Rich in Clothing – Our new favourite tees

With Henry starting school this fall we’ve been stocking up on the essentials- tees, new shoes, backpack, etc, so when Rich in Clothing asked us about reviewing their new line of kid’s tees (coming soon) it was a no brainer.  On top of that, Todd, one of the owners, was kind enough to include a men’s pack as well!  Unfortunately I wound up being behind the camera on this one, so I didn’t get the matching shots I wanted.

Little did I know that upon opening the package I would be treated to the most comfortable and best fitting tees we’ve ever worn.  It’s little wonder, if you read the story of how Rich in Clothing was started- the desire to have a set of tee shirts that are environmentally friendly, that just fit, and aren’t outrageously expensive.  They felt that the usual staple tees were falling into two camps- either they came in a plastic bag with atrocious fabric and poor fit, OR they fell into the American Apparel camp, slim fit only, often with ridiculous plunging necklines.  And thus RIC was born, and wow did they ever knock it out of the park!

Each 3 pack comes in a bag made from the waste from their t-shirt making process, and from the moment you touch it you know you’ve ascended beyond what you thought you knew and discovered a truly wonderful product.  I’m going to have to be a little gushy here, but the care put into making the t-shirts and packing is obvious before you even put them on.  And once you put them on…

As you can see here, the shirt just fits.  The v-neck line they use is a little bit broader and deeper than your average Hanes, but without plunging into the realm of “ummm…”.  That little deviation really sets them apart and makes them look and feel fabulous with your favorite pair of jeans or khakis.  Each cotton shirt is individually dyed, resulting in the super-soft hand that stays with the shirt from wash to wash, unlike some that are soft when you first buy them but quickly start to pill and stiffen.  We wore these religiously on vacation, through sand and lake and they held up even better than expected.

They come in 3 packs of black, white, salt n pepper, or mixed, and at $39 per bag they’re a better deal than the cheaply made graphic tees available at most retail stores!  The luxurious fabric has stood up to numerous washings, impressing us with their durability.  We recommend buying a pack for back to school, and make sure Dad gets a pack too!


plutokids elemeno tee

plutokids, an Etsy seller based in Chicago, has some seriously cute tees for sale.  Since we’re submitting paperwork for preschool, our thoughts have been on the fall and making sure we have all the supplies necessary, including extra clothing to send with Henry to school. This funny little tee is high on the list.  Small kids perceive things in such a unique way, and this plutokids shirt embraces that sweet moment of time when “mice” are called “mouses”, when teachers appear to live at the school, and when the alphabet seems to be composed of many letters, including the really long letter of “elemeno”.

 

Also, this big brother tee is the cutest one we’ve seen yet.  I’m kicking myself for not seeing it sooner, back when the concept of being a big brother was first introduced to Henry.

 

 


New arrivals from Tea Collection!

I’m beyond excited about Tea Collection’s newest arrivals!  As a passionate lover of children’s fashion, Tea collection holds a special place in my heart.  Their globally inspired pieces are always fun and appealing to both kids and adults, without  compromising on quality.  I’ll never forget the plum Tea crossover tunic I bought when I first learned my second baby was a girl.  Lucy grew quickly, but I managed to slip it (and later squeeze it) on her every time it was clean, because it was both adorable and soft.

 

This Hanji Floral Wrap Dress ($45) is impossibly cute, and would look so sweet with some tights, mary janes, and little buns.

 

The Kasato Stripe Dress ($45) is a fun little top with a hoodie in the back.  It’d also be great with tights or leggings, and can even be matched with casual tennis shoes.

 

We love that Tea never forgets that boys deserve fashionable duds, too.  The Bjorn-bot layered tee ($30) will please both parents and kids.

 

 

This playful Cykel Hoodie ($49) has a neon zipper and boys will love the giant bicycle graphic.  It’ll go great over a striped tee with some jeans.

 

 


Wovenplay Shark Shorts

These adorable little shorts are sure to get attention this summer!  Wovenplay has created the perfectly sassy pair of shorts for a child that can’t get enough of sharks.  The eyes are custom-finished buttons, and the practical parents will enjoy the hidden adjustable elastic waistband-meaning the shorts will last for quite a while, even as your child grows.


