Juno is 6 years old today…happy birthday! She speaks French with her dad Benoit and Japanese with her mom Hiroko, is the designer and owner of jewelry brand Orner. Juno What do you want to be when you grow up A dancer Your favorite famous person Pocahontas Your favorite book “The Biggest House in the World” by Leo Lionni Your favorite film Difficult to choose between “Pocahontas”, “Kiki’s Delivery Service” and “the Sound of Music” Your favorite place for holidays Japan A city that you would dream to visit A city in India Who chooses your clothes in the morning My dad first, then My mum and finally me! Your favorite color Purple The piece your like the most from your wardrobe My pink dress which floats when I turn round on myself The next item you would like to get A Playmobil princess Hiroko Your favorite children’s brands BooFooWoo, Finger in the noise and Bonton Your favorite adult’s brands Back to noise, 0044, Yves Saint Laurent and many others…. Your favorite children’s stores BooFooWoo stores in Tokyo and Bonton in Paris Do you buy a lot online for your children Not yet! The criteria you consider when you buy something for child Quality and style Most expensive item you bought for your child A Japanese educational book collection An item that is hard to find A long cardigan Favorite piece in Juno’s wardrobe Vintage Sex pistol’s t-shirt for kids ! Where are you going for the summer holidays South of France to feel and eat sun ! BooFooWoo, Finger in the nose, Bonton
Victor is almost 6-and-a-half, a born Berliner, grown-up New Yorker and new Zuricher – but for the Worldcup his favorite team will be Spain! He has
moved from Manhattan to Switzerland in August 2009 with his older brother Vincent and his parents. Victor loves New York but also really likes his new international school near Lake Zurich, as he enjoys the outdoors a whole lot.
Victor What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to work at FIFA and also be a Soccer player Your favorite famous person Michael Jackson and Torres Your favorite book Curious George Favorite film Kung Fu Panda Favorite place for the holidays Seabreeze in Westhampton A city that you dream to visit Chicago, where my friend moves Who choses your clothes in the morning My mum. But not on the weekend Favorite color Like a greenish-bluish green and blue Favorite brands What is a brand? The piece you like the most in your closet My soccer outfits and my cool T-Shirt with a huge V on it Next item you would love to get The sneakers that I do not need to tie (Convers slip ons!)
Claudia Your favorite children’s brands CdeC, Zara Kids, Petit Bateau, BuzzBuzzTweetTweet, Cosilana (for winter silk/wool underwear), Crewcuts byJCrew Favorite adult’s brands DVF, Julie Park, Catherine Malandrino, Marlene Birger, Hugo Boss, Utzon, Acne, JCrew Favorite children’s stores Pastorini in Zurich, Yoyamart and Enchanted in NYC, Liebling Berlin and Emma 6 Co. in Berlin What type of online consumer are you? I am an occasional online shopper, because the feel and touch of books in a book shop, fabrics in a store etc, is unbeatable, but if we find out that the Wellis have gotten too small, they are express ordered immediately – no sentimentality here! The most expensive item you bought for Victor Oh dear, the poor second child grows up in hand-me-downs from his older brother. Actually I bought him a beautiful wool/tweed coat and a set of hand-knitted gloves, a hat and scarf, handmade by a Russian wool-designer in Brooklyn, forgot her brand. The criteria you consider when you buy something for your child So far, it has been easy to buy clothes for Victor. I like simple designs, good quality and healthy materials. Recently he stubbornly favors polyester sport outfits. I assume every boy’s mother goes through these phases. An item that is hard to find Shoes that appeal to a boy’s “sports taste” and running needs, with a cool design that appeals to the mother and sturdy but chic material. The outfit you really enjoy to see Victor in Simple Khaki linen Bermudas and a light bue gingham shirt, his CdeC pyjamas. The book on your bedside table I am just about to finish the Millenium Trilogy and parallel I always read something educational, right now it is an anthroposophical book on puberty … Where will you spend your summer holidays Since we have just moved to Zurich we can’t wait to spend our summer in our house in Westhampton on Long Island, then a week in Berlin
Millie Ferreira was born in October 2002. She spent two years in New York with her family, and now lives in a beautiful house in South London with her dad John, mom Debbie, brother Oliver, cat Mimi and dog Biddy who insisted to be featured on Pirouette. Millie What do you want to be when you grow up Zoo keeper Your favorite famous person Hello Kitty Your favorite book Roald Dahls The Twits, Magic Kitten Seaside Mystery, Stories for Girls Favorite film Santa Buddies, Nanny McPhee, Marley and Me Favorite place for the holidays Sri Lanka and the Maldives A city that you dream to visit Sidney Who choses your clothes in the morning I do always Favorite color Green and purple Favorite brands Zara Kids, H&M The piece you like the most in your closet My guinea pig t-shirt (its too small for me but I will never let it go) Next item you would love to get A T-shirt with a kitten on the front!
