The highlights of CIFF KIDS 2017
From Wednesday 9 August to Friday 11 August, the children’s fashion and interior branch will gather and present itself at the CIFF KIDS to Scandinavian and international specialist visitors. Here, we share the fair highlights, from the “Labels to Watch” to the “not to be missed” events.
CIFF KIDS takes place in Denmark at the end of the season, and is certainly one of the highlights of every summer. This is thanks to the inspiring collection of labels, the Scandinavian style, and the fashion flair which surrounds the capital these days, combined with the easiness of the warm season. Above all, the children’s fashion fair is always worth a visit for the many interesting labels that are design-relevant for the German market.
In addition to fashion, this edition of CIFF KIDS continues to expand and present new exhibitors in the Interiors and Lifestyle sectors. Labels such as Banwood, FloFlo Kids, GAMCHA, Lil Gaea, ooh noo, OYOY LIVING DESIGN, and Mister Fly will be exhibiting alongside the well-known returnees such as Cam Cam Copenhagen, Fabelab, Ferm LIVING, Goodnight Light, Liewood, Lilliputiens, Lässig, and Sebra Interior. On the fashion front, the organisers are complementing their 2017 portfolio with Aigle, Alerin, Baby von E., Beach & Bandits, BLAKE, Hannah & Tiff, Livly, Meri Meri, mimi & lula, Sproet & Sprout, UNAUthorized, Tom Joules, titlee, The Sleepy Collection, and Lilli & Leopold. There are brands that are almost synonymous for Scandinavian children’s fashion collections, and these are a regular feature and draw for CIFF KIDS. These collections inspire international retailers and have a significant influence on the children’s fashion market. They include: Alba of Denmark, Bangbang Copenhagen, GRO, KNAST BY KRUTTER, I dig Denim, MarMar Copenhagen, Maxomorra, minimalisma, Mini Rodini, Müsli by Green Cotton, PETIT BY SOFIE SCHNOOR, Petit Nord Copenhagen, and Soft Gallery. A glance at the international exhibitors shows strong mainstays here too, including the Spanish trend brand BOBO CHOSES, emile et ida from France, premium fashion from FUN & FUN from Italy, and the denim label Petrol Industries from the Netherlands.
In conversation …
In addition to this extensive exhibitor portfolio, CIFF KIDS will be rounded off by a few events this summer. On Thursday 10 August, the fair will host its very first panel discussion on the themes and challenges facing the children’s fashion and lifestyle industry today. Four buyers with different sales channels will participate to share their experiences. These are Florian Henneka, Managing Director of the traditional Korbmayer company, Nicolai Eyre from Cissy Wears from England, Britt Lægdsgaard, the children’s fashion buyer for Magasin du Nord from Denmark, and Ann-Louise Christine Aasted, the owner of Luksusbaby from Denmark. Bianca Wessel from Little Scandinavian will moderate the talk.
“Tomorrow’s trends” – CIFF KIDS sends the SS18 trends out onto the catwalk
The Trendshow will take place again this year. It will be held at 13:00 in the Garden of the Forum Copenhagen, on the exhibition’s second and third days. Katrine Roug is responsible for the presented looks for spring/summer 2018. She is editor-in-chief of the Danish children’s fashion and lifestyle magazine, Keiki. Roug is also active as a freelance stylist and as a children’s fashion expert for the television channel “Go’ Morgen Danmark”. Trend pieces selected from the collections of more than 250 participating brands will be sent out onto the catwalk on those two days.
Textile designer Kristine Mandsberg designs for CIFF KIDS
Textile designer Kristine Mandsberg’s customers include IKEA, WGSN, Ferm Living, and HAY. For CIFF KIDS, she has designed artwork for a limited edition of T-shirts provided by Green Cotton. Kristine Mandsberg attended the Kolding design school from 2003-2006, where she studied textile design. Then she did her master degree at the Royal College of Art in London, where she specialised in printed textiles. Since 2008, she has freelanced from her own studio in Copenhagen for a variety of clients in various textile, illustration, art, and installation projects. Her work is very diverse, but always bears her unmistakable signature style.
CIFF KIDS x Vildfang
One of the highlights of a show fair is the opportunity to create inspirational impulses and, in the case of CIFF KIDS, to connect different sectors. The Scandinavian children’s fashion fair works to connect children’ s fashion with art and architecture. The Copenhagen-based agency Vildfang will be building bridges this summer to connect the different spheres with its spatial design. The work of Josephine Dohlmann and Pil Fischer, the duo behind the new design agency Vildfang, will be found in the Forum in two areas.
The “Hanoi” collection from the Hannah & Tiff label is based on designer Tiffanie Pham’s childhood memories of her birthplace. The collection is characterised by classic silhouettes, the use of soft cotton, and hand-embroidered details.
The young fashion and shoe label ALERIN was founded in Copenhagen in 2016 by Paloma Dirksen. “Participating in CIFF is an important step for us. That’s because our products are developing very successfully and we want to continue to grow and expand our network,” says the designer.
The organic label BABY VON E. was only launched in 2016. However, it is an offshoot of the Swedish luxury brand Gräfin von Eckermann, which was founded in 1950 by the Countess Ebba von Eckermann.
The “Try (Other) Angle” collection from BLAKE is 100% produced in Portugal. The brand has positioned itself with a focus on unisex fashion, with all designs being suitable for both girls and boys.
Featured Image: Hannah & Tiff