Belle Hier has the most gorgeous collection of antique children's clothes. We have featured them in Small shoots before and everyone on the set fell in love with their timeless quality. Belle Heir was 'created out of a love of fine vintage and in appreciation of the care, quality and attention to detail that once went into the construction of clothing: hand-stitching, smocking, pin-tucks, pleating, embroidery and button-work.' The clothes they source are often hand made but are surprisingly sturdy, and perfect for special occasions or as an heirloom piece that can be passed on for generations. If you enter the code word sunshine at checkout you will get 15 percent discount -valid to the end of July.
Small had a great time and met some really talented artists in
Austin, TX so we decided to check out the Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn, NY too.
It did not disappoint! Besides thoroughly enjoying ourselves at the Lotta Jansdotter for Rowenta DIY craft booth, here are some other fun and beautiful things we wanted to share.
Michiko Shimada - we loved the life like apple trinket box and banana salt/pepper shakers
Small Object - adorable painted figures and we love her blog too
Coral and Tusk- no matter how many time we see her stuff....we swoon.
kg+ab - we loved all the glass dome enclosed animals and the mixed nuts!
Bobo Babushka- Irene was born in Taiwan and bred a New Yorker and now has moved to Australia. She was just in the US for a visit and the fair. We loved everything about her fantastically detailed nesting dolls. She covers everything and can custom anything. Our kids couldn't get enough. You can see much more of the detail on her website.
A few others we loved were..........
Little Korboose -gorgeous alphabet poster
Gold Teeth Brooklyn for prints and jewelry..and their very cool name!
Mimi Kirchner for her creepy and charming dolls
Forest Bound for durable tote bags made from salvaged materials.
Mathilde de Turkheim is a talented French designer living in Brooklyn. She offered to help us out on Small photo shoots and her lovely daughter has even modeled for Small. We met her because we saw her amazing handmade necklaces at Bubble a few years ago and fell in love with the imaginative shapes and decorative details.
She has recently expanded her range into headbands and brooches.
Public School – Public School is a creative collective of 3 photographers, 4 designers and 1 illustrator based in Austin. Their booth was filled with fantastic posters, one reading: “Tie your shoes, pack a good lunch and remember we are all in this together” and a photo booth where they were taking “class portraits”. Would love these guys to do a shoot or illustrated story for Small!
Brooke & Adelyn – Organic children’s clothing hand stamped with ladybugs, twigs, flowers and butterflies on rompers, jumpers and dresses in soft pastel colors.
Leah Duncan – I was immediately drawn into Leah’s booth by the color palette of her illustrations and her textiles. Pillows, tea towels and fabric adorned with geometric patterns and florals in soft grays, yellows, greens, and oranges. Beautiful!
Clay Wood & Cotton – A brick and mortar shop in Beacon, NY filled with small designers like, Kate Durkin (pillows left) ceramics illustrated with birds by Take Me Homeware and handmade plush monsters by Karen’s Monsters.
Tinted Mint – Tape in tons of colors and patterns made of Japanese rice paper. I bought a few rolls for the kiddos (what kid doesn’t love tape?) and they had a blast taping shapes on paper and painting and drawing around it.
Lisa Chow – Beautiful illustrations of buildings suspended from stars and balloons on prints, cards and teas sets.
Miss Natalie –Looks like every creative thought Miss Natalie has ever had was executed perfectly and displayed beautifully in her booth. Standouts: Natalie’s Don’t Forget Me Lunch Bags, Heirloom Growth Charts and Mail-A-Mask Postcards.
Mogo - Kimonos and tees in simple but original graphics and wooden pencil boxes and rings boxes adorned with bears and colorful cars, shapes and landscapes.
Wallpaper is a great way to make your kids room feel like it is their own. Here are three of our favorite wallpaper places.
Hygge and West new designs by Brooklyn based designer Emily Marie Cox
Mini Modern 'are you sitting comfortably?' Color me in wallpaper.
Isak feature wall paper. They also have very cute paper on the roll.
Rock Baby Rock - A modern collection of knits and denim made in LA. I loved the boy’s range of striped sweaters, soft denim and hoodies with graffiti in bright colors.
