Interview with Lorraine Le Tac of Bobinette

Yes!  Another designer profile of one of our favorite boys designers this fall!  We are so excited to share with you a peek into the mind behind one of our favorite winter necessities- the Hoodini jacket.  Without further ado, may we present Lorraine Le Tac, the genius behind Bobinette!

What was your background prior to Bobinette?  Have you always worked in fashion or was it something that you grew into over time?

I worked in various web agencies in Paris and New York. I was doing project management on fashion and cosmetics websites – Christian Dior in Paris, then NineWest and Cole Haan in New York.

I have always been passionate about fashion and design!  However, I was never too much into boys fashion until I had my first boy, Spencer. I couldn’t find anything colorful and fun for him – everything was too conservative, too sport-related – nothing that would fit my stylish little man! So, I would ask my Mom to send me clothes from France. That’s how it all started!

Today, I also have a three-year old boy, Matisse. So I have twice the reason to be designing boys clothing!

How do you feel about the state of boys fashion?  How would you like to see it change?

I have seen a big change since I started Bobinette, with many great boys brands popping up in the past few years.

However I still see a lot of the same trends – sports-oriented, rock’ n ‘roll inspired outfits, or mini-versions of dads’ clothes. There isn’t a lot in between – really fun and stylish clothes especially made for little boys.

Personally, I would like to see more colors, fun patterns… We are not used to seeing our little boys wear bright colors – red, orange, lime green or even pink!

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

I get inspired by everything around me. Lately, I have been going back to my roots in Paris. I have revisited my past travels in Europe, and I have been thinking of Italy a lot! I love Italian fashion and how Italian men dare to wear really bright colors. Italians have an absolute sense of style!

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

My goal is to keep doing what I am passionate about – designing for boys in particular but for kids in general. I would like to keep bringing colors, fun prints and style to boys clothing as long as I can. But it is also a business, and with more and more stores loving (and buying!) Bobinette, I have to keep up!

What makes you tick as a designer, what direction do you find yourself returning to time and time again?

I love fabrics. I love to mix patterns and colors and add the little details – buttons, snaps or trims – that will make the garment unique. Each season, I try to re-invent, adding new styles, new prints, but I often come back to my favorite – stripes, checkers, plaids, polka dots… all my fabrics have to be made of natural fibers – linen, cotton.

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

I take trends with a grain of salt. I think it is more important to develop your own style.

Right now, I am not too crazy about “jeggings” or “leggings” for adults, they definitely don’t suit everyone – people should be cautious following those trends!

I also don’t really like super-puffy-tutus-skirts for little girls – or worse babies!  Tutus belong to ballet! Personally, I don’t like anything with lots of “froufrous”. Simplicity in design is a must!

How do you feel that current trend affects your design?

I don’t follow any trend. I never had any skulls and bones, or camouflage prints, no graphic tees. I usually fell in love with fabrics and that what’s drive my designs. I love plaids and stripes, that is perhaps the only “trend” I follow…

What do you feel makes your work unique?

Tough question!

I think I am good at mixing colors, prints and patterns and that’s what makes Bobinette designs unique. I pay a lot of attention to details, like finding the right color of button, or snap. The slight detail makes the garment stand out.

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

I love them all! But I really like the plaid shirts, they look comfy and perfect for rainy fall days… I also love the new organic baby layette – all in blue and grey hues. I have started designing a few little sisters outfits using the same fabrics as the boys’ shirts, and that’s really fun. I am hoping to expand the girls’ line in future collections.

Do you have a photo of your workspace you could share with our readers?  It’s always interesting to see where the magic happens!

Trust me, my workplace is not something I want to share right now!  We moved to Brooklyn a few months ago and my office is in complete chaos!  OK, I will share a few snapshots. When I get more settled, I will share more, I promise!