Repost from August 2011 –Located two hours north of New York on the Hudson Valley, the house of fashion designer Ryan Roche is filled with light, poetry and inspiring details. The place is extremely peaceful and joyful at the same time, allowing space for reflexion, bringing true happiness.
The Thomson family is about adventure, something reflected in their childrenswear brand Waddler. Philip, Marina and their three sons travelled extensively around South America, before discovering a wild tropical island off the coast of Brazil, which they have now made their home.
Founders of organic childrenswear brand Macarons, Julie Carol and Veit Kohlhoff, live in Stuttgart with their two daughters Cleo and Cecile. Citizens of the world, creative and talented green entrepreneurs, travellers, food lovers, Julie & Veit have a strong work ethic, combined with healthy family values. For this power team duo, the motto in life seems to be “Work Hard, Play Hard…with the kids”!
Deborah Medhurst and Ric Ramswell, owners of childrenswear brand No Added Sugar, live in Hampshire with their sons Gabriel and Lucien. The family shares a passion for travel, music and good food. Quick peek at their home and cultural surroundings.
Polly Braden and David Campany live in North London with their daughters Echo (6) and Vita (4) – Polly is a photographer and David is a Photography Expert (author, curator, critic, lecturer). The couple shares a passion for photography and art. They also prize family time, and seek to maintain a good balance between culture and nature.
The loft of Sophie Demenge and Michael Ryan’s has been featured in quite a few magazines. You might remember the swing in the living area, the slide in the kid’s room and the collection of vintage object, including wooden school desks and class maps. Founders of the brand Oeuf, Sophie and Michael live in Brooklyn with Mae (10) and Marius (8). Happy in their lively neighbourhood, that allows them to walk to work and to walk to school.
Co-founder of Babyccino Kids, Courtney Adamo lives in London with her husband Michael and their three children, Easton (7), Quin (5) and Ivy (3). Courtney was raised on a tulip farm in a tiny town north of Seattle, USA, she studied in Chicago then lived in LA. In 2003 her husband-to-be (also American, from Las Vegas) convinced her to follow him in London “just for a year”.
They own a cool brand of art-inspired lifestyle products, they live in a charming house, they have two fun little girls and they are the most radiant, smiling people I have met in the industry. I am very honoured to feature Olivia Haviland and Freddy Deane, founders of Smiling Planet on Pirouette.
The owners of Lila & Tom Agency, Kathleen and Jan live in Barcelona with their children Tom (almost 5) and Lila (7). There is something absolutely quaint about
Violaine, her husband Benoit and their son Achille live in Paris 18eme (next to Le Sacre Coeur). Violaine Belle-Croix has a passion for magazines, no matter if paper or online, well established or emerging, related to kids or to adults. She contributes to many publications including Doolittle, Papier Mache, Anorak, Grazia, Code d’Acces, Figaro Madame, Glamour. Before going free lance, Violaine spent many years at Milk Magazine, working there as Chief Editor.