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28 & 29 January 2018, Business Design Centre, London

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17 February 2016

Stars of tomorrow...


Each season, we present the Rising Star award to Bubble's best launch-brand - and, this January, the competition was more closely-fought than ever. Seven new labels went head-to-head, presenting their debut collections for consideration - but, in the end, our expert judges named From Babies with Love Rising Star A/W16. 




 
From Babies doesn't just create high-quality, organic baby clothing and accessories; it's also partnered with international charity SOS Children, donating 100% of its profits to abandoned or orphaned infants around the world. 
 

Our judges were as impressed by its commitment to giving, as they were its unique, beautifully-packaged babywear (which features animal characters made from vintage postal material). 

CWB Magazine's editor, Laura Turner, commented: 'From Babies With Love demonstrates a very well-thought out, engaging brand concept; from the beautiful, ethically designed products with packaging that can be upcycled to create a mobile for a baby’s nursery, to the fact it donates every penny of  its profit to to support abandoned and orphaned infants. This is a brand that marries social-responsibility with commercial viability and a strong product offer.'

 

The brand's founder, mum-of-two Cecilia Crossley, added: 'Our brand speaks to the powerful emotions parents feel for the welfare of children. We hope recognition through the prestigious Rising Star Award, combined with our work to deliver beautiful, ethically sourced baby products to style conscious parents, will enable us to continue building support for vulnerable children worldwide.'

Our judging panel also chose two Highly Commended brands - Panda & Ping, and chic girlswear specialist Outside the Lines. 
 

Panda & Ping came to Bubble with The Brit Pack, a collective of innovative, home-grown brands. 

Founded by friends Phillipa & Angela, the label specilises in colouful, British-made bed-linen and pyjamas. 

 
 

Its unique prints are inspired by everything from childhood toys (the eponymous Panda was handmade by Phillipa's Aunt), to family members and friends. 

Panda & Ping came joint-second with Outside the Lines, a girlswear brand founded by two of the creatives behind Angel and Rocket. 

 

Designed to appeal to children and parents alike, its debut collection features heritage knitwear, statement prints and fun hidden details.
 
 

Well done to all our finalists - and congratulations, From Babies with Love, Panda & Ping and Outside the lines. Keep a close eye on these rising stars...
 
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