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Victor, 6 years old, Zurich

June 8, 2010

 

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

CdeC, Zara Kids, Petit Bateau, BuzzBuzzTweetTweet, Cosilana, Crewcuts byJCrew, Pastorini, Yoyamart, Enchanted, Liebling, Emma 6 Co.

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Millie Ferreira, 7 years old, London

May 30, 2010

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

QuincySimple Kids, Zara Kids, Caramel Baby & Child,YoyamartCouverture

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Kodie, 11 years old, Brooklyn

May 28, 2010

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

Free PeopleMoloElla MossProject EH&MYoyaMart, Alikat, Bu and the DuckConverse

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Agathange, 5 years old, Singapore

May 26, 2010

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.


Agathange
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

Sandra

Favorite children’s brands
IKKS and Gingersnaps, a super cute and fun Philippino brand with stores in Manila, Singapore, Jakarta and Bangkok. They have very quirky designs, cool prints and great quality at very affordable prices. Petit Bateau for underwear and PJs, Vert Baudet and Zara Kids for basics like tank tops. Gap for swimwear. Kickers for shoes (but in Singapore you have to settle with Crocs as kids will not wear anything else… sad!).
Favorite children’s stores
I shop mostly online or when on vacation. Bali has great kids clothes from local designers. Recently I discovered Gingersnaps in Manila and you cannot not come back empty handed from India. Their traditional kids outfit are just too cute!
Favorite online stores I buy a lot online: I stock on basics and cute sheets from Vert Baudet and get them delivered at my mum’s house in France. Sometimes I’ll get something from Melijoe during the sales and Vente Privee for good discounts. Ebay is a good place to find things that are from previous seasons (great to buy backups for the favorite “doudou” that is not sold anywhere anymore). For shoes I buy sometimes from Sarenza to get Kickers, but it’s risky especially since very hard to return from abroad. Gap online is a safe bet for swimwear. The Apple Store is fantastic to get intereactive books for the iPad and cool games.
Criteria you consider when you buy something for child
No buttons whatsoever for Agathange he can’t stand them! Everything I get for him must be super comfortable and easy to put on. Shoe-wise he will not wear anything else than Crocs so have given up on getting him nice shoes. I only buy clothes in cotton and linen and look for nice, understated designs.
Most expensive item you bought for your child
When in Europe a navy Burberry duffle coat and a silk Chloe dress for my daughter. In Singapore, Shanghai Tang PJs.
The outfits you really enjoy to see him in
At the moment the Saint James top his mamie sent him and his sibblings. He once matched it with tartan shorts. Very Jean-Paul Gaultier of him!
An item that is hard to find
in Singapore: a nice pair of shoes that is not plastic.
The book on your bedside table
A Philip Roth novel
Your favorite places for the summer holidays

My parents’ place in the countryside in the South West of France.



IKKS, Gingersnaps, Petit Bateau, Vert Baudet, Zara Kids, Gap, Melijoe, Vente privee, Sarenza, Kickers, Burberry, Chloe, Shanghai Tang, Saint James

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India, 5 years old, London

May 24, 2010


India Elizabeth Dale Hill lives in lovely Marylebone, London with her father Richard Dale, Creative Director for a TV production company. It’s all about fairy tales, princess games and creative arts and crafts in their house.


India 
What do you want to do when you grow up 
Sing Songs
Your favorite famous person 
Jesus
Your favorite book
The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins by Dr Seuss
Your favorite film 
Disney’s Mulan
Your favorite place for holidays
Mauritius
A city that you would dream to visit 
Cannes
Who chooses your clothes in the morning 
I do!
What is your favorite color 
Red
You favorite brand 
Hamley’s and Disney
The piece your like the most from your wardrobe 
My flowery dress
What is the next item you would like to get 
A Hello Kitty dress
Richard
Your favorite children’s brands  
John Lewis, John Lewis & John Lewis, then Monsoon and Disney!
Your favorite adult’s brands  
Hermes, Land Rover and Berry Bros & Rudd
Your favorite children’s stores   
Disney store on 5th Avenue, New York.  A tiny clothes shop off the Rue D’Antibes in Cannes, and John Lewis on Oxford Street
Your favorite online destinations  
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.
The criteria you consider when you buy something for child  
How many Barbie dolls does a five year old actually need?
Most expensive item you bought for your child? 
A pair of silver sparkly shoes, from Harrods, when she was three.  I’ve kept them!
An item that is hard to find 
Long sleeved vests for winter
Favorite piece in India’s wardrobe 
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!
Where are you going for the summer holidays?
Sadly not Mauritius!
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Hiroko Balas, 6 years old, Paris

