Mathilda's Market showcases and sells beautiful handcrafted and limited production baby and kids goods. They carefully handpick their stallholders to bring you the most divine and original clothing, accessories, homewares and toys for the little ones. Their exquisite wares are lovingly made by some of Australia's most talented crafters and designers – many of them parents themselves.
It is a wonderful resource for people looking for gifts or who want to dress their
children or decorate their kids' home environment, but don't want to
buy mass produced, chain store items.
Mathilda's Markets are held in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Canberra, Adelaide and Hobart. Recently we had a chance to visit the Melbourne market. Although the markets are only in Australia most of the vendors have online shops so you can pick up their items anywhere. There was so much to see but here are a few stalls that we loved.
Created in West Brunswick in Melbourne,
Squirt Baby is a clothing and accessories company featuring handmade creations
catering for children 0-8 years. The range features vintage fabrics reminiscent
of the creator and designer, Fiona Heathcote’s childhood. Products include
pinafores, shift dresses, frilly shorts and cotton beanies. Pictured are the unique and
ever so gorgeous ‘Frilly shorts’ and
the ‘Sweet Tweet a-line dress’. These
colourful shorts and this simple yet stylish a-line dress have been attracting
growing interest for the company which will be expanding in 2010 to incorporate
Created by Alice Harris from Carnegie in 2009 following the birth of her first child, Alice discovered a gap in the market when trying to locate imaginative, unique and stylish mirrors for children.
With a fine arts background all mirrors are designed by Alice using mirrored acrylic material which is laser cut to ensure they are child friendly and lightweight. Her current range includes mirrored letters and customised silhouetted mirrors, as pictured. Ally Pops
bottom right: Lad and Lass (L&L), founded in Perth by Clara Jane Stojsavljevic, boasts a range of beautiful artwork and interior products. The range includes lamp shades, variety of screen prints and vinyl wallpaper made from organic soy based inks, 100% recycled papers and organic cottons.
Pictured is a range of lampshades currently available. The latest addition to these European inspired shades is the Counting birdies table shade (bottom middle) and the Wheelie Traffic light shade, a current best seller.By purchasing Lad and Lass products you are supporting children through charities such as Starlight Foundation. Lad and Lass
Poss Bloss PVC and laminated art smocks, aprons, bibs and change mats were designed due to the need for practical and hard wearing clothing for busy children. The material choice does not substitute for style, comfort or affordability.
The smocks (pictured), with unique and
quirky designs teamed with PVC sleeves, are the nucleus of the range and
continue to be the best selling product within the designer range. Pictured is a new product to the range
the ‘Apron & cooking set’. This
pack, in time for Christmas, comes with a signature laminated apron and a range
of cooking utensils for children beginning their culinary creativity. Poss Bloss
Smallish is a boutique bedding company stocking blankets, quilts, change mats, bibs and sheets and pillow sets. Custom made designs can be accommodated to suit individual preferences.
Scally Bags are
specifically designed ergonomic bags which support and maintain a safe and
correct posture for children. The bags, pictured, featured PVC pockets, bright
contrasting coloured materials and pockets labeled with pictures to help
children pack their bags and find objects. The bags also include innovative
designs such as expandable pockets, insulated sections and a drink bottle
created by Philippa Thompson 18 months ago, Magic in the Kitchen originally
consisted of aprons contrasting quirky, original printed fabrics. The range
dramatically expanded, to now include a variety of kitchen sets for children of
all years. Inspired to attract children to explore and play in the kitchen,
explore healthy food and to play alongside adults Philippa has created
children’s cooking utensils which are adult ‘like’ and made out of real
materials. Pictured is the ‘Kitchen gift set’ which comes in a variety of
colours, includes a range of utensils and to top off the pack, Philippa has
designed recipe cards unique to each pack.
Photgraphed by Jody Person