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Very sweet toys selection

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Stuffed animals by Hansa – Knitted bowling set I Golfini Della Nonna – Indian Camp Sweet William – Handmade rag dolls Jess Brown – Sweet face doll and mushroom h-luv

Beautifully designed toys to keep for a long long time, all at Sweet William ltd.

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Playful and conceptual

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Something in the work of Miguel Palma is reminiscent of boys toys and puts me in a playful mood.

Courtesy of Miguel Palma and inc-livros

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Friday Picks #6

1. Great X-mas gifts selection at Few and Far – 2. Sneak peek at Marie-Chantal Spring 2012 Collection for boys and girls – 3. Great Bedding range by Affinita Moderne – 4. Amazine fashion by Danish Designer Nikoline Liv Andersen (Thanks to Paolo Rinaldi) – 5.  I want it all! Sweet William

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Little East Londoner

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Last I week I was walking on Redchurch Street when I met a fun little person. It’s been a while since I published kids in the streets, maybe because I was turned down too many times lately by parents who didn’t want their kids on internet (a decision that I respect).

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Cool coat hangers and bird’s houses

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It’s indeed all lovely stuff, available at All lovely stuff and SCP

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Formidable Violaine – Paris

A tiny photo of Violaine pregnant, Violaine laughing (probably her favourite thing)

Violaine, her husband Benoit and their son Achille live in Paris 18eme (next to Le Sacre Coeur). Violaine Belle-Croix has a passion for magazines, no matter if paper or online, well established or emerging, related to kids or to adults. She contributes to many publications including Doolittle, Papier Mache, Anorak, Grazia, Code d’Acces, Figaro Madame, Glamour. Before going free lance, Violaine spent many years at Milk Magazine, working there as Chief Editor.

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Laser-cut birch decorations

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Shell Thomas is an Australian designer based in London who graduated from London Metropolitan University in 2010 with a degree in Furniture Design. Eddie, her fabulous cardboard rocking horse  was featured on Pirouette last year (see it here). For this christmas holidays Shell added a bear family to her deer laser-cut birch plywood decorations. Look at the small, delicate and poetic work here.

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mc&co, Brooklyn and online

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mc&co, Brooklyn store (established in 2006) and online store www.mcandco.us

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Friday Pick #5

1. Wallpaper by Hibou Home – 2. Colorful underwear by Germaine des Pres – 3. Photos by Melanie Rodriguez in the freshly released and beautiful December issue of Doolittle Magazine – 4. Hair jewelry by Mathilde de Turckheim Retif - 5. Oil portraits by Nell Kidd (contact portraitsnellkidd@gmail.com  to commission a portrait of your child)


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Enchanted bestiary

 

Lou Rota was working as a TV producer on science and natural history documentaries and, in her spare time, she was customising vintage and salvaged objects, from plates to chairs, with her own distinctive modern take on the traditional art of decoupage. That’s how she started her business, now well established, sold at Liberty of Londonnotonthehighstreet.com, CaravanAnthropologie (anthropologie.com and anthropologie.eu) and Fleux in Paris. Lou’s distinctive tableware can now also be purchased direct from her newly launched website www.lourota.com.


 

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Jonas Parker, 6 years old – New York, USA

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Jonas is very outgoing.  “ If you don’t know him, one day you will ! “ - Heloise Parker his mother is the owner of Lifestyle Website and Pop-Up store Ahmee  (524 Hudson Street, NY 10014), open until summer 2012.

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Culdesac : focus on boys

 

 

Finally…an online store dedicated to boy’s clothing and accessories. I know a few moms who will be delighted with the info. Hayley and Cameron Barker are telling us a bit more about Culdesac from in Alpine, Utah where they are based.

 

How long have you been in the children’s industry?
Unofficially it has felt like we’ve been in it since our baby was born. But it wasn’t till February of this year that Cameron and I worked together to make our own childrens iphone app “Valentine Zoo”.  And it was shortly after that when we started thinking about making boys clothing.

When did you start your business?
Culdesac was launched on October 31st 2011

Tell us more about how it all started and what makes Culdesac different
When shopping online in the past we noticed a lot of sites that are poorly designed and have a bit of a jumbled buying system. So we knew when we started we wanted to create something clean, simple, and easy to use. I think we were successful at that goal, also we include free shipping and easy returns to make our shopping experience even more friendly and carefree.
And we knew from the beginning that we only wanted to start with boys clothing. Having one little boy ourselves we know from experience how lopsided the selection boys have compared to girls in clothing and we wanted to help change that. We love designing unique pieces within the restrains of boys wear and plan to stick to the boys department for good while.

What children’s trade shows do you visit?
We have not been to any trade shows yet but are looking into participating in Playtime New York this coming March. We love how intimate it seems to feel and have seen that a lot of brands we love go to it which is a good sign.

How is the business doing compared to what you expected before the launch?
I would say our expectations were definitely exceeded.  The traffic numbers and great feedback so quickly has been more than what we thought which was a great suprise.  It’s nice to get that kind of positive affirmation on something you’ve worked really hard on and really believe in.

What is your favorite children’s store in your own city? and favorite stores anywhere in the world?
My old favorite that is sadly not around anymore was a toy store in Salt Lake called Gregorys, it was located in a basement and had a slide going down into it for kids that was so fun.
Currently I love a little store called Childrens Hour. And as for favorite stores in general thats a tough question. But I would say at the top of my list is the MOMA store, Muji, and Pearl River Market in NYC.  But really I could go on and on, I love window shopping at all kinds of stores.

Your favorite e-stores for kids?
I love www.littlefashiongallery.com and also the hunt of finding special, hand made things on etsy.

A movie you recently saw and that stayed with you?
I’m a little late on this but just recently watch Bill Cunninghams New York and loved it.  Not only was it a great story about this amazingly kind and geniune man.  But how influencial and important his documentation of the fashion industry is undeniable.  I loved listening to his view on it all.

Your favorite movie to watch with the whole family?
Ender just started watching full length movies and has been obsessed with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, he calls it funny movie. We are glad about the selection because it’s one that Cameron and I enjoy watching too.

The book on your bedside table; what you like about it?
Right now I am reading Catching Fire, the second book in the Hunger Games trilogy. I am enjoying it but so far not as much as I liked the first book.  I am excited for the movies to come out, the trailers are looking great.

What inspires or motivates you at the moment, and what is striking you/shocking you? Anything about the world that you want to react on?
Ever since being young I have been inspired by making things with your hands.  And that is still continuing.  Doing this line I have loved learning about different tailoring techniques, how to knit sweaters, how you make a tie.  I enjoy being in a constant state of learning, whether it’s a brand new craft or just a better way of doing something I already now.  It really is motivating, keeps me growing and my ideas turning.

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