May 20, 2010




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.


Hiroko
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 

Mr Men Collection
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  

Switzerland as my friend Maelys id going to move there
What you want to be when you grow up  
unicycle teacher as I love to practice it
Your favorite color 
Blue
Your favorite brands
Bonpoint and Pom d’Api shoes
An item that you would really dream to have 



Roller skates ans an American Apparel sweater same as my brother has

Isis
What inspires you at the moment 
The movie The white ribbon by Michael Haneke
Your favorite children’s stores 
Sorry but I’ll have to pass this one! 
Your favorite adult’s brands 
Marni and Prada
Favorite stores 
L’Eclaireur Rue Herold  and Astier de Vilatte in Paris, Spazio Rossana Orlandi in Milan
Do you still have influence on your daughter’s choices? 
Of course! If I hadn’t it would just be pants, pants and pants…
Are there some things she loves to wear and that you are not so happy with? Not really as she is kind of subdued and she quite in tune with my own choices
What is your favorite piece in her wardrobe? 
A crazy vintage plad coat from the UK
The most precious item you bought for her? 
I used to buy a Marni piece here and there for her but unfortunately they stopped their children’s line…boohoo!
Do you do any online shopping? 
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 

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Salome Michela, 5 years old, London

May 18, 2010



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. 


Salome
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

Sophie
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, Djeco7 Jeans

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Jax Brown, 7 years old, Vietnam

May 13, 2010




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.

Jax
What do you want to be when you grow up 
I want to save animals in the wild 

Your favourite famous person, real or fictional
Darth Moore (a Jedi from Star Wars, for those who have no boys!)
Your Favourite Book
Star wars 
Your Favourite Film
Star wars 
Your Favourite Place for holidays
Nanny and Grandpa Farm, Milton, NSW
A city that you would dream to visit
Mos Eisley (located on planet Tatooine in Star Wars….)
The person who chooses your clothes in the morning  
I do
Your Favourite colour?  
Blue and Red
The piece you like the most from your wardrobe
“dont start wars” tee 
The next item you would like to get  
Dog 
Your favourite children’s brands   
Vans, mini rodini , Dues ex machina , finger in the nose , Rittenhouse 

Rich
Your favourite adult brands?  
Original fake, Stussy, Pam, Rittenhouse, Vans, Koast
Your favourite children’s stores? 
Yoyamart, Kidostore, Tinypeople
Do you by a lot online for your children? 
We look at alot of stuff online yet tend to buy from stores we visit 
The criteria you consider when you buy something for your child? 
Fit, quality  and would the boys want to wear it
Book on bedside table?
Monster Children 
Where are you going for the summer holidays?  
Back home to Cronulla Sydney and down to my parents farm on the South Coast


Munster KidsVans, mini rodini , Dues ex machina , Finger in the nose , RittenhouseYoyamart , Kidostore, Tinypeople, Koast.


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David Mota-Pinto, 6 years old, Portugal

May 12, 2010


David lives in the beautiful city of Porto. He has an older brother and an older sister; his passion in life is football. His Mom Mafalda owns and manages a sourcing apparel business in Portugal and Tunisia.


