Anchors away! The seafaring adventures of Sprout the dog and her companions inspired our new Mini Boden Air Sea Rescue collection. Come aboard and spot the gang on our hard-wearing designs with hand-drawn prints and amazing appliqués. Your little ones will be angling to wear them come rain or shine.
We spoke to Mini Boden’s head of textile design, Rachael Ward, to get the lowdown on the line ahead of launch.
What was the inspiration behind the Air Sea Rescue concept?
“We have always been inspired by our British coastline and its wildlife, particularly for our spring/summer ranges. The Air Sea Rescue idea was a new, exciting angle to explore and we loved the idea of a rescue mission led by our hero, Sprout and her team.”
How did you come up with the characters?
“Alice, the author and designer of a Sprout the dog comic book story, created this new tale of three friends, Sprout the dog and Horatio seagull, the rescue team, and a playful cat named Flossie who finds herself stranded at sea.”
It’s Mini Boden’s first unisex print – why did you decide to make it for both boys and girls?
“We felt that the idea was exciting for any child, boy or girl. The idea combined much-loved characters, a sense of action and adventure and a wonderful story about courage, camaraderie and friendship.”
What makes this collection so special?
“We have used a range of print and embroidery techniques for each of the pieces in this collection. The logo designs are all beautifully appliquéd, using different fabrics and stitches to capture the detail and charm of the each of the Air Sea Rescue characters.”
Which piece is your favourite?
“My favourite piece is the Air Sea Rescue printed dress, a great, simple shape that shows off our print perfectly. We love the idea that you can follow the story as you twirl.”
Meet the Crew
Fetching friends from danger, whale-surfing, sniffing out treats
Rescuing Flossie the cat when she was stranded at sea
He’s always ready to swoop in and lend a hand (or wing)
Stretching his wings, pestering Sprout and Flossie, scanning the sea for troublemakers
Delivering Boden parcels without a beak mark in sight
FLOSSIE: the clumsy cat
She’s usually the one getting into a sea of bother, especially when fish are involved
Sleeping, grooming, watching for fish, resting her eyes
Catching a fish in mid-air without falling into the sea – hurrah!
Dive into the new collection here ›