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Apelbachsville, PA – USA

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The moustache mobile

Cowboy Johnny will play his tune for you at night, under the stars.
This musical toy made of eco cotton & eco merino wool is manufactured at the “Lankwitzer Werkstaetten Berlin”,
a centre specializing in the rehabilitation of disabled people with the goal to re- introduce them into the workforce.
From age 0+
€ 38,-
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Discovering and loving Brooklyn

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Coming from Manhattan, Brooklyn feels like an oasis of creativity and calm. When I moved to New York in 2004,  taxis were reluctant to go take people to Brooklyn. Now it has become a must-visit destination with lots of great restaurants and cool hotels. Since we left New York in 2008, more than two thirds of our friends living in Manhattan have moved to Brooklyn! Here’s a few addresses for you.

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Playtime New York, 3rd edition

From comments I gathered visiting Playtime New York on its last day, the show was rather successful : very busy Saturday, quiet on Sunday (all buyers at ENK, or at the beach?) and busy again Monday morning. In general, exhibitors reported that taking into account the economical climate, their results were above expectations

Beloved brands included Atsuyo et Akiko, Bobo choses, Caramel baby & child, flora and henri, jess brown, kicokids, Lucky fish, Wowenplay, Shirin nyc, nico nico, A for apple, Pale cloud, Bensimon.

I discovered three new interesting brands : Son + daughters (eyewear company from Canada), Little by Lilit (Germany) and Oxanna by happy green bee (California). Not totally new, but I thought moving in the right direction with beautiful collections were Zolima (Hong Kong) and Little Lief (NY). I’ll write more about these five brands in the coming weeks.

Bobo choses did a wonderful “Thanks for trusting us” wall, listing all the store and media who helped them grow and get visibility. I found it very generous and moving. Bravo!

I hope to be back in March, as New York always has so much to offer… 

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Sara Williams on dyslexia

 

 

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A Contemporary Textiles Artist, Sara William focuses on dyslexia and the problems Sara has encountered both during her school life and beyond.  The inspiration for her embroidered drawings comes from a school workbook completed by an eight year old dyslexic pupil and Sara’s visits to primary schools.

 “I have focused on the red correction marks from my school days where I continually misspelt words and used these to influence the words and images of my work. By controlling the sewing machine as a drawing tool I have created pages from a book using handmade unbleached felt and itchy woollen blankets that, with my free machine embroidery, represent my childhood memories” explains Sara.

 

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Introduction to TwoNewYork

I had a crush on Two, a Brooklyn based brand of kaftans, dresses and children’s tee-shirts. I first saw one of their pieces  on a beautiful girl in the streets of NY (The Sartorialist), without knowing who it was from. Not long after, Monica Patel (co-founder/designer of the brand) magically  emailed me about their kid’s line, and yesterday, at Playtime NY, I saw a kaftan on Carina Schott from Nonchalant Mom.  Another great coincidence which really confirmed my feelings.
Two makes unique kaftans, in thin and dry (yet soft) fabric, sophisticated colors. Made from Indian textiles and sarees, they are made in the owner’s Brooklyn studio. Cherry on the cake, the brand is sold in my favorite stores : Mint in Mill Valley (Cal), Erica Tanov (NY), Nonchalant Mom, Poppyscloset.
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Although I haven’t seen the children’s tees in real life yet, they seem fun to me!
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Clara Hranek, 8 years old – Brooklyn NY, USA

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With two parents being bloggers, Clara is very tuned in to taking in the world around her. She loves going out to eat, watching cooking shows (Mad Hungry Food, Jacques Pepin, and Gordon Ramsay being her favorites), and traveling, as long as a swimming pool is involved. Yolanda her mother is an editor at large at Martha Stewart Living, co-founder of the wonderful blog Momfilter, and author of Travels with Clara.

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Beach impressions

Shelter Island, NY

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Romantic, poetic, enchanting headbands

 

A preview of Mathilde de Turckheim-Retif ‘s Spring/Summer 2012. Headband Eva : multicoloured flower pompons in light cotton cloth.  The whole collection of jewels and accessories will be presented at Paris accessory trade show Premiere Classe, Porte de Versailles Sept 3 – 6  2011. www.mathildeturckheim.com

 


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New York Stories

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It’s always an early wake up when coming to New York from London. What’s so great about NY is that you will find life at any hour of the day. My daughter Jasmine and Iris were thrilled to find big blue bubble gums in a Deli at 6am, walking out of the hotel.

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Mika, 6 ½ – San Francisco Bay Area, USA

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Mika is a creative and sensitive little soul. She is always making presents to give away as she just enjoys expressing herself to others and seeing her recipient’s surprised smile. She sings and plays piano constantly but she is known for playing her drum-set which she’s been doing for 2 years now. Mother of the little artist, Teri Dimalanta (designer and artist) chronicles many of these creative adventures on the blog giddygiddy.com.

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dominique ver eecke – F/W 2011-12 visuals

Dominique Ver Eecke Autumn-Winter collection 2011-12. – Photos Bieke Depoorter.



 

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