Tuesday, July 15

Interview with {Wakako Williams of bcbasics}

Welcome to bcbasics!

Hello friends,

I am proud to introduce you today to a fabulous online shop based in Japan and entirely dedicated to the kids world! Wakako Williams, owner and founder of bcbasics, has accepted to reply to a few questions and I am happy to share with you some pictures of the brands currently available online - including a selection of my Mini Me dolls!

ECS: Could you tell us a bit about bcbasics, how did you start the business and what keeps you going? 

I started bcbasics when my second son was born which is 7 years ago. When I travel I buy clothing and goods for my kids, and people were interested and started asking me where I got them. That's how I started a small online-store.

Tour Eiffel mobile by Petit Pan


ECS: How do you select the brands that you want to represent and sell in Japan? Are you attending fairs & exhibitions in Japan and/or abroad?

Our store concept is "Good Design For Kids". We try to select design-conscious but also sustainable items. I am attending fairs about 3-4 times a year in Japan.


Colorful plates by OMM-design


ECS: What is you favorite Japanese magazine dedicated to the kids' world? Which website / blog/ magazines are you reading to catch up with the latest trend?

For the Japanese trends, web magazine cocomag has a lot of information; and my favourite site/ blog is oh joy! (I love it too!!) 
I also like to read the magazine MILK Japon.


bamboo tableware by Sucre Shop


ECS: Would you point out your three bestsellers?

1. Cloud mobiles by The Butter Flying
2. ABC cards by DEUZ
3. Gacha Gacha by kiko+


from left to right: The Butter Flying, DEUZ and kiko+


ECS: To your opinion, what are the key points for a kids label to be successful in Japan?

People are more aware of the importance of organic items...


grey canopy by Numero 74


ECS: Feel free to share with us what's up and coming for bcbascis... Will you add new brands to your portfolio following the most recent additions (Numero 74, Sucre Shop...)

DIY Handwriting style letter banner from the Netherlands, and stylish paper storage bags from Germany will be added soon to the shop. Stay tuned!


honeycombs decor by Engel


bcbasics has a fabulous portfolio of trendy labels including all of the above and many more such as Miller & Goodman, My Little Day, Niva, Fine Little Day, Ferm Living, Noe & Zoe Berlin, KIDSONROOF, Lucky Boy Sunday, Famille Summerbelle and more... 
Fab products and best customer service, what else do we need?


Five bright & colourful Mini Me dolls are now also available on bcbasics! 


Thank you Wakako for kindly replying to my questions, I will keep looking at bcbasics for the latest trendy designs for kids (but not only, for me too!)... Thank you for bringing them to Japan!



Monday, July 14

NEWS: Online retailer in Japan!


Friends,

I am ever so happy to announce you that the fabulous Japanese online shop bcbasics is now selling my Mini Me dolls! There are five dolls currently in stock: Alice, Aline, Ariel, Amélie and Agathe. Each and every one was handmade with love by myself in my studio in Tokyo. Their body is made of polka dot fabric, adorned with a big heart in a flower print fabric that I have collected over the years - I am a big fan of fabrics with flowers... and polka dots! The peaceful face is hand-embroidered on a pale pink Thai silk fabric. What's not to love about the Mini Me dolls?







Family picture... which one is your favorite?


Stay tuned as I will introduce bcbasics on the blog tomorrow with an interview of Wakako Williams, owner and founder of the trendy online shop, and plenty of pretty pictures!



Sunday, July 13

Sneak peek in Tukutte #2

such an original idea for a little boy! by folk made p.6

Hi there,

Here I am with a selection of my favorite DIY projects spotted in the last issue of tukutte magazine. I have included the links to the blogs of all the lovely ladies behind these fab projects, make sure to check them out! And if you want to check out my project for this issue of the magazine, it's here.


1. by folk made - it has to be my very favorite spread in this issue, especially the page dedicated to the boys designs (picture above) from p.4.

sweet little mice in their pretty clothes...


