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Parent & Child interviews

Juno, 5 years old, New York, USA



Juno is a proud New Yorker – she recently recommended a stay at the Plaza to a family friend, because “that’s where Elouise lives” *. Juno has a little sister Maris (almost 2 years); she speaks German with her family and English at school. Right now she is busy learning to ride a bike, to learn to swim and to horseback ride. Her longstanding passion is ballet. Her mom, Nele Husmann, is a journalist.


What do you want to be when you grow up I want to dance Marie in the Nutcracker. And I want to own a farm with lots of animals, especially horses and dogs

What is your favorite famous person My friend LOLA is my favourite person on earth

What makes you happy/laugh Playing tag with Papa

What makes you sad/angry When people don’t pay enough attention

Your favorite books The legend of King Arthur; Little house in the big woods

Your favorite films Noukie; My neighbor Totoro; The Sound of Music

Your favorite animal I love dachshounds and white horses

Your best holidays you ever had My daytrip to Disneyland. And Christmas in Germany

A city that you would dream to visit I want to go to Paris

Who chooses your clothes in the morning I choose my own clothes

Your favorite color Rainbow, silver and gold

Your favorite outfit My new hot pink shorts and a shirt

What is the piece your like the most from your wardrobe My layer-dress with little pink and white and green flowers

What is the next item you would like to get Pants for horse back riding and matchning boots! And I want Crocs!!!


Your favorite children’s brands Hartford, Flora & Henri, Bu and the Duck, Bonpoint, Zara Kids

Your favorite children’s stores In New York, Kisan Concept Store (they have the best selection on earth!) and Bu and the Duck; Julie’s in Munich, Germany

Do you buy a lot online for your children and what are your favorite e-stores I only buy German children’s books over the internet at Amazon, and that takes a lot of work. Typically, I rather shop in real boutiques to get the materials and the sizes right

A website that inspires you http://sites.google.com/site/laescuelitadeesperanza/home

What criteria you consider when you buy something for child I typically wait for a sale to find great bargains. Key are the quality of the design and the materials. PLUS: Juno must love to wear it

Last item you added to your child’s wardrobe Hot pink terry cloth shorts

Most precious item you bought for your child Pink lacker shoes from Pepe

Best gift you gave for a child’s B-day Pretended shaving foam

Items that you find hard to find A warm and stylish winter coat

Favorite pieces in Juno’s wardrobe The dresses my mom has sewn for Juno and Maris in Liberty fabric

Where are you going for the summer holidays We will be spending a month in a mountain village in Rhodes, Greece

Hartford, Flora & Henri, PepeBu and the Duck, Bonpoint, Zara Kids, Kisan Concept Store, Julie’s

* The famous Plaza Hotel in New York has recently been transformed into luxury residences/apartments and part of the first floor and basement host luxury boutiques including a large Eloise store

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Achim Lippoth and White For Kids


“Puppen”, a new story from Achim Lippoth (photographer and publisher of kid’ s wear magazine), will be exhibited at White For Kids in Milan on Sunday 27-29. For its second edition, White For Kids will also feature a special and funny project with kid’s wear, a live photo shoot around the color white.


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Bubble London report





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This was another very lively edition of Bubble London. The exhibitors were all enthusiastic and reported good foot traffic (a lot more international) and, the most important, a satisfying amount of orders. This is really good thing to hear for everyone in the industry.

I loved Molly Meg ‘s wall display of vintage chairs, Milk ‘s exhibit “One Day, one Look”, and the collections of Little Duckling and Minti were particularly interesting. I’ll write more about these two brands very soon.





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Feeding tricks



I am sure we all played the same tricks to make our sons and daughters eat, around 18 months. A spoon for papa, a spoon for mama, the little train, the little car brings food in your mouth, etc. At Bonton in Paris I found that marvelous neon color spoon shaped as a plane. So crafty!

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Portraits of motherhood



US based photographer Davina Zagury did many projects around childhood, starting with a beautiful story on vintage toys called “The Land of Lost Toys”, published in Milk Magazine in 2004. Later she worked, in collaboration with the store Pomme, on “The Doudou project”, featuring children and their favorite teddy or dolls followed, a couple of years later by a story calls “Sibblings”. When she became a mother (her little boy is now 2), she thought she would love to have a professional picture of her and her son. That made her think it could be a great project to work on, that would give a wonderful opportunity to other moms.  She set up a studio for Mother’s Day weekend and she photographed 26 mothers with their children. Davina says it was challenging but everyone had lots of fun and the results came out beautiful. Unforgettable experience and precious portraits.

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Violette, 3 years old, Brooklyn USA









Violette loves to disguise herself in many different characters, and to mix and match clothes and colors. No doubt this is coming from her French mom, Laure Fischbach, an artist/multi-tasker and object maker of great talent whose collaborations include Pomme, Bonpoint and Bubble New York.

