April 19, 2013 6:49 pm

Barometer: kids ‘en vacances’

Straw hats, shorts, sandals - and even wallpaper with a French flavour
Barometer kids

Clockwise from top left: Petit Bateau straw hat, Pom D’Api plage sandals, Talc zipped tie & dye sweatshirt, Vilac metal car, Troizenfants Julie shorts

Petit Bateau straw hat

A boyish rafia classic with grosgrain striped ribbon. From £22, www.petit-bateau.co.uk

Pom D’Api plage sandals

Rubber soles and Velcro fastenings, perfect for summer sand. £69, www.eliasandgrace.com

Troizenfants Julie shorts

Cotton = sunshine with these ditsy print shorts. £28, www.littlefashiongallery.com

Talc zipped tie & dye sweatshirt with ears

A little bit of Gallic humour from this excellent label. £55.26, en.smallable.com

Vilac metal car

A spanking set of wheels made by Vilac, established in 1911 in the Jura mountains. £97, fathershop.com


The line-up: fabrics & wallpaper

Famille Summerbelle

Famille Summerbelle

Designed by Julie Marabelle and printed with hand-mixed ink on renewable paper, this “Morning in Manhattan” wallpaper in yellow and silver has picture-perfect tableaux of New York – hotdogs in the park, brownstones, bridges and skyscrapers – with a wealth of detail that will appeal to children. There is a French alternative, “Un Dimanche à Paris”, with a similarly winning treatment.

£45 per roll, www.famillesummerbelle.com

Emily Bond

Emily Bond

Screen printed by hand in cotton, Emily Bond’s new children’s fabric collection has a wistful, old-fashioned charm with its motifs of 1950s-style motorbikes, biplanes, sail boats and sea gulls. The designer’s grown-up collection could easily be repurposed for a young teenager’s bedroom, with Dalmatian dogs on a polka dot background, or red dachshunds on taupe linen.

£48 per sq m, www.emilybond.co.uk

Rob Ryan for Mini Moderns

Rob Ryan for Mini Moderns

Two British design success stories – illustrator Rob Ryan and retro print house Mini Moderns – collaborate for the first time with this cute wallpaper, “Our Adventure Is About To Begin”. Aptly enough, the mixed flock of swifts, swallows and doves are free from their birdcages, while the words from the title are carried in their beaks like the proverbial olive branch.

£50 per roll, www.minimoderns.com

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