Debbie Your favorite children’s brands Quincy, Simple Kids, Caramel, Zara Kids Favorite adult’s brandsDries Van Noten, Marni and a good pair of jeans Favorite children’s storesCaramel in London, Yoyamart in NYC, Zara kids in Portugal (they always have more choice), Couverture in Notting Hill What type of online consumer are you? I’m not a big fan of online shopping. I love the whole shopping experience – I like to ‘feel’, try on, before I buy. Books are pretty much the only thing I buy The most expensive item you bought for your Millie A pink sapphire from Sri Lanka (it will be made into a ring for her) and her christening gown (handmade in Portugal) The criteria you consider when you buy something for child When Millie was little I loved shopping for her clothes: but now she chooses everything and is quite specific about what she does and doesn’t like (even down to school shoes!) I love her creativity and imagination: yes she sometimes gets it wrong (in my mind of course), but I think its important to let her express herself. That said, there are always limits and I do try to suggest, but often its a 100% rejection! An item that is hard to find Good kids Swimwear – never lasts The outfit you really enjoy to see Millie in A white cotton dress from Bonpoint – timeless Where will you spend your summer holidays Possibly back to Fire Island to a house we rent on the beach, then Sitges and Figueras in Spain
Kodie lives in Brooklyn, NY, in an old factory loft full of art and artworks. Her little sister Zana is 21 months old; her mother Heather is a prop stylist and set designer as well as an art director and painter in her spare time (www.heatherchontos.com and heatherchontos.blogspot.com). Kodie is a good goalie in soccer and a great writer with impeccable handwriting.
Kodie What do you want to be when you grow up I want to be a zoologist
Your favorite famous person The Beatles Your favorite book Breaking Dawn, Twilight Series Favorite film Twilight Favorite animal Tiger Favorite place for the holidays Thailand A city that you dream to visit Cairo, because I just want to go to Egypt and see all the crazy pyramids and huge statues Who choses your clothes in the morning I choose my clothes though my mother tries to Favorite color Purple and black Favorite brand Free people The piece you like the most in your closet Black skinny jeans, and I always wear Converse, red or black only….. Next item you would love to get Boardwalk/surfing shorts
Heather Your favorite children’s brands Molo , Ella Moss, Project E and H&M, always a good cheap bet Favorite adult’s brands I love Marni, Nicole Farhi and Katherine Hamnett Favorite children’s stores Yoyamart is great and Alikat in Brooklyn, also love Bu and the Duck, but more for my little one Criteria you consider when you buy something for your children How cute it will look and if it can be washed a million times The most expensive item you bought for your children A cashmere sweater that my nannny shrunk in the wash the first time it was worn. The American Girl doll now wears it… The outfit you really enjoy to see Kodie in I used to have a favorite piece that Kodie wore and it was a dress that I made her out of old batik fabric from the 1950’s. It was the cutest little loose summer dress. She wore it ever day on vacations in Spain and France and it was just that thing that was perfect for her. Now she gets pretty funky, but she is a little adult with her own thing going on. I try to influence a bit stylistically but oh how she rebels Where will you spend your summer holidays We are going to Montana this summer for a few weeks and Spain at the end of August
Agathange is French although he was born in Belgium in 2005. He was named after his maternal great great grand-father. He moved to Singapore two years ago with his parents, older brother and younger sister and has been enjoying South East Asia’s warm climate that allows him to wear very little clothes. He’s picking up Mandarin a lot faster than his mum.
