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News: How to Follow Trends, Not Fads…

Sound advice in this article in the Wall Street Journal today…

For many businesses, especially those in the creative fields, it’s important to stay on top of consumer trends without surrendering to flash-in-the-pan fads. For proof of that, look no further than the tents of New York’s Fashion Week: clothing crazes come and go, but only a handful of big-name designers stay in business for decades.

The key for creative entrepreneurs, such as those in the fashion, interior design and graphic design industries, is to stay relevant over time. That means you shouldn’t embrace short-lived concepts or blindly follow what other companies are doing (which can make you look so-last-year, in no time). Instead, keep the focus on big-picture goals, says Lynn Furge, creative director for Nolcha, a business-services provider for the fashion industry. Click here to read the rest of the article…


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This Week We Love: Baby Bibs

When collecting research for our Kids trend book for Spring Summer 2011, we came across a selection of really cool baby bibs. Here we’ve picked up two key trends; vintage inspired prints for girls; look out for printed terry cloth, aged florals and cute gingham checks;  and cheeky slogan prints for boys; watch out for quirky messages and bold typography. We forecast vintage style floral prints for our Vintage Tea Party theme in our Spring Summer 2010 trend book, and bold typography prints in our Futureplay story- it’s evident that these trends are starting to emerge. 


Vintage Inspired…

best bibs

Main picture: Rosie & Romeo. Bibs by Nordic Kids; Pakhuis Oost; Ziestha; 


Cheeky Slogans…
best bibs2Main picture: Snuglo. Bibs by;  Elodie Details; Present Time; Nordic Kids; Olive and Moss.

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100% Design Report

We sent our trend reporter, Kathryn Ernest to the influential UK trade show 100% Design (24-27 September 2009), to track down the hottest UK design talent in furniture, ceramics and textiles. We’ve edited our finds into key trends, rounding up events within the London Design Festival from Designers Block and Tent to 100% Design itself. Enjoy!
100% Design

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