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.

 

 

 

 

Introducing Autumn/Winter 2015

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This year Storksak is welcoming in the winter with a range of classic black additions to the brand’s most popular styles. The Catherine and Noa will both be available in black, and will be joined by the Lucinda in tan leather and a burgundy addition to the Noa range. For pattern lovers Storksak is introducing the Nina in a stylish Navy print, and there will be a completely new, on-trend range; the Brooke backpack.

The Catherine in black leather and black nylon are timeless additions to the stylish Catherine range. The black leather is crafted in luxurious, soft leather whilst the black nylon option is in a hard wearing fabric. The minimal Catherine is a design that will look chic for years to come.

For the fashion conscious mum, Brooke is the second rucksack style to be added to the Storksak range. The clean and sleek shape, available in both black and grey with contrasting tan detail, is packed full of useful functions, leaving parents with free hands to care for baby.

The Nina is Storksak’s ultimate bag for pattern lovers, with every unique design created exclusively in-house at the Storksak London office. The Nina Teardrop Navy features a pretty triangle-based design complemented by contrasting tan details.

The Noa is Storksak’s bag for the perfectly organised parent. Already available in a choice of five colours, the brand is introducing two further, dark colour options for the winter months; Black and Bordeaux.

The Lucinda Tan is an ideal every day bag. The perfect partner to casual denim, the lovely neutral colour works equally well for both winter and summer months.

Whether you love colour and pattern or you prefer a chic and minimal look, the AW15 changing bag collection ensures you don’t need to compromise your individual style for function with Storksak.

Summer Holidays in London: Storksak’s top picks

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The Summer holidays are officially upon us! Whilst it’s lovely to spend some extra time with the kids, thinking of ways to entertain the little ones over a six week stretch can be rather daunting.

Luckily our vibrant city has plenty of great activities for kids of all ages to take part in this summer, whether you are a visitor or live in the capital. Here are Storksak’s top picks for family fun days in the city:

 

Kid’s Week:

Not actually a week but a whole month, ‘Kid’s Week’, running from 1st to 31st August, is an event offering free tickets for children under 16 when accompanied by a paying adult. There’s a huge range of tickets available for shows including ‘The Lion King’, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ ‘Bend it Like Beckham’ and ‘The Adventures of Pinocchio.’ Get them before they sell out!

Archikids:

Inspire kids at this fun festival full of activities this weekend, and who knows, they could end up becoming a future architect! Things to do at Archikids will include building domes on the top of the Gherkin, eye-spy on the top of the Walkie-Talkie, gooey fun at Broadgate Circle and film-making in 6 Bevis Marks! There are more than 35 fun things to do, so you’re sure to find something that your little ones will enjoy.

Beach East:

You don’t need to leave London to feel the sand beneath your feet this summer! At the Queen’s Olympics Park there are more than 2200 square metres of sand, as well as a huge paddling pool and funfair rides – perfect for tiring them out before bedtime.

The venue hasn’t forgotten the adults, as there is a choice of two bars to keep you refreshed! There will be a programme of events available soon, including competitions, sports and events. Keep your eye on the Beach East website for more information.

Dri Dri Gelato workshop:

Looking for a fun activity on a rainy day? If your kids love ice cream (who doesn’t?!) this fun workshop run by Italian Gelato experts ‘Dri Dri Gelato’ will give them an opportunity to make their own, using original Italian Gelato equipment from the 1960s. Kids will love making their own label to put on their ice cream to take home, as well as  earning their very own gelatiere certificate.

 

Do you have any other suggestions for ways to fill your kid’s summer holidays, what do you have planned over the next few weeks? We would love to hear your suggestions. Please leave us a comment on Facebook!

Father’s Day Competition: Does #DadKnowBest?

 Adam_BlackLeatherStruggling to find the perfect Father’s Day gift for your partner or Dad?

We have a stylish leather men’s leather messenger bag from luxury work bag brand Marshall Bergman to give away. The Adam, in your choice of Black or Espresso, RRP £125, is the perfect gift for Father’s Day.