What you want to be when you grow up Submarine pilote or farmer
Your favorite famous person Lego Indiana Jones
What makes you happy To play video games on the wii with my brother
What makes you sad When my teacher says I’m naughty
Favorite book Tintin comics
Favorite films Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Cars, Krtek (Czech cartoon form the 70s) on youtube, YogaKids’ ABC
Favorite place for holidays My grand-parents’ mill in the South West of France
A city that you would dream to visit Somewhere where there is snow
Favorite yumme thing Ice cream!
Who chooses your Clothes in the morning My mum
Your favorite color Blue and brown
The piece your like the most from your wardrobe My Star Wars t-shirt
The next item you would like to get Lego Batman
My parents’ place in the countryside in the South West of France.
The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins by Dr Seuss
Hamley’s and Disney
My flowery dress
A Hello Kitty dress
John Lewis, John Lewis & John Lewis, then Monsoon and Disney!
Hermes, Land Rover and Berry Bros & Rudd
Disney store on 5th Avenue, New York. A tiny clothes shop off the Rue D’Antibes in Cannes, and John Lewis on Oxford Street
I don’t buy much on-line but love getting toys from The Happy Puzzle Company (happypuzzle.co.uk). Great for toys you can build together and learn from.
How many Barbie dolls does a five year old actually need?
A pair of silver sparkly shoes, from Harrods, when she was three. I’ve kept them!
Long sleeved vests for winter
A cream dress from Ralph Lauren a friend gave her. Eye-wateringly priced but has lasted years and washes perfectly – even though it’s dry clean only!
If you are regulars of Milk Magazine, the face of Hiroko Balas will not look unfamiliar to you. She and her brother Aliocha have been featured in various fashion stories in the famous magazine created by their parents Karel Balas (photographer) and Isis Colombe Combeas (Art director). A great occasion to discover what fashion insiders like Hiroko and Isis really like when it comes to their personal choices.
Do you find it fun to getting ready for school every morning?
Yes, I like wearing a different outfit everyday
Does your mom let your chose what you wearing?
No, she choses for me
What are your favorite outfits?
My grey tee with a guitar to go to school and my white jeans for the week end Your favorite films
Alice in Wonderland, Lilo and Stitch, Fantastic Mr Fox
Your favorite book
A place you visited that left a great impression on you
Texas where I went with may parents and my brother, especially the city of Marfa
A place that you would dream to visit
What you want to be when you grow up
Your favorite color
Your favorite brands
Bonpoint and Pom d’Api shoes
An item that you would really dream to have
The movie The white ribbon by Michael Haneke
Sorry but I’ll have to pass this one!
Marni and Prada
L’Eclaireur Rue Herold and Astier de Vilatte in Paris, Spazio Rossana Orlandi in Milan
Of course! If I hadn’t it would just be pants, pants and pants…
A crazy vintage plad coat from the UK
I used to buy a Marni piece here and there for her but unfortunately they stopped their children’s line…boohoo!
I am just starting; I like Smallable and Little Fashion Gallery
Where will you spend the summer holidays?
Ile de Re, west of France
Bonpoint, Pom d’Api, Rossana Orlandi, l’Eclaireur, Astier de Vilatte, Smallable, Little fashion Gallery
Salome was born in France in 2005. Her parents moved to London soon after. Our interviewee of the day lives in the heart of Mayfair with her two sisters, Ella 3 and little Zoe who was born yesterday. A good occasion to congratulate Sophie, now mother of three girls.
