The Fableists will be at Hackney Wick on Saturday December 6

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Fableist Daf will be at The Wick December 6th (yes, tomorrow!!!). The Wick is a new weekly event, launched at the end of the summer by Liz Mendez, and Sonia Anderson, the girls behind East London’s ‘Kubicle’ parties, who have had over 10 years experience running events in East London as well as hosting areas at many festivals in the UK and further afield, including Glastonbury, Secret Garden and Lovebox.

They’ve taken over the programming for every Saturday at the brilliant Old Bathhouse venue in Hackney Wick, E9. It’s an old 1930’s Art Deco public bathhouse and has numerous indoor and outdoor spaces, all spacious and unique.

Outside there is a beach area, Tiki cocktails bar, Street food, buskers and live art, inside there is a boutique market with fashion, accessories, vintage, arts and crafts, homewares and collectibles, chilled out DJ area, kids activities, Yoga, gallery space and café.

The crowd is a fun, vibrant and creative one and children and dogs are welcome until 6pm. The first Saturday of the month (i.e. tomorrow) is a kid focused week.

Come out and see us at this super fun place. It’s all about the kids tomorrow!

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East London’s V&A Museum of Childhood

v&aThe Fableists recently hit up the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green. It’s great to have such a fab museum on the right side of town! Parents rest assured, it is literally steps from Bethnal Green station – and it’s free. For locals, it is an ideal place to take kids on a rainy day. There is plenty to keep their attention but also several interactive and play areas that allow them to roam free and get stuck in.

The Museum of Childhood houses the Victoria and Albert Museum’s collection of childhood-related objects and artefacts, spanning the 1600s to the present day. The building was purpose built as a museum and was opened by the Prince of Wales as the Bethnal Green Museum in 1871. It was built as a second, East London outpost of the Brompton-based museum that had been opened some years earlier to house the Department of Practical Arts and the collections of the Museum of Manufacturers, the School of Design and items from the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations of 1851.v&a 4

Although it was meant to promote awareness of Britain’s cultural heritage to the East End, it had no specific purpose. Members of the royal family began housing excess items in the building and it was then closed during the Second Word War to keep those items safe.

When the museum re-opened, the curator noticed that it was often full of noisy (and bored) children. So he began to fill it with items to amuse them. Queen Mary (the wife of King George V) donated several of her own toys, as did other people who were interested in the project. Slowly, the collection of childhood-related items grew until, in 1973, it became the Museum of Childhood.v&a 2

I arrived with two tired kids, so I wasn’t sure how long we’d last. They immediately perked up at the large, welcoming space. There is plenty of space for kids to explore on their own and anything they can’t touch is behind glass. Phew!

There is currently an exhibition in the entrance area called ‘Confiscated Cabinets’, a display of artefacts confiscated in 150 London schools over the last three decades and collected by artist and teacher Guy Tarrant. The homemade games, keepsakes, toys, weapons and other forbidden objects fascinated my kids and fired my nostalgia. The display opened at the V&A Museum of Childhood on 9 November 2013
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Upcoming events include Daydreams and Diaries: The Story of Jacqueline Wilson, Daydreams and Diaries: The Story of Jacqueline Wilson and Toy Stories, which looks at the role and function of toys in the lives of children around the globe.

The benugo Café is located at the heart of the open-plan space. Fresh, healthy meals are served with lots of kid-friendly items on offer. There is an area outside with picnic tables, if you bring a packed lunch. The Museum also features a quiet room, buggy park and free WiFi throughout the building.

There are daily free activities, including arts and crafts, storytelling and treasure hunts, so it’s definitely worth checking out the times before heading out. The museum has a private party space available for hire as well as a shop.

Open from 10-17:45 daily. Free of charge. Bethnal Green tube. www.museumofchildhood.org.uk

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Where Can you Find the Fableists Before Christmas?

Our web shop is now up and running and we ship all over the world. If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our contact details are listed on our web site.

Over the next month, The Fableists will be out and about, so please come and visit us. We will add to this list as we confirm venues and events, so check back!

You can find us at the following locations:

Trunk Sale

Trunk Show
Thursday 28 November, 2013
4-6pm
Apart Gallery
287-289 Westbourne Grove
London W11 2QA

 

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The Fableists Pop Up Shop at Brothers and Sisters
At Brothers and Sisters, 31a Clerkenwell Close, London EC1R 0AT

We have a selection of our t-shirts on sale as well as samples of all of our clothes to see in person and try on.

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Dalston Christmas Market
Sunday 1 December 2013 11:00-19:00
Dalston Square, Hackney, E8

This brand new event is London’s designer Christmas market. It is taking place in the creative centre of East London and will feature stalls from specially selected artisans, ceramicists, artists, fashion and jewellery designers. There will be food and music to entertain you. What a great way to get in to the Christmas spirit and pick up some amazing and unusual gifts.

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East London Design Show

5 – 8 December 2013
Truman Brewery
Off Brick Lane
London E1 6QL

Admission is £5 but use this 2 for 1 voucher:

Time Out Magazine calls it ‘One of London’s biggest and best design fairs”

This is a major annual event in the capital’s design shopping calendar. Experience a hugely refreshing alternative Christmas shopping experience to the humdrum conformity of the high street. Over one hundred of the best independent product, interior and jewellery designers, all under one roof, just before Christmas. This year the show also features a dedicated food hall featuring the best in local, national and international foods to gift or treat yourself.

You’ll also be able to find us in the following publications, so pick up a copy!

The Stylist – 4th Dec
Metro – 17th December

The Look Book – We Can’t Get Enough!

Amelie is wearing the Western Shirt and Crispin Finn's 'Made to Wear Well' Tee

Amelie is wearing the Western Shirt and Crispin Finn’s ‘Made to Wear Well’ Tee

Here are some more of the shots taken of The Fableists’ first collection by photographer Sam Robinson. We were on location at Netil House and Victoria Park, both in East London.

Sonny is in the Chore Coat and Gregori Saavedra's 'Brain' Tee

Sonny is in the Chore Coat and Gregori Saavedra’s ‘Brain’ Tee

Henry wears the 'This is a Flag' Tee by Gregori Saavedra

Henry wears the ‘This is a Flag’ Tee by Gregori Saavedra

Sophia wears Crispin Finn's 'Dress Good' Tee with the Western Shirt and Classic Denim Skirt

Sophia wears Crispin Finn’s ‘Dress Good’ Tee with the Western Shirt and Classic Denim Skirt

Mimi is in the Smock Top and Classic Denim Skirt

Mimi is in the Smock Top and Classic Denim Skirt

Missy Wears Classic Straight Cut Jeans with 'Tough but Fair' tee by Sami Viljanto

Missy Wears Classic Straight Cut Jeans with ‘Tough but Fair’ tee by Sami Viljanto

Jhango in the Parisienne Smock Dress in Red

Jhango in the Parisienne Smock Dress in Red