Posted in Family TravelJune 7, 2010
There are many babies and young kids in the streets of Shanghai, all happily playing, dressed in cute outfits with vibrant colors. But I was surprise not to see pre-teen or teenagers, even on week ends. Why? I learned from my Chinese friends that they are all kept home by their parents, to study and do their homework. A hard life, the one of a 13 years old in China!
Posted in Mood of the dayMay 31, 2010
A bunch of kids interviewed on Pirouette said Shanghai is the city they dream to visit. A fascinating destination that I decided to go check out myself. Children’s industry insiders (thank you Lucky Wang and Kicokids) gave me good tips about what to visit, including children’s stores. I’ll bring back info, images and news for you. Stay tuned!
Photo1 Lucky Wang.
Shanghai (?? Shàngh?i) , with a population of more than 18 million (with over 5.8 million migrants), is the largest and most developed city in China. Photo 2 Wikipedia.
Millie Ferreira was born in October 2002. She spent two years in New York with her family, and now lives in a beautiful house in South London with her dad John, mom Debbie, brother Oliver, cat Mimi and dog Biddy who insisted to be featured on Pirouette. Millie What do you want to be when you grow up Zoo keeper Your favorite famous person Hello Kitty Your favorite book Roald Dahls The Twits, Magic Kitten Seaside Mystery, Stories for Girls Favorite film Santa Buddies, Nanny McPhee, Marley and Me Favorite place for the holidays Sri Lanka and the Maldives A city that you dream to visit Sidney Who choses your clothes in the morning I do always Favorite color Green and purple Favorite brands Zara Kids, H&M The piece you like the most in your closet My guinea pig t-shirt (its too small for me but I will never let it go) Next item you would love to get A T-shirt with a kitten on the front!
Debbie Your favorite children’s brands Quincy, Simple Kids, Caramel, Zara Kids Favorite adult’s brandsDries Van Noten, Marni and a good pair of jeans Favorite children’s storesCaramel in London, Yoyamart in NYC, Zara kids in Portugal (they always have more choice), Couverture in Notting Hill What type of online consumer are you? I’m not a big fan of online shopping. I love the whole shopping experience – I like to ‘feel’, try on, before I buy. Books are pretty much the only thing I buy The most expensive item you bought for your Millie A pink sapphire from Sri Lanka (it will be made into a ring for her) and her christening gown (handmade in Portugal) The criteria you consider when you buy something for child When Millie was little I loved shopping for her clothes: but now she chooses everything and is quite specific about what she does and doesn’t like (even down to school shoes!) I love her creativity and imagination: yes she sometimes gets it wrong (in my mind of course), but I think its important to let her express herself. That said, there are always limits and I do try to suggest, but often its a 100% rejection! An item that is hard to find Good kids Swimwear – never lasts The outfit you really enjoy to see Millie in A white cotton dress from Bonpoint – timeless Where will you spend your summer holidays Possibly back to Fire Island to a house we rent on the beach, then Sitges and Figueras in Spain
Quincy, Simple Kids, Zara Kids, Caramel Baby & Child,Yoyamart, Couverture
Posted in ProductsMay 29, 2010
The AW10/11 collection from Dutch brand Buisjes En Beugels +++will be soon available for purchase (end of August). Named Dots and checks, vive l’art! , it features nostalgic colors from passed 80s’ like nude, bright yellow, neon pink and Queens blue. From 18 months to 10 years, available at Little Fashion Gallery (France), Minigiants (UK), Line und Liv (Germany) and the designer’s own e-store Buisjes En Beugels.
Kodie lives in Brooklyn, NY, in an old factory loft full of art and artworks. Her little sister Zana is 21 months old; her mother Heather is a prop stylist and set designer as well as an art director and painter in her spare time (www.heatherchontos.com and heatherchontos.blogspot.com). Kodie is a good goalie in soccer and a great writer with impeccable handwriting.
