I tend to wear all muted tones and secondary colors but I really wish I was able to pull off these kind of bright colors. These are my favorite companies that make clothes fromt he colors that make your heart sing.
Vík Prjónsdóttir is a collective of Icelandic designers thatare rejuvinating the wool and knitting industry in Iceland. They have collaborated with an old knitting factory and are producing new and innovative wool products for kids and adults. The products are all made in Iceland and reflect Icelandic traditions but often in a new and unusual way. This seal suit is bit warm for the northern summer but imagine how cosy it would be to slip inside this in winter. You can buy it at Birkiland (an online Icelandic design store)
There is so much great jewellry around we decided ot show you a little more. Anna Artmann has just put out a new range of jewellry, for adults or kids. She started with a line of delicate stars and hearts, and then did personailised sillohuettes and has now produced a gorgeous bunch of creatures. I would love to have all four and be able to wear them togehter. They are all handmade in her tiny workshop in Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany, using only the finest materials- 925 silver - partially dyed using no chemicals at all - and very strong natural silk. The silk wont rip, but to has a saftey clasp to make it safe for children.
The new Super Glider from Balance Bikes converts frpom a glider (or balance bike) to a bike with pedals and is larger than average so can be used by adults (for exercise and to get around quickly) and also older kids who have having trouble transitioning to a bike or did not get the opportunity to learn and also special needs kids that just want to join the fun and get exercise. (oh and it also folds up!)
Amanda Dimova, the designer of Bear Feet shoes, launched an edgy kids accessories line called Vinca. It's aimed at the older set, 12 - 16 years, but I know my 7 your old would love to wear the earrings carved from wood or glitter acrylic in shapes of butterfly's, deers, seahorses and birds. Just like Bear Feet, Vinca is handmade in Austin, TX.
Naomi Zouwer was the first artist we featured in the very first issue of Small and was part of our small draw colouring book project. She has recently put out two new coloring books which you can pick up from LalaLand - the Australian publishing house for really beautiful artists' coloring books, posters, stationary and prints.
We are heading to the beach this week to photograph our issue 18 fashion story. It's the same location we shot 'summer lovin' in the summer of 2008. Check out these cute bikinis from Kayce Hughes our models will be sporting.
Last year we interviewed Jaquline about her role as art director at Moomah. (check out Moomah if you are in New York and if you are not, visit their website for tons of inspiration and ideas for making with kids) Read the interview here
We are excited Kellie Smiths- from the Dutch line Buisjes En Beugels -has started making furniture. We love Kellies experiemental cuts and styles and have featured her clothes in Small since our fourth or fifth issue.
Here are a couple of shots from the last autumn issue showing her dress and jumpsuit (shot by Steve Visneau). The INSEKT desk is her first piece fo funriture and is available for kids, adults and as an extra high work desk.
We have a new sponsor who would want to tell you about even if they were not a sponsor. Faith of Damselfly is truly passionate about her new business. Every piece is hand made in England using the 'whole garment' system and the gorgoeus items are evidence of the involvement of 'petit mains' rather than factory piece-work. Faith concieves and constructs really special clothing, utilising the talents of local seamstresses. Only the best quality fabric is used and each piece has a specialty hand finish, like the silk ruffles or the embroidery you can see on the coat above. They are really heirloom pieces (but also amazingly affordable for a special piece).
The clothes are beautiful, the photography and the website is beautiful and the passion for the work is really beautiful.
SilasJules is the new line from the people behind Dig Og Mig -a little store in New York's West Vllage-specialising in Danish kids clothes.
If you have not yet bought summer shoes for your boy or girl you should definitly check out SilasJules for their lovely imported Danish sandals. You will probably be sidetracked by the gorgeous liberty print dresses and shirts and flouncy skirts- all made in Manhattan NY. I am loving everything in this line.