What do you want to be when you grow up I want to draw princesses, apples and plants. I also want to be a dentist

What is your favorite famous person   My friend Mia

What makes you happy/laugh    Crocodile and dog

What makes you sad/angry When Mia puts her fingers in my eyes

Your favorite book I love my I love my French books “Je ne veux pas me coiffer” (ed.Gallimard)  and “Histoire du grand Mechant poulet” (ed. Milan jeunesse)

Your favorite films Tchoupi, Trotro and Peppa Pig

Your favorite animal The giraffe

Your best holidays you ever had My last trip skying in France (family tradition since 1940)

Who chooses your clothes in the morning Myself and mum (together) making sure it doesn’t look too gipsy! Mum said it!

Your favorite color Rose/Pink

Your favorite outfit Batman or my mor mor rita dress, in 6 years old

What is the piece your like the most from your wardrobe My gold ballet shoes and my polka dots dress which turns….

What is the next item you would like to get A strawberry candy, pink color but absolutely NOT blue



Your favorite children’s brands mor mor rita, Talc, Wovenplay, Bonton (for the aesthetic of their shoes this year), Atsuyo and Akiko for the tee-shirts and hair accessories and Monoprix for their affordable and cute trends

Your favorite children’s stores In Paris : Serendipity, Bonton (Rue des Filles du Calvaire), Bonton Bazar. In New York : Salvor Kiosk

Do you buy a lot online for your children I never buy clothes online but I love to look at Smallable, Madame la Marchande, Bianca and family as well as the blog Kawa et l’univers de lilas.

A website that inspires you Tse Tse : I am a huge fan of this website!

What are the criteria you consider when you buy something for child Natural fabric (no synthetic), color and quality

Last item you added to your child’s wardrobe A vintage dress found in a Japanese vintage store, next to my home

Most precious item you bought for your child A winter jacket from Bonpoint with a removable rabbit lining

Best gift you gave for a child’s B-day A beautiful custom and pink 100% chocolate castle birthday cake

Items that are hard to find Good looking and comfortable shoes and warm casual jackets

Favorite pieces in Violette’s wardrobe A puffy shoulder cashmere sweater from mor mor rita and all her oversized long dresses, again from mor mor rita

Where are you going for the summer holidays Michigan for one week, lost in the forest, then a month in France, wandering around and visiting my family and friends


mor mor rita, Talc, Wovenplay, Bonton, Atsuyo et Akiko, MonoprixSerendipity, Salvor KioskSmallable, Madame la Marchande, Bianca and family, Kawa et l’univers de lilas, Tse Tse, Bonpoint

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Kid’s Collection 3


The third edition of Milk Collections is out, featuring over 150  brands, and 1000 silhouettes for Fall/Winter 2010-2011. A great tool for everyone, from children’s industry insiders to parents who want to browse the best children’s collections before they hit the stores. 192 pages of excitement (you want to buy everything), but I had a special crush on BOdeBO, Dandy Star, Surface to Air, Wafflish Waffle and Petit Lucas du Tertre (for their great sense of humour).

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Wowo's new store in Paris




French brand Wowo just opened a store in Le Marais, Paris. Small but very cute, this boutique is a nice complement to its neighbors of giant size Bonton and Merci. I lived in that street for many years, but it was a long time ago, when it was still part of the garment district with only wholesalers. It is so pleasant to see the changes in this area. A must visit for anyone interested in children’s fashion, in home decor and in art (the best galleries are in the little streets behind).

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It's show season again : Playtime Paris


Playtime will take place at Parc Floral in Paris on July 3-5. It is the 8th edition of the show which will showcase 250 brands and a large array of product categories (clothing, accessories, toys,maternity, child care, etc). I have never been to Playtime, this will be my first time so I will give personal comments on my after show report.

Events and partnerships will include Kidswear magazine, Tinou Le Joly Senoville and kid’s activities/workshops on Sunday.

Strong Points Playtime has shows in Paris, Tokyo and a New York edition is on its way.

Don’t miss! Simple Kids, Lale, Lucky Wang, yporque, Maan, Pe’pe’ childrens shoes, Louis Louise, Wovenplay.

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House in the clouds


For this story called The House in the Clouds, Karin Nussbaumer teamed with Frank Visser, a Dutch talented Art Director and Prop Designer. I particularly enjoy the subtle religious symbols in the first picture, the Boticelli hairstyle in the second, and the Van Gogh flavor in the third one. Photo Karin Nussbaumer, Story and Art Direction Frank Visser, Representative Agent Julie Seguinier.


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Kidswear Autumn/Winter 2010/11




Time to open volume 31 of kidswear, the cult magazine for who likes food for thought, high cultural content and strong images. Glorious names again for this issue : Pina Bausch, Martin Kippenberger, Ian Curtis, Andy Warhol, with photographs from (among many others) Ryan McGinley and Anthony Goicolea…oh lala, ca promet!

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More Shanghai kids!





I have to say, it’s fun to photograph Chlidren in the streets of Shanghai. The parents are very open to the idea, not to say that they seem very proud, and the kids might be a bit shy but in general they like to pose, especially around age 6-7.

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