David
What do you want to be when you grow up
I want to be a football player and also a magician
What is your favorite famous person 
My favorite person is Panda Kung Fu because he wants to save his city
Your favorite book
Lotsa de Casha from Madonna
Your favorite film
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
My favorite place for holidays is Rio de Janeiro and also Vale do Lobo in the Algarve
A city that you would dream to visit
Paris because I love Disneyland
Who chooses your clothes in the morning
Nobody as i have to put my school uniform but other days it is my mom
Your favorite color
Blue and blue and blue
You favorite brands
My favorite brand is Finger in the Nose
The piece you like the most from your wardrobe
Love my leather bracelets , my UGG boots and my new classic navy blaser with gold metal buttons from portuguese brand Risca de Giz
The next item you would like to get
A new ski suit
You prefer shoes or sneakers
Converse sneakers  my favorites


Mafalda
Your favorite children’s brands 
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






Many again for different reasons, my favorite jeans are Seven’s , I love Balenciaga and Missoni
Your favorite children’s stores  
There’s a small store in Hale called Plum that has a great quality selection of brands. Harvey Nichols also carries a lot of new brands that i like a lot
The criteria you consider when you buy something for child
Mainly that it is confortable and that he can get to use it in many occasion. Also it should suit is style
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, HackettFinger in the NoseYPorquêVilebrequin, Harvey Nichols, Risca de Giz, Converse

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Rose Carrington, 5 years old, UK

May 8, 2010



Rose lives in the UK by the sea, with her older brother and artist mother Ann Carrington. A happy and rich life filled out with nature, dreams and lots of vintage clothing. 

Rose
What do you want to be when you grow up
A ballet dancer
What is your favorite famous person 
Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz
Your favorite book
My Mummy’s nursery rhyme book that she had when she was a little girl called ‘Lavender’s Blue’. My favorite rhyme in it is called Jack and Jill
Your favorite film
Wizard of Oz
Your favorite place for holidays
My Grandma’s house  and I like Brazil a lot – but not the beetles
A city that you would dream to visit
The Emerald City
Who chooses your clothes in the morning
Me, of course
Your favorite color
Pink, purple, ‘lellow’, silver and golden
You favorite brands
Hello Kitty, Scooby Doo, Peppa Pig, High School Musical, and Disney
The piece you like the most from your wardrobe
My Dorothy shoes
The next item you would like to get
A Chinese dress, a Chinese hat, a Chinese coat, Chinese shoes and a Chinese cardigan…….Chinese everything because we don’t have anything Chinese to wear in our house

Ann 
Your favorite children’s brands 
My daughter is second hand Rose by name and second hand Rose by nature – there is nothing in her wardrobe that was bought new! Her father deals in vintage clothes  and she has everything from a Kiss tour jackets to a wonderful ballet dress designed by Margot Fonteyn’s dress designer  (given to her by our neighbour). New things – her grandmother knits her beautiful cardigans, hats and gloves. Primark for knickers and socks!
Your favorite adult’s brands
Moschino, Todd Oldham, Cacharel, Tommy Hilfiger 

Your favorite children’s stores
 
I wouldn’t know!
Do you buy a lot online for your children and what are your favorite e-stores? 
I do buy a lot of things online. You can get just about everything at Amazon at great prices too: books, toys, films, music etc. If I can’t get what I want there I go to John Lewis or The Early Learning Centre
What are the criteria you consider when you buy something for child
Would Rose like it? Would she wear it? Does it twinkle enough?
Most expensive item you bought for your child
Rose fell in love with a pair of beautiful red polka-dot flamenco shoes that she saw in a shoe shop window while we were on holiday in Las Palmas – so I bought them for her as a surprise – she calls them her Dorothy shoes.  I also bought a portfolio of French 1930s school posters from an antique shop near her grandparents apartment in Pezanas, Southern France. They now hang on her bedroom wall
Favorite piece in her wardrobe
The Dorothy shoes!
Where are you going for the summer holidays 
We live right by the sea in Broadstairs, Kent – a lovely old English sea side resort. We will be staying at home for the Summer holidays (as usual) as there is nowhere else we would rather be – you can’t beat Broadstairs in the Summer! And all our friends come and stay!


Ann Carrington http://anncarrington.co.uk/
Photos Portia Wilson www.portiawilsonphotography.co.uk