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La cerise sur le gateau

 

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“La Cerise Sur Le Gateau” (the cherry on the cake) is a French company offering delicious textile items. Designer Anne Hubert cleverly turns basic elements from our grandma’s kitchen into fun, graphic and modern products. Sprinkled with flashy touches and quirky images, her kitchen towels have already seduced Paris trendy outlets. www.lacerisesurlegateau.fr - Photo : Coco Amardeil.

 

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Mouaa-vintage blackboard

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Vintage blackboard with abacus on an easel. Age + 5 years old. Available on mouaa-vintage.over-blog.com, €38.

 

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The mini world of Molly Meg

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Molly Meg and a few friends went on a trip to Bekonscot Model Village near London; they brought back these playful images. Photos Laurie Glees, Styled by Lucy Erikson & Mollly Price. Discover more on molly-meg.blogspot.com.

 

 

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Scherazade Touhami, 7 ans & Adam Touhami, 5 ans – Brooklyn, USA

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Not sure if Scherazade and Adam are on their way to school or if they are just going to explore the neighborhood, but they seem very happy, promised to a glorious day. The sweet little sister, so chic in her dress, complements perfectly the English flower tones of the duo. Mom Victoire de Taillac, a communication strategist (www.thefrenchbeautyclub.com), must be very proud of her little troop.

Scherazade & Adam

What do you want to be when you grow up Scherazade Teacher or Singer – Adam Explorer

What is your favorite famous person Scherazade Princess Leila from Star Wars – Adam Indiana Jones

What makes you happy/laugh Scherazade Stupid things – Adam My friends

What makes you sad/angry Scherazade Meannness – Adam Monsters

Your favorite book Scherazade Fairytales and “Ma maîtresse préférée “ - Adam Le voyage de Zéphir

Your favorite films Scherazade Kingdom of cats, Hiroyuki Morita – Adam Azur & Asmar from Michel Ocelot

Your favorite animal Scherazade Pink Flamingo – Adam Dog

The best holidays you ever had Scherazade Summer in Gascony – Adam In Tangier with Amin

A place that you would dream to visit Scherazade Japan

Who chooses your clothes in the morning Scherazade Me – Adam Me or my Dad

Your favorite color Scherazade Pink – Adam Blue

Your favorite outfit Scherazade A summer dress – Adam Shirt & pants

What is the piece your like the most from your wardrobe Scherazade A Gap by Stella Mac Cartney Tiger dress

The next item you would like to get Scherazade Clothes !

Victoire

Your favorite children’s brands Talc,Zef,Petit Bateau, H& M (for girls), Gap (for boys)

Your favorite children’s stores Bonpoint, 6 rue de Tournon, Paris

Your favorite e-store www.chantelivre.fr

Websites that inspire you www.zidzidkids.comwww.milkmagazine.net, www.balouga.com

The criteria you consider when you buy something for your childrenQuality & confort

Last item you added to your child’s wardrobe A raincoat

Most precious items you bought for your children A party dress and a suit

Favorite pieces in your children’s wardrobes A Mexican dress for Scherazade, a Charvet shirt for Adam

The book on your bedside table Cecil Beaton’s biography

A favorite destination for the summer holidays To our family House in Gascony, France

Talc, Zef, Petit Bateau, Bonpoint, zid zid kids, Milk magazine, Balouga, Charvet, Stella Mc Cartney for Gap

Special thanks to Samantha Adam

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eco peko's green tees

 

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These extremely soft organic tees come from Australia. Made from 100% certified organic cotton, they are the product of a family business that is committed to sustainability, recycling, non-chemical alternatives and fairly trading. The knitting, stitching and dyeing processes are green from top to bottom. I love the way those kids look in their tops and denims. Simple cuts, bold messages. Go green parents, wear green kids!

Visit eco peko for more info http://ecopeko.com

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Gretchen Easton, photographing children and infants

 

 

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Based in Los Angeles, Gretchen Easton specializes in photographing children and infants for fashion, advertising, editorial and celebrity clients, both nationally and internationally. Gretchen’s unique viewpoint when working with children and infants captures the spirit of childhood and innocence, while celebrating the clothes and products the children wear and use. Gretchen is a master at walking the balance line of creative interpretation. Whether working on a formal European French fashion line or summer beachwear, you see reflected the appropriate emotional energy and beautiful focus on the clothes. The subject and environment are beautifully rendered and captured, adding to the moment. Viewing Gretchen’s images, you want to share in those reflected moments. You want to connect and engage; they make you smile.


 

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Gretchen’s work is fun, restful, mischievous, wondrous, playful, and full of discovery, happiness and energy. In short, her images display all the things that childhood is about – and which Gretchen’s clients want their clothing and product lines to reflect. Gretchen draws from her own happy childhood in Minneapolis and returns regularly to gain inspiration. I have to add that Gretchen is especially good with boy’s photography. Really.

Gretchen is represented by Biscuit 8 www.biscuit8.com

 

 


 

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Caramel in Brussels, little shoe heaven

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Freshly opened in Brussels, Caramel is a shoe heaven. The stores carries brands like PèPè, Nathalie Verlinden, il Gufo, Petit Nord, Petit by Sofie Schnoor. Owner Ludovica Zagrebelsky explains her philosophy and her choices.

How did the idea of Caramel come to you? Caramel is a project I had in the back of my mind since I started buying shoes for my daughters. For many years I kept looking, inquiring, asking questions, tracking what’s new and here I am, 13 years later with boutique and my shoe selection.

