Browsing Category

Parent & Child interviews

Parent & Child interviews

Margot, 8 ans – Paris, France

June 26, 2010

 

Picture 3656.jpeg

Picture 057_3.jpeg

 

After four years in New York, Margot moved back to France with her parents, her little sister Jasmine and her little brother Paul. They live west of Paris, not far from the city center and close to the green. Margot can see horses run in the fields from her bedroom window. Her mother, jewelry designer Mathilde de Turckheim Retif, is featured on Pirouette with her beautiful necklaces and headbands (See “hybrid jewels),  June 9th 2010).

Margot

What do you want to be when you grow up A tennis player, a stylist or a singer

What is your favorite famous person Michael Jackson

What makes you laugh When someone tickles me

What makes you sad When I don’t have any friends

Your favorite book Geronimo Stilton

Your favorite films Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

The best holidays you ever had Christmas in New York

A place that you would dream to visit India

Who chooses your clothes in the morning I do; I prepare them at night for the next day

Your favorite color Blue

Your favorite outfit My vampire costume

What is the piece your like the most from your wardrobe The orange striped dress that my aunt Sibylle gave me

What is the next item you would like to get DS and Ipod

Mathilde

Your favorite children’s brands Kicokids, Flora and Henri, Monoprix, Dagmar Daley, Petit Bateau, CrewCuts

Your favorite children’s stores Bonpoint’s Flagship Store in Paris?, the Kids section at ABC Carpet on Broadway, Monoprix in France

Do you buy a lot online for your children I have to say I never buy anything online for my children

A website that inspires you www.mariehelenedetaillac.com, www.ourchildrensgorilla.com

What are the criteria you consider when you buy something for your children The fabric quality, print, colors and finally the garment’s cut

The last item you added to Margot’s wardrobe A red vichy 2 pieces swimming costume from Monoprix

The most precious item you bought for your Margot A vintage white embroidered voile de cotton top from the market at Le Cap-Ferret (South West of France)

Best gift you gave for a child’s B-day A necklace with an ice cream shape charm

The items that are hard to find Un-expensive, nice and original socks or stockings and nothing else because I have Monoprix back!

Favorite pieces in Margot’s wardrobe A vintage white lace dress from the market of Le Cap-Ferret

Where are you going for the summer holidays The beloved Le Cap-Ferret


Kicokids, flora and henri, Monoprix, Dagmar Daley, Petit Bateau, CrewCuts, ABC Carpet&Home

 

Parent & Child interviews

Juno, 5 years old, New York, USA

June 22, 2010

IMG_1091_2.jpg

IMG_0367.jpgIMG_2266.jpg

Juno is a proud New Yorker – she recently recommended a stay at the Plaza to a family friend, because “that’s where Elouise lives” *. Juno has a little sister Maris (almost 2 years); she speaks German with her family and English at school. Right now she is busy learning to ride a bike, to learn to swim and to horseback ride. Her longstanding passion is ballet. Her mom, Nele Husmann, is a journalist.

Juno

What do you want to be when you grow up I want to dance Marie in the Nutcracker. And I want to own a farm with lots of animals, especially horses and dogs

What is your favorite famous person My friend LOLA is my favourite person on earth

What makes you happy/laugh Playing tag with Papa

What makes you sad/angry When people don’t pay enough attention

Your favorite books The legend of King Arthur; Little house in the big woods

Your favorite films Noukie; My neighbor Totoro; The Sound of Music

Your favorite animal I love dachshounds and white horses

Your best holidays you ever had My daytrip to Disneyland. And Christmas in Germany

A city that you would dream to visit I want to go to Paris

Who chooses your clothes in the morning I choose my own clothes

Your favorite color Rainbow, silver and gold

Your favorite outfit My new hot pink shorts and a shirt

What is the piece your like the most from your wardrobe My layer-dress with little pink and white and green flowers

What is the next item you would like to get Pants for horse back riding and matchning boots! And I want Crocs!!!