Cacharel – From the iconic French clothing line started in 1962, the kid’s collection is rich with colors of cranberry and navy crafted from luxurious silk floral and velvet fabrics.
Bequita – This is the debut collection from Bequita. Created from organic cotton and clearly inspired by the East and designed with close attention to detail. The Chinese knot closures are handmade and each piece is intended for play, to be mixed and matched and layered.
Nellystella - It’s simple-Nelly Chen designs clothing that she would wear herself. My favorite piece is the black blazer for girls. It’s layered over the ditsy floral dresses and rompers in this collection.
Blu Pony Vintage – A truly vintage collection of clothing inspired by the 1930’s and uses the same sewing tradition of clothing made at that time. Vintage silhouettes with beautiful chambray, linen and plaid cottons.
Bear Feet Shoes - Started in 1985 in Austin, Texas, and still made there today from natural and organic materials. Leather and suede Mary Janes and desert boots in bright-jeweled colors.
Velvet & Tweed - Tina Schreiber does a fantastic job of mixing traditional silhouettes with a modern twist. Girls dresses perfect for any fancy party in classic cut but in a bright dotted berry pattern and a traditional pea coat for boys in a bright colorful plaid.
We just saw down the rabbit hole...
While on a recent trip to Austin I stumbled upon Spartan, a gift shop owned by Currie Person, who worked in film production before opening her shop. Spartan is stocked with a well edited selection of home decor, jewelry, gifts for kids, gifts for him, all focusing on handmade. A few things that caught my eye: Jesse Kamm Organic Cotton Onsies, Wool Felted Balls and Bird Mobiles from Nepal, Raw Wood Clock by Stanley Ruiz. From Japan Postalco Pocket Notebooks, Colorful Lockets from Trois Petits Points in Paris, Glass Vases from Spain and a great selection of Handmade Wood Utensils.
Spartan has a great website but if you are in Austin make it a point to visit. But give yourself some time to browse the amazing selection and chat a bit with Currie about her new finds.
215 S. Lamar
Austin, TX 78704
We stopped by the Children's Club trade show in NYC last week and here is what brands caught our eye:
Paige Lauren Baby – Beautiful soft basics for baby in a color palette of dark greens, yellows, creams and browns.
J.A.C.H.S Just A Cheap Shirt – Button down shirts for boys
and girls in soft, worn, colorful vintage looking flannels.
Dommi & Julie Handmade – A new collection of hair
accessories hand crafted from gingham ribbons, colorful felt and ribbons with
a vintage feel.
Juliette Sunshine – Mixed print collection of clothing made
from bamboo cotton and recycled vintage prints.
Squid Fire – Smart screen prints of original artwork on tees
Old Soles – Australian leather baby shoe collection.
Ewers - European high quality tights, legging and sock
company. Great colors and patterns.
Tretorn – The classic shoe company. We loved their new
styles done in a modern way for kiddos.
Go Gently Baby – Organic cotton collection for boys and girls in beautiful muted, pinks, blues yellows, grays mixed with bright jewel tones
Mathilda's Market showcases and sells beautiful handcrafted and limited production baby and kids goods. They carefully handpick their stallholders to bring you the most divine and original clothing, accessories, homewares and toys for the little ones. Their exquisite wares are lovingly made by some of Australia's most talented crafters and designers – many of them parents themselves.
It is a wonderful resource for people looking for gifts or who want to dress their
children or decorate their kids' home environment, but don't want to
buy mass produced, chain store items.
Mathilda's Markets are held in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Canberra, Adelaide and Hobart. Recently we had a chance to visit the Melbourne market. Although the markets are only in Australia most of the vendors have online shops so you can pick up their items anywhere. There was so much to see but here are a few stalls that we loved.