2. by tolbiac - I have mentioned it in the past on this blog: taking a child's drawing and bringing it to life looks so fun. Something I should really consider doing... p.10

inspired little trinkets... 


3. by tezukuri love - because honestly, Rainbow Loom has taken over the whole wide world!! p.18

 I tried Rainbow Loom, it's seriously fun!


4. by polkaros - when Ros Lee, the creative head behind sweet & colourful label polkaros,  decorates her entire workspace with masking tapes. I was very impressed by the before/after pics, and loved her selection of tapes. Super inspiring! from p.46

 Ros shares other DIY projects using mt tapes as well...


5. handmade life 1 et 2: DIY projects brought to the next level, the one when you start building your own furnitures... starting p.50



6. workshop report with Bon Cadeaux & Sophie et Chocolat - Bon Cadeaux is a lovely boutique located in Ebisu and entirely dedicated to party decor, cute stationery, accessories, wrapping paper and more... This workshop was a collaboration with Sophie et Chocolat and participants created a pêle-mêle to hang photos, invites etc...




I hope you've enjoyed this little peek inside the July issue of Tukutte... The magazine is currently only available in Japan (online), and it always comes with a great DIY kit!



tukutte - July 2014 issue
Available here!



Friday, July 11

DIY Accessory in Tukutte {feature}

... tukutte #2 and the original bag I created for the magazine...

Hello everyone,

It's been a while again since I was able to post here on the blog... We traveled to France at the end of last week, and as always, it requests tons of preps beforehand. I will be in France until mid-August and this is my first post from "home"!

I had to share with you my last DIY project featured in the July issue of Tukutte, as I am really happy about the two-pages spread. The layout is fab (I think), and the project is quite easy to realise. If you own a plain bag such as the one featured above (which is from Mexico), you will most probably enjoy decorating it with stripes of satin lining and some beads... My daughter Chloé was happy to participate to the shoot again, so here she is again!


... the back cover of the July issue of Tukutte, as cute as the front!

Currently Tukutte magazine is only available in Japan, online (to get your issue - click here). The July issue is fantastic and comes with a great DIY kit. Stay tuned as I will share in my next post my fav projects and their authors... new blogs for you to discover! 


tukutte - July 2014 issue
grab yours here!



Saturday, June 28

A Little White Dress {Event Report - Tokyo}



Hello there,

Here is a report on last weekend's event at Gallery Aqui in Tokyo. I had done a photo shoot with my daughter, published last week on the blog (read here),  with a pretty white cotton dress handmade in the Philippines and imported in Japan. There were plenty more for sale at the event, as well as Mexican baskets/home decor by trensa, handmade brooches by Calaverita and mugs by nicoxNICO. I got a little bag (similar to the one in picture #6 with the mugs below) and I have been using it everyday ever since. A summer essential!


Mexican decoration by trensa


Gallery Aqui is holding a new event this weekend (June 25~29, 2014), presenting elegant dresses, vintage lace and accessories. Check it out!



翌週の6月25日(水)から29日(日)まで「オーダーメイドドレスと小物展」を開催します。スーパーブランドの上質な生地で作られる洋服は、着心地のいい自分サイズでしかもスタイルアップして見えることで人気を集めています。デザイナーの菊池正代さんは、大手アパレルでキャリアを積んだ確かな腕とセンスの持ち主。ゆっくり相談しながら、自分だけの素敵な1着を手に入れてください。目安としてブラウスやスカートの単品アイテムは3万円前後、ワンピースは7万円前後〜。
また、「ドイリー」doily.exblog.jpの伊川尚子さんが世界各国で買い付けたアンティークレースと
ビーズ作家の定政裕子さん。他ではお目にかかれない、掘り出しものをたくさん見つけてください。

会期
6/25(金曜日)〜6/29(日曜日)11:00~18:00



場所:gallery Aqui 
154-0012 東京都世田谷区駒沢5-23-9



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