that getting pen/paint/crayon marks on your clothing was going to be "in", i would have never thrown away that Stella McCartney dress that my daughter thought was a perfect canvas for her markers. (i guess i can't blame her). Introducing Renewable Clothing by Fernando Brizio. By placing colored felt-tip pens in the pockets of the dress its appearance changes over time. Within an hour - to one and a half hours the colored ink bleeds into the fabric and creates a one-off design for each occasion. the owner can then clean the dress and color it in a different way for each time they wear it.
Jenny Lacey, mastermind behind the on-line kids magazine LMNOP has come out with issue number three. The drive behind this issue is to celebrate animals. Packed with amazing photography by Ian Macpherson and styling by Lacey, number three does not disappoint. I am very happy to be a part of this (an introduction colulmn on page 12 and in the editor's welcome) and future issues with contributing stories. I am currently working on my story for the next issue and I'm thrilled to be on board! So head over to the site and get the latest issue of LMNOP. You download it here.
Last night, I was asked to participate in a brainstorm/salon to think of creative ways for a shoe company to enter the kids shoe market and increase awareness for the brand. Before I go any further, I am posting about them on my own accord. I believe and support their cause. I am posting to create awareness and introduce you to a brand that is doing something good for others. TOMS Shoes business plan is simple - for every shoe you purchase, they send a pair of shoes to a child in need. Since 2006, they have given 10,000 pairs to children in Argentina and 50,000 pairs in South Africa. This year alone, they plan on giving 200,000 pairs of shoes to children in need around the world. Here is a clip of an acutal shoe drop in Argentina back in 2006.
I was introduced to the Tiny TOMS line last night. I love the designs just as much as I love the cause.
Blink is a children's clothing, toy, and lighting design house from Melbourne, Australia. Each piece in the collection is hand printed and full of vintage and playful consideration. You can purchase here.
or so the website claims. Underten, only for kids from 2-10! This new streetwear label launched last March and has a very playful and creative vibe to all its offerings. The website also has fun games and print out figuires. Not to mention these really cute World Tour brief sets for a boy or girl.
These paper wings by KA-I KA-O stick to a child's shirt by a system of intergrated pins or can be fixed to the wall. So with some adult supervision, your mini can be an angel...even when they are not.
See you there!!! "Don’t miss the first international show for exciting new design for kids and adults. Forget fairy wings, Bratz bed tents and Thomas the Tank Engine toy trunks, Kids.Modern is about fun, thought-provoking design adults will love and kids remember for life. Appreciating that children not only deserve modern design, they understand it and can remember it as a positive childhood experience, Showhome has spent the last year sourcing the UK, Europe and Scandinavia to bring together some of the most exciting products from over 50 clever designers and producers at Kids.Modern. Brilliant ideas for a design-hungry, Ikea-weary public."
UPDATE : see my recap here.
SUNDAY 24th FEBRUARY 2008
Christison Hall Dulwich College London SE21
Sunday 24th February 2008
£5 entry for public and trade on door.
My inbox just got alittle treat. Here are some new pics from the french line BOdeBO. They are saucy and fresh with such wonderful consideration. How could a little girl not feel fierce in these threads?
oLoOP is a Slovenija Design house that consists of three designers : Tjaša Bavcon, Katja Burger, and Jasmina Ferček. Just recently, they took home the Red Dot Award : Design Concept : Best of the Best : Education 2007. The design , Squareplay, is a playground for parents and children made of mounted industrial felt, foam, and PES. (I have no idea what PES is but I'm sure it's child friendly).
"Concept: shape of the Squareplay is simple, abstract, open and free of any association. It gives all freedom to child's fantasy to expand. It can become a changeable hiding place or driving surface for toy-cars. It can be used inside or outside. It can be used by one person or many. It can be part of kindergarden or playground equipment." Here is a list of the other Red Dot Education winners. oLoOP also designed these pretty fun and cool Flying Slippers!
Adrienne Catrina children's line Neige is simply wonderful. "The French word for “snow”, neige was chosen to designate the collection for its connotations of purity, innocence and sophisticated playfulness." With only a one fall and one spring line under their belt, I am looking forward to seeing what's next from this California based design house!
Mes vetements educatifs is a french educational clothing line that helps kids learn left from right, time tables, and the inner workings of the body. So teach your children to study less and play more as this line starts at sizes geared for 6 years through 11. I don't know, these are just a bit much for my parenting taste. (although if I was 11 and had a science final coming up, I would have totally had something like this up my sleeve).
I'm sure these boots would keep the little mini warm over hear in Brooklyn.... if it actually felt like winter. VALENKIDS is a felt boot that is made in the last operating Valenki (made by felting) factory in northern Russia. They are so minimal and simple in design but so heavy and sturdy in practicality.
The fine people at Apple are having a grand opening tonight at their third manhattan retail store. I hear it's huge. So huge in fact that I snagged the title of the largest one in the city. So, what better way to celebrate then to outfit your mini with "non-Microsoft" tees. Black Arrow a the new label for Apple addict children clothes. They claim that "Your children will never go unnoticed on the nearby playground park
again in front of your Windows Victims neighbors." (should that be important to you) The line has three different designs, that is for Vintage Apple lovers, iPhone future owners, and a “keyboard shortcut” to show the world your “New Document”.
Wow. okay, I'm not much for a logo pimping baby but the designs are actually kinda nice if you're a die hard Apple fan but the shirts just look like regular 'ol fruit of the looms to me.
Småfolk is a danish children's clothing line that uses bold graphics and retro inspiration. Småfolk (n) means little oneses. The new catalogue is so interesting. I like the vintage/retro pictures that these happy little kids have no idea that they are standing in front of....and the clothes are pretty swell to boot.
Paper Wings is a creative clothing company based in Australia. Here are a few pieces from the new spring/summer line and some of my favorites from the winter collection. I really love the way these clothes form to a childs imagination. It really sets loose the Peter Pan and Moulin Rouge in everyone.
Bu and The Duck is a hidden little gem in Tribeca. The owner, Susan Lane, has run this store for years with her daughter. They bring back a precious vintage feeling with this infant and children's clothing and accessory line. One thing that's really fantastic about this shop are the vintage toys and furniture pieces. Every detail is so considered and it carries over into their designs. It's a bit pricey but well worth every penny. Look for a second location to open in Los Angeles in 2008.
BAPE KIDS is a children's boutique that opened last year in Harajuku, Tokyo. They have a dope selection of kids wear that ranges from jeans to shoes to jackets. Although most of the line is geared towards boys, there are some pretty rad kicks for the little ladies. The store was designed by Wonderwall Inc. The insane designers behind the UNIQLO stores. For this flagship store, Wonderwall created a pool for the kids made out of soft bananas.
im torn, i like a lot of things about shampoodle. i like the website and the concept of what they offer, the cut, fabric and design. they have clever names and have cute lil models. although im drawn to the idea of a dope mini tracksuit, i just dont think im sold on the kung-fu, anakin skywalker, hipster thing. im really am torn on this one. at what point does it become ok to instill social awareness via hipster fashion to our kids? oh screw it, im getting my daughter the purple one.
Wovenplay intro states that you "rediscover the long-last art and imaginative play of childhood dress-up. through fantasy and creativity, children compase, dream up and happen upon endless voyages." i could not agree more. Wovenplay's excecution is spot on.