Hello Spring! Elias & Grace
Love Love Love!
Cool Underwear {Goat Milk}
In love with stripes {Bob&Blossom}
Shirts shirts shirts {Wolf&Rita}
Talented Photographers {Joanna Paterson}
Furniture & Home Decor
Parent & Child interviews

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


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




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


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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A book, a child – Iris presents Klimt and his cat

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I like this book because the images are beautiful with many colors. The women, who are models of the painter Klimt, have very long and thick hair, and there is gold on their dresses.  The story is full of adventures and travels and it is also about brushes and paints which I like very much. I like to copy the drawings of this book.

Klimt and his cat – Written by Berenice Capatti, illustrated by Octavia Monaco

Commented by Iris, 5 years old

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If your child wants to present a book, submit pictures and text to pirouetteblog@gmail.com



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Focus on Roxana Delgado, founder of Maromeria


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Founder of the delicious e-store maromeria, Roxana Delgado describes herself as a Designer, Fashion Stylist and Dreamer. Roxana lives in Miami, Florida with her husband and two daughters (Carmen, 9 and Sienna 3), and also two dogs. Roxane has a passion for design and beautiful things. After she visited the first Bubble edition in New York, she made the decision to change her career and to bring all the best for children, enjoying every day finding and collecting them and that’s how she started www.maromeria.com. A fresh, inspiring e-store that I really enjoy visiting and where I discovered brands like Matteo Bambino, and products like the Rip+Tatter chair , the Zorro mask and cape from Zid zid kids.
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Your favourite bedtime reading with the kids Nicholas by Goscinny & Sempe/ ABC by Bruno Munari.
Your favourite movie to watch with the whole family All from Chaplin.
Last item added to your child’s wardrobe A Petite Maloles shoes.
The book on your bedside table Dulce María Loynaz a Cuban poetry – It’s all about the importance of the sea and nature for island’s people.
Favourite art place MOMA, New York.
Favourite place for family holidays I love to be with close friends at the beach.
What do you prize most in life Freedom, Travel, but and the same time be the person to pick up my daughters from the school, I don’t want to miss that.
What inspires you at the moment Yohji Yamamoto / Talking to myself.
Your perfect Sunday At the park with the sound of the sea and my daugthers.
Your favorite website related to children I have a huge bookmark, but http://ringoatelier.com is a great resource.
Your favorite magazines related to children Kid’s wear and Milk magazine, especially the Japanese edition.

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Little Scandinavia

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Brits seem to love Scandinavian products, at least when it comes to dressing their children. Not too surprising then, that London counts a kid’s store specialized in Scandinavian products. Called Kidsen, the colorful boutique features funky footwear, clothes for boys and girls (mini rodini, mini A ture, little ducklings…), innovative toys, delightful decor (fermliving, photos above and below) and stylish living accessories.

The cool selection is now also available online at www.kidsen.co.uk

Kidsen – Kensal Rise, 111 Chamberlayne Road, London UK

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