dotte diaries


All the latest news, views and inspiration from dotte HQ.

School's out... Sewing's in!

Has your little one got the itch to stitch? Are they a little fashion designer in the making, or curious about how clothes are made? We’ve picked out some amazing summer schools around the country for your child to learn and develop the skill of sewing, creating and executing a project and getting creative through the summer hols. 
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Everyday Pioneers... Tobi Oredein

We caught up with the inspirational Tobi Obedein, founder of lifestyle platform Black Ballad, which tells human experience through eyes of black British women. Tobi talks to us about what drove her to create Black Ballad, the challenges she has faced and the role that sustainability plays in her life.
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ecoegg’s guide to easy eco-swaps for a plastic-free household

Sadly plastic is everywhere and it's inevitable that until things change we can’t completely avoid it. Fortunately for us however, we were able to catch up with our friends in the know over at ecoegg to find out what small swaps can help us all reduce our plastic usage across the home!
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In the loop with... Katie Walsh & The Re-Pete Project

We caught up with Katie Walsh, founder of the incredible circular fashion label, The Re-Pete Project (which creates timeless, high quality breathable outerwear entirely from recycled single-use plastic) to find out what drove her to launch the brand – and how The Circular Economy has influenced her life.
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In the loop with... Jessica Lawes

The Mum Club is an amazing free membership organisation offering tips, information and insight to women – who happen to have children! We took 5 minutes out of co-founder Jessica Lawes' busy scheduled to chat all things TMC, her outlook on sustainability, shopping secondhand and her one top piece of advice for new mums.
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The label lowdown... dotte cheat sheet

By shopping secondhand for kidswear, we've already skipped past any production nasties by buying clothes that already exist - woohoo! But what about the garment DNA of the clothes already in your little one's wardrobe? We’re giving you the label lowdown with the dotte garment cheat sheet, breaking down what the labels in their clothes really mean.
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Making every stitch count... Movers + Shakers

Give it up for the movers + shakers in the textile game. We're featuring some awesome brands (for us grown ups!) that are making every stitch count. Gold stars for their use of innovative materials, conscious supply chains and circularity throughout their brands! Go check them out ⬇️
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Greenwashing de-bunked

With sustainable fashion more in-vogue than ever before, shoppers are starting to raise their eyebrow at brands sustainability claims… and rightly so. With the rise of sustainable fashion has come a tidal wave of greenwash; so what is greenwashing and why is it getting us down?
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Everyday Pioneers... Leigh Morris

We recently joined The Re:directory (created to be the modern day directory for innovative sustainable small businesses), and caught up with incredible founder Leigh Morris about her journey, the issues facing the fashion industry and how we can all make a difference to the planet.
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Making every stitch count... our favourite upcyclers

We've picked out some incredible kidswear upcyclers and repurposers, currently leading the charge in combating waste and slowing fashion down! From regenerating waste fabric to creating gorgeous new pieces out of vintage materials, these are our ones to watch...
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Everyday Pioneers... Catherine Crossley

We're thrilled to be teaming up with the fabulous boutique Dear Jude for our next online pop up shop, bringing you some of your fav kidswear brands! We caught up pre-launch with fabulous Founder Catherine Crossley, to found out more about the sustainability ethos at Dear Jude's core... and some exciting news for the next few months!
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Everyday Pioneers... Bárbara Perino

We were lucky enough to catch-up with Bárbara Perino, entrepreneur extraordinaire and founder of the fabulous Lemon magazine, the ultimate destination for modern mums and dads! Barbara gave us the lowdown on why she created Lemon and how, as parents, we can become more eco-conscious with ease.
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In the loop... with Samantha Valentine

What is dotte co-founder Sam's favourite secondhand item in her little one's closet? And does it match up with daughter Lotte's choice?! We caught up with Sam about her must-have and best value purchases... as well as her own favourite childhood item, the one she never wanted to grow out of (it had to be velvet!)
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Why do you crave that fast fashion fix?

We all know that fast fashion and over-consumption is bad for the planet - so why do we do it? Our co-founder (and resident neuroscientist!) Louise Weiss shares her perspective on what drives our shopping habits – and how we can overcome this toxic addiction by finding a new way to get our fix (one that doesn't cost the earth).
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How to shop secondhand... with Josefina Boston

Ever wondered how to shop preloved for your kids? Sometimes it can feel even more overwhelming than shopping brand new, right? Wrong! We spoke with secondhand guru and dotte member Josefina Boston to get the lowdown. From the best fabrics to the perfect sizing, find out exactly how to make shopping secondhand work for you.
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Everyday Pioneers... Piupia interview

We're SO excited to be teaming up with sustainably produced kidswear brand Piupia, as they become an Official Resale Partner! We chatted with Piupia's fab Founder Claudia Carvalho, to find out more about the start of the fashion line – and how to embrace sustainability both as a parent and a brand.
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Everyday Pioneers... Emiko Studios interview

In the second instalment of our Everyday Pioneer series, we caught up with Coral, founder of the gorgeous sustainable children's clothing collection Emiko Studios. Handmade in Manchester by recycling waste into one-off pieces, Coral chats to us more about how the brand got started and why.
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Five green Christmas hacks that you actually might do

We were excited to catch up with dotte hero Ellie Besley-Gould, and the force behind eco-conscious platform The Greenish, on her five top Christmas hacks to make your festive season that little bit greener but not more complicated (you might actually look forward to doing them!)
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It's Christmaaaas... competition time!

In the dotte spirit of spreading goodwill and joy, we're announcing our first ever Christmas competition! Get crafty with the kids and decorate our special Xmas Jumper to be in with the chance to win a gorgeous handmade piece of clothing from our competition partner, Emiko Studios.
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Your Christmas stocking filler edit

Celebrity stylist and super chic mum Aimee Croysdill, spills the beans on her top 15 Christmas stocking fillers! Temporary tattoos to finger puppets to spy cameras, everything that makes the cut is under £30, sustainable and in support of small businesses – a complete festive treat!
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In the loop... with Coral Atkinson

In the first of our new series "In the loop...", we spoke with Coral Atkinson, mother of three and owner of decor brand Velveteen Babies (we're in awe!), to find out how long she's been shopping secondhand, her fav brands, and the one item in her kids wardrobe that she couldn't live without.
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Everyday Pioneers... Beau Loves interview

We're so excited to welcome Beau Loves into the dotte family, joining us as an Official Resale Partner! To launch the partnership, we caught up with Creative Director and Designer Faye Wilde on its beginnings and inspiration – and why sustainability is becoming such an important part of its future.
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