Olive has style, which she might have taken after her mother Ashlyn Gibson, founder of Olive loves Alfie, an East London children’s store. Ashlyn is also the UK correspondent for www.kidswear-department.com (the blog off shoot of kidswear magazine). The two seem to share a love for France and for kittens…


What do you want to be when you grow up A musician like my dad, a shop keeper like my mum and an actor in between

What is your favourite famous person Errrr Romeo and Juliet

What makes you happy My kitten

What makes you sad Having to spend too much time at school and not having my mum and dad together

Your favourite book The Orchard Book of Shakespeare Storiesby Matthews, Aandrew and Angela Barrett

Your favourite films Whale Rider, Whilste down the wind, Bugsy Malone

Your favourite animal My cat

The best holidays you ever had I love holiday time. I love staying in my grannies beach hut in the Hebrides. I love going to festivals to see my dad play and staying in our belle tent. I can’t wait to go to The Wilderness Festival and to france this summer with my friend and my cousins Josef and Cerys.

A place that you would dream to visit Japan and the moon

Your favorite outfit My boys jacket and skinny jeans

What is the piece your like the most from your wardrobe Skinny jeans and my Dandy Star Save the whales Tee-shirt

The next item you would be happy to get A lap top

If you had a magic wand, what would you do with it right now? It’s a secret


Your favourite children’s brands Mini rodini, bobo chooses, tootsa macginty, boys & girls

Your favourite children’s stores Our own store Olive loves Alfie, Petit Aime in Notting Hill, Sweet William in Brooklyn

Do you buy a lot online for your children I never shop online because I am lucky enough to live in a neighbourhood full of inspiring independent stores but I devote a huge amount of time to my own website to inspire people to shop with independent retailers

A website that inspires you All of my inspiration is put into our site www.olivelovesalfie.co.uk and into our blog

The criteria you consider when you buy something for Olive Where is it made, what is it made from, does Olive need it, will she treasure it, wear it and love it and will we be able to hand it down to someone when she has grown out of it!

Last item you added to Olive’s wardrobe Sun-san red sweetheart sandals

Most precious item you bought for your child A kitten

Best gift you gave for a child’s B-day A kitten

Items that are hard to find Fair trade organic school uniform

Favourite pieces in Olive’s wardrobe A jacket that we made for a festival last year

The book on your bedside table I don’t read very much but I write all the time so can I say a notebook?

An unforgettable place you’ve travelled to My first visit to India and the children I met there will stay with me forever…

The ideal place for a family summer holiday The house we have rented in France this summer for 3 generations and lots of friends