Bon Tot news, reviews and general musings on all things fresh!
Posted on February 06 2018
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Posted on March 15 2017
“I just want a break”. That was the sentence that started our search for a holiday destination that would work for our whole family.
A little introduction first perhaps. I’m Kristina, and along with my husband Graham, we run Bon Tot: an independent children’s clothing and toy shop, based in Edinburgh, and also selling online. We started Bon Tot 2 years ago, and opened our Bricks and Mortar store a year later ......
Posted on March 03 2017
We were very excited to be asked by one of our fave kids' websites, Babyccino, to write a weekend guide to our fair city. As many of you will know, this turned in to a great giveaway, and one lucky winner 'won the weekend' and will soon be getting to test out our tips for themselves!
Can't wait to meet them, but in the meantime, you can check out our recommendations below (Or Click HERE to read on the Babyccino page!)
Posted on November 13 2016
The next in our Bon Tot Meets . . . series, we get to know Ruby Diamonds a bit better. You might know Ruby from Instagram (@rubydiamonds), or perhaps you follow her gorgeous blog - www.saltandsand.co.uk
We love Ruby's photos and wanted to know a bit more about her beach side lifestyle, and what brands she likes to buy to keep up with her adventurous kids! Ruby talks sand, sea AND gives us her best picks for outdoor living from our AW16 ranges... Thanks Ruby!
Hi! My name is Ruby, I live with my husband and four children. 3 boys and 1 girl, aged 12, 10, 8 and 5 oh and two dogs!!
Posted on October 17 2016
This week, Bon Tot Meets . . . Samantha Baker (IG: @samantha_baker2). Sam has developed a particular expertise in the world of "twinning" and we love to see what she picks for her 2 little blonde bombshells! We asked Sam to give us some tips on shopping for boys, and asked what she has her eye on from our AW ranges...
Hi, I'm Samantha, living in Bedfordshire with my husband Nathan and our littles, Harrison just turning five and Rowan who's two. Life is beautiful filled with everyday chaos of raising two boys.
Posted on October 03 2016
The very first post of our brand new 'Bon Tot Meets . . .' series, where we'll get to know some of our makers, designers, but most importantly; our followers and customers. We've met so many amazingly talented and interesting people through Instagram, and through the doors of our Edinburgh store, that we thought it would be interesting to share some stories and get to know people in a little more detail.
First up, we'd like to introduce you to Samantha Sinclair (aka. @babisinc on Instagram). We've been long term admirers of Sam's deep, moody photographs, and we talked photography, style and Mingo.. Thanks so much for sharing, Sam. x
My name is Sam and my partner is Michael. We fill our lives with the chaos and charm of parenting Stellan who's only days away from turning four and Lily who’s seventeen
Posted on September 30 2016
A lovely article by one of our customers, who has her own blog and impeccable taste! Ok.. we might be a little biased since she's saying lovely things about us and our collection, but if you want to see her fave picks from our AW16 lines, then click HERE ! Thanks so much Lauren.
Particularly pleased to see our own brand Bon Tot Knits make the grade! Remember, we do knitwear bespoke to your sizes (even up to grown up size!) and can do bespoke pattern commissions too.. just drop us a line at email@example.com with any questions.
Posted on September 23 2016
A day out at Cairnie Fruit Farm in Fife followed by Fish and Chips in Anstruther is one of our favourite days out! (Especially when pumpkin patch time comes round... not long now!)
It's also one of Claire's, aka This Little House, ideal days too, and she's written a blog piece about it HERE .... We're delighted to see our Gray Label Salopettes featured and looking autumnally perfect. Thanks Claire!
Posted on September 08 2016
A little throw back post to our 2016 photoshoot with our amazing pal (and part time Furry Dogmother (Susie looks after Frisco when we're on holiday!)), Susie Lowe.
She wrote a little Blog Post about the day on her own website and you can read it here:
Posted on July 25 2016
One of the reasons we love Gray Label is that their pieces are mostly seasonless - year round staples that you can mix and match with other brands, and dress up and down. Gray Label clothes are mostly unisex, and they wash amazingly, so they can be handed down from brother, to sister, to cousin, or even shared!
Gray Label do, however, introduce one or 2 new styles per season and usually some new colours; every one of which complements the existing collection perfectly, in terms of palette, style and always softness.
