Miniimaximus make super cool and ethically produced t shirts for kids- designed by artists and kids! We love their ethos and their products. Even better- they are having a big sale.
If you or your kid are interested in submitting designs to be considered for future T-shirts you can read all about how to go about it here.
We have always loved Marilyn Tov and have featured her delicate designs in several of our favorite Small magazine shoots (here and here). Marilyn's clothes are all made of the most beautiful fabric and immaculately crafted, reflecting the chic yet comfortable elegance she associates with her childhood in Paris. Marilyn now lives in New York and all her clothes are produced in the US, however she ships all over the world.
Finally you can get all of her lovely designs at her new online store. In celebration of the opening she is offering Smaller readers 50% off all old stock and 20 percent off her new season. Just put in the code word SMALL when you are checking out.
The Suffolk Dress from One Sunday. This shop is based in Australia so if you are going into the northern hemisphere spring it is a great chance to pick up some summer dresses on sale. There range is truly charming- elegant yet fun.
Misha and Puff are a brand new company producing handmade baby woolens. The whole collection is so cute and made start to finish in New England.
Anna, a former stylist, started knitting for her newborn and loved the way the items looked on her little one. Once she decided to put together a collection she knew I couldn't knit everything herself so looked around locally for knitters in massachusetts and maine. Anna told us "It is really important to me that all pieces are knit locally and start to finish by the same knitter. Employing people in my community is a big part of this and in keeping things close it allows me to remain connected to the process of making. I love that all my knitters LOVE to knit. If not knitting for me, they would be knitting anyway."
Most of the pieces are knit in all one piece with as little seaming as possible so they drape and wear beautifully and are especially good for babies who wiggle and twist and grow so fast.
Keep your eyes on her blog for a list of stores that will be stocking Misha and Puff
Simone swimsuit by Mini Rodini here
Flora and Henri swimmers on sale here
Agnes and Valentine two tone swimmers on sale here
Pako Pano polkadot one piece here
One piece flounce swimmer by Zimmerman here
It is so hard to find good sweater for kids let alone organic, beautifully designed, ethically produced sweaters at a great price. All the products at Toto Knits are ethically made by a group of single mothers in Kenya. The knitters are paid by the piece which allows them to work as much or as little as they like- allowing single moms to make a living and still put their family first. They have great classic and unique designs- I especially love the monkey sweater pictured above.
so...simply pick the style, size, shape, color and special accent that suits your child and your individual design will be produced and shipped to you anywhere in the world. I think this would be a fun thing to do with your child.
Don't forget- the discount code is SMALL
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.
Kit + Lili (Bright prints for kids and women)
Pink Chicken (Bohemian dress for girls and women too)
Dandy Dodo (A new company out of England - super patterns and unsual shapes too)
Cupcakes and Pastries Great party dresses in bright jewel tones
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)
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.
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.
Anniel available at Smallable.
Small Magazine will now be 6 times a year. Issue 18 will out the end of June. We have a few more changes on the horizon so stay tuned.
I am dreaming of summer dresses today. Love these from Ode, a collection for girls 2 - 6 years old inspired by childhood travels and from family living in a village in India called, what else, Ode.
We love the styling and photography of this Belgian line. Fia designs and sews by hand all the clothes for her brand Little Miss Y. You can order by emailing Fia directly (info[at]little-miss-y.be) or order on line at Pepatino (.....lots of other great European styles in this shop too)
I am dreaming of spring today as our whole city has been shut down for two days because we are covered in ice! Here are a few images from Misha Lulu's spring/summer collection. As usual their photography is amazing, but yet again Karen consistently designs each collection with an originality not seen in any other clothing range. You can always tell when a collection is influenced by a feeling of the heart rather than following trends. How amazing is that "I love NY" dress and patchwork hat?
I am still happily pouring over all the new spring collections for our next issue and had to share with you a few images from Rose Desbois. We have photographed this french collection before and the quality and attention to detail of these garments are fantastic. I love the light and whimsical pastel color palette they chose for spring.
It's my favorite time of the year when we start to see all the designer spring look-books in our inbox. This is the best part of working on the mag...I get to pour over each beautifuly styled page and start making a list of what I am going to feature in our next fashion editorial. First up on the list are these dreamy dresses by Tutu Du Monde. Designer Andrea Rembeck is the mastermind behind these hand-made, hand dyed one off couture garments inspired by an old world feel, crafted from soft cotton, tulle and silk topped with feather sequins and beads. Expect to see Tutu Du Monde in the next issue of Small! I will continue share with you all my favorite spring 2011 collections over the next couple of weeks!
I've had this postcard from Ann Frances pinned above my desk for sometime now and every time I look at it I fall in love with these classic heirloom dresses even more. I could concept a whole Small shoot around these dresses. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Ann Frances is a couture bridal company that launched their flower girl collection this fall. Each dress is constructed of Swiss batiste, French laces and Swiss embroidery. I wold love to see these worn as day dresses, paired with sandals or ballet flats! I would also love one in my size...
I found this shop on Etsy yesterday when I was looking for items to feature in our Small Something collage for the winter issue. I had obviously wandered off track and started thinking about the stories we are shooting for winter, found my self looking at clothes and luckily stumbled across Made by Muku.
Made by Muku is the product of two artists working together inspired by their 10 month old child. Their fabrics are soft, the designs full of movement and the colors are muted and beautiful.
Here we have another fabulous independent clothing collection designed and manufactured in NYC called Mudslinger. The biggest challenge as a shop owner is finding great looking boys clothes that are current, well made and well priced. These are silhouettes I can see a boy (or Girl) any age wearing. The Navy Yard Striped tee paired with the Slim Denim Trouser is perfection!
You can find some of our favorite handmade Halloween costumes in the Fall issue of Small. There were so many more we wanted to share with you that we will keep featuring them here over the next month.
First up from Ouef- Halloween costumes with staying power. There woolly hats are cute all winter and its always fun to wear a tail. Pictured above are the 'little devil' tail and hat and the 'wild thing' tail and knitted crown. Team them with a leggings and long sleeved tee, or a one piece suit and you are ready to go. All Oeufs products are eco-friendly and hand made sustainably under fair trade in Bolivia.
In this weeks giveaway we are pleased to introduce NamheeNYC's brand new accessories line. This package will include a hairband, bracelet, ribbon pin and bird brooch.
Namhee Lee's designs are totally whimsical and completely functional making them so easy for us to love. Each piece is created meticulously by hand, and each piece is given the commitment and love necessary to create something truly one of a kind. The concept behind her new accessory pieces is simple- everything is hand sewn or hand made with carefully selected, 100% cotton fabrics.
All you have to do is leave a comment telling us what inspires you about Namhee's designs and you will win a hairband, bracelet, ribbon pin and bird brooch.
One lucky reader will be picked at
random and notified by e-mail. The winners name will also be posted on the blog the following
Monday. Our winner last week (picked by random.org) was comment no.66. Congratulations to Jay Willis!
We receive many lookbooks here at Small which we look through to see the new collections when we are trying to put together outfits for our shoots. Some of the books are so beautiful and so eye catching that we wanted to show them to you. Here are a few of our recent favorites.
Les Zigous a small snow hand made collection (bottom left)
Ada Ada Ricky's gang search for the horizon
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.
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.