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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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The magical world of Violette

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When I interviewed little Violette (Brooklyn), her mom Laure send me a whole bunch of pictures to chose from. I picked up one where she is standing in a green field, quite serious. I couldn’t discard the other images, so spontaneous, so iconic of that creative-with-no-barrier period between 2 and 4. And as they were haunting me, I asked permission to publish them…I hope that you will like as much as I do the magical world of Violette.


 

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Show report : Playtime Paris

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A selection of the best children’s brands were showing at Playtime Paris this week end. Among the booths I noticed busy, writing orders in a continuous way, were Pepe children’s shoes, Maan, Gold, Simple kids, Album di famiglia, April Showers by Polder, Bobo choses, Louis Louise, Bakker made with Love, Talc. Well deserved; all lovely, well made and creative lines. But don’t get me wrong, this is just a quick picture which doesn’t mean the other great collections did not do good business; although the summer shows always tent to be a little bit slower, exhibitors reported a rather satisfying amount of clients. The children’s industry is still lively, yes! More posts about new products and interesting founds from the show will come later this week.

Pictures : Simple kids, April showers by Polder, Gold, Lale, Zero de conduite, Petit Lucas du Tertre, Bensimon

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WeDoWood bamboo combo

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This little table made of bamboo with large drawer is called Geos. The drawer can be pulled out from both sides. To go with it, Lillys the chair, in timeless design. Both products are available in three colours, black, red and blue.  Company WeDoWood. Price £180 and £125.

Available at www.designdelicatessen.comwww.nobodinoz.com and www.smallable.com.


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If you visit Milan…

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If you visit Milan during Salone del Mobile, don’t miss Home, an organic and inspiring restaurant , 12 via Tortona. All you can eat buffet of very healthy foods and something beautiful to look at on every corner.

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Marcelo Boz, 4 years old – London, UK

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Marcelo was born in New York and moved to London at the age of 1. He speaks English with his school friends, baby language with his 15 months old sister, Turkish with his father, and French with his mother. Marcelo has  already travelled a big chunk of the world, but he never went to Africa and he really wants to go. With a mum  specialised in family travel (Vanessa Boz), Marcelo shouldn’t wait too long before going there!  Just visit www.bozaround.com to follow this little boy’s travels.

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Total crush on 'pero'

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I had a total crush on ‘péro’, a label showing exclusively at White for Kids in Milan, and created by Aneeth Arora, a textile graduate from National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad + fashion graduate from National Institute of Fashion Technology. Aneeth creates wonderful clothing, utilizing indigenous knowledge of ancient textile and clothing traditions of India. ‘péro‘ means ‘to wear’ in Marwari which is the local langauge of Rajasthan. Most garments are inspired by the local dressing styles from the remotest areas. ‘péro’ recreates and adapts these styles for the modern consumer who loves the aesthetic, but also the ease, comfort and pleasure provided by the simple shapes. The textiles are handmade in various parts of india and each collection incorporates at least five traditional techniques from the country, for example block prints from Rajasthan, Jamdani from West Bengal, woven textiles from Maheshwar, Khadi from Calcutta. Each piece is hand crafted and passes through the hands of atleast 5 to 12 crafts people. The result is a collection of amazing pieces with incredible hand feel, stunning details and absolutely delicious look. They are like art, or museum pieces in which a child can have a normal life and feel comfortable. I have to say that it was love at first sight, and confirmation of the feeling when I saw some pieces left from the former collection at the store Few and Far in London. A brand that both Rei Kawakubo and Dries Van Noten would love…


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Fauna and flora inspire Hucklebones

 

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Season after season, Hucklebones strikes back with a new remarkable collection, faithful to the elements that define the brand:

refined, carefully tailored pieces with a romantic and clean vocabulary, harkening back to the 50′s & 60′s

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spring / summer 2011 takes inspiration from the fauna and flora of the garden. Beautiful pom-pom dahlias adorn soft silk dresses and full floaty gathered tops. A petal inspired palette, soft and delicious with highlights of bright zesty yellow and blue hyacinth.

Long flowing dresses and feminine details grace the line and are punctuated with chic A-line dresses and neat ‘penny collar’ blouses.

Hero items include a wedgwood blue silk jumpsuit with contrast bodice, delicate ivory threaded lace dress with scalloped hem and sleeves, and the beautiful Dahlia print gathered silk dress.

Fabrics include pinpoint cotton, seersucker, ditsy checks, fine cotton voile, soft fluid silk, natural jersey, crisp cottons and cool linen. As always the collection includes unique Hucklebones prints made using environmentally low impact dyes. Already distributed in the best European stores (Harvey Nichols, Little Fashion Gallery), Hucklebones will be available at Bergdorf Goodman in New York from this fall.




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You can find inspiration in everything…

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Walking through the graduate show at RCA (Royal College of Art in London), is a great moment for the eyes and for the brain. Architecture, design products, videos, visual communication, textile…it concentrates amazing creativity and vision. In a strictly visual point of view, it is a bit like “children’s playroom-meets-art class-meets-science laboratory” : loaded with small scale things well aligned and done with absolute care, using all sorts of textures, materials and colors. Absolutely exciting and stimulating for the eyes. And as Paul Smith would say, inspiration can be found in everything. It seems to me, if not obvious to everyone, a good example of this way of thinking.

 

 

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