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From the attic

Nothing better than the grandmother’s attics. I wonder why mine had kept that tractor, brand new, in its box. It works perfectly; the driver turns around. It’s my new toy…

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Fabric application

Born in South Korea, Namhee Lee graduated with a degree in design and worked as a commercial interior designer predominantly in the fashion industry for over ten years. She moved to New York in 2002, started a family, and continued pursuing her passion for melding form and fashion. Now a mother of two sons, Maddox and Ian, Namhee is inspired daily about the role beautiful objects can play in a happy home, both with regard to function and fashion. Namhee‘s creations are available at Yoya, ABC Carpet and Home and Pomme in New York, as well as Etsy.com.

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Australia meets Mongolia

Zamo is a new brand based in Melbourne, Australia. The collection is composed of a rich and vivid range of patterns from Kazakh Mongolia. All garments are made and designed locally, then embellished with exquisite embroidery produced in fair trade partnership with the Kazakh people. The fun range of durable, soft, felted, hand stitched shoes and toys makes a nice complement to the clothing line. That girl in the pictures has a little something of Shinehead O’Connor, isn’t it? For more info and addictional images, visit www.zamo.com.au.

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Web addiction

I’ve been long addicted to The Sartorialist; in fact I think I haven’t missed a single post in 5 years. But my secret other little addiction is Looks de rue on www.milkmagazine.net. It’s always fresh, inspiring and real. Cherry on the cake, the description texts are always wonderfully written. Totally addictive!

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Hand colored


Crayola teamed with Vans to create a cool and playful collection. Kids already love the skater’s sneakers, they are for sure going to adore this new versions that looks like they’ve been been colored in by crayon. Bright red, yellow and purple are available, as well as two-tone colors like pink and blue, and of course, the classic Vans checkerboard print.

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Chabadabada….

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These images remind French movie A man and a woman from Claude Lelouch (1966) with Jean-Louis Trintignan and Anouk Aimee, music Francis Lai. Same misty background, faded colors, with a feeling of eternity. Another beach (The Hamptons, USA vs Deauville, France) and a child completing the idilic picture. Just play the famous film song and you are there… chabadabada.

Thank you Florence, Laurent and Cassis.

 

 

 

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Something out of nothing

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S.O.O.N?, a project by Kompott, was on display at the RCA Show in London. Kompott is a multidisciplinary collaboration between young, creative people (Pawe Jasiewicz, Maja Ganszyniec, Krystian Kowalski and Marcin Krygier). “This project recalls times when Fathers would make and repair their children’s toys by themselves, with the materials they had readily available. Toys created and built by a child’s parents carry a far greater emotional value, they are a statement of individuality and longevity. S.O.O.N is an attempt at reviving the creativity that lies in all of us. Using inexpensive and easily obtainable materials (in this case the IKEA vika lilleby trestel), a few pieces of cloth or felt (for instance an old blanket), simple tools (a saw and a screwdriver) and instructions, we can all build a toy for our child. This is only the beginning of our independence! A crisis is a good time for a change and a return to our roots, do we have to be mindless consumers?”. A questions to ask ourselves as often as possible.

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Djek Max, 6 & Elvis Finn, 4 – Rotterdam, Netherlands

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Djek Max and Elvis Finn de Bruin are two fun brothers, the kind of children who make you laugh from morning till evening, and who you want to film or take in picture all the time. Their mother Mother Kellie Smits is the designer and founder of the beautiful children’s lineBuisjes En Beugels +++.

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The Artist's Studio

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When I was a child I spent hours at my grandparent’s workshop in Geneva. My grandfather passed away before I was born so I never saw him busy sculpting his massive Carrara marble pieces, but I was able to  admire the artwork and his working environment. I remember how special and inspiring the place was, the beauty of the tools and sketches still on display. This is the strongest experience I had as a child, and it shaped my way of looking at things. Today I take any occasion to visit an artist’s space with my children. Here’s some images of a recent visit we made to British artist Tim Braden’s studio in East London. The effect is still strong on me. I hope more and more children can spend time close to art and that they find it as stimulating as I have.


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Italian excellence

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Showing at White for Kids last month, caporea is a brand produced and distributed by View, a laboratory of hand-made research based in Northern Italy. The collection is wide, diverse, in a sophisticated color palette. You can’t help touching the pieces, obviously manufactured with serious knowhow and love, the good (and rarefying) Italian way. A collection for children and teenagers combining high tailoring and emotional content, to keep an eye on.


