Last Thursday I walked into a room that little girls dreams are made of. The wonderful world of Hello Kitty and Little Miss. I was lucky enough to be one of 4 bloggers to attend; the others being Alison from Not Another Mummy Blog, Kara from Innocent Charms Chats and Romanian Mum‘s husband representing her as Otilia is still suffering with her leg.
We started off with some socialising and a welcome can of Coke. I had travelled up by train on one of the hottest days of the year and the journey took 3 and a half hours (which come to think of it, it didn’t feel like that long!). Then the lovely Louise from Fluid World gave us a presentation to explain the new and exclusive Marks and Spencers clothing range which brings Hello Kitty and Little Miss together. This is an exciting new venture and brings in some new story lines about their trip to London which Sanrio are developing over the coming months and this has been incorporated into the new clothing range due to be released on 25th July 2013 with a further toddler range being released in Spring 2014. The designs bring together key attributes from each brand. Hello Kitty brings the stylised scenes and fashion shapes whilst Little Miss bring the colour and fun elements.
The clothing range is beautiful and I am rather disappointed that Grace will unlikely be able to fit in them BUT my niece, Aurelia, who is 15 months old would! Yay! The prices range from £7 to £20 which I believe is very reasonable given that many of the outfits come as a set. The collection for girls aged one to seven is:
- A cable knit cardigan (£15 – £17)
- Knitted dress with matching tights (£18 – £20)
- Layered t-shirt dress with matching tights (£17 – £19, for 1-7 years)
- Long sleeved print t-shirt (£7 – £8)
- Short sleeved print t-shirt (£7 – £8,)
Shintaro Tsuji founded Sanrio in Japan in 1960 with the motto “Small Gift, Big Smile” and the aim of bringing happiness to people’s lives through inexpensive fancy goods. Throughout the years his company has created and licensed over 400 characters appealing on ages 0 to forever. It is indeed not only home to superstar Hello Kitty, but a global brand concentrating on marketing classic characters like My Melody, Kerokerokeroppi, Bad Badtz-Maru, Little Twin Stars, Cinnamoroll, Pompompurin, Sugarbunnies, Chococat, Tuxedo Sam, Jewelpet, Kuromi, Charmmykitty and new acquisitions like British icons Mr. Men Little Miss. Sanrio today joins forces with the most respected companies in fashion, streetwear, cosmetics, hi-tech, toys to bring smiles on the coolest brands: as Hello Kitty says, you can never have too many friends!
We were then able to have a browse of all the beautiful items on offer. Links of London will be bringing out a range of Hello Kitty and Little Miss jewellery including charms, bracelets and necklaces…now that is much more up Grace’s street! As is the superb range of Liberty print Hello Kitty make-up. There is also travel pillows featuring the Mr Men and Little Miss characters, a baking set and some gorgeous footwear including jelly shoes and welly boots.
Once we had a nose around at all the beautiful items, we were invited to watch a video of Adam Hargreaves – son of the creator, Roger Hargreaves – show us how to draw the Little Miss and Mr Men. I was very excited about this as I grew up with these wonderful characters. We watched closely because then we were asked to create our own Mr Men or Little Miss character. I decided to draw two – the first one based on me was Little Miss Mouthy and then I also drew one which was all about Ross – Mr Beardy. The winning artist won tickets to the family festival, Lollibop. Well done to Kara from Innocent Charms who won with her interpretation of herself – Little Miss Shopaholic! The runners up all received a beautiful Hello Kitty cake which I gave to Grace to take to her school friends the following day.
We then had a lovely lunch of croissants, fresh orange juice and strawberries followed by Hello Kitty cake. After more chat, we were presented with a lovely goody bag which included some Hello Kitty socks, a cuddly Mr Strong and a fairy cake kit to make Hello Kitty cakes (which we made after Grace broke up from school this week) and I set off for a relaxing train journey home to Somerset.
Thank you to Hannah and Natalie from Aduro Communications and Louise from Fluid World for your wonderful hospitality.