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Saturday, 31 July 2010

Q and A with Hucklebones

Hucklebones create children's clothing which pay great attention to the finest of details. Their delicate pieces are made from beautiful fabrics which are tailored to perfection. Their Autumn/Winter range for 2010 is elegant and classic, timeless pieces for your little loved ones to enjoy all year around.

Photography by Alan Bremner courtesy of Hucklebones.


What made you decide to set up Hucklebones?
We always wanted to combine our skills, right from days back in school (where we met) and felt a clothing line would create all the exciting opportunities and variety we were looking for. I'd been hand making small lines of children's clothes for several years, selling them in local boutiques and gifting them to god daughters, nieces and friends. I Wanted to embellish those designs with Dan's beautiful illustrations, it seemed a natural progression. We both felt inspired to create something that brought a little extra excitement to the children's fashion market, Winter 2007 Hucklebones was born.

How important do you think independent businesses are to the market?
Independent businesses are wonderful, usually the ones able to be most creative and can offer such unique design. They offer the consumer choice and chance to be part of something quite special. 

Where does your inspiration come from for your designs?
We're inspired by anything and everything, we're always looking at our surroundings and little things in life which catch our eye. One of our favorite pastimes is wandering around markets and antiques fairs. Last time we visited one we came home with a small rusty bicycle, wooden sledge and handful of old keys, treasure to us! We're also inspired by men's and women's fashion and strongly believe clothing for children should have as much consideration as adults, it needn't be emblazoned with child-like graphics or use garish colours. Vintage items are always a great inspiration to us too.

Do you consider yourself a British company?
Yes. Our office is based in London and all ideas are born there. We source many fabrics from the U.K including Scottish cloth and trims. We always take inspiration from our surroundings, London is such a creative hub its hard not to feel inspired, we love converting that energy into our products.

Are your products made in the UK?
No, however they're designed and developed in the UK and finally made in Europe.

What are your favourite materials to work with for your pieces?
One is printed silks, we always create a new design each season and print using inks that have a low environmental impact using EU certified dyes. Our silk items are always some of the most popular styles in the collection, great for busy mums as machine washable too. 

What is your favourite design from your current range?
The Hucklebones A/W 10 pocket dress. Made with cloth woven in Scotland, comes in two colours Honey and Raspberry. It's a really chic A-line dress with sweet pocket detail at the front and small pleats at the shoulder. Its a great piece for winter worn with tights, a warm and stylish outfit (see photo right).

(Photography by Alan Bremner courtesy of Hucklebones).

Which British designer would you most like to work with? 
Grace Coddington, she never ceases to amaze us with her beautiful editorials. Utterly breathtaking work.

FiveGoMad is a "Quintessentially British" website, what does "Best of British" mean for you?
Bangers & mash, London buses, tea & cakes, great pubs and a good sense of humor. Oh and the continuous optimism for winning sporting events!



What do you think makes British style unique?
The creativity and diversity means there is a wonderful eclectic mix of talent. Something for everyone and more. 

Who is your favourite British icon and why?
Someone who had incredible foresight and we are reminded of so often is Capability Brown. His vast portfolio of work which still endures today, and is a constantly changing canvas throughout the seasons.

What's next for Hucklebones?
We are continuing to grow the collection, each time we offer a little bit more, always creating new styles and silhouettes. We are planning to expand the range too so watch this space.






By Liz Appleby

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