Posted in ProductsSeptember 12, 2010
She has talent, her videos are enchanting: Zoe de las Cases is definitely someone to keep an eye on. Subtle blend of nostalgia and modernity. Zoe de las Cases is not yet distributed in the US and I know a few stores who would do really great with her collection of home/room decor and other accessories. While the website is being constructed (opening soon!), you can still contact email@example.com.
Posted in Mood of the daySeptember 11, 2010
Animal inspiration. Animals or their representation invade our homes, our clothes. Animals everywhere, a trend that seems to be a long lasting one. It’s that deep contact with Mother Earth that we need to re-install, it is also a connexion to the real world, to compensate the overload of virtuality.
Posted in Products,Retail - WindowsSeptember 10, 2010
Caramel Baby & Child, corner at Harrod’s London. Contemporary, warm, with focus on the clothes presented both facing and in the classic way. It’s pleasant, easy to browse through and you want to buy (almost) everything. Well done.
Posted in Design - Home Decor,ProductsSeptember 10, 2010
Kalon Studios is a small company based in Los Angeles and Berlin, Germany. “Kalon Studios is modern, sustainable and ruthlessly good looking”. Agreed. Their range of products is absolutely desirable and fresh. The Caravan Crib is inspired by the storybook circus wagon; it plays with classic form and contemporary, ultra-bold colors. Thoughtfully considered, the Caravan Crib meets modern parent’s needs: Safety (solid construction, stationary sides, conforms to the highest safety standards and 100% visibility of your child from all angles), Green (fully sustainable and made from the highest quality FSC Certified domestic Maple and with 100% non-toxic and/or food safe materials + finishes), Practical (adjustable mattress height and toddler bed conversion), Great Design (modern form, contemporary palate, lots of options) and Domestically Made in the U.S.A. Available in 100% solid raw maple or with Black, Red, Yellow, Blue or Green rails for the ultimate in pop, contemporary design. Raw $695 – Colors $895.
Posted in PhotographySeptember 9, 2010
Photographer Julie Blackmon is back in New York for an exhibit at Robert Mann Gallery (Sept 7th – Oct 23rd). Julie has added new images to her “Domestic vacations”, a fictional and auto-biographical story that she started about 5 years ago and that explores the fantastic elements of our everyday lives, both imagined and real. “We live in a culture where we are both “child centered” and “self-obsessed.” The struggle between living in the moment versus escaping to another reality is intense since these two opposites strive to dominate. Caught in the swirl of soccer practices, play dreate the space to find ourselves. The expectations of family life have never been more at odds with each other. These issues, as well as the relationship between the domestic landscape of the past and present, are issues I have explored in these photographs”. Julie is the oldest of a family of 9 and a mother of three; she has an infinite reservoir to dig memories and inspiration from.
Posted in Retail - WindowsSeptember 8, 2010
Founders of the brand Maan, Vicky Vinck and Evelyne De Brock opened a children’s store in Antwerp named Brussel at the beginning of this year. The 60 sq meter boutique is filled with very absolutely gorgeous kids brands : Anne Kurris, Finger in the nose, Kidscase, Maan, Marcel, Max&Lola, Muchacha, Nathalie Verlinden, Rita Co Rita, Simple Kids…A unique occasion to find all of them under the same roof. It’s definitely time for a trip to Belgium!
Why the name Brussel knowing that the store is in Antwerp? Because we are working with Belgian brands and Brussel is the capital of Belgium
Where did the idea of a store come from? Antwerp has a lot of children’s stores but the original brands are not available in the small sizes
What type of customer do you have in the store? We have national and international customers, many of them traveling from Japan, France and the US
What is different and unique in your store? Our idea is to mix all brands and colours to create a new and special silhouette
What are the key colors? Mostly bright colours
Any plans for the future? We already have our own brand, Maan, so one store for the moment is enough!
Posted in Retail - WindowsSeptember 7, 2010
If you plan to travel to Brussels, don’t miss the pop up store We were Small on Rue de Flandre 162. It will be open from September 10th till November 9th. A great occasion to get great refills of tees, hoodies and jersey dresses.
Posted in Parent & Child interviewsSeptember 7, 2010
Savannah She lives in a small village near the beautiful cities of Nimes and Montpellier, South of France. Everyone calls her Nana at home : her dad, mom and two brothers Miles Harrison (5) and Dylan Samuel (14). Her mom, Deborah Beau, is a blogger (the famouskickcanandconkers, it’s her!) and soon-to-be online retailer.
Posted in ProductsSeptember 6, 2010
Classic and contemporary, carefully tailored yet comfortable to wear, it’s Monamici, a Swedish brand created in 2005 by Helene Edsta and Karolin af Jochnick. Most of the clothes are made with organic fabrics; the company respects the environment and working ethics. A true, sincere mission for the two founding sisters. Monamici Autumn/Winter 2010 collection has a bohemian look with a modern feeling. Liberty patterns are mixed with classic stripes and checked patterns. The collection includes soft colours such as dusty pink, light blue, olive green but also typical autumn colours as burgundy, brown and dark blue. The fabrics include teddy plush and hemp, a great ecological and soft combination.
Monamici is available at Tiphaine, a new very cute store in Paris. Thiphaine, 24 rue Saint-Louis-en-l’ile 75004 Paris (near Notre dame). And also Sweet William, 112 North 6th street, Brooklyn.
Posted in Mood of the daySeptember 6, 2010
Bye bye bright summer colors, the mood is changing for autumnal shades. At least here in London; no Indian Summer.
Flower jacket Hoss, Dress flower dress Fable and Lore, Gold jacket Essentiel Girl, golden dress mor mor rita, shoes Pepe.
Posted in Mood of the day,Trade ShowsSeptember 6, 2010
With its 8 halls, 101,000 square meter and 2860 exhibitors, the trade show Maison & Objet can be very overwhelming. Depending on how long you stay and how far you go in the alleys of ashtrays, cast iron coat racks and useless objects, you either become dizzy, sick or enchanted. Best, if you have a sudden overdose of small scale useless consumer goods, is to go visit the trends section. That will take you back to the big picture, to the essential, to the future.
I was impressed by “Archaic Shelters”, an exhibit by trends specialist Elisabeth Leriche. “The main trends for this autumn can be seen as a reaction to a world which is out of favour and often thought to be over-aggressive. Faced with this real or virtual danger, our ancestral reflexes re-emerge. Far from the ultramodern cocoons offered in recent years, over-representative of their period, there is a regression towards a natural and reassuring habitat. Wood and stone, animal skins and clay – nature is once again a real inspiration for designers. Out of a need to reconnect with origins we have ignored for too long, the neo-primitive is emerging and establishing itself as the major trend of this new decade.” A room inside the exhibit (a bit too dark to be photographed properly) was indeed like a luxury version of a cave from the stone-age era. In line with the rough luxe and glamping concepts. I can’t wait to see new troglodyte hotels flourish, Flinstone way. Kids will love it!
Posted in Mood of the daySeptember 5, 2010
It arrived from China, in a carton box, two months after I packed it at a Shanghai post office. I found this little tricycle at the Dongtai Lu flee market and sent it in a container, slow way, cheap price. It’s rare to find real vintage at Dongtai nowadays. It is more a jungle of fake antics and a true tourist’s trap, but there are still a few stalls selling original items from the past. Thanks to my nephew Lucas (“china wine)” who was able to negotiate in Chinese, I paid only a tenth of what the seller was asking. Always good to be with a chinese speaking friend when it comes to getting good prices at the market. I loved that tricycle so much, I could have emptied my wallet for it.