How does your store look like and how do you welcome clients?The store is rather small, all white with a comfy grey couch. Clients can take the time to look at the shoe selection, enjoy a tea or a coffee, try the shoes on their children’s feet. But they can also just pop up quickly, take a pair to try it home and change if it’s not the right fit. As many times as needed.  I want people to feel nice and welcome.

Can you tell us more about the brands you selected for Caramel? On top of my list comes PèPè, the cutest Italian shoe line. I love the retro-meets-contemporary feel and the strong “child” spirit. With Pepe shoes, children look elegant and stylish in a natural way, they don’t look like disguised as little adults. Il Gufo, also made in Italy, is more fashion driven, but nothing too bling or too shiny like Italian can sometimes be.  The shoes are extremely well done. Nathalie Verlinden is a Belgium designer from Antwerp who creates simple and sober shoes produced in Italy with vegetal and organic dies. A real luxury for children. Her shoes are wonderful objects to look at and to touch. Then I carry L’artigiano italiano (beautiful shoes, simple with an attention to detail), C’est entre maman et moi (French brand produced in Spain so a little cheaper but very cute), Petit Nord (Rabbit or sheepskin slippers, hats and chapkas), Petit by Sofie Schnoor, Andrea Montelpare, Chupeta. They are all expensive shoes because they are extremely beautiful and well made, in Europe and often by artisans.  I like the idea of paying for the quality, not for the brand. You will never find, for instance, a black leather pattent sneaker with a big name written on it in my store.
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Finding beauty on the net

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Every time I venture on the blogosphere, I am amazed by the incredible creativity and beauty I find. It is really a place of inspiration, provided you know where to look. These images from estaminetcoquet are incredibly well composed and moving. The spontaneity is truly unique. A delight…

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Interview of a photographer’s agent

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Photos Diane Vasil

Marketing and sales in the photo biz have always been a focus and passion for Sarah Galperin. Six months ago, shestarted Treehouse Repsan agency specilizing in children’s illustration and photography. Sarah adds a social outreach component to her business, supporting a different charity each year, donating a percentage of the company’s income. She tells us a bit about herself and her new adventure.

How did the idea of Treehouse Rep come to you? I have been working as a photography agent for over 13 years, beginning in New York and transitioning to Los Angeles which invariably led me to becoming the Marketing Director for a well known photo studio. Throughout all, my clientele were high fashion campaigns and celebrity shoots. Of course, when the economy started to tank I saw our client base begin to dwindle, but was amazed to find children’s brands not only remained steadfast but started to flourish. This is when my idea came together. As a new parent, I had a vested interest in this market and knew from experience that you must really know and love any product you sell. It was time to carve out a niche, collaborate with like-minded individuals and create an agency that cared about the subject matter over the final product. That is precisely why every artist I choose to work with has to really love and understand children. I don’t want this to be just another job, not for me or for anyone who is part of Treehouse. Although it is not always easy or idyllic – it is very rewarding to work with children. I know all of my artists share this sentiment as well. To document and see life through the eyes of a child keeps me grounded and allows me to have that connection with childhood I still crave (time to time).

Can you name some of your clients as well as the charities that you will help with donations? We just started but ?we have been so fortunate that clients have embraced us. Our client list includes: Vogue Bambini, Lucky, Carters, Polo, Billabong and several local charity organizations that we have collaborated with. It was important for me that this agency be more than just about revenue and giving back to the community is an important aspect to this company – and not just once a year during the holidays.  I donate a percentage of my income to a different children’s charity each year ( 5-10%) and each artist has their individual charity they promote as well.  For 2010, I am working with the www.makeawish.com foundation.  I not only donate monetarily, but am aiding with fundraising efforts for their local event in Los Angeles.  Some of the charities Treehouse artists are working with include Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition and Cleanwater.org.  I will also never turn down a children’s charity that is in need of our assistance, either on a discounted rate or pro-bono.

What’s next for Treehouse Reps? I am so fortunate to work with a wonderful roster of artists. When I set out to create this agency I wanted to make sure I had a nice mix of young and established artists who were all very different from one another; artists who have their own identity and strong points of view. Building an Agency is definitely a work in progress and I hope to add more artists as time goes by…. maybe stylists and other talent as well but most importantly, I am excited to see how it will all come together.


Treehouse represents Diane Vasil, Harten, Claus Wickrath, Sara Jane Franklin and other artists. For more info, visit www.treehousereps.com

 

 

 

 

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La gallina matta, Italian home decor

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La Gallina Matta (which means “the mad hen”) is an Italian company selling a playful collection of fabrics as well as bespoke furniture. I like this chair, quite unique even more the background wall with its blackboard aspect. www.lagallinamatta.it.

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Swiss design

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Daphna and Nurit, a graphic designer and an architect both passionate about design, are the two founders of a company called Noon. Based in Switzerland, they create a collection for the house and more precisely for children’s rooms. They put attention to the smallest design details (the legendary Swiss precision), while using harmonious combinations of patterns and colors of beautiful, high quality fabrics. The aim of Noon is to provide children their own soft, quiet space as well as a fresh look at everyday objects surrounding them. The Play Curtain (also available in pink) as well as other products, can be ordered on www.noonsoftspace.com.

 

 

 

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Ten years for Kidscase….

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It’s been ten years already that the Dutch company Kidscase was founded. A small independent company, Kidscase cooperate with factories that work with respect for their people and for our planet. They create tranquil, versatile and fashion-forward children’s clothes for boys and girls up to eleven years. I love their “basic plus” look: inventive, simple designs, made of soft fabrics of very high quality. Their clothes just make you feel you did the right choice for your kids (and for the pleasure of your eyes, of course). A combination of comfort and cool chic. www.kidscase.com


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