The Designer’s Pick

Here at Storksak we understand how hard choosing a bag can be, especially when there are so many great bags to pick from! We thought we would make your lives that little bit easier and asked our Founder and Head of Design, Melanie Marshall to tell us her favourite bag from this year’s Spring Summer collection, and share her reasons why this is such a fabulous, must have bag …

 

Her pick: The Noa Stripe Fawn

“Feeling the promise of Spring, I am loving our new Noa fawn stripe. Long summer days, linen clothes and outdoor fun – this is definitely my favourite bag for the coming Summer. The super functional mini organiser is perfect for keeping your essentials organised on short trips out of the house. I also love the simple colour palette which goes with everything!”

 

The Noa Stripe Fawn is available to pre-order now for May Delivery,  SHOP NOW – bit.ly/1qWYsZ8

 

Spring Bag Trends

A changing bag is the perfect way to update your look for the new season for busy mums – this essential everyday accessory doesn’t have to be merely practical, but can bring your outfit together and make it look stylish at a time when fashion can’t be your first priority.

Whatever your personal style, here is our edit of the biggest catwalk looks, and which Storksak bags you can invest in to nail them:

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Graphic prints

Graphic patterned bags, stripes and bold prints ruled the runway at Kenzo, Stella McCartney and Dolce and Gabbana this season. Storksak’s style is more classic than loud, but for print lovers we have designed a beautiful range of bags called the Nina, whose series of patterns are completely original and designed in-house. We also introduced a stripe design to our Noa range for SS16; the Noa Stripe Fawn.
Primary colours

Bright, primary colours feature heavily on the catwalk for the new season, especially prominent in the Tommy Hillfiger collection. Our award-winning Noa range is available in a stunning selection of colours, whether you are looking for bright, pastels, or classic neutrals. £5 from the sale of every Noa yellow via our UK website goes to charity ‘Women and Children First’ – so you can even shop guilt-free!

Backpacks

The backpack trend is still going strong, and luckily for busy parents this perfectly practical item, once the domain of school children and hikers, has had a high fashion makeover.
We have introduced the Charlie backpack, a unisex design in a range of colours with matching insulated food bag, to the Storksak range for Spring/Summer 2016. A fun, practical and easy to wear item, this is the perfect investment for both parents.

Metallics
The 3.1 Phillip Lim collection offered a range of pretty metallic silver designs, in minimal, unstructured shapes for SS16. Our classic Tania Bee Graphite fits this trend perfectly – with a slightly metallic finish that is subtle enough for everyday use.

Top handles
This ladylike style was seen all over the catwalk this season. Invest in our chic top handle design, the Catherine Leather, as seen at Miu Miu, Dior and Fendi, for grown-up glam.

To keep up to date with Storksak’s latest news and find out about our latest ranges first, don’t forget to follow us via Facebook and Instagram.

Nigella Lawson recipe: dairy and wheat free chocolate cake

 Yesterday at Storksak HQ we celebrated Product Developer Rebecca’s birthday, and Emma created this amazing dairy and wheat free cake for her.

It’s so delicious and chocolatey you would never guess that it isn’t the real deal! If your kids have a dairy or wheat allergy they don’t have to miss out, here is the recipe for this delicious treat below:

