Monkind Organic Kidswear – Summer 2017

July 17th, 2017

 

MONKIND Organic Kidswear – Summer 2017 collection is loosely inspired by Captain Cook’s journal of his first voyage around the world and seeing a new world through children’s eyes. So adventurous and lofty.

Monkind is a family-run kid’s wear brand based in Berlin that uses exclusively locally-sourced organic materials. Sustainability is their focus in all stages of development. They produce in both their flagship StudioStore in Berlin and a network of small, family-run GOTS-certified production facilities in Lithuania, Poland and Portugal

The designer and brainchild of MONKIND is Valeria. She was born in the former Soviet Union into a professional artistic family and was taught the importance of aesthetics and good composition. She originally ran her own women’s wear label and was involved in countless collaborations with photographers for art and styling projects. When Valeria had her baby boy about five years ago, she naturally began to make clothes for him, which culminated in the kid’s wear label MONKIND!

Take a look at all they have to offer on the Monkind site.

 

 

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Hebe Ethical Kids Fashion for Spring/Summer 2017

July 12th, 2016

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Hebe ethical kids fashion for spring/summer 2017 features prints of the animals that are vanishing from our planet.

Founded in Riga. Latvia, all HEBE clothing is produced locally and represents high quality, uniquely designed garments that are offered in a broad range of sizes for boys and girls aged 0 to 12. And they pride themselves on clothes that are such good quality, that they don’t wear out!

Hebe is eco-conscious and uses mostly natural materials such as Oeko–Tex and GOTS certified organic cotton which means that it’s non-toxic. 

This Spring/Summer 2017 collection features prints of creatures that have become rare or endangered – pandas, rhinos, elephants and tigers, maybe to remind us to not let go of these precious animals. A percentage of the profits from this collection will be given to The World Wildlife fund. 

Hebe will be showing at CIFF Kids in Copenhagen in August.

And to see their current summer range, take a look at the Hebe website

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Simply Chickie Organic Baby Clothes

July 6th, 2016

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Here is the wonderful brand of Simply Chickie Organic Baby Wear by my pal Gwendolyn Gardner, the founder and designer!

Simply Chickie started in 2005 with just the printed rompers and it has grown since into hats, t-shirts and very recently launched their first women’s line of printed tees and tank tops.

After surviving breast cancer during her pregnancy with her daughter, Gwendolyn cleaned up her entire environment as far as diet, as well as what she was putting on her body and entire environment. She paid attention to labels and discovered that the lovely soft cotton clothing she enjoyed hid a dirty secret: the cotton crop is one of the most polluting crops grown.
As she started making life-altering changes, she also thought about her daughter, Elizabeth every step of the way and other children just like her. She knew for sure she was going to do everything in her power to ensure her little girl was as safe as she could make her. Since baby skin is very porous, she created an organic cotton clothing line for babies.

Simply Chickie was born with the creation of the romper above, which was a poem Gwen wrote when her baby was 6 months old. So sweet.

These make fabulous gifts for baby showers and new moms! Check out her whole range here on the Simply Chickie site.

 

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Galette des Rois for the Epiphany

January 6th, 2016

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We got our lovely “Galette des Rois” (Cake of the Kings) today for the feast of the Epiphany. I’ve been celebrating the Epiphany in this way since my days of living in Paris and have been so happy to pass this tradition on to the girls. They look forward to it every year and we seem have quite a few patisseries in New York who make these now. We got ours from Maison Kayser on Bleecker Street this year.
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James Vincent Design Co. – Ethical Clothing

January 5th, 2016

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Sarah Samere is the designer behind James Vincent Design Co. Lovely, great quality, ethical, handmade clothes are what this stay at home mom produces. The fabrics are all toned down in hue, with simple and wearable cuts. There is something very refreshing about this whole line.
All items hand cut & sewn in the US by Sarah who is a graduate of the Art Institute;
She was a featured finalist in the Martha Stewart American Made Awards 2014 and this company was  named after her father:  James Vincent Samere. What a lovely homage.

You can visit her site right here.

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Origanid – Origami Cubby Houses

December 30th, 2015

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These Origanid Cubby Houses use the Japanese art of Origami, which consists in folding paper to obtain shapes and figures are genius.

Toy houses, cubbies and shelters and teepees are all the rage but these are the most unique ones I’ve seen yet.

 
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Vintage Inspired Svenushka Eco Hangers

November 13th, 2015

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These are the coolest vintage inspired Svenushka Eco hangers by Swedish artist Cecilia Kågemark and her company, Pulp Hangers. These really sweet 100% recycled hangers are a Swedish take on the Babushka doll.

Check ou the Pulp Hangers site to see more.
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Felted Fairy Tree Lamp

October 19th, 2015

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I just fell upon these very sweet Felted Fairy Tree Lamps on Etsy. And what can I say? They are super adorable. Made by Inken Gaddass, who is German born felting artist now living in the heart of England.
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Pitti Bimbo International Childrenswear Fair, 2015

July 15th, 2015

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Well, here it is. My rundown of the Pitti Bimbo International Childrenswear Tradeshow, 2015 which was a huge success. This 81st edition of Pitti Immagine Bimbo (Florence, 25-27 June 2015), the premier international childrenswear fair, finished up at Fortezza da Basso launching a message of confidence and energy for Italian and international kids fashion. The final attendance figures confirmed the high levels achieved a year ago: overall there were more than 5,600 buyers in attendance over the three days of the fair, making a total of 10,000 visitors.

I am sharing some of the most striking images to give you an idea of what it was like to be there!

 

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And the title theme this year was PITTICOLOR (below) and revolved around color and colors in which we are constantly immersed. The language of color is also one of the fundamental codes of kidswear. This project was curated by Oliviero Baldini.

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And now for some stunning images of the Pitti Color Party!

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Other themes were ITALIA WOW, (below) which focused on collections and brands that are of course, Italian.

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