Posted on June 03 2016
We had a fab photo shoot in the store a wee while back to launch the start of our Spring Summer season. Local Edinburgh family photographer, Anna Moffat was on hand to snap some shots of THE essential pieces, as selected by local mum and blogger, Laura Crichton (aka Edinburgh with Kids)
Posted on May 27 2016
Getting pretty excited about the arrival of amazing US based queens of minimalist magic; meme kidswear! The new collection (another UK first for Bon Tot *ahem* thank you *ahem*) will be with us very soon!
Until then, you can still see some of the pieces that will be on offer on the Uberkid Blob. Pretty excited to see our name on Chloe's blog. If it's cool, style conscious, minimalist kidswear, then it's on her blog!
Posted on May 27 2016
We're very proud of our brands, and so we're always delighted when other people come to the same conclusion about their awesomeness! GOSOAKY rain coats and capes were an instant Bon Tot fave when we found them at Playtime Paris last year and we were the first stockist to bring GOSOAKY to the UK!
Posted on May 09 2016
Was such a delight to chat to our absolute favourite designers - Gray Label - about where we like to spend our time in Edinburgh. Obviously we'd suggest popping in to see us! But there's a wealth of places to go with kids, and we gave Gray Label just a teeny taste of our faves..
Read more here:
Posted on February 29 2016
Well.. it's been a pretty amazing couple of weeks for us here, with not one but TWO amazing interiors magazines featuring Bon Tot.
We were approached by Homes & Interiors Scotland magazine for their "This Life" feature, which includes lots of photos of the shop AND of our own home! That was quite a daunting process, but we were really delighted to be approached and so if you want a sneak peek of our little homestead, and want to know where we go for breakfast, then you can download the article from HERE.
As if that wasn't exciting enough, super talented Emily Murray, journalist for Stylist Magazine and Conde Nast, asked us if she could feature Clemence's bedroom to help launch her brand new interiors and style magazine, "The Pink House". You can find a few more pics of our place, along with some more insight in to our design ideals and thoughts on gender neutral design generally HERE.
Quite a couple of weeks.. hope you like the articles! Would love to hear what you think... x
Posted on November 05 2015
Graham tends to write silly little poems and rhymes to her, but this one struck a chord with me, and so I wanted to share it below. Because it describes a core reason for setting up Bon Tot. We didn't want to follow the 'pink for girls and blue for boys' rules when we had our little girl. Not that there is anything wrong with those colours; and in fact we have lots of both in our store. We just believe that kids should be able to wear any colour they choose, and play with any toy they wish, without an identity being forced upon them.
My girl has power
My girl has strength
No need to keep her at arms length.
My girl has brains ...
Posted on September 20 2015
When Kris and I set up Bon Tot, we always envisioned it as a physical space. My background as an architect, combined with Kris's retail history, was definitely going to push us in that direction. When the chance came up to open a physical store on a really beautiful street in central Edinburgh; well, we couldn't say no! As soon as we accepted the offer though, we realised that we'd have to open very quickly and on an extremely limited budget.
Posted on June 19 2015
Posted on June 16 2015
Posted on February 06 2015
Phew! It's been a busy few weeks for Bon Tot, but we've finally dusted off the New Year cobwebs, packed away the Christmas tree, and are looking forward to all the new brands that are coming our way (and then YOUR way!) in the coming weeks!
We're also still keeping our eye out for our ultimate aim of having a bricks and mortar store, so that you, the lovely mums and dads of Edinburgh, can see and touch our goodies for yourself!
Although we ship globally, and will always do so, we do have our roots in Edinburgh, and so until we find the perfect space, we're offering free shipping to "EH" postcodes.
Just enter "EDINBURGH" at checkout to take off postage charges! xx
(Please note that if you apply this code and live outwith Edinburgh, we will NOT ship. We're sure you lovely people wouldn't do that though!)
Posted on December 28 2014
Pack up your old overalls and upgrade to a pair of these amazing Gray Label Salopettes! This is Gray Label at their chic, sleek, minimalist best! Uni-sex, organic, super soft.... the style might be minimalist, but the plaudits are endless!
Check it out in the Bon Tot store now.. shop "by size" or "by brand" - Gray Label.
Posted on December 09 2014
Tonight is our official launch night!! We are very excited to get ourselves up to Lovecrumbs, set up all our goodies, and welcome you all in!