Created in West Brunswick in Melbourne,
Squirt Baby is a clothing and accessories company featuring handmade creations
catering for children 0-8 years. The range features vintage fabrics reminiscent
of the creator and designer, Fiona Heathcote’s childhood. Products include
pinafores, shift dresses, frilly shorts and cotton beanies. Pictured are the unique and
ever so gorgeous ‘Frilly shorts’ and
the ‘Sweet Tweet a-line dress’. These
colourful shorts and this simple yet stylish a-line dress have been attracting
growing interest for the company which will be expanding in 2010 to incorporate
Created by Alice Harris from Carnegie in 2009 following the birth of her first child, Alice discovered a gap in the market when trying to locate imaginative, unique and stylish mirrors for children.
With a fine arts background all mirrors are designed by Alice using mirrored acrylic material which is laser cut to ensure they are child friendly and lightweight. Her current range includes mirrored letters and customised silhouetted mirrors, as pictured. Ally Pops
bottom right: Lad and Lass (L&L), founded in Perth by Clara Jane Stojsavljevic, boasts a range of beautiful artwork and interior products. The range includes lamp shades, variety of screen prints and vinyl wallpaper made from organic soy based inks, 100% recycled papers and organic cottons.
Pictured is a range of lampshades currently available. The latest addition to these European inspired shades is the Counting birdies table shade (bottom middle) and the Wheelie Traffic light shade, a current best seller.By purchasing Lad and Lass products you are supporting children through charities such as Starlight Foundation. Lad and Lass
Poss Bloss PVC and laminated art smocks, aprons, bibs and change mats were designed due to the need for practical and hard wearing clothing for busy children. The material choice does not substitute for style, comfort or affordability.
The smocks (pictured), with unique and
quirky designs teamed with PVC sleeves, are the nucleus of the range and
continue to be the best selling product within the designer range. Pictured is a new product to the range
the ‘Apron & cooking set’. This
pack, in time for Christmas, comes with a signature laminated apron and a range
of cooking utensils for children beginning their culinary creativity. Poss Bloss
Smallish is a boutique bedding company stocking blankets, quilts, change mats, bibs and sheets and pillow sets. Custom made designs can be accommodated to suit individual preferences.
Scally Bags are
specifically designed ergonomic bags which support and maintain a safe and
correct posture for children. The bags, pictured, featured PVC pockets, bright
contrasting coloured materials and pockets labeled with pictures to help
children pack their bags and find objects. The bags also include innovative
designs such as expandable pockets, insulated sections and a drink bottle
created by Philippa Thompson 18 months ago, Magic in the Kitchen originally
consisted of aprons contrasting quirky, original printed fabrics. The range
dramatically expanded, to now include a variety of kitchen sets for children of
all years. Inspired to attract children to explore and play in the kitchen,
explore healthy food and to play alongside adults Philippa has created
children’s cooking utensils which are adult ‘like’ and made out of real
materials. Pictured is the ‘Kitchen gift set’ which comes in a variety of
colours, includes a range of utensils and to top off the pack, Philippa has
designed recipe cards unique to each pack.
Photgraphed by Jody Person
Lillibulle is a baby and children’s store in Paris that offers a large selection of handmade clothes, accessories and toys and supports independent French designers. The Christmas window displays has been created by designers Gabrielle Aznar and Les Filantes whose work I especially love, as well as the sewing and knitting kits and the indoor hopscotch which has been a family favorite for years now.
Lillibulle 3, rue de la forge royale 75011 Paris
Photos by Anne-Christelle Beauvois at Lillibulle.
Text by guest editor Irene Nam
Pilosale has designed these lovely fabric calendars you could use year after year.
These kind of count down calendars could be a fun thing to use with children looking forward to any exciting event in the future.
Recently Jasmine got together with Ami Suma who she got to know after she commissioned Ami to paint the walls of her children's rooms. Esme and Max [pictured below] loved the experience of seeing the creation take place in front of them and live on in their rooms.
In 2005 a friend saw some of her sketches of funny and goofy toys. Her friend was so impressed she invited Ami to an exhibit that she was also in. Ami had sketched several series worth at this point and agreed to join. The exhibition was a success! She loved the reactions and seeing people laugh and feel happy while engaged with her toys. She hopes to continue creating fun and fantastical toys for everyone.She had another inspiration while flipping through a children's magazine and noticing a spread about a child's room which featured decorative walls. Embellished walls was not at all common (at least not while she was growing up) in her home country of Japan. She loved the idea and was moved enough to think about painting whimsical, out of this world, murals especially for children. She wanted to create a customized room where a child could feel safe and happy; a place where they could imagine and dream. A space like no other, that's just theirs! Her idea is to collaborate with her clients and mesh visions together to come up with a collective end result. She does not want to be thought of as an artist who pushes her own agenda but more a painter who can provide a fun service for families.
