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Founded by Karine Dessureault, Claradeparis.com is an e-store which brings to North America over a dozen emerging and acclaimed French designer brands of children’s clothing, accessories and decoration. Karine’s daughter Clara was born in Paris during her parents’ expat stint in France and has travelled a lot as a baby. Like her mom she adores clothes and accessories and never tires of trying them on. Only aged two, Clara managed to answer a few questions, with the precious help of her mother.

Clara

What do you want to be when you grow up A princess

What is your favourite famous person Hello Kitty

What makes you happy Playing with Mommy and Daddy

Your favourite book Emilie fait du campingEmilie fait un gâteau; The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Your favourite films The Backyardigans children’s TV series (for the theme song!)

Your favourite animal Dogs

What is the piece your like the most from your wardrobe A bird print pink sweater from LI AND LO, a Swedish brand which makes organic clothing

The next item you would be happy to get A bicycle

Karine

Your favourite children’s brands Petit Lucas du Tertre, Numaé Paris, Cordelia de Castellane and many more that you will find on Claradeparis.com

Your favourite children’s stores Du Pareil au même (France), The Children’s section at Le Bon Marché (Paris)

What do you buy online and what are your favorite e-stores? Clothes, accessories, diapers and books. I love Nordinary for its Scandinavian clothing which is usually hard to find in traditional boutiques; Fnac Eveil et Jeux has amazing educative toys for all ages

A website that inspires you Ma Poussette à Paris (in French ). I love this site because it is practical when you live in Paris.  Paris tends to be not baby-friendly enough, but this blog makes you discover another side of the city.  I love blogs with tips and practical information such as this one.  It really made my life easier as a mother living in Paris.

The criteria you consider when you buy something for your children Quality and the uniqueness of the model.  I especially like vintage style models.

Last item you added to your child’s wardrobe Kickers sandals for the summer

Most precious item you bought for your child Beautiful handmade lace dress which I bought in Venice when Clara wasn’t born yet.  I love clothing that is handmade and that has a soul and a story, like this one!

Best gift you gave for a child’s B-day Animated books from the “Pénélope” collection by Anne Gutmaan

Items that are hard to find 36-month onesies. They are hard to find in Montreal, although so practical during our cold winters

Favourite pieces in your child’s wardrobe A Cordelia de Castellane sundress with cherry print which you can find here

The book on your bedside table City guide VOIR (Provence)
An unforgettable place you’ve travelled to Saint-Emilion (France) for its very picturesque village, monolithic church and wine caves

The ideal place for a family summer holiday Paris in August when the weather is great and the locals are away on vacation and replaced by the relaxed tourists! There is just so much to discover in Paris with your children!