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Makes: 8-12 slices

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  • 150 millilitres regular olive oil (plus more for greasing)
  • 50 grams good-quality cocoa powder (sifted)
  • 125 millilitres boiling water
  • 2 teaspoons best vanilla extract
  • 150 grams ground almonds (or 125g plain flour / 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour)
  • ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 200 grams caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 170°C/gas mark 3/325ºF. Grease a 22 or 23 cm/ 9inch springform tin with a little oil and line the base with baking parchment.
  2. Measure and sift the cocoa powder into a bowl or jug and whisk in the boiling water until you have a smooth, chocolatey, still runny (but only just) paste. Whisk in the vanilla extract, then set aside to cool a little.
  3. In another smallish bowl, combine the ground almonds (or flour) with the bicarbonate of soda and pinch of salt.
  4. Put the sugar, olive oil and eggs into the bowl of a freestanding mixer with the paddle attachment (or other bowl and whisk arrangement of your choice) and beat together vigorously for about 3 minutes until you have a pale-primrose, aerated and thickened cream.
  5. Turn the speed down a little and pour in the cocoa mixture, beating as you go, and when all is scraped in you can slowly tip in the ground almond (or flour) mixture.
  6. Scrape down, and stir a little with a spatula, then pour this dark, liquid batter into the prepared tin. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the sides are set and the very centre, on top, still looks slightly damp. A cake tester should come up mainly clean but with a few sticky chocolate crumbs clinging to it.
  7. Let it cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack, still in its tin, and then ease the sides of the cake with a small metal spatula and spring it out of the tin. Leave to cool completely or eat while still warm with some ice cream, as a pudding.

Storksak AW16 London photoshoot

For the past two days we have been on location in North West London for a photo shoot for our Autumn/Winter 2016 collection, plus a very exciting new range which we can tell you more about in the coming months…

For our Autumn/Winter 2016 collections we have our original little model on board Edie – who has been modelling for us since the early days of Storksak, Edie’s brother Arthur, babies Maisie and August, plus supermodel Charlotte is back on board and we have a new addition to the team – male model Artur.

Bag designer Emma has joined the Storksak team for the creation of our Autumn/Winter range and we are so excited for you to see her mix of fashion-forward and classic new designs.

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We have chosen a stunning location to reflect the luxurious upcoming range of bags; a converted church with a chic and minimal style and white and grey colour palette. We have a serious case of home envy with this one!

Take a look at our behind the scenes pictures from yesterday, and keep following us on Facebook and Instagram to hear our latest news.

 

Introducing the Charlie and Kay bags: Spring Summer 2016

Luxury changing bag brand Storksak is celebrating the spring months with the launch of two brand new styles – the Charlie backpack and the Kay, plus updates to their award winning style of last season, the Noa.

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Storksak’s bestselling Noa bag, winner of Little London’s ‘Best Changing Bag’ award 2015, is now available in luxurious leather. The sleek and minimal design is a classic tote style, doubling up perfectly for use as a handbag, and includes a handy, removable interior mini organiser. Noa leather is available in classic black, tan or almond. There are also further additions to the Noa range in coated canvas; the fawn stripe, or a bright and feminine, summery coral.

Storksak is introducing the Charlie backpack for the spring/summer season, an on-trend, unisex design with all the practicality needed for a busy day with baby. The Charlie is available in a range of colours, including black , navy ,grey with eye-catching orange detail, and a burnt orange.

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Like the Noa, the super functional Charlie backpack also includes an extra accessory- the design’s insulated food and bottle bag keeps food and bottles warm or cool for up to four hours.

The final new addition to the Storksak range is the Kay. Adapted from Storksak’s bestselling, classic Kate bag, the Kay boasts new features and a more modernised look. It is available in a subtle crosshatch navy design with a contrasting sunset yellow lining, or in smooth  grey or navy. Produced in a matt laminated coated canvas, trimmed with real leather and featuring chunky high-grade hardware, the practical changing bag includes an insulated, coordinating food and bottle bag, and is perfect for everyday use.

Whether you are looking for a fashionable, practical fabric design, or one of the beautiful leather bags that Storksak is renowned for, you will find a changing bag to suit your personal style with the Storksak Spring/Summer 2016 range.

Introducing Storksak Organics at Ocado

Following the October launch of our new certified organic bath and body collection for babies – Storksak Organics, we are delighted to announce that the latest stockist to offer our range of lovely products is online retailer Ocado.