Her inspirations at the moment include, Contemporary Chinese Artists like Fu Jijang, Zhang Huan or Yue Minjun and movie directors Tetsuya Nakashima and Ingmar Bergman. She grew up watching Hayao Miyazaki, an all time hero of hers and she confesses to watching his movies over and over. we agree, we love Nausicaa!
You will definitely be seeing more of Ami in the future. The fun world she imagines is growing from the walls of children to shops [like Pomme NYC pictured above] to reach even larger audiences.
Photos courtesy of-
Percy by Kikuko Usuyama
Bebe Nou's by Marilou Daube
Pomme NYC by Davina Zaqury Feinberg
Reported by Associate Editor- Jasmine Astronomo-Berger
There are so many reasons why we love Pomme. They have a beautifully curated collection of design and art by many of our favorites, including dolls from Jess Brown, photography by Davina Zagury [who does their inspired annual doudou portrait project] and soft sculptures by Tamar Morgendorff as well as unique vintage items and beautiful objects sourced from Europe.
This 'Back to School' wall installations features magnetic sticker images by the French designer Laura Fischbach. If you send her a photo of your child she will turn it into a full-size magnetic image.
The team behind Pomme recently opened 'Peite Pomme' in Tribeca for babies up to 18 months. The tiny jewel box of a store is full of carefully selected treasures for babies and parents-to-be.
Timeless french dolls from Petit Collin
Since the 70's who can resit a Monchhichi
Gorgeous Parisian clothes from Zef
French classic, BonTon
Brooklyn design duo Atsuyo&Akiko who have made an exclusive cotton reusable bag for the Tribeca store printed with "-je t'aime tribeca-" which have rapidly become the ubiquitous Tribeca shopping bag.
Ketiketa for ethical baby bohemian chic as well as clothes from Flora and Henri, Makie, Bebe Ravi, Tane Organics.
You can find the full Pomme at 81 Washington Street Dumbo, Brooklyn
and Petite Pomme at 186 Duane Street [between Hudson and Greenwich] in Tribeca
Reported by Associate Editor Jasmine Astronomo-Berger
Gracia+Louise is a collaborative duo who produce collages, zines, artists books, postcards and other small paper based projects about the inventive and wonderful worlds they imagine. One loves to collages, the other to use waterpaint but somehow they bring it all together in their magical and narrative based images.
Sveta Drescher really liked the English word Pipsqueak when she heard it for the first time and 'Chapeau' is the name of a well known store owned by an eccentric woman who always wore crazy hats in Sveta's homeland, Russia. It sounded fun to her to put the two together- Pipsqueak Chapeau!
After having her son Kai (now 6.5) she knitted her first hat. Then came the idea for a line of kids hats and scarves and clothes, followed by a line of adult clothes. She now has a second son, Finn, who is 9 months. When she is not creating a clothing line she spends the time with her kids and works on her photography. She takes all of the evocative photos of her line for her website and blog (see below). Opening her new store felt like a natural progression- her clients kept asking for it and then recently a space came up near her home and studio in Brooklyn, so she jumped at the chance.
The entire Pipsqueak- Chapeau line is made by hand in Brooklyn. Natural materials are very important and all her designs are produced in linen, silk, cotton, felted wool, mohair, hemp and her knits are alpaca. The designs are usually in solid colors and natural shades. Sveta approaches her designs with a concern about how women and children feel living in their clothing, not so much how they look. Her line goes from baby knits to kids dresses to adult clothing and now she also does home linens.
For the Fall, Sveta favorite picks are:
-the alpaca mitts are the quintessential NYC mittens. You can open any doorknob better or handle a metro card with ease.