Tell us the best advice your father has given you by following this link, and the most interesting or funniest story will win the prize for Dad delivered in time for Father’s Day on 21st June!*

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Premium functional bag brand Marshall Bergman launched with Apple in 2011. The beautifully crafted leather designs are the perfect accessory for stylish Dads, ideal for carrying an ipad or 11″ Macbook Air. Combined with a removable key holder, two pen holders and two slip-in pockets, the Adam is a versatile storage solution for all  work and personal essentials.

The competition to win one of these luxury designs is now open, and will run until 12pm on Thursday 18th June. The winner will then be notified by email, and will be sent their bag in time for Father’s Day (as long as they provide their address by the end of the day on Thursday.) Good luck everybody!

* The competition is open from 12pm today until 12pm on Thursday 18th June 2015, after which time the competition will be closed. The competition is open to UK residents over the age of 18 only. This competition is in no way endorsed by, or affiliated with, Facebook.

Easy midweek dinner: tomato risotto

It can be easy to fall into the habit of relying on a few faithful dishes when cooking for your family during a busy week, but it’s great to try out something different and introduce your children to new flavours. A favourite recipe from our Marketing Executive Emily, why not try this quick, easy and delicious risotto.

Add or change the ingredients to suit fussy eaters, and disguise vegetables by chopping them finely so they blend into your tomato sauce! You could also add a little chorizo or bacon to create a meat dish. Let us know if your family enjoy it, and we’d love you to share your favourite risotto dishes with us.

 

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Ingredients:

2 red peppers

1 chili (optional)

1 onion

2 garlic cloves

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

400g arborio risotto rice

1 can chopped tomatoes

1 vegetable stock cube

Handful of fresh basil

A tablespoon of mixed herbs

A grating of parmesan

1 pack, or vine, of cherry tomatoes

Method (serves 4):

1. Finely chop your peppers, onion and garlic, and fry on a gentle heat in your pan

2. Meanwhile: roast your tomatoes on a baking tray, drizzled with olive oil and season with pepper, for about 15 minutes.

3. Add your risotto rice, fry for a minute, then tip in your can of chopped tomatoes, dried herbs and stock cube

4. Gradually add boiling water to the pan as it is soaked up by the risotto rice, until your rice is cooked (about 20 minutes)

5. Serve with torn basil leaves, grated parmesan and the roasted tomatoes

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Storksak Exclusive: 30% Easter Discount

The evenings are brightening up and it’s time to celebrate the sunnier weather with a special spring time discount from Storksak.

If you’re looking for a new addition to your changing bag collection, or you are expecting your first baby in the coming months, for a limited time only you can invest in some of our classic Storksak styles at an impressive 30% discount.

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Our two monochrome options; Tote Python and Kate Stone/Black are particularly on trend for the current season; fitting in so well with the grown-up, tailored aesthetic for 2015.

The Kate is the perfect choice for busy mums who want their bag to stay glam despite daily use – crafted in durable, water repellent material, with luxury leather trim, it is a sleek and shiny handbag-style option.

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The Tote Python is a wonderful summery bag; lightweight and roomy, it’s perfect for print lovers and ideal for sunny days out with baby. Now available at an amazing £49, it might almost be tempting to buy more than one!

The pretty Bobby Putty is a pretty yet unusual neutral. A bag with lots of extras, both a coordinating FAB (food and bottle) bag is included, as well as pacifier case. This lovely, quilted design will complement a light, springtime wardrobe, as well as winter outfits.

If you are specifically looking for a luxurious leather style, the Caroline Royal Blue is a brilliant choice for colour fans. The chic style is perfectly practical; large enough to use as a weekend bag, and featuring six internal storage compartments. Available with an amazing £78 discount, now is certainly the time to buy the classic Caroline.

The discounts are now applied on site, and will continue until 13th April 2015, or until stock sells out. The discount applies for Storksak UK customers only.