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Ocado now stock the entire Storksak Organics range, so ordering couldn’t be easier by adding any product to your weekly shop as and when you need it. As well the individual products you can shop our two beautiful gift sets, perfect for last minute gift ideas all year round, Christmas gifts and stocking fillers for mums.
Storksak Organics is a beautiful collection of natural and certified organic bath and skincare products which are specifically designed to pamper your baby and make bath-time fun. We are known globally as one of Britain’s best loved luxury parenting brands and we decided it was time to create something special for little ones too!

Proudly made in England, we only use the finest natural and certified organic ingredients to ensure all our products are safe, pure and easy to use. Our natural and delicate signature scent has been specially designed to pamper your baby. Formulated by the fragrance experts of Grasse, it combines subtle notes of English pear, chamomile extract and honey inspired by the gentle tranquillity of the countryside.

Products in the range include Baby Oil 100ml, Baby Lotion 100ml, Baby Wash and Shampoo 200ml and 100ml, Organic Cotton Hand & Face Wipes and Baby Balm 60ml. The two gift sets include the ‘Little Traveller’, packaged and perfectly sized for weekends away, and our stunning beautifully illustrated gift box, the ‘Baby Spa’ featuring every product from our Organics range.
As well as Ocado, other major retailers offering our Storksak Organics products include Boots, Jo Jo Mamen Bebe and Bentalls. You can find the full list of Storksak Organics retailers here on our website.

For more information and to stay up to date with all news about Storksak Organics, sign up to our mailing list or visit our Facebook page.

Week 2 of our Christmas Competition: Rachel Riley

In the second week of our 4 weeks of Christmas giveaway we are offering a lucky winner a beautiful cotton baby gro from luxury, vintage inspired children’s brand Rachel Riley, RRP £39.

Rachel Riley is a British brand for children. Rachel’s design philosophy is rooted in her traditional lifestyle and draws inspiration from the forties, fifties and sixties with fine tailoring, beautiful hand smocking, hand embroidery and vintage-inspired prints designed by and exclusive to the brand. Rachel Riley designs, manufactures and retails clothing and accessory collections four times per year for boys, girls, babies and ladies.

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Founder of the brand Rachel Riley worked as a model in Paris, New York & London before setting up her own company twenty years ago, when she had children of her own, as she likes to hand sew, embroider and knit.

The brand came to mainstream prominence in spring 2014 when they were honoured to see Prince George wearing their sailboat smocked dungarees on his first Official Engagement and a striped polo and pocket shorts on his 2nd Official Engagement, as well as several moss stitch cardigans on his first trio overseas.

Rachel Riley’s collections are classic in style, and draw inspiration from the forties, fifties and sixties, with fine tailoring, hand smocking & embroidery, and beautiful soft fabrics. They design their own exclusive prints, inspired by Rachel’s personal collection of vintage fabrics that she has been collecting since her teenage years.

Our Rachel Riley competition will run until midnight GMT on Sunday 13th December, with a new competition starting on Monday morning. Like our Facebook page to keep up to date with all of our offers and competitions.

Week 1 of our big ‘4 Weeks of Joy’ Giveaway: Bonnie Mob

The Christmas songs are on and we’re chomping down on mince pies in the Storksak office, so we decided it’s time to spread a little Christmas cheer to our lovely Facebook fans and treat you to a four week giveaway!

Our week 1 prize is an absolutely beautiful cotton cashmere baby blanket from Bonnie Mob. The super-soft blanket with all-over bunny print will keep baby cosy in the cold, and makes a very stylish addition to your pram to boot.

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Bonnie Mob’s story began in 2005,  founded by knitwear designer and new mum Tracey Samuel. Although Tracey didn’t know much about parenthood back then, she did have an impressive career in knitwear design and an imagination built for creating new fabrics and textures. Tracey set about designing modern, colourful & distinctive baby-knits with the expectation that you should ‘Buy once, buy well, pass it on’. Bonnie baby was born: Practical, tough-wearing, spirited baby clothes to be loved in, played in and passed around.

