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Wooden toys, X-mas tips!

 

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Looking for great X-mas toys?

Plantoys has wonderful wooden options. This shopping cart can be adjusted to the child’s height. Children can pretend to be at the supermarket, and they can also have some support while walking. Dim 39 x 44 x 49 cm. 3 years + . Price 60 – 70€



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Rodeo horse toy, very comfortable, simple and secure. Great to help the children experiencing balance. Dim 36,5 x 65,5 x 52 cm. 2 years +. Price 100 – 130€

Available at Le Bon Marché Paris, www.allwoodtoys.com. For wholesale inquiries www.plantoys.com

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Interview of Helene Borderie, founder of Noeuf.com

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Helene Borderie is the founder and manager of Noeuf.com, an online baby concept store for children up to 4 years old. The store was created two years ago, after the birth of her first child, Lalo. She lives in Paris and worked in the fashion and luxury industry for 10 years in France and in the US before deciding that it was time to create her own thing.

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Hunting and collecting

 

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If you travel to Brussels, save some time for Hunting and Collecting, a new 300m2 boutique opened end of february 2010 by Aude Gribomont, fashion editor, and Niels Radtke, event producer. You will find a bold selection of clothing for men, women, and children, as well as footwear, accessories, design objects, and press dedicated to modern culture. Popupshop, The White brief, Le Mont St Michel,  Bless, Superfine, White Mouintaneering, etc.

“The selected brands all hold a common link: each possesses a clear vision of style and a distinctive identity that results as the product of true artistic creativity and individuality. Rather than following trends, these brands create them, giving them additional value and importance within modern culture.”


Photos  Tine Claerhout - www.tineclaerhout.com

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Naif Magazine celebrating 2 years

 

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Naif Magazine number 8 is out!


Magazine director Silvana Catazine says “It’s Naif Magazine’s second birthday and we want to celebrate it with a very special issue: more pages full of reports, fashion, ideas and trends. You are going to love it!”
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“In this fall-winter issue, Naif interviews the singer and actress Najwa Nimri, travels with kids to the Machu Picchu in Peru; we encourage you to celebrate your children’s birthday party at home; we slip in five stylish families’ homes; met six mummy bloggers; and deepen the life of people with autism and their families.This Naif has got so many contents that you’ll have to read it twenty times! In Spain, it will be on sale next week and at the end of November in the rest of countries.”


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Milan, 10 years old – Los Angeles, USA

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Milan is a bit of a dream son for a mom : into sports (football and surf)  but also very interested by the arts, creative (he makes amazing drawings), fashion savvy (he has a very precise idea of what he likes and how to wear things) and last but not least, very protective with his little sister Colette, 3 years old. A great source of joy for Delphine, a French writer based in LA since 1996, 2/3 time mother, 1/3 time writer.

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I want my "Play! Design for kids" 2011 calendar!

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Wonderful idea, a calendar for kids! Children around 5 years old, keep asking “what day is today?” and a part from the advent calendars, nothing is really adapted to their needs. This “Play! Design for kids” calendar is playful and educational as it features the work of 53 designers and architects that create delightful stuff for kids. Very important : it is also a super beautiful object, available in three colors. Enhanced by screen-printing and multi-stage embossing, it provides an inspiring accompaniment to the year 2011. “Play! Design for Kids” is available now from the publisher NBVD www.nbvd.de or stationers and online booksellers (ISBN: 978-3-939028-21-5). A good item to add on Santa’s list…

 


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Petit Mag by Lila & Tom

 

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Petit Mag issue n.1, featuring Massimo Dutti, Bellerose, Rita co Rita, Tammy Donohoe’s and Kik Kid. Come and see...www.petitmag.com
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Petit Mag is the free creative lab of Lila & Tom, a visual communication agency. It is an experimental website of images created for the sheer pleasure of viewing, imagining and elaborating a world of color and beauty dedicated to children… to the children we once were, to the ones we have now, to your children. Photos, videos, montages, animations… all devoted to childhood and written in a resolutely modern, candid and joyous style.
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Imperfect is beautiful

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Mother of three children, Alessandra Ianniello is an interior photographer, apart of the studiopep family. Her stories have been published in Elle Decoration worldwide, Case da abitare, Marie Claire Maison and many others. The images above are from the house of Emanuela Ravelli and Verter Turroni, an incredible artists couple. Have a look at their website www.imperfettolab.com.

 

Thanks to Petra Barkhof – studiopep

 

 

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In love with Bellerose

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On the market since 21 years, Belgium brand Bellerose has become a must for the whole family. The clothes, with an old school feel, are military inspired, all declined in soft, washed material. The colors are basic, always in the right subtle tones, with injection of brighter tones like poppy red, green or yellow. Simple, stylish and comfortable, the clothes are also fairly priced, offering great value for money. As of today, Bellerose owns 21 directly operated stores: Antwerp, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, San Sebastian and a few corners in department stores (Bon Marche and Printemps Paris).

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Kevin Mackintosh and African imprints

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Now based between London and New York, photographer Kevin Mackintosh grew up in Africa. I found about him years ago, when he did a story for Milk Magazine, made of cut out paper, very poetic. His universe is a meeting of still life and fashion, with a great sense of theater. Fellini and the surrealists are not far, but the imprint that Africa left on Kevin is quite an important element in his work. Discover more on kevinmackintoshphotography.com

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Bedding, garlands and mobiles : a winning trio

 

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If you have visited Bubble New York in 2007, you will remember the giant mobile piece decorating the reception area. Frazier & Wing, who designed it, just started a collaboration with DwellStudio, producing an exclusive collection for the brand: four mobiles and two garlands designed to match some of the signature baby and kids bedding collections. The paper creations are available exclusively at DwellStudio.com where more of the collection can be seen. Such a good match!
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Below : Heather Frazier in her studio, by SPACEPDX

 

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From Belgium, full color mode

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It is really a delight to enter a world of tonic and uplifting colors. The Belgium are genius on playing with flashy tones, mixing them with subtle shades and prints. They simply do it to perfection, as if they had spent their lives in a Pantone nuancier. If you are craving for a color concentate, visit boutique Kat en Muis (the cat and the mouse) in Brussels. Maan, Simple kids, Max & Lola, RitaCoRita, Anne Kurris, Zorra, all the iconic Belgium brands are there, as well as a few foreign brands including shoes from France and wonderful knitted hats from Denmark.

Kat en Muis, 32 Rue Antoine Dansaert, Brussels

 

 

 

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