Parent & Child interviews

Clementina & Elisalex Deane, 4 and 7 y old – Venice Beach, USA

May 17, 2012

Clementina and Elisalex  live in a pretty house that you can see here. Freddy Deane their father is the designer + founder of lifestyle brand Smiling Planet. Both girls are determined to take over their parent’s business when they are adult. Dream girls!

Clementina & Elisalex

What do you want to be when you grow up Elisalex: I want to be a scientist, work for smiling planet, be a supermodel. – Clementina: I want to run smiling planet when I grow up.

Someone you admire?  Elisalex: my family, my uncles, my aunts, my sisters, my grand-parents. – Clementina: maman

What is your big dream? Elisalex: My dream is that the world to be cleaner. No litter. – Clementina: I would like the world to be covered with pink flowers.

Are you scared of anything? If so tell me what and why Elisalex: I am scared of nightmares and the film “The nightmare before Christmas” scares me. – Clementina: spiders.

Your favourite films and books Elisalex: The sound of music. Heidi. To kill a mocking bird – Clementina: Madeleine. Mary Poppins.

Something you did recently that you really loved  Elisalex: Chyler’s slumber party. We did Balloons tag. Freeze dance. Ice cream.

The best holidays you ever had Elisalex: all of them. Christmas (in Florida) Easter (in Florida). – Clementina: Easter in Florida with the egg hunt and the big Easter bunny.

A place that you would dream to visit  Elisalex: The Venice canals in Italy because the canals in Venice, California are down the street. from me. – Clementina: England to meet the queen.

Your favorite outfit or the piece your like the most from your wardrobe Elisalex: my hoodie. – Clementina: my sweater with a dog on it.

The next item you would so dearly love to get Elisalex: cowboy boots like my nanny sally – Clementina: cowboy boots like my nanny sally.

If you had a magic wand, what would you do with it right now? Elisalex: I would be in Topanga canyon playing with sally’s baby lama.

Freddy

A place you saw when you were a child, and that made its mark on you My grandmother’s house in Charleston, South Carolina was a special place. She began the historical preservation movement in Charleston in the 1920’s when she renovated an 18th century merchant’s house at 101 East Bay Street and painted the house pink, and then Rainbow Row was born. When I was a boy, Charleston was very poor. All the beautiful houses were badly in need of upkeep, but their threadbare elegance was magic. In my grandmother’s house, there mysterious and beautiful things in every room. My grandmother told us the stories behind every painting, object, and piece of furniture. Mystery, stories, elegance, beauty, and the guts to paint a house pink have all left their mark on me. I guess that’s why Olivia and I painted our floors blue!

The place you love near your home  Pt. Dume – one of the most beautiful beaches anywhere, and my favorite surfing break.

Where do you dream to go for your next family holiday Costa Rica for a surfing, yoga, beach, and jungle vacation that would make my two girls, Olivia, and me very happy.

A film that you saw recently and that stayed with you? I loved Moneyball. Brad Pitt was amazing. His character Billy Beane’s struggle still resonates with me as a metaphor for being an entrepreneur and trying to build something new in the face of long odds and entrenched resistance.

The film that you love to see with the whole family? Every September, the Hollywood Bowl shows “The Sound of Music” with Karaoke subtitles for the songs and the whole audience of 17,000 sings along. Grown-ups and kids are in costume. Everyone is sharing their picnics, being silly, and getting swept up in the grand story. We’ve been telling all our friends what a great time we had, so next year I think we’re going to have to rent a bus.

The book on your bedside table Marcus Aurelius “Meditations”. Wise, succinct, ever timely, and what a life.

The children’s brands your cherish Osk cosh, vans, mustela cream, petit colin , numae, anne –claire petit, april showers, atsuyo and akiko, aigle, epice, espN1, Isabel marant, makie, Moulin roty, baker made with love, bobo choses, h-luv,  oeuf, plan toys, petit pan, sentou, tse-tse, radio flyer, zef, zid-zid, radio flyer, naïve editions.

The children’s stores you love to visit and buy from Bonton, Bonpoint, boucle d’or, lost and found (L.A), mint (mill valley), Sprout (S.F), Sweet William (NYC & Brooklyn) Yoya (NYC), Pachute (NYC), Pomme (Brooklyn), Cassie and James (Palm Beach), Darling Clementine (Brooklyn)

What do you buy online? Smallable.fr, urthchild.com, der klein salon, thekidsboutik.comyellowbasket.it.

A website that inspires you One King’s Lane

Last item you added to your child’s wardrobe Some tennis shorts because my girls just had their first lessons.

Favorite pieces in your child’s wardrobe For Lexie, it’s an old corduroy, tiger striped bathrobe that I worn when I was a little boy. Somehow my mom saved it. My sister’s two boys and one girl each wore it in turn and loved it. I loved it, and now Lexie loves it. I suppose I’m a sentimentalist, but sometimes hand-me-downs are the best. Making things that are good enough to be hand-me-downs, I think that is something to strive for. For Clementina, it’s a striped snap-up PJ. Lexie wore it before her, and now Clementina has almost outgrown it, and it’s full of memories.

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