EFVVA by Ewa Wróbel-Hultqvist

EFVVA by Ewa Wróbel-Hultqvist

EFVVA was brought to my attention by Deborah Beau of kickcanandconkers, so it is no wonder that it contains high amounts of hand-made and artistic content! Each item is different, created and painted or decorated by the owner Ewa Wróbel-Hultqvist, using premium ecological materials. Unique and inspiring.

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Shoes news! 10-is F/W 15

10-is

Naturally oiled leathers, metallic tones, exotic patterns are are the stars of the 10-is (say tennis) F/W collection. The shoes, simple and understated, are enriched by subtle yet noticeable details and design elements.  10-is offers the perfect choice to bring character to a casual silhouette.

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Monopoly Money

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We found an old Monopoly set in the attic of the summer house. My daughters were very keen to learn how to play. So I dusted off my memory of the rules, tried to recollect the Franc/ Dollar exchange rate (this set is from circa 1970), and we got down to business.

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Coup-de-Coeur : Play is Work by Kaija Vogel

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It is always a source of great joy to find new brands that brings something new, different and clever to the market. The coup- de-coeur of this back to school 2014 is Play is Work, a capsule collection of ethically sourced and beautifully designed leather overalls, trousers, vests, created by Kaija Vogel, a truly inspiring artist.

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Dagmar Daley SS15 by Elena Kost

Dagmar Daley

Dagmar Daley  worked in architecture and design before starting her line of kids clothing. Her stylish, simply detailed pieces are inspired by the pure and natural beauty of children and their imagery of childhood. The collections feature timeless designs, quality fabrics and fine detailing, all produced in San Francisco.

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Sunday video : you can learn anything

You Can Learn Anything

We still have to fight against genetic determinism and the old newtonian belief that we are controlled by our genes, that we are born with an unalterable genetic inheritance. The truth is that can really become what we want to be, we can learn anything, as shown in this video by the Kahn Academy. An encouraging message for some kids that are back to school with a form of anxiety.

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Maison&Objet : don’t miss…

Chispum

Chispum,, Sweetcase, Anatology, Sirch, Smiling Planet are among the brands not to miss at Maison&Objet. The home trade show will open its doors on September 5 in Paris. Thousands of exhibitors, and 305 children’s brands who will present toys, furniture, textile, home decor…all for children and their bedrooms.

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Paper marvels : Zim & Zou

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The wonderful universe of  Zim & Zou is made of paper sculptures, installations, illustrations and more. No computer for this French duo composed by Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmermann as they prefer to create real objects using paper or other tangible materials.

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Parenting by Default vs Parenting by Design

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We are obsessed with our kids. Society’s move from ancestor worship to descendant worship ‎has made us uninterested in culture, more primitive in our outlook, worse citizens, and ultimately… boring. That seems the Parenting Paradigm as presented by the English media. Readers of Pirouette know that it need not be this way. 

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Sunday Video : keeping contact with earth

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When we were kids we were going barefoot a lot, at least I was, during the 2 months of summer holidays. A good habit to keep… Take a look at this short animated video to understand what’s behind the concept of earthing. Off the shoes, and for your good health, don’t hesitate to hug trees!

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Cabbages & Kings FW ’14

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Cabbages & Kings is a premium line of children’s apparel from New York, founded by designer Alexandra Gizela. The brand focuses on high quality and multi-fuctional pieces according with today’s design conscience and environment awareness. 

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Swedish Decor Fabriko

fabriko

Fabriko is a swedish deco brand founded by designer and mum Lisa Eriksson. It focuses on interior design, fun and creative accessories for kids, even thought the designs appeal to everyone, big and small.

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