-the tie skirt (shown above with Sveta tying it) is wool, cashmere with a silk finish.
-the long sleeve linen dress which comes in white and black.
99 Franklin St. Brooklyn NY 11211
Reported by our associate editor in New York- Jasmine Astronomo-Berger.
This amazing bean bag grizzly bear and gnawed log bolsters are knitted! The graphics are made from the pattern of the wool, not printed on after. Check out the other equally astonishing pillow and beanbag designs in their Etsy shop:
originally designed as a gallery to showcase the rich, and diverse
textile heritage of central Asia, in particular that of the mounted
nomads of the Kyrgyz Republic.
All AK products are designed in Melbourne and made by skilled artisans in the Kyrgyz Republic using with natural fibres such as yarn-dyed cotton and handmade and dyed wool felt. AK artisan quality products are intended to be stylish and witty with a cross–generational appeal that is unaffected by the whims of the mass market – modern classics with a strong sense of tradition.
AK traditions : Handmade wool felt in unique colors and a diverse range of items that includes artisan quality felt toys, dolls, quilts, home-wares, accessories, handwork kits and hand knitting and much more.
Picking up clothes for the tomboy shoot coming up in the machine shop. First some gorgeous knitted legwarmers, sweaters, hats and scarves from Ouef's studio near the Gowanus Canal in industrial Brooklyn. Its is in an old textile factory and had gorgeous light and high ceilings. Then back on the train and onto Williamsburg. Sweet William is a perfectly arranged space with interesting tableaux everywhere you look. The owner, Bronagh selects beautiful independent lines. It was hard to choose but eventually we left with things from Nico Nico, Dagmar Daley, Finger in the Nose and Talc. Sweet William has an online store so you can shop there from anywhere.
Next we went to the city to pick up denim jeans and jackets from Earnest Sewn's Litl Earnie kids range. Thier shop is just next to the new highline park designed by my favorite architects, Diller+Scofidio. The park was once an elevated train line and it winds through Chelsea like a strip of prarie, under and next to all kinds of great buildings. It is fun to wander it or just to sit and watch the parade.
New York photographer Dennis Kleiman has a new business called Stomping Ground which is much needed reinvention of the traditional school portrait. When he and his wife were planning the annual photos for his daughters co-operative nursery school he decided to take the time to talk to the class about portraits and let each child express them selves in front of the camera.The result are beautiful images of each child which really capture their individual spirits.
Acme World Zoo - The animal shaped lights in this line are inspired by 1950 dye cuts. The crayon and candy collections are colorful, bold and very very modern.
Wovenplay - If you read Small you know we are a bit obsessed with Wovenplay. Our dream is to have a big ol' vintage trunk filled with everything Katherine makes. Oh, and in our size please! Her new collection was inspired by Bauhaus, geometry and decadence.
Winter Water Factory - The new collection is inspired by what kids would want to wear. Think tees, tops and dresses adorned with hedgehogs, mushrooms and tools in bright candy colors.
Shirin Kids - Hand silk screened puff printed tees with graphics in neutral colors mixed with gold inspired by nature. The collection is organic and we love the whimsical detailing on each tee like the raw edge flutter sleeves.
Ses Petites Mains - Beth Miles created her recent collection paying homage to her mother. She was totally inspired by the 1940's. Classic silhouettes trimmed with ruffles, muted tones of browns mixed with yellows and oranges in skirts and dresses perfect for twirling.
Astulabee & Ses Petites Mains - Also spotted in the Ses Petites Mains booth - Astulabee soft sculptures dressed in Ses Petites Mains finest Spring 2010 fabrics. Such a great collaboration from Nicole Licht & Beth Miles.
Benny and Moon- Simply inspired by the classic childhood outfits from the 1950's and 1960's. Dresses with peter pan collars and boy's short-sleeve button-up shirts with tacking detail in tones of lavender.
Sarah Noelle - We fell in love with this new collection inspired first by the prints selected. Feminine cuts in bright and beautiful prints as well as dresses covered in silver circles topped with a big flower at the neckline.