Clemence has already claimed her Gray Label goodies as you can see... Beanie and Endless Scarf snaffled straight away! The rest will be on display along with much more!
Hope to see everyone there this evening. For further details, check out the event link on our facebook page.
Love, the Bon Tot team
Posted on November 27 2014
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Half of the Bon Tot team hails from the USA, so we are in holiday spirits here, if not actually on holiday! We're also incredibly thankful for our beautiful daughter, our handsome hound, and for all the support and kind words we've received getting Bon Tot off the ground.
So, as a thank you, we thought we'd join with other small, independent stores and offer a big Black Friday discount!
25% off for 24 hours, starting at midnight tonight....
Enter "FRIDAY25" at checkout!
Thank you and happy holidays!
Posted on November 18 2014
We're very excited to announce that we've just finalised our order with willaby Clothing!
willaby is based in Georgia, USA, and is another Bon Tot UK exclusive to date!
Kim Woods is the owner, designer and part time seamstress, and makes beautiful clothes and accessories inspired by rural craft and vintage children's wear, drawing on her training as a painter.
Posted on November 12 2014
It's official..... Bon Tot is on its way!
We'd like to invite you all to join us for our official launch event at Lovecrumbs in Edinburgh- Tuesday, 9th December, 7-9pm.
We are teaming up with the wonderful Hedgerow (www.hedgerowflorist.com) for a joint party, hosted by the lovely lady bakers at Lovecrumbs.
We'll be there with a full range of baby and toddler toys, clothes and accessories, with Hedgerow taking orders for Christmas wreaths and showcasing some fabulous foliage!
Come grab a mug of mulled wine, a mince pie, and help us launch both our new brands in style!
Open invite, so please share with friends, family and any other folks that might be interested; we'd love to see you there!
Posted on October 25 2014
Some exciting news for fans of natty needlework. Bon Tot is going to be offering bespoke, hand-made knitwear. We're teaming up with a local Edinburgh artisan, and will be offering a range of items with exlusive patterns, including some commission options!
Details to follow soon... we're very excited!
.... here's our Clemence modelling a sample from her own collection.
Posted on October 23 2014
The Bon Tot household is full of coughs and sneezes today, which can only mean that winter is well and truly on its way.
If we had our website live, you'd be able to send us a get well soon card using these amazing lego crayons, from Crayon Box!
Guess we should put down the Lemsip and get this website live!
Lego Crayons, by Crayon Box
Posted on October 21 2014
Incase you're wondering, it's not all fabrics at Bon Tot; we also have a fun side too, with a range of toys that will keep your tots occupied for hours.
Another core aim of Bon Tot is to find toys and games that encourage creativity and imagination. Bon Tot has its roots in architecture and so building and creating are subjects very close to our heart. We've sourced toys that won't cost the earth (from a cost or natural resource perspective) and will help kids to explore their creative spirit.
First to arrive will be these beautiful, hand made wooden cameras from Twig Creative. We'll have 4 colours in stock to give your budding David Bailey or Annie Leibovitz plenty of choice as they kick start their photography career!
Watch this space for details on further toys and games, with Studio Roof and Paper Box Pilots products in the pipeline....
Handmade wooden camera, Twig Creative
Posted on October 20 2014
One of the core aims of Bon Tot is to offer a very carefully edited collection of design-led clothing and toys. We’re focusing on simplicity and attention to detail, and quality over quantity. One of the brands we were determined to carry is Gray Label and we’re very excited that Emily and her team are on board with us and our first shipment is signed and sealed and waiting to be delivered!
Gray Label are based in Amsterdam and design contemporary and timeless basics, using beautiful organic fabrics. "Organic apparel for the little minimalist", as they very aptly put it!
We absolutely love their style and can’t wait to see what you think!
Here’s an example of what to expect from our Gray Label collection....
Hooded Dress, by Gray Label
Posted on October 19 2014
Our first stock delivery has arrived! A box full of beautiful goodies from Axl Brand of San Francisco is waiting to be packed up and shipped out to some lucky tots.... just as soon as we can get this website up and running that is!
Bon Tot is going to be the first (Yes, THE FIRST!) UK based store to stock these super soft and super slick styles!
Hold your clicks for just a few more days and we'll get things live....
Axl Brand Body Suit... coming soon from Bon Tot