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Axelle, 13 years old- Paris, France and sister Leelou, 14 months

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Axelle Coubard-Bellaloum loves painting. She puts her large scale canvas on the floor and she lets her paint rolls go. The she adds all kinds of little founds on her painting (elastics, pictures, tape, aluminum paper…). It’s abstract because she says she can’t really draw. One of the best things that happened to her in life was to have a little sister Leelou when she was 11. The girl’s mom Stephanie Coubard works in communication, currently launching Sparkle & Fidelity, her own wedding & event planning business. When it comes to clothing, Axelle and Stephanie share a passion for jeans and tees that they share, while Leelou is still totally relying on her mom’s taste and decisions.

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What do you want to be when you grow up I am not sure yet, but I am attracted by fashion, music and graphic design

What makes you happy Seeing my friends, window shopping with my mom, take time to play with my little sister or going for some adventure with the whole family

What makes you sad When I have a disagreement and some tensions with my friends and my mom, and also the poverty in the world

Your favorite book Surveillant from David von Grafenberg

Your favorite films Twilight,  Titanic, Gone with the Wind and Grease

The music in your ipod Smeiling Tomatoes, The Parisians, Black Eyed Peas, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Ke$h , Taylor Lautner, Keane

Your favorite animal I love horses. I used to ride a lot until I had a serious accident. I don’t ride anymore.

The best holidays you ever had India, Bali, Sri Lanka and Morocco were absolutely great…India because it’s extraordinary, quite a shock, so many different cultures. Bali where I saw sea turtles and exotic fishes for the first time. Sri Lanka where I travelled only one month after the tsunami, it was so impressive. I saved puppies from the ruins and I washed elephants. I also had so much fun skiing in jeans and tank top on the Atlas mountains.

A city that you would dream to visit Los Angeles and New York (with a slight preference for the latter)

Who chooses your clothes in the morning I do of course, and some days I can try 10 different outfits before finding the one I am fully satisfied with

Your favorite color I love all colors

Your favorite outfit A grey boy-friend jeans with a laced white spaghetti strap top and low rise blue Converse sneakers.

What is the piece your like the most from your wardrobe My black dress from Acne with ruffles. Very dressy, very chic.

What is the next item you would like to get A denim jacket form Closed, very fitted with pleats on the front and a pale vintage denim color

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Your favorite brands Axelle wears mostly adult’s clothes. We just discovered a new brand, Abraham Will, a new brand that both her and I love. For Leelou who is 14 months old, I like Le Marchand d’etoiles, Little Marc Jacobs, American Apparel that I mix with vintages pieces like cute embroidered dresses, hand knitted pieces. I don’t like to dress my daughter as a doll, but I like when she has a stylish strong look
Your favorite stores Pepe for Leelou. I find the best shoes there, stylish and very well made; 66 Champs-Elysees for Axelle (and myself!). It’s a large concept store with a very large selection of super cool brands

Do you buy a lot online for your children Not really. Everytime I travel I pick up things from country where I am

What criteria do you consider when you buy something for your children I always chose things that are comfy and soft, agreeable to wear

The last item you added to your child’s wardrobe A friend gave me an old 60′s suede dress that she was wearing as a child that she found at her grand mother

Most precious item you bought for your child A Sonia Rykiel jumpsuit, black with golden embroidery “Telle mère, telle fille” which means like mother, like daughter

Best gift you gave for a child’s B-day A bright color ukulele

Favorite pieces your child’s wardrobe The piece Leelou wears the most is sleeveless jacket with fur trims, very Lenny Kravitz. It’s in liberty with burgundy fur. It’s a great piece, versatile and warm

Where are you going for the summer holidays We love going to Bali which is an ideal destination with kids, but this summer we will stay in France, on a small beach in Ramatuelle, near St Tropez

 

Le Marchand d’etoiles, Little Marc Jacobs, American Apparel, Acne, Sonia Rykiel, Converse, Closed, 66 Champs Elysees, Pepe Children’s Shoes

 

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Explosion of colors for lmnop

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The 11th issue of online magazine lmnop is out! Dedicated to the magical world of color and shape, it’s totally explosive and cheerful. You can download a free copy here : www.lmnop.com.au. Enjoy!

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