Minimalisma – Playfully Simple Children’s Clothing

Minimalisma - Playfully simple children's clothing

Looking for the softest of the soft, simple luxurious hand, and playful yet minimalist styling?  Set sail for Minimalisma, mother-made, Zürich based fashions.  Featuring materials like silk, pima cotton, and cashmere, you’re not likely to find anything more comfy and cozy for your little darlings to romp around in.

Make sure to check out the Madrid mercerized cotton top, it’s a great all-purpose top, comfortable and light-weight.


Introducing New Millie – Crocheted Babywear

New Millie Crocheted Baby Goods

If you haven’t already clicked on the gorgeous photos up there and left to go oggle the gorgeous crochet work at New Millie…what are you waiting for?!?  But seriously though this is amazing work, detailed, colorful, with a palette that is at once vibrant, but delicate.  I love her etsy profile, which I’d like to share here:

Hi, I’m Steph. Welcome to New Millie.

My Grandma, the original Millie, taught me to crochet and craft when I was very young. She was industrious and creative; sewing clothes, painting Christmas gifts, and using her hands to create something special.

I have a photo of myself in a blue dress that my Grandma made me. I think I was around four. I love that photo. I wish I still had that dress, so I could look at it, admire it, know the time that went into making it. I would put it on my four year old daughter and tell her how her Great Grandma made this; how special it is.

I hope to do that for you; create something special. Create a memory. I love to crochet. Love it. And I love to make items that can be used for your baby’s first photo shoot or your daughters 1st birthday or you son’s picture in front of the Christmas Tree. I love thinking that a hat or headband or diaper cover that I created will hold great sentimental value for you one day.

Because I love what I do, I take great pride in my yarn choices as well as the quality in my work. My husband has witnessed many times (in horror) as I rip apart an almost complete item because it “just wasn’t right.” I never send an item that I am not proud of; that I wouldn’t put on my own children. What I do is so fun, but I take it very serious.


Introducing The Little Parasol – Handmade Accessories for Children

The Little Parasol offers a variety of adorable, handmade accessories for boys, girls, and babies.  As evidenced by our baby shower gift idea board on Pinterest, we’ve got a little bit of an obsession going on here.  What we love most about her removable collars and bowties this little shop is that it helps take your kids existing wardrobe a little further, adding even more character and flair to your old favorites, and giving you a whole new set of outfit combinations.  Simple, practical, and of course adorable, what more could you want?


Brand report by Nisha!

Today we have a lovely guest post by Nisha, who was kind enough to tell us about some of her favourite fashionable kids’ brands :)

Apart from well-established big name luxury brands, here are some modern designer brands which create exceptionally good quality clothing for babies and children.

Jelly the Pug

Jelly the Pug

“Where did you get it?” is the likely response when you dress your little princess in clothing from the line. Supplying high fashion garments with complex designs and construction to discourage copycats is the mission statement of the company. Tiered-skirted pinafores with whimsical prints tastefully juxtaposed with geometric squares, or a modified kimono hooded dress with Japanese origami paper cranes printed on the skirt for instance, there is no other designer that puts equal attention to detail when creating both the fabric and the style. Ruffles are all the rage this year, and I have taken a particular fancy in the Opal Ruffle Romper which is a cross-backed sleeveless short tall with cute layers of ruffles on the sides and back. Jelly the Pug was started by a mother who decided that stores had too generic styles and wanted something unique for her daughters. It was when she started getting a flurry of compliments when she decided to turn it into a business.

Emile et Rose

Dressing a baby in elegant clothing can be quite a feat sometimes, especially when searching for the softest and most gentle fabrics without compromising on quality. Emile et Rose features baby clothing in luxurious fabrics like soft velour and French Terry, come in an array of pastels that are easy on tired eyes, and are made in small quantities for exclusivity. In fact most of their garments are manufactured in a single factory, knitwear comes from a specialty knitting house, and most of the baby clothing are hand finished. Their Spring/Summer 2012 line is sailor themed, all outfits come complete with matching hats.