Chase 'n Sky - Walking into this booth you are surrounded by blues, whites and pinks mimicking the sky, clouds and shells found on the island of Hawaii which inspires this collection and where the designer is based. Beautifully crafted linen plantation style dresses and breezy cotton baby rompers.
We caught up with our favorite designers (and some new ones!) at Bubble New York last week and asked each designer - "What inspired your Spring/Summer Collection?"
Here's what they said:
Green Baby London - Green parenting is what inspires Jill Barkers collection. This is the original organic and fair trade children's clothing line. She started 10 years ago! Beautiful colors mixed with simple cuts - perfect for active kids.
Mija Jewelry - The new collection by this beautiful jewelry line is inspired by life. Each charm is very nostalgic but modern. Look for Mija Jewelry in the next issue of Small!
Mini Rotation - The designer of this fun and unusual graphic tee and knit collection was inspired by his dad, who back in the 70's owned a tee shirt iron-on and airbrush company. So this collection is truly vintage inspired!
Pluto Tees - Here at Small we love the cool, playful graphics that adorn the tees of the Pluto collection. This was the first time they were showing at Bubble and we were loving the new additions to the line.
Jake and Maya - This a a new label from the UK. The inspiration behind this collection is occasional clothing for children that is funky yet functional and traditional.
Patouche - Peter Pan and the trip to Neverland inspired Patouche's Spring & Summer collection. Lots of pink and green patterns filled their booth. The stand out piece was the boy's shorts with the sword. Look for Patouche in the next issue of Small.
Little Linens - Victorian aesthetics inspired this collection from across the pond. Boys and girls clothing in pastel colors, rich fabrics and classic shapes.
Nui Organics - Fact: New Zealand has 60 million sheep. That's the inspiration behind Nui organics. Crafted from wool that is so extremely soft and organic even in the color palette, which is completely un-dyed but rich in browns, grays and creams.
Nellystella - It's simple - 'I make things I would wear' -words from the designer of this brilliant new collection from Taiwan. And that is exactly how we felt. We wanted each one in our size. The colors, prints and silhouettes are very modern but playful.
More to come from our coverage of Bubble New York! Stay tuned...
Christine and I first met almost 15 years ago when we both first moved to Williamsburg. Christine owned the first boutique on Bedford Avenue, Max and Roebling, and I worked in the L cafe next door. We became friends immediatly and shared an apartment down the street.
Today we had some time to walk around the area. There are always new places to discover but today we were looking for the old places we knew. We had lunch at Diner and has always had one of my favorite restaurant interiors ever. Grant Cornett who regulary photographs for each issue of Small also works on the Diner Journal a beautiful independent journal published by the owners. After lunch we had time to drop by and visit an old friend Stella who has opened up a craft shop and class space on the Southside called SpaceCraft. It is a great spot for kids to make and create. Further up Bedford Avenue we went in to Spoonbill and Sugartown our all time favorite bookshop for art and design inspiration. Finally we walked past the shop and cafe we spent so many hours in when we first met - it looked very different, but then I guess so did we!
We spent the weekend at the New York kids trade shows, ENK Children's Club and Bubble. ENK is vast and very eclectic but we saw some lines, both new and old, that we are excited to feature in shoots next year. Here are some of our favorites from ENK.
Tooby doo: fresh, clean designs with a preppy outdoorsy feel
Munster: One of our favorite Australian lines. A little punky and very street.
Luck Wang: Asian inspired and always stylish.
Hazel: Delicate designs with a fairytale feel.
Claesens USA: The underwear and swim-wear line for Holland. Sweet, simple and suitable.
Golden: Discreet tailoring, subtle finishing and a really lovely palette.
Ilovegorgeous: Charming dresses and play clothes from they UK. Perfect for all the girly girls.
Ryder and James: A new line for boys and girls. We loved their un-fussy plaid shirts and boyish style.
Le Big: Great tights, leggings and socks.
Rooster NYC: Lovely fabrics and sophisticated yet wearable designs. Great for tweens as well as younger kids.
Rock Baby Rock: Fun, punky designs and cute, cool prints.
Stun: Wonderboys designers have come out with Stun for girls. Gorgeous fabrics and color palette with the same sophisticated yet easy style you find at Wonderboy.
