This week we showcase some beautifully made, very original lines of children’s clothing that we have recently discovered and are adoring. Mostly started by mothers, these companies are producing very unique, very cool, and not yet ubiquitous things for the little ones in your life.
Busy Bees originated just last year from two mother’s desire to make classic clothes for their kids—totally wearable today but also lasting. Their goal is to make things that can be handed down for generations. You can tell they know their kids; their ridiculously soft t-shirts are just the kind of thing my kids love to wear—clothes that are super comfortable and look good too.
Soft spun polo, $50
Sara ruched sundress, $96
Campshirt dress, $77
Summer loungewear, $82 (Apple’s favorite)
I love these built-in-bib t-shirts by Jack & Salma. Nicolle Cannone came up with this t-shirt which doubles as a bib when she couldn’t get her firstborn to keep her bib on. She asked her mother to sew the prototype, and the cute Elephant, Pig and Hippo-eared t-shirts have taken off ever since. The great thing is that you can slip one of these on top of your baby’s clothes for meal times and then just slip it right off to wash. The totally genius animal ears make for a cute outfit and also work for the ever-present drool factor.
After having their first son, Waddler creators Marina and Philip went on a three-year adventure through Latin America. While living there, Marina took up knitting clothing for her son, Finn, out of Andean Alpaca wool, and those were their very first Waddler designs. Waddler’s cozy knits are made exclusively in Bolivia from local Alpaca wool. Their designs are not only warm and wearable but also incredibly cute. My favorite is their reversible Wolf & Bear Hooded Jumper, which can be worn gray or brown, with ears for dress up as a wolf or a bear.
Wolf & Bear Hooded Jumper, £65
Wolf Suit, £65
Llama Chaleco, £35
Knitted Bombachos, £42
Deluna clothing is designed and made in the UK and inspired by founder Luca’s passion for travel and the gems she’s found along the way. The girls’ clothing is made-to-order so if you have something specific in mind or would like to use a different material, they’re more than happy to collaborate. I love the kimono dress and their swan dress is perfect for dress-up for a toddler.
Kimono Dress, £39
Bondi Beachsuit, £39
(I am obsessed with this for my daughter!)
Reversible Poncho, £55
Hamptons top, £21
Swan Dress, £25
The Texas-based Chakra Design Studio, made up of Bindu Kasinadhuni, Sara Hignite, and Joslyn Taylor, employs a traditional Indian block printing technique for all their designs. Made in the south of India, their company supports artisan communities, helping to keep this traditional technique alive. Their light, 100% cotton dresses are perfectly comfortable and airy for the summer.
Fay Dress, $48
Laila Smocked Dress, $49
Laia Aguilar and Adriana Esperalba, two Spanish moms who run the Barcelona design agency Otto&Olaf, were inspired to make kids’ clothes after having a few of their own. Laia and Adriana are all about making fun prints and using colors and materials that are attractive to the kids—the stuff kids would choose for themselves. Laia and Adriana have a lot on the horizon for us to look forward to: more accessories, home goods, and children’s books. In the US their clothes are sold in stores like Sweet William and Una.
T Shirts, €29
Knee socks, €15
Straw Hat, €22
Anna-Maria Mountfort’s line of mittens for kids are designed and made in her hometown of Toronto. She came up with the design to stop her daughter from losing her mittens in the freezing Canadian weather. The mittens have a long knit sleeve that keeps them on and makes them extra soft inside.
mimiTens all weather, $33.50 Canadian
Mudslinger is designed by Caro Vasilevski, a Brooklyn-based mother of two boys. She started designing clothes about two years ago, frustrated by the lack of options on the market because so much of it was either badly made or too gender specific. Mudslinger emphasizes comfort and is made in New York City out of mostly organic materials. Here’s a little preview of the spring collection.
Organic 3/4 Sleeve with denim elbow patch, $37
Denim Short, $39
Dock Pant, $47
Mi Primavera, a website for high-end Spanish clothes, is the place to go for great dress-up clothes and accessories for your kids. Mi Primavera carries brands like Pili Carrera, which was established in 1963, and is the brand that the Spanish royal family clothes its kids in. The clothes are perfect for special occasions and for a preppier look in general. The website also carries great accessories like headbands by Sonsoles, a Spanish artist, and quality home accessories for kids. The good news is that Mi Primavera ships abroad. Here’s a preview from the spring looks from Pili Carrera which will be available in the weeks to come.
Spring looks by Pili Carrera
Accessories by Sonsoles
Zef is a Parisian brand that makes hip clothes for kids and, now, for teenagers. The look is pared down and meant for sophisticated city dwellers. When faced with a wide gap in the market for stylish clothing for teens, Mariù De Andreis, the brand’s ingenious designer, launched Zef’s Ciao Bella in St. Germain—a store especially for teenage girls with great clothes and fun accessories made by classic French brands like Laduree. Here’s a preview from their Italian 60’s inspired Spring catalog.