What you want to be when you grow up A painter
Your favorite famous person Mickey mouse
What makes you happy When I’m painting
What makes you sad When my sister is not nice with me
Favorite book Goldie locks and the 3 bears, Charlie and Lola
Favorite films My neighbor Totoro
Favorite place for holidays Anywhere on a beach
A city that you would dream to visit A city in Japan
Favorite yumme thing Spaghetti
Who chooses your clothes in the morning My mum
Your favorite color Yellow
The piece your like the most from your wardrobe My new tropezienne style sandals
The next item you would like to get An ipod
Favorite children’s brands IKKS, Bonton, Bonpoint, Caramel Baby&Child, Monoprix
Favorite children’s stores Early learning center (arts and crafts), Fenwick on Bond Street, where I find really nice wooden toys and games from French labels Vilac and Djeco
Favorite online stores Amazone for books and dvds, Natoora for food (delicious food and great products from France, Italy and GB), theOutnet.com
Criteria you consider when you buy something for child Is she gonna like it, quality of the fabric
Most expensive item you bought for your child A beautifull dark grey midrise wooden bed from a Danish company
Favorite piece in her wardrobe A pair of 7 jeans with cute with sparkling back pockets
Favorite restaurants Nobu, Yauatcha, L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon
Ffavorite places for the summer holidays South of France and Ibiza, Spain
IKKS, Bonton, Bonpoint, Caramel Baby&Child, Monoprix, Fenwick, Vilac, Djeco, 7 Jeans
RichBrown, his wife Sam and their 3 sons are Australian, and currently living in Saigon, Vietnam where they moved 6 months ago. A business as well as a lifestyle choice. Rich, initially a science teacher, found a fresh and fun niche in kids streetwear after working in shops and spending some years in surf and streetwear. His brand Munster Kids is sold in really cool children’s stores. He and Jax, who likes football, skating, catching lizards, riding his bike and playing star wars on the DS, tell us what they like when it comes to consuming fashion and other cultural items.
What do you want to be when you grow up
I want to save animals in the wild
Darth Moore (a Jedi from Star Wars, for those who have no boys!)
Nanny and Grandpa Farm, Milton, NSW
Mos Eisley (located on planet Tatooine in Star Wars….)
Blue and Red
“dont start wars” tee
Vans, mini rodini , Dues ex machina , finger in the nose , Rittenhouse
Original fake, Stussy, Pam, Rittenhouse, Vans, Koast
Yoyamart, Kidostore, Tinypeople
We look at alot of stuff online yet tend to buy from stores we visit
Fit, quality and would the boys want to wear it
How to train your dragon
Your favorite animal
Dolphins and also like dogs if they are small. I have lots of gold fishes and also two birds
Your favorite place for holidays
A city that you would dream to visit
Love my leather bracelets , my UGG boots and my new classic navy blaser with gold metal buttons from portuguese brand Risca de Giz
You prefer shoes or sneakers
Converse sneakers my favorites
There are several brands that i like for different reasons, for jeans my favorite is Finger in the Nose specially their skinny, also Hackett for a more british look, there’s a small spanish brand of stimulating tees called YPorquê that i really like and Villebrequin beach shorts as for sophisticated I like I Pinco Pallino or Monnalisa
Your favorite adult’s brands
The most expensive item you bought for David
A Burberry navy trench coat
Favorite piece in his wardrobe
His Manchester United soccer uniform
Where are you off for the summer ?
We will spend our holidays between Menorca, Monastir and Vale do Lobo, Algarve where david is looking forward to his every year soccer training at the Manchester Schools
I Pinco Pallino, Monnalisa, Hackett, Finger in the Nose, YPorquê, Vilebrequin, Harvey Nichols, Risca de Giz, Converse
Pirouette is happy to feature another boy’s interview! Fiontan is the son of Bronagh Staley, former fashion editor at Cookie Magazine and owner of Sweet William, a children’s clothing store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Bronagh always find the cutest and most innovative brands on the market. No doubt Fiontan is her secret source of inspiration…