Tea Collection

Tea Collection

Imagine the whole world in one place. I am particularly attracted to the Tea Collection’s worldly view on fashion, encompassing earthly colors and foreign-inspired prints, their children’s clothing is like no other. Their latest Spring/Summer range spotlights Bali, and every article of clothing has the theme of resort wear in an equatorial beach paradise. Summer citrus colors and ocean blues, no matter how you mix and match your child is sure to look hip for the season. The designers travel to a different country destination every season to adopt the culture and translate their styles to modern fashion. The fabrics are carefully selected to outlast the competition, withstand regular wear and tear and no pills from frequent washing. Tea Collection also designs for mothers who want to dress complementary to their kids.

Lipstik Girls

Lipstik Girls

Elisa Barretta Lloyd, the founding designer behind the brand, creates a few masterpieces per season and for this summer she has soft cotton spaghetti strap sun dresses for little girls. The Flower Power dress is a printed chiffon swirly number adorned with pretty purple sequins along the neckband that will add sparkle and shimmer when your little girl frolicks in the afternoon sun. For the evening she could don the Bling Stripes Dress, a fitted sleeveless sheathe dress in metallic gold and chocolate for a stunning appearance. What I like about Elisa’s designs is that every piece is decorated with beads, sequins, rhinestones, or embroidery appliqués to appeal to the exquisite taste of little fashionistas. Sometimes preschoolers just love dressing up like their stylish mothers and shy away from anything that reflects their youth.

My name is Nisha, I love to write and explore the world of fashion.


GAP + Threadless = Adorable.

GAP + Threadless Tee's and OnesiesAs some of you may know, GAP and Threadless teamed up this spring to produce a fresh line of tee’s for men and women.  Well now that summer is rolling around, they’re extending the new line to include tee’s and onesies for your little dude or dudette!  Graphic tee’s are a mainstay in ANYONE’s wardrobe, and as they say, variety is the spice of life.  SO, next time your wee ones outgrow their current set of duds, be sure to stock up on this summer fashion staple any which way you can :)


Our interview with Mischka Aoki

Mischka Aoki kid's fashion

We recently had the pleasure of having a few of our favorite questions answered by Winnie, the design-genius behind Mishka Aoki. As you know our inquiring minds are always keen to get a peek behind the veil, to see where the magic happens, in the mind of the designer.

What got you started working in children’s clothing design?

It all started when I had my daughter a few years back and I couldn’t find anything that looked stylish & different for her to wear when we are out. So I ended up designing dresses for her and I noticed that we always received compliments about her dresses and people always enquired where we bought the dresses. So that’s how it all started!

What sources of inspiration do you continually find yourself going back to, what are some new ones that have influenced your most recent collection?

There isn’t anything in particular, as every collections has quite a different inspiration.

Tell us a bit about your drive and purpose, your vision for your designs.

To provide a line that is fresh, stylish, unique and stand out from the crowd. Most labels out there do very colourful dresses for children, and though I have started to introduce a few colours along the season, I believe that girls don’t have to always be in pink, nor boys in blue.

What current trends are you keeping track of? Any that you just can’t stand?

There isn’t any specific trends that I keep track of because I believe that we should dress based on what makes us look and feel good, not just what’s deemed trendy.

How do you feel that current trend affects your design?

As per above, my designs aren’t normally affected by trends, however in the beginning of the design process sometimes my colour palette is.  In the end I go for what is the most beautiful, whether it’s trendy or not :)

What do you feel makes your work unique?

I like anything ‘couture’ and so I wanted to created dresses that are unique, if a little bit over the top some might say ;) —but are still cute!

What’s your favorite piece from your current line? Any all time favorite(s)?

Absolutely, my limited edition LONG LIVE THE LITTLE QUEEN dress!  Though “One Day in Paris” & “One Million Dreams” dress have also been my all time favorite as well.

 

And that’s that!  Thank you so much Winnie for taking the time to chat with us!

Before you go, don’t forget to visit the Mischka Aoki Facebook page and show them some love!