Bloch Ballet Slippers: Our favorite little girl shoes ever. Candy and metallic colors you would love in your own wardrobe. Look for them soon at Little Bean!
Ferd: A beautiful collection in grays, blues and lavenders all with an amazing attention to detail and fabrics.
We have been wanting to tell you about Kleine Fabrik for two weeks now. Sophie Chalumeau -who is also Small's street syle photographer- spent a couple of days searching out the new designers showing there as well as some older ones that we love.
Denim and casual wear from Netherland brand Garcia We also love their clothing stools they put together for the booth.
Holly's (Denmark): I love the simplicity of the design label inspired by the four-leaf icon. It was their second edition at kf but the first time they had their own booth.
Toby & Bennett Preppy yet fun, stylish school and street wear.
Sawadi (Netherlands) stylish and simple, fair trade girls clothes
Shampoodle (Sweden) Comfortable designs, great for travel and play.
Aeronautica Militaire (Italy) Like the name sounds, top gun style for kids.
Babina (Germany) cute tees!
Zee en Zo (The Netherlands) Bright and young beach wear with strong boys collection too.
Fanlele Beautiful and fun, bright colored clothes and accessories for babies. 100% made in France
Masters of the Game (The Netherlands) Originally a sporty fashion line just for junior boys, it now has a girls line too.
Quick Kids (The Netherlands) Active clothing. Also the first picture below.
Kid Kraft (USA) 'Live. Learn. Play." Wooden toys for imaginative play.
Siblis (Germany) Beautiful wooden children's toys and furniture.
Zebra trends (Netherlands) fun play shoes and accessories
Kids Ink (USA) Easy to wear an co ordinate, stylish play wear.
Tokoyo kids (Belgium) Bright colors and fun graphics.
Katchat (France) Interesting textures and tailoring.
This weekend Small was in Paris for the Playtime Children's trade Show. Some of our favorite European designers were there as well of as a lot of new people to meet.
Coq en Pate make ethical clothing and accessories for kids using organic cotton and recycled leather
Popcorn represents many of our favorite designers such as Droog, Donna Wilson and Ineke Hans
It was great to see Marucho who we featured in our third issue when she was just starting out. She began the company when she was only 16!
Monamici is run by two sisters from Stockholm. Their designs are tailored to fit perfectly while still allowing kids mobility and freedom.
One of the most beautifully crafted lines out there is Makie. Their clothing is heirloom quality yet never fussy or over-cute.
Ketiketa is a new line based in both Paris and Kathmandu. The traditional Nepalese fabric manufacturing and printing methods inform all their designs.
Africa Unique Designs uses gorgeous fabrics with soft floaty shapes.
Bakker - made with love is the product of a very mobile couple- inspired by their constant personal development and travel, Bakker is growing rapidly as a brand to watch out for.
Sometimes it seems everyone does decals but L'Atelier Des Pieds De Saille does them really well.
We were really pleased that Sophie Chalumeau, the super talented children's street photographer and Small's street style editor, was recently able to visit FIMI, the Children’s Fashion Fair in Valencia, Spain, and report back about event and the great designs she discovered. The Children's Fashion Fair started out in 1964 as a show within the Toy Fair and three years later it became an independent trade fair in its own right and is now in its 40th year.
Sophie: I'm back from FIMI and had a great time covering the backstage preparations for the fashion show and meeting new people. It's a manageably sized fair so you can make your way through it easily. I found tons of great brands that were new to me, many from Spain. Here are some pictures from the fair and I will be back with even more later in the week.
1&2: Beautiful formal wear from Barcarola (Spain)
3: Multi-colored and innovative tights and leggings from Apricot (Spain)
4: Backstage at the fashion parade.
5: All dressed up...
6: Final touches.
7: Fresh and stylish outfits from Caramel Baby Child (UK)
8: Colorful, unique shoes with an unusual twist from Agatha Ruiz de la Prada
9: Organic children's wear brand with a bold patterns and strong ethical position. Katvig (Denmark)
You can see more of Sophie Chalumeau here