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The brand’s collection draws from Tracey’s own childhood memories of growing up in the 70’s and 80’s; romping through the Scottish countryside, dancing to Abba on the radio and drawing endless felt-tip pen masterpieces. From the wild outdoors, creatures pop out of the designs: Mr. Banks the Badger, peeping rabbits and padding paw prints. The beautiful collection retains a modern and unique look whilst drawing from retro inspiration.

Week 1’s competition will run until Sunday, and the winner will be announced on Monday 7th December. We are running a new competition every week for four weeks until the end of December, with royal favourite Rachel Riley the next brand up for grabs, featuring in week 2 of our competition. Visit our Facebook page for more details.

Winter 2015 Trend Report

It’s time to wrap up warm as the first snow of the season is predicted this weekend, so if you haven’t already dig out that big winter coat, scarf and gloves ready to face the winter!

Update your look for the new season with an on-trend changing bag from Storksak. Here’s our guide to latest catwalk trends, and the Storksak AW15 bags that will help you get the look.

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Boho’s back

The seventies vibe is here again for a second season, this time even bigger than before. Storksak is adding to our classic boho range with the beautiful Ellena – forgoing more extreme detailing seen around the high street such as fringing, suede and patchwork, for a bag that hits the trend but can be used for years to come.

Going grown up

Street style looks have dominated the catwalk in the last few seasons, and as a reaction designer like Marc Jacobs are bringing ladylike back this Autumn. Our sleek and structured Lucinda bag in tan is perfect for bringing a bit of stylish sophistication to your day time look and Catherine in black leather is a compact and chic design, perfect to transition your look from day time to evening.

Athleisure

Casual clothing meets sharp tailoring has created new trend ‘Athleisure’. A number of brands like Paco Rabanne, Public School, Cedric Charlier and Carven all showcased this look for AW15, and as it hits the high street in a big way you can expect to see more in the next spring/summer season.

A classic Storksak bag, the Tania Bee in graphite, fits this sportsluxe look perfectly. The Tania Bee is a practical, on trend design with a sporty vibe and stylish metallic finish.

Pattern

Bold patterns could be seen all over the catwalk this season. Stand out with a Storksak original – the new Nina Teardrop Navy is designed exclusively in-house from our London head office; a pretty blue and white pattern complemented perfectly with tan coloured trim and handles. Whilst currently out of stock, our Nina Antalya Grey is a great alternative; another lovely printed design in the range.

Take a look at our full Autumn/Winter 2015 range, as well as our classic styles, here.

Celebrating our ‘Little London Awards’ win for the lovely Noa Grey!

We are so excited to announce that we won ‘Best Changing Bag’ at this year’s ‘Little London Awards’ for our fabulous Noa Grey bag.

Last Tuesday we celebrated the Little London Awards 2015 at the beautiful Hurlingham Club. Filled with over 200 people from the industry, model Caprice Bourret presented the awards, and it was a wonderful chance to meet other people working in our field.

NOA_awardAll the baby, toddler and kids brands were collated by nominees into different categories, with prizes awarded to the best of each. We were up against some amazing brands, so we are so grateful that our lovely Noa bag was chosen as the winner.

The Noa bag was introduced to our extensive collection for the SS15 season, and has been a big hit ever since, with leather versions and a larger range of colours introduced this Autumn.

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Features which make this super-versatile bag stand out include a wipe clean changing mat, side insulated bottle pocket and interior and external pockets. Perfectly organised, The Noa also includes a handy mini-organiser bag, featuring six pockets and an internal compartment which can be used as a stand alone to carry all your basic essentials.

The Noa Grey will be available for purchase at The Baby Show, Olympia, October 23rd – 25th, one of a wide selection of Storksak styles alongside the Storksak Organics range. Please visit us at stand D82 for some great offers and a free giveaway.