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Hello Spring! Elias & Grace
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Love Love Love!
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Cool Underwear {Goat Milk}
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In love with stripes {Bob&Blossom}
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Shirts shirts shirts {Wolf&Rita}
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Talented Photographers {Joanna Paterson}
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Parent & Child interviews
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After birds, it’s the dog‘s turn to become recurrent decoration icons. Look around, you will start seeing them pictured everywhere.

Holy Smoke animals are handmade from natural linen and vintage textiles, drawn with hand stitching and raw edges to convey expressions of humor and pathos. No two animals are the same and their sizes are variable from 25cm to 50cm in height.

I’ve seen them in real, and I can say it’s hard to resist their fragile features and their hyper real look! holy-smoke.co.uk


 

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Stella Brown, 12 years old – Petaluma CA, USA

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I met Stella at Bubble New York, when she was a little girl, playing with other exhibitor’s children at the show. I saw her again last month, still in NY, but this time she was helping her mother Jess with her booth at Playtime. Time really flies, she a demoiselle now, who is obviously is taking after her mom and wants to be in fashion!

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Happy mother's day!

 

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Happy mother’s day (Europe) ! – Creations by Kathleen Hills www.kathleenhills.co.uk


 

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Must have toy

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We were offered a set of the Grimm blocks when the children were born, and they are probably the toys that we played the most with. They are still part of the fantasy land of our 5 years old Iris; she finds all sorts of uses for the curved pieces : bridge, boat, bed… This is when I don’t steal the blocks to add a bit of color to our living room. In other words : a must have!

 

“Discover a world of color and creative play with these fantastic nesting and stacking blocks by Grimm’s, made of natural wood in beautiful rainbow colors, in the style of educational Waldorf toys. Blocks to inspire creative play and develop motor skills among budding artists, architects, builders and craftspeople. Made in Germany. At sweetwilliamltd.com


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Viktoria Thora, 8 years old – Reykjavik, Iceland

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Viktoria is a very creative, calm and happy child. She is always always drawing, so there are big and small drawings allover her house. Recently she started to knit. Mother of Viktoria, Helga Olafsdottir is the head designer and Creator of Ígló Kids.

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Spring shopping – Get inspiration from 5 moms in 5 cities

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Tada!shop is a great place to shop, especially for who likes to mix and match : young designers, hard to find labels, high end fashion, established brands, high street fashion. I picked up products from Talc, Atsuyo et Akiko, Namhee, J.Crew, flora & henri, Kit + Lili, Winter Water Factory for my spring shopping list. But you can also find Gap, Lego, Adidas, Chronicle Books, Smiling Planet, Makie, Oeuf, Lucky Wang…and much more. A wide array of styles, product categories and more important, price range through tada!shop.

Click here for the editor’s picks

 

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Inside Children’s Wear

 

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Caletha Crawford is an expert in the children’s apparel. Former editor in chief of Earnshaw’s magazine—the leading US children’s trade publication, Caletha is a consultant for children’s wear brands as well as a part-time faculty at Parsons The New School for Design. There, she equips students with the fashion industry knowledge needed to become entrepreneur designers. On March 9th, Caletha Crawford gathered industry insiders at the Parson School of design and asked them to speak about what consumers want now.

The panel of industry professionals represented all facets of the market, including recruiting (represented by Polo Ralph Lauren); design (Ralph Lauren, J Crew’s Crewcuts and Tawil Associates); retail (Yoyamart) and sales (Thread showroom and Playtime trade shows). Throughout the hour-long discussion, the panel provided valuable information on how to break into the industry but one of the most interesting aspects of the conversation centered around defining who today’s customer is and discussing how she ultimately determines what ends up in stores:

· The economic outlook is improving, but consumers are still demanding value. “In Europe, we all have the feeling that we’re working more for less so you have the feeling that you have to give more to people. Everyone’s asking for more these days.” — Sebastien de Hutten, event director for Playtime, a juvenile products trade show with editions in Paris, Tokyo and New York

· The market is evolving, incorporating more contemporary styling into this age group—as a result a new customer is emerging for tween clothes: Moms! “People are a lot less conservative than they used to be, especially at the luxe level. At mid and mass, things tend to be more traditional.” —Amy Pang, design director for 7 for All Mankind Kids at New York-based Tawil Associates

· Grandmothers continue to be the No. 1 consumers to court, especially in the smallest sizes. —“She’s got a lot of income and a lot of time to fill.” —Ashleigh Crawford, vice president of children’s design at Ralph Lauren

· The woman who purchases high-end better goods for herself buys the same level of goods for her children. “If mom isn’t going to wear a rayon sweater, she has the mentality that my kid’s not going to wear it so it justifies buying $200 Loro Piana cashmere for their kid.” —Michelle Copelman, accessories designer and brand buyer at Crewcuts

· There’s a market for everything from $795 jackets to $20 T-shirts and from preppy to boho, it’s just up to retailers to know their customers and buy accordingly. “It’s like music. Anything goes,” stated Fazio. “You can mix hip hop and rock these days. You can mix California laid-back with European collections and Crewcuts accessories with your Ralph Lauren riding boots.” — Terra Fazio, owner of the Thread Showroom in New York

View the event in its entirety on YouTube

Caletha Crawford consults with designers to help them better understand the industry, communicate their positioning through branding and public relations, and grow their market share. Her contacts within the industry span independent start-ups to multimillion-dollar design firms. She’s a regular at domestic and international trade shows and market events. Learn more at calethacrawford.com.


 

 

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Color inspiration

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Posters from www.colourlovers.com


 

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Flynn, 3 years and half – Denver CO, USA

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Flynn (aka Q, short for her Chinese name) is a daredevil and tomboy who would sooner go around like Mowgli of the Jungle than ever wear a stitch of clothing, so it’s ironic that she is best known in the blogosphere for her “style”. Maia Chavez Larkin, the mother comments : “I attribute this to the fact that her tastes are not swayed by traditional girlie-style, and also to her massive quantities of charisma and natural beauty.

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Spring windows & store displays, NY-Paris-London

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Yoya New York


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Blanc d’Ivoire, Paris


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Zef, Paris (Le Marais)


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Bobo Kids, Elystan Street – London

 

 

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The unbeatable success of Anorak

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About just an hour after Anorak was found in our mail box last week, the pages were all decorated, coloured, cut out. The happy mag for kids is highly appreciated in our house…

anorak-magazine.co.uk – Available at Little Fashion Gallery

 

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More on Melanie Rodriguez

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Do you remember the photos by Melanie Rodriguez for Kickers? (Pirouette, Sept.2010, see the article here). Here’s more of her beautiful work. Take a tour on her website and enjoy www.melanierodriguez.eu.

 

 

 

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