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est. 2007
  1. One Fine Baby Fair: Part 1

    Alexandra Florist’s flower and streamer garlands at One Fine Baby Fair via WeeBirdy.com

    When the talented team behind the One Fine Day bridal fairs turned their attention to babies and kids, it was never going to be a shabby event. They set out to organise a fair with a difference, showcasing the best creative talent in the baby and child industries. Cue the inaugural One Fine Baby fair.

    And it was a very fine day for parents and little ones alike, with a line-up of some of the coolest, stylish and most inspirational stuff around for babies and kids.

    I went along on Sunday to the Australian Technology Park (ATP) and was really impressed by the wealth of new Australian talent in this industry.

    It’s come a long way in the past 10 years, and Sydney’s youngsters and parents are spoilt for choice when it comes to the best in design, clothes, toys, furniture and entertainment. So much in fact, that I’ve split my highlights from the event into two posts.

    One of the first sights to welcome visitors to the fair was a fun party set up with a brightly patterned play tent and balloons behind a white picket fence. This was the impressive display by Australian brand Sunny Jim, showcasing their collection of brightly patterned UPF50+ sunshades with matching beach bags. The giant festooned balloons by Bespoke Balloonery‘s Heidi Moore Gill added a fun and festive touch.

    Amazing UPF50+ sunshades by Sunny Jim at One Fine Baby Sydney Fair, via WeeBirdy.com

    Sunny Jim‘s festive stall at One Fine Baby. Photography by Wee Birdy.

    Amazing UPF50+ sunshades by Sunny Jim and Bespoke Balloonery at One Fine Baby Sydney Fair.

    Details of Sunny Jim‘s UPF50+ sunshades and Bespoke Balloonery. Photography by Wee Birdy.

    Amazing UPF50+ sunshades by Sunny Jim and Bespoke Balloonery at One Fine Baby Sydney Fair via WeeBirdy.com

    Bespoke Balloonery by Heidi Moore Gill at Sunny Jim. Photography by Wee Birdy.

    Over at TMOD, I was impressed by the line-up of crafty kits for kids including temporary tattoo cards, animal mask kits, chalkboard paint and macrame kits. It’s great to see this indie Sydney brand humming along nicely with their creative and clever products. And it’s all so beautifully designed and illustrated.

    TMod at One Fine Baby Sydney Fair via WeeBirdy.com

    Temporary tattoos at TMOD. Photography by Wee Birdy.

    TMod at One Fine Baby Sydney Fair via WeeBirdy.com

    TMOD’s DIY Chalkboard Paint Kit. Photography by Wee Birdy.

    TMod DIY Animal Masks at One Fine Baby Sydney Fair via WeeBirdy.com

    TMOD’s DIY Animal Mask Kits. Photography by Wee Birdy.

    TMod DIY Animal Masks at One Fine Baby Sydney Fair via WeeBirdy.com

    Painting a cat mask at TMOD. Photography by Wee Birdy.

    TMod DIY Macrame Kit at One Fine Baby Sydney Fair via WeeBirdy.com

    DIY macrame kits at T.MOD. Photography by Wee Birdy.

    My next stop was Aleksandra’s flower stall, and that’s exactly what I did. Stop. In my tracks. Behold the glorious Hills Hoist clothesline, bedecked in garlands, tassel streamers and flowers.

    Alexandra Florist’s incredible flower garland and streamer installation at One Fine Baby Sydney Fair via WeeBirdy.com

    The amazing floral and tassel garland maypole installation by Aleksandra. Photography by Wee Birdy.

    I’ve bookmarked Aleksandra as the go-to lady for event styling. This lady has magical powers with flowers. (I swear I didn’t mean to rhyme right there, but I’m going with it.)

    Alexandra Florist’s incredible flower garland and streamer installation at One Fine Baby Sydney Fair via WeeBirdy.com

    Details of the garlands and tassels by Aleksandra. Photography by Wee Birdy.

    Poppies by Alexandra Florist at One Fine Baby Sydney Fair via WeeBirdy.com

    Buckets of poppies at Aleksandra‘s stall. Photography by Wee Birdy.

    Plyroom was another highlight of the fair, with its collection of simple and streamlined plywood children’s furniture. Designed and made in Italy using sustainable European birch and beech, the simplicity of the furniture worked beautifully with the stunning large-scale abstract art by Belynda Henry.

    Plyroom plywood cot, multi-purpose cylindrical storage unit and bed with Belynda Henry artwork at One Fine Baby Sydney Fair via WeeBirdy.com

    Plyroom‘s furniture with art by Belynda Henry. Photography by Wee Birdy.

    I also lingered over Hubble & Duke’s stall, admiring their collection of handmade baby leather moccasins. Their range of ballet-themed screen-printed T-shirts was also a highlight, and I adored the collection of tiny gold and silver leather crowns, perfect for dress-ups and birthday parties.

    Hubble & Duke Tshirt and skirt at One Fine Baby Sydney Fair via WeeBirdy.com.

    Screenprinted T-shirts and tutus by Hubble & Duke. Photography by Wee Birdy.

    Coming next: Part 2 of the best of One Fine Baby.

    Tell me: have you heard of any of these Australian brands before? What’s caught your eye?

    • Nicholas

      I love the Sunny Jims sunshades. Makes a great change from the Cancer Council ones which are very functional but feel more like you are camping than beaching!

      • weebirdy

        Ha! That’s very true, Nicholas! And hopefully Sunny Jim’s are easier to put down. Those Cancer Council ones are like complicated origami to put away. Thanks for your comment!

    • Jennifer

      Clever and beautiful makeover for the Hills Hoist. I love your photography. Can’t wait to see your next instalment.

      • weebirdy

        Thanks Jennifer. I don’t think a Hills Hoist has ever looked so pretty! Thanks for stopping by. X

    • Jacky

      I just went over to the Hubble and Duke website. Love their t-shirts. They also have leather crowns(!) like the one Max wore in Where the Wild Things Are. Suitable for if your prince or princess don’t want a tutu. Which reminds me, I saw a pink phone like the pink phone that you featured in your “Pretty in Pink ” story a couple of days ago in the bedroom of a five year old in the US. Yes it worked. And yes, she was a Princess.

      • weebirdy

        Yes, those leather crowns are fantastic and so very ‘Wild Things’ Max. Wow, a five year old with a phone!? X

    • Jenbug

      Wish I could have gone to this! Thanks for showing me what was there instead. x

      • weebirdy

        All of the retailers at the fair have online shops so you can still shop the best in Aussie design for babies and kids! Thanks for your comment, Jenbug. X

    • Libby

      Great event, thanks for covering. Wish I could have attended.

      • weebirdy

        It was really excellent, Libby. Australian design for babies and kids is so amazing right now! X

    • Kate

      “Powers with flowers” LOL!

      • weebirdy

        Hehe! I couldn’t help myself. X