2011 reviewed by insiders Nicole Yee, Associate Children’s Editor – Stylesight (USA), Molly Price, Founder of Molly Meg and children’s wear design manager (UK), Corina Papadopoulo, Founder of children’s store and online store Kidsen (UK), Shiva Shabani & Calvin Yu, founders of Sons+Daughters Eyewear (USA).
This second edition of Playtime New York featured about 60 children’s brands and some maternity wear. A fair amount of excellent US brands : Dagmar Daley, Atsuyo et Akiko, Jess Brown, Kicokids, Lucky Fish, Lucky Wang, Makie, Nico Nico, Winter Water Factory, Wovenplay, as well as cool Europeans ones : Bakker made with love, Bensimon, Bobo Choses, Caramel Baby & Child, Ketiketa, Lale, Le vestaiaire de Jeanne. Among the newcomers with (on my opinion) good potential for growth, were A for Apple (Hong Kong), Esp no.1 (NY), Goatmilk (NY), Kutie Protocol (Australia, the owners are Columbian), Lamantine (France, the owner is Italian), Pale Cloud (Sweden) . I was pleased to see products from Namhee, a brand that I had seen online (and written about), but never actually seen in real life. And I thought it was great for shoe designer Nathalie Verlinden to have her collection presented on the Kicokid booth. Nathalie’s shoes are beautiful, very well made, quite unique.
A for Apple – www.aforapple.net
The brand is doing a collaboration with cult store Opening Ceremony in New York
Esp no.1 – www.espno1.com
Simple pieces + gorgeous fabrics (very heavy cotton, from Japan)
Goat Milk – goatmilknyc.com
To see the article published on Pirouette last October click here
Kutie Protocol – www.kutieprotocol.com
A cool new denim, very creative, made in Columbia in a sustainable way, by small factories
Lamantine – www.lamantineparis.com
Very chic, very elegant made between France and Italy. The line is sold at Le Bon Marche, and Yoya New York, two great windows!
Pale Cloud – www.pale-cloud.com
Very creative ; innovative fabrics, shapes, details
“It is about a boy and girl who always wanted to be like Mahatma Ghandi and Mother Teresa to save the world. Since neither of them were indians, lawyers or nuns, but happen to be born in Colombia and living in Australia with a passion for fashion they came up with one idea: Kutie Protocol“.