Wednesday, 23 June 2010


What a lovely show, Tracy & I enjoyed ourselves thoroughly from start to finish. We made lots of new contacts, caught up with existing customers and had great press interest. Click here to see that Kate Carter from the Guardian includes Belle & Boo in 'The best of the labels on show'
The preperation for these things start weeks before, but I still managed to find myself manically ironing outfits Saturday morning before we loaded everything into the car and set off for the Business Design Centre in Islington.

I remember going to the New Designers exhibition just after I had finished art college and being in total awe that my contemporaries were showing in this incredible space in London. So I most admit that as we drove into the loading bay I got a shiver of excitment that here I was finally about to exhibit my own work :)

Russ and I transformed the stand from this

to this,

Those 9 cut out Belle's took ages to make but were well commented on throughout the show so I am glad I did it, I almost gave up at number 6!

We had an amazing spot, right by the entrance & were surrounded by beautiful stands, I was VERY excited when I saw one stand down from us was Mae all the way from Australia. Her re-usable wall stickers are even prettier in real life & now I just need to work out where I am going to put mine.

Peta (from Mae) and I felt very rock & roll when we were 2 of the last remaining drinkers on the first nights drink party (hhmmmm we left the bar at 8.20! maybe not that rock & roll) Directly next to us was Helen Gordon I couldn't resist buying one of her gorgeous bags and aprons after the show, they are very sweet indeed.

Another exciting thing that happened at the weekend was Belle & Boo were featured in a Telegraph artical called 'Best of Britian's sellers on Etsy' we were featured after Rob Ryan, it doesn't get much better than that does it!

Ok, now I have to focus and get ready for We make London this Saturday, it's going to be amazing it is sponsered by Etsy and there are some incredible people exhibiting. Please come, please, please I will be all by myself this time & I do like to chat!
There will be special Belle & Boo 'We Make London' offers so come along and find out what they are, they are going to be yummy.

PS. The Bristol ladies are doing a photo shoot of the new Autumn & Winter clothes this Friday, so we will be able to show them to you very soon. If you can't wait have a squint at the cut out Belle's she is doing a great job of modeling them. Also if you want to have a sneaky peek of whats coming next year click here.


  1. The stand looks fantastic Mandy. I saw you ( well not you but the article !) in the telegraph, it seems as though everytime I open a paper of magazine at at the moment you are mentioned ! It must feel great !

  2. Amazing job on your stand! The cut-outs are adorable, totally worth the time and effort it must have taken. Sounds like things are positively blooming for Belle & Boo!

  3. The stand looks gorgeous Mandy, I'm glad to see that you're getting good use out of the day bed.
    The cut outs look super cute, well worth the hassle!

  4. Your booth looks just gorgeous! Congratulations!

  5. The cut-outs are fantastic! I hope we paper doll lovers will get the chance to add those new clothes to our Belle wardrobes at some point. The real thing must be magic.

  6. ohhh that is so awesome mandy!!!!

    the cut out boos do make the stall look AMAZING!!!

    as for being next to Peta, from mae, how very cool!

    I love her stuff, but not as much as i love belle and boo!


  7. oops idiotic me.. the cut out BELLES der!!!

  8. Hi Mandy, what marvellous news, all of it! Your stand looked beautiful, it has given me some ideas for our trade fair next month! I'm glad you caught up with lovely Peta, I'm a huge fan of her work and she always has a beautifully designed stand too.

    Allison x

  9. an amazing post! so exciting and full of fabulous future plans. love the clothes. and i must thank you for mae! didn't know the shop before but now i have to get something, all gorgeous. xxx

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  11. I am so excited for you and all the wonderful press you are receiving! You deserve every bit of it Mandy! I just hung up your free download in my little girls nursery the it's one of my favorites of the room. Will send you pics when the nursery is done. Good luck this weekend, wish I lived in London I'd stop by to meet you.

  12. Hello!! Bec and Em from Mae here... Just wanted to say a huuuuge thank you for the gifts, we love them!! We are big fans of your work, have been for years. Your stand looked wonderful by the way xo

  13. aaaaaww!!! your stuff is REALLY cute!!! i wanna buy it for my niece!!!! :D