Nele

Your favorite children’s brands Hartford, Flora & Henri, Bu and the Duck, Bonpoint, Zara Kids

Your favorite children’s stores In New York, Kisan Concept Store (they have the best selection on earth!) and Bu and the Duck; Julie’s in Munich, Germany

Do you buy a lot online for your children and what are your favorite e-stores I only buy German children’s books over the internet at Amazon, and that takes a lot of work. Typically, I rather shop in real boutiques to get the materials and the sizes right

A website that inspires you http://sites.google.com/site/laescuelitadeesperanza/home

What criteria you consider when you buy something for child I typically wait for a sale to find great bargains. Key are the quality of the design and the materials. PLUS: Juno must love to wear it

Last item you added to your child’s wardrobe Hot pink terry cloth shorts

Most precious item you bought for your child Pink lacker shoes from Pepe

Best gift you gave for a child’s B-day Pretended shaving foam

Items that you find hard to find A warm and stylish winter coat

Favorite pieces in Juno’s wardrobe The dresses my mom has sewn for Juno and Maris in Liberty fabric

Where are you going for the summer holidays We will be spending a month in a mountain village in Rhodes, Greece

Hartford, Flora & Henri, PepeBu and the Duck, Bonpoint, Zara Kids, Kisan Concept Store, Julie’s


* The famous Plaza Hotel in New York has recently been transformed into luxury residences/apartments and part of the first floor and basement host luxury boutiques including a large Eloise store

Parent & Child interviews

Violette, 3 years old, Brooklyn USA

June 18, 2010

 

 

28609_10150199064930173_842300172_12665618_4156492_n.jpg

 

 

IMG_1845-1.jpg

 

 

Violette loves to disguise herself in many different characters, and to mix and match clothes and colors. No doubt this is coming from her French mom, Laure Fischbach, an artist/multi-tasker and object maker of great talent whose collaborations include Pomme, Bonpoint and Bubble New York.


What do you want to be when you grow up I want to draw princesses, apples and plants. I also want to be a dentist

What is your favorite famous person   My friend Mia

What makes you happy/laugh    Crocodile and dog

What makes you sad/angry When Mia puts her fingers in my eyes

Your favorite book I love my I love my French books “Je ne veux pas me coiffer” (ed.Gallimard)  and “Histoire du grand Mechant poulet” (ed. Milan jeunesse)

Your favorite films Tchoupi, Trotro and Peppa Pig

Your favorite animal The giraffe

Your best holidays you ever had My last trip skying in France (family tradition since 1940)

Who chooses your clothes in the morning Myself and mum (together) making sure it doesn’t look too gipsy! Mum said it!

Your favorite color Rose/Pink

Your favorite outfit Batman or my mor mor rita dress, in 6 years old

What is the piece your like the most from your wardrobe My gold ballet shoes and my polka dots dress which turns….

What is the next item you would like to get A strawberry candy, pink color but absolutely NOT blue

 

Laure

Your favorite children’s brands mor mor rita, Talc, Wovenplay, Bonton (for the aesthetic of their shoes this year), Atsuyo and Akiko for the tee-shirts and hair accessories and Monoprix for their affordable and cute trends

Your favorite children’s stores In Paris : Serendipity, Bonton (Rue des Filles du Calvaire), Bonton Bazar. In New York : Salvor Kiosk

Do you buy a lot online for your children I never buy clothes online but I love to look at Smallable, Madame la Marchande, Bianca and family as well as the blog Kawa et l’univers de lilas.

A website that inspires you Tse Tse : I am a huge fan of this website!

What are the criteria you consider when you buy something for child Natural fabric (no synthetic), color and quality

Last item you added to your child’s wardrobe A vintage dress found in a Japanese vintage store, next to my home

Most precious item you bought for your child A winter jacket from Bonpoint with a removable rabbit lining

Best gift you gave for a child’s B-day A beautiful custom and pink 100% chocolate castle birthday cake

Items that are hard to find Good looking and comfortable shoes and warm casual jackets

Favorite pieces in Violette’s wardrobe A puffy shoulder cashmere sweater from mor mor rita and all her oversized long dresses, again from mor mor rita

Where are you going for the summer holidays Michigan for one week, lost in the forest, then a month in France, wandering around and visiting my family and friends


 

mor mor rita, Talc, Wovenplay, Bonton, Atsuyo et Akiko, MonoprixSerendipity, Salvor KioskSmallable, Madame la Marchande, Bianca and family, Kawa et l’univers de lilas, Tse Tse, Bonpoint


Parent & Child interviews

Juno, 6 years old, Paris

June 9, 2010

Juno.jpg Juno & Hiroko.jpg 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

Parent & Child interviews

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.

Parent & Child interviews

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

Parent & Child interviews

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

Parent & Child interviews

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

Parent & Child interviews

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!
Parent & Child interviews

Hiroko Balas, 6 years old, Paris

May 20, 2010

If you are regular readers 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.

Continue Reading

Parent & Child interviews

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