Donna Wilson + Mamas & Papas Special Edition Buggy!

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

We are so proud to share with you news about some of Donna's recent projects! First of these is Donna's special edition baby buggy for Mamas & Papas!


Mamas & Papas' Creative Director Olivia Robinson commented: “We are all such fans of Donna Wilson’s designs here at Mamas & Papas. Collaborating with Donna has brought a really fun and unique style to our Urbo² collection.”

The special edition Donna Wilson buggy and accessories are now available in select Mamas & Papas stores as well as online here, and Mamas & Papas have also done this lovely little video, which you can view here or by clicking below!


Here's a snapshot of the beautiful spread in the Mamas & Papas Autumn/Winter Lifestyle Magazine, which you can request for free on the Mamas & Papas website!

And here's what's happening TONIGHT!

Please join us on Wednesday 20th November at 7pm for a Twitter party with Donna, hosted by Mamas & Papas. This is your chance to chat with Donna and ask her anything!
Find out if becoming a mum has had any effect on her designs, what it was like to collaborate with Mamas & Papas, where her inspirations come from, and what her favourite parts about being a new mum are!

Mamas & Papas will also be doing a global giveaway! One lucky participant will win a special edition Donna Wilson urbo 2 stroller with bassinet AND the matching accessories. All you have to do is take part in the twitter chat between 7 and 8pm London time!

Donna's twitter: @DonnaWilsonLtd
And don't forget to tag #Urbo2ByDonnaWilson to ask questions and to qualify to win!

We hope to see you there!


Christmas Gift Guide

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Hi everyone!
Christmas is just around the corner and we’re happy to announce that our holiday gift guide is now online!  We invite you to browse our hand-picked selections for Mum, Dad, Best Friend, Crush, and everyone on your list!

We shot these photos a few weeks ago at Donna's new home and so were lucky to have Eli as a guest star!

Gifts for Dad:

Gifts for Mum:

Gifts for Your Best Friend:

Gifts for your Girl Crush:

Gifts for your Boy Crush:

Gifts for the Kids and Baby:

And finally, Trimming and Finishing Touches:

We're very proud to say that all of our products are made in the UK - we are doing our small bit to keep craftsmanship alive, support our economy, and help the environment!

Please remember to place your orders by Wednesday December 18th for delivery in time for Christmas. 

Happy Shopping! 

Designing a new tartan for Aberdeenshire- stage one

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Designing a tartan is something as a Scottish designer I'm very honored to have been asked to do, especially for my home county. so where do you start?....
(above two drawings of tartan by pupils at Old Meldrum Primary school)
A little bit of background:  I've have been commisioned by Aberdeenshire council as part of they're placemaking project which aims to change the way Aberdeenshire is seen by communities, visitors and businesses alike. Their programme, titled Be Part of the Picture, will showcase the region as a place of beauty, quality and innovation, using a range of creative engagement projects to explore all that Aberdeenshire, as a distinctive area in its own right, has to offer. 
(above: where I grew up)
 My job as a designer is to design a brand new tartan that is completely unique and best represents Aberdeenshire, and to do this I really wanted the local community to be part of it. So I have been visiting schools and setting them a brief so that they actually choose the colours which are specific to their own area, then I'll feed these into the design.  The school involved are from all around the county : Aboyne School (Marr),Dales Park School (Buchan),Kintore School (Meldrum),Lochpots School (Banff and Buchan),Meldrum Primary (Garioch) and Mill O’Forest Primary (Kincardine and Mearns) and were chosen as they had very little visiting people to them.

 The first part of the process is now underway, I did a little presentation to them about my own work and my journey from being at school myself to being a designer,then set them the brief. It was so refreshing working with kids, and everyone including the teachers were so enthusiastic.  it was great fun, and I love the random questions that they asked me.... like  have I ever made a panda hat? and what's the most original creature I had designed? It did make me think we are far too inhibited as adults and worry about what others think too much, children just say what the first thing that comes into their heads, it is great!.
I have no idea what they will come up with yet as I'm still awaiting some of the colours, but the idea is that 6 schools, will go out, the photos of their area, really focusing on what is unique to their area, and then create a mood board. From that they have to really look at the colours that appear in the photograph and recreate them with paints. I wanted to encourage them to look with fresh eyes at their own countryside and environments, and think about colour.  not their favorite colour, or colours they think things are, but what's really there.
I have always bee inspired by colour, and having grown up in Aberdeenshire, I think it had a very special light, I wanted the kids to realise that skies are not necessarily blue, they can be pink or lavender, and trees are not a green straight from the tube  they can be blues greys all mixed in together.

I will keep you posted on the next stage which will be gathering up all the colour, designing then having it made!
For more information about the placemaking project of Aberdeenshire go to

November Giveaway + Sample Sale Dates

Monday, 4 November 2013

Happy November to all!

It’s officially the season to get cosy on the sofa with a blanket in London and in many parts of the world!

Of course that means it's also hat and scarf season and to help embrace the cold weather, we are giving away a Caterpillar Scarf in red and a Hofdi Scarf in blue/orange this month:

For your chance to win one of these lovely scarves, please leave a comment with three suggestions for new Donna Wilson products you’d like us to make. Don’t forget to tell us which scarf you’d like to win!

All of our blankets and wooly winter accessories are knitted in Scotland out of the softest lambswool.

In other news this month, we’re excited to announce the dates of our annual Studio Sample Sale!

Mark your calendars; this year our sample sale will take place on:
Friday, November 29th (10am - 6pm)
Saturday, November 30th (10am - 6pm)
Sunday, December 1st (11am - 4pm)

Please note that we have we have moved around the corner from our old studio. Our new address is 17 Pundersons Gardens, Unit 8a, London, E2 9QG. We are just a short walk from the Bethnal Green tube station.

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