Brit designers Fiona Hewitt and Andy Tainton channelled their years as ex-pats wandering the back alleys of Beijing, Shanghai and Singapore to come up with this Asian-inspired collection of useful kits and other bits that are gorgeously, unashamedly kitsch. And we love every last one of them. We’re tipping the cutesy Cookies Wallet is going to become a must-have item for hip mums everywhere – and their teenage daughters!
We also love the Sewing Kit — right down to its sweet little Dumpling Dynasty-branded cotton reels. I want one and I can’t even sew. That’s how gorgeous it is. The rest of the range includes an Explorer Kit with real compass, a Baking Kit for turning out cupcakes and cookies with zing and a girly Pigtail Kit – in Communist red, of course. Cute, cute, cute. All of them are contained in adorable vintage-style tins with just the right amount of whimsy and retro cool to balance the schmaltz. Not just for kids — these make super-charming housewarming or birthday presents for teens and grown-ups too.
You can find Dumpling Dynasty products online at Cradlerock or get your Dumpling fix direct from Australian suppliers Lark, who also do all manner of other retro delights. Kits cost $29.95 each, the Cookie Wallet retails for $34.95 and other items in the Dumpling Dynasty range start from $14.95. Don’t forget to add a few dollars extra for postage.