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.Read more
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
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.
Posted in Mood of the daySeptember 5, 2010
Merci to Parisian store Merci for the cocktail party they gave last night on the occasion of Maison & Objet. I hear quite often that Paris has become a boring city, but every time I go I guess it’s when there are shows, events or trade shows and the city is lively and packed with fun things to do/ great people to watch. Yesterday it was the case again, with crowds going from one art gallery opening to another in Le Marais, and from Merci to Bensimon Gallery a few street further, for drinks and finger food. Paris is not dead.
It’s been called “one of the coolest places to shop in the UK” by Elle Decoration, “a hard edge wonderland” by the NY Times. The products from Atelier Abigail Ahern (located in Islington, London), are also available online. Latest addition to a long list of eclectic products (furniture, accessories, textile, wallpaper, mirrors, etc) is a fun lightning collection. Dogs and pelicans covered with rococo lampshades, that’s the confirmation that Abigail Ahern knows how to mix things that you wouldn’t normally see together. For the pleasure of children who always like the odd and the surrealist side of things.
Atelier Abigail Ahern is showing at Maison & Objet.
Posted in ProductsSeptember 3, 2010
Perfect poppy red duo to go to school in Bensimon head to toe next spring! This is just a preview of S/S 011 collection, more to come closer to the release date.
For professionals : Bensimon is showing at Maison & Objet – Hall 7, stands L160-L166