Parent & Child interviews

Stella Brown, 12 years old – Petaluma CA, USA

April 4, 2011

I met Stella at Bubble New York, when she was a little girl, playing with other exhibitor’s children at the show. I saw her again last month, still in NY, but this time she was helping her mother Jess with her booth at Playtime. Time really flies, she a demoiselle now, who is obviously is taking after her mom and wants to be in fashion! Jess, a designer and hand work artist, is famous for the unique handmade dollsthat she started to work on more than 10 years ago, and that are now sold all over the world. Jess, her husband Erio and their children Stella and Tiger live in Petaluma.  Jess owns a small shop called maude, that she opened in Petaluma with her good friend Stacy.

Stella

What do you want to be when you grow up I would like to be a fashion designer
What is your favorite famous person Coco Chanel
What makes you happy Listening to music!
What makes you sad or angry Math!!
Your favourite book Beastly
Your favourite films The incredibles, Miss Potter, the I Love Lucy Collection
Your favourite animal Bears
The best holidays you ever had When me and my mom went to New York for one of her trade shows, we ate yummy foods, shopped in cute stores, and i took tons of pictures!
A place that you would dream to visit I would love to go to Paris or Thailand
Your favorite outfit A muddy green button down shirt, that is the length of a dress with a skinny black belt around the waist, and my favorite grey cardigan
What is the piece you like the most from your wardrobe A light grey cardigan with ruffles down the front
The next item you would be happy to get A new sewing machine
If you had a magic wand, what would you do with it right now? Put me on a plane to New York City!

Jess

Your favourite children’s brands Dagmar daley, wovenplay atsuyo et akiko, flora and henri

Your favourite children’s stores Maude (of course!), sweet william, manon et gwenaelle

What do you buy a lot online I don’t shop online that often… however, I love nonchalant mom and the selvedge magazine online shop

A website that inspires you piajanebijkerk.com

The criteria you consider when you buy something for your children I love longevity and timeless pieces…also beautiful. classic looks that aren’t too fussy

Last item you added to your children’s wardrobe Stella just got a scarf from Matta and a new pair of jeans Tiger’s newest piece is a heathered grey tshirt with a silk screened owl from Lucky Fish and a pair of  jeans!

Most precious item you bought for your child For Stella it would be a teeny gold heart shaped locket from the 1920’s for Tiger it would be a ship in a bottle

Best gift you gave for a child’s B-day We try to give a lot of hand made gifts…I love giving their friends custom dolls where they can sit with me as i make exactly what they want. i also love giving treasure boxes. I get an old box and fill it with little special things wrapped individually

Items that are hard to find Really great plain t shirts, beautiful movies that are for kids and worth seeing, books for pre teens that aren’t about vampires!

Favourite pieces in your child’s wardrobe In Stella’s wardrobe it would be a wool coat from flora and henri from several seasons ago in Tiger’s  wardrobe it would be  his new Lucky Fish shirt  with the Lucky Fish image

The book on your bedside table I love design books! They help me unwind… right now it’s a stack : simply scandinavian, etc, and Paris made by hand

An unforgettable place you’ve visited Greece… I haven’t been there since i was 18. it was absolutely amazingly beautiful The ideal place for a family summer holiday it’s a toss up between Hawaii and upstate NY

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