When it came to our extra special, limited edition collaboration with Winnie-the-Pooh, we couldn’t help but notice that our classic spots might double up rather beautifully as balloons, and help everyone’s favourite bear on his hunt for honey…
We search far and wide for inspiration when we’re designing and find it in all sorts of unexpected places, but we have a real passion for vintage finds and they are the spark for some of our best ideas. The initial inspiration for our Winnie-the-Pooh design collaboration was a vintage Disney film from 1966, Winnie-the-Pooh and the Honey Tree, in which an intrepid (and hungry!) Pooh uses a balloon to reach some honey at the top of a tree. Our Head of Print watched the film with her young son and fell in love with the nostalgic, hand-drawn illustrations of Pooh and friends. The film also gave her the bright idea to use a balloon as a recurring motif across our special Winnie-the-Pooh print designs. In fact, Pooh bear’s balloon is as important a part of our aptly named Balloon Spot print as the loveable characters themselves.
Spots are an essential, much-loved part of the Cath Kidston print portfolio, adding cheerful splashes of colour to every collection since they were first introduced back in 2002. Here we’ve given them a playful new twist, with balloons replacing some of the spots. We carefully incorporated loose, sketchy vintage illustrations from Disney’s archive that fit with our own drawing style, and kept them in their original monochrome form. Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore and Pooh are all here: blending seamlessly into the fabric of our classic Button Spot print as they float, bounce and scurry about. The balloons add cheerful pops of colour to this understated, graphic print, as does Pooh’s instantly-recognisable red t-shirt and honeypot brimming with his beloved ‘hunny’!
We’ve created three beautiful Balloon Spot colourways and put them on some of your favourite pieces. For fashion, accessories and home, we’ve given the print a sophisticated feel with a backdrop of one of our most popular colours, soft cornflower blue. Find subtle Balloon Spot multi on earthenware pieces made for us in England by British heritage brand Royal Stafford, and Balloon Spot yellow on adorable babywear.
Have you ‘spotted’ your favourite Balloon Spot pieces? Shop the Disney x Cath Kidston collection instore from Monday 26th September – find your closest stockist here.