brands such as Nike and Speedo.  This particular mill is at the forefront of fabric technology and innovation creating unique elements such as soft seal, 3D bra wires and flocked silicone.

We then went into a factory called Trishel and were introduced to more fabric manufacturing processes.  We were shown knit machinery demonstrating the two methods of knit we were introduced to earlier.  These huge machines were connected up to hundreds of threads to create these fabrics and take a day to be manually threaded up!  One roll of Nylon and Spandex was being spun from 1700 separate threads!  We were then take through the dying process for these fabrics of which there are two methods; Beam dying and Jet Dying.

Just before lunch we went to a factory called Thurulie who are the worlds first purpose built green manufacturing plant in the apparel industry.  Everything is sustainable down to the bricks that are used to build the building being created from waste sludge from production down to using renewable energy and having a green roof which we all got to go up to and see!  It was really inspiring to see and will hopefully be the future for fashion production.





In the afternoon we were taken to another factory called Textprint specialising in printing fabrics.  We were shown demonstrations of the four separate print processes; foil, flatbed, rotary and digital.

Unfortunately, we were unable to take pictures from within the factories or share all the details but this gives a good overview of the kind of things we all experienced and learned today.






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