Very French Gansters is one part dope products and one part great branding ... which in my book ranks bees knees.
That's right, there are a new pair of leggings in town and they are dope! Polkadot Whatallows girls to express themselves in whatever way they want by way of interactive design that leads to their individual expression. Not to mention the selection graphics are supa cute. AND, for every one creation and purchase of a pair of Polkadot What leggings, $1 will be donated to provide two school lunches to two children in South Africa through theLunchbox Fund - a non-profit organization that provides daily meals to impoverished school children in South Africa. Whoot!
Last summer I was approached, by the fine people at Appaman, to come up with the Retail Concept that could translate into a brick and mortar, a section inside a department store or stand alone kiosk. The direction was to create a balance of Scandinavian design mixed with a hint of vintage, a dash of modern and a nod to NYC street style. I am very happy to announce that Appaman HK just opened it's doors in Central Hong Kong! Below is where the project started and then to it's grand opening only weeks ago! More images HERE.
Finally! Bonpoint has opened an online boutique based in the US for the mini. If you have not ordered anything from them yet then I'd suggest giving it a go now! The packaging (and scent) alone is stellar ... not to mention all the gorgeous product. One of my favorite trends this year is the use of yellow (or is it lime?) and grays. Bonpoint is right on point with that trend as well :
Nooooooooooooo. My go-to gift store for everything baby and child is closing. If you are in the New York area through August 23rd then hope on over and take advantage of the closing sales of the year.
If you are in the New York area and you have a bun in the oven or someone you know is expecting, then head over to my friend Jilian's new store Madison Rose. She has curated a very well considered selection of maternity wear. It's kind of genius for our neighborhood as I have I appointed it the "fertile crescent." Seriously, she has about 100 different jeans to choose from. It kinda makes me want to get preggo. Go check her out.
At the moment, New York is having an up/down , love/hate relationship with the weather. Perhaps it's the fact that rain and grey skies have taken over and that summer only comes in small doses. So don't be alarmed by my post of Danefae jackets and winter jumpsuits. Global warming made me do it. Red Rover, Red Rover please send summer over.
How is it possible that children's fashion is becoming more appealing to me than adult fashion these days? It seems that I've been seeing a ton of garments for children that I'd like for myself..... like this little number from Le Vestiare de Jeann.
Camp is a new line of clothing for girls to go and run in the forest or climb trees in style. With an old traditional approach in both color and technique , this is a sturdy and well-considered first collection. The entire line is made of certified organic cotton, hemp and hempcel.
A very suitable description for this wonderfully curated site geared towards objects and art for children and the designers who love them. Here are just a few of my favorites from Mon Petit Art:
The latest issue of LMNOP has come out and again, I continue to be impressed with Jenny Lacey's curation and eye for design. In this issue, there is section of well-considered toys, coloring books, meal time goods, reading books, chalky tees, Hanne Larsen's amazing NYC loft with her four children, homegrown threads and a show and tell section by Janet and Stu from Three Potato Four.
As I walked the streets of London today, I happened upon some of my favorite stores and their new offerings for children. First up is Zara Home for Kids. The new Animalitos bib, crockery set and apron are sweet. Second up is from Habitat. Some highlights were the Mini Nico desk paired with the Nerdi acrylic chair, this dope little LED rug and little safari camp. (the last two are not on the site). Third was a visit to Mamas and Papas. Man, how I wish this store was in New York. Check out this great unisex crib bumper and new Loop highchair . And last but not least, Muji had a small version of their coat rack on the floor. Oh, and I can't forget my trip to Benjamin Pollock's Toy shop, it's a must while in town. I also managed to pick up a copy of Around the world with MOUK at the Tate Modern. It's an amazing children's book about different cultures and languages of the world.
It's hard to believe this child sized t-shirt is hand embroidered. When you get even closer, it's actually quite a funny shirt as well. Rightly titled Hungry Whale, the front of the shirt shows you the sailors. The back shows you what's inside the whales belly.....and perhaps why the sailors are so surly! Available at Estella.
These gÚgU shoes by Gabriela Gomes are really sweet. I like the stitching detail and color choices. The outside is made of synthetic-leather with the interior a warm polar mesh. They are even packaged in an eco-friendly recyclable and reusable bag.
If you are in NYC this friday , aka Black Friday , then head down to Kiosk from 7-10pm. A very special collection of goods for purchase from Andy Beach , aka Reference Library and Stork Bites Man , will be open to the public. He literally brings his blogs to life for 10 days. Kiosk is located at 95 Spring St in Soho.
BeeBee is a German based children's clothing line that made this great little number called Schlupfdecke. Which I think means "slip blanket"? It's a super soft blanket for your newborn that comes with legs and a wrap around effect.
Nope, you are not looking at my new fall wardrobe. These are actually looks put together by the wonderful people over at Little Fashion Gallery to show what's cutting edge in kid's wear. Can I get any of these in my size?
I know I said that I would not be back until tomorrow but the latest issue of LMNOP has come out and I could not help myself. This issue is fantastic. It's filled with amazing finds, great features and dope photography. There is a great piece on Chicago with kids as well. Make sure to hit page 17...... it's my contributing piece on Paris!
By far the largest Small Magazine for Aug 08, at 144 pages they don't disappoint. A bit long for an on-line zine but great spreads, beautiful images and well considered.
I LOVE searching through Etsy...so when they asked me to be a Featured Buyer and take part in the Handmade Kids series, I was honored. I gave some of my picks for the family friendly home. If you have never tried an Etsy stroll, I highly recommend it! Check out my piece here. Also, be sure to check the new Handmade Kids features regularly!