Kodie What do you want to be when you grow up I want to be a zoologist
Your favorite famous person The Beatles Your favorite book Breaking Dawn, Twilight Series Favorite film Twilight Favorite animal Tiger Favorite place for the holidays Thailand A city that you dream to visit Cairo, because I just want to go to Egypt and see all the crazy pyramids and huge statues Who choses your clothes in the morning I choose my clothes though my mother tries to Favorite color Purple and black Favorite brand Free people The piece you like the most in your closet Black skinny jeans, and I always wear Converse, red or black only….. Next item you would love to get Boardwalk/surfing shorts
Heather Your favorite children’s brands Molo , Ella Moss, Project E and H&M, always a good cheap bet Favorite adult’s brands I love Marni, Nicole Farhi and Katherine Hamnett Favorite children’s stores Yoyamart is great and Alikat in Brooklyn, also love Bu and the Duck, but more for my little one Criteria you consider when you buy something for your children How cute it will look and if it can be washed a million times The most expensive item you bought for your children A cashmere sweater that my nannny shrunk in the wash the first time it was worn. The American Girl doll now wears it… The outfit you really enjoy to see Kodie in I used to have a favorite piece that Kodie wore and it was a dress that I made her out of old batik fabric from the 1950′s. It was the cutest little loose summer dress. She wore it ever day on vacations in Spain and France and it was just that thing that was perfect for her. Now she gets pretty funky, but she is a little adult with her own thing going on. I try to influence a bit stylistically but oh how she rebels Where will you spend your summer holidays We are going to Montana this summer for a few weeks and Spain at the end of August
Free People, Molo , Ella Moss, Project E, H&M, YoyaMart, Alikat, Bu and the Duck, Converse
Posted in Retail - WindowsMay 27, 2010
This 70m² (753 SqFeet) boutique is a rare opportunity for who wants to open a retail space in Paris. Located on Rue du Bac, it is a few steps away from Le Bon Marche and Bonton concept store, in a busy part of Rive gauche, the “passage obligatoire”, or a “must-pass-through” street for a chic local clientele as well as shopping addicts from all over the world.
Agathange is French although he was born in Belgium in 2005. He was named after his maternal great great grand-father. He moved to Singapore two years ago with his parents, older brother and younger sister and has been enjoying South East Asia’s warm climate that allows him to wear very little clothes. He’s picking up Mandarin a lot faster than his mum.
What you want to be when you grow up Submarine pilote or farmer
Your favorite famous person Lego Indiana Jones
What makes you happy To play video games on the wii with my brother
What makes you sad When my teacher says I’m naughty
Favorite book Tintin comics
Favorite films Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Cars, Krtek (Czech cartoon form the 70s) on youtube, YogaKids’ ABC
Favorite place for holidays My grand-parents’ mill in the South West of France
A city that you would dream to visit Somewhere where there is snow
Favorite yumme thing Ice cream!
Who chooses your Clothes in the morning My mum
Your favorite color Blue and brown
The piece your like the most from your wardrobe My Star Wars t-shirt
The next item you would like to get Lego Batman
Favorite children’s brands
IKKS and Gingersnaps, a super cute and fun Philippino brand with stores in Manila, Singapore, Jakarta and Bangkok. They have very quirky designs, cool prints and great quality at very affordable prices. Petit Bateau for underwear and PJs, Vert Baudet and Zara Kids for basics like tank tops. Gap for swimwear. Kickers for shoes (but in Singapore you have to settle with Crocs as kids will not wear anything else… sad!).
Favorite children’s stores
I shop mostly online or when on vacation. Bali has great kids clothes from local designers. Recently I discovered Gingersnaps in Manila and you cannot not come back empty handed from India. Their traditional kids outfit are just too cute!
Favorite online stores I buy a lot online: I stock on basics and cute sheets from Vert Baudet and get them delivered at my mum’s house in France. Sometimes I’ll get something from Melijoe during the sales and Vente Privee for good discounts. Ebay is a good place to find things that are from previous seasons (great to buy backups for the favorite “doudou” that is not sold anywhere anymore). For shoes I buy sometimes from Sarenza to get Kickers, but it’s risky especially since very hard to return from abroad. Gap online is a safe bet for swimwear. The Apple Store is fantastic to get intereactive books for the iPad and cool games.
Criteria you consider when you buy something for child
No buttons whatsoever for Agathange he can’t stand them! Everything I get for him must be super comfortable and easy to put on. Shoe-wise he will not wear anything else than Crocs so have given up on getting him nice shoes. I only buy clothes in cotton and linen and look for nice, understated designs.
Most expensive item you bought for your child
When in Europe a navy Burberry duffle coat and a silk Chloe dress for my daughter. In Singapore, Shanghai Tang PJs.
The outfits you really enjoy to see him in
At the moment the Saint James top his mamie sent him and his sibblings. He once matched it with tartan shorts. Very Jean-Paul Gaultier of him!
An item that is hard to find
in Singapore: a nice pair of shoes that is not plastic.
The book on your bedside table
Your favorite places for the summer holidays
My parents’ place in the countryside in the South West of France.
IKKS, Gingersnaps, Petit Bateau, Vert Baudet, Zara Kids, Gap, Melijoe, Vente privee, Sarenza, Kickers, Burberry, Chloe, Shanghai Tang, Saint James
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Posted in ProductsMay 24, 2010
How many of the cult brands from your childhood are still around? If you think carefully, you will notice that a fair number disappeared, including Pan-am, Fruit of the Loom, Buster Brown, Tang Powder drink, etc. Unlike those, Petit Bateau
, founded in 1893 and worn by generations of French kids is still alive. Still alive, still cult for many parents and their children as the interviews featured on Pirouette show it. I have to say that I am personally convinced by their quality and by their innovative style and communication. Row row row your boat!