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!

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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!


Interview with Jen of Eden’s Bouquet

As promised, our exclusive interview with Jen of Eden’s Bouquet!  Love the insights into her inspirations and process, every designer has a different story to tell- hers is one of wedding gowns, European style, and a healthy dose of country living.

Your work is all highly detailed and imaginative, talking specifically about your fabric choices- where does that inspiration come from?

I am inspired by fine fabric. I could spend days in the fabric store or trade shows, especially bridal textiles and notions. It is so easy to dream up collections when you have piles of fabric in front of you. The trick is keeping all my dreams in order.  I am also inspired by European designers. They take children’s fashion seriously and the attention to detail is amazing.

What was your background prior to starting Eden’s Bouquet?

I have no formal training in fashion design. I have some funny stories to tell involving country girl(me), major tradeshows and big time magazine editors.

Like a lot of mothers, I started out sewing for our children and never got tired of it. I then started selling one of a kind creations made from vintage wedding gowns on eBay. In 2003 I started designing exclusively for PoshTots.com before launching my first collection in 2004.

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

Imagination and my sewing machine. Designing is a wonderful creative outlet for my overflowing mind.

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

Bridal magazines. I love thumbing through these for inspiration, the details and textiles are unexpected in children’s clothing and that is what I love. More recently I have been inspired by our trips to the ocean and the quaint old beach towns. There’s something about history that sparks my imagination.

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

I think it would be fun to eventually open up a little brick & mortar boutique. Then, open boutiques all over the world and on the moon with women’s clothing, a maternity line and a complete home collection. Haha. Seriously, this venture has taken me farther than I had ever imagined so if this is it, I’m happy.

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

I love designing Formalwear and find myself adding a touch of fancy to styles whether I plan to or not.

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

I love the use of lavish fabrics and romantic style that I am seeing in the fall 2010 women’s collections. I try to incorporate trendy silhouettes into my designs and many of my styles and color pallete are inspired by women’s clothing. I love when moms say they want to wear eden’s bouquet.

How do you feel that current trend affects your design?

The fabric & style trends are right up my alley and I will definitely draw inspiration from them for upcoming collections.

What do you feel makes your work unique?

I think the colors, detail and fabric in my collections make them unique. I don’t know of many children’s clothing designers that use silk the crazy way that I do.

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

The bloomers. Comfortable, simple and adorable with everything. My all time favorite collection is the Cobblestone Collection.

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Interview with Alexia Panza and Lissette Siesholtz of Tom and Drew Boys

More great insights and inspirations from Alexia Panza and Lissette Sieholtz of Tom and Drew Boys!  Enjoy :)

Was there a specific experience that caused you to partner up with Bulldog Rescue?

Obviously, as you can tell, Tom & Drew is branded off English bulldogs. My family members are bulldog fanatics and it just seemed like the perfect fit for the aesthetic of Tom & Drew. That being said, I decided to partner with bulldog rescue because it is a wonderful organization that cohesively aligns with Tom & Drew. There are so many wonderful bulldogs for adoption out there and bulldog rescue does everything they can to find them happy, loving homes. Readers: please check out their website and available bulldogs:  http://www.rescuebulldogs.org/

What was the inspiration behind using Japanese denim in the latest collection?

The inspiration behind using Japanese denim was that my designer and I knew that we needed something special if we were going to enter the incredibly competitive denim market. Tom & Drew is a very unique line and attention to detail is my highest priority, especially in regards to fabric selection. Our denim is truly fantastic and something that barely anyone else has. It is perfect for children because it is so incredibly soft; it melts in your hands.

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

I started a children’s clothing company because I have two nephews, Tommy & Andrew. While shopping for them I really felt that there was a void in the marketplace for high-end, fashion forward yet refined boys clothing. I studied the business of fashion at the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising in New York City. I had amazing professors who pushed me to achieve my dreams and believe that anything is possible, no matter how young you are. I did a project in a fashion forecasting class where I was to forecast boy’s apparel and a spark lit in my mind; I can and should do this!

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 find myself continually going back to a classic, vintage Americana look. Recent inspiration from our spring/summer 2011 collection came from childhood memories. Of course, my nephews, Andrew and Tommy inspire me on a daily basis. I speak with my sisters and they tell me what the two of them are currently driven by. For example, I actually asked my three-year-old nephew, Andrew, to come up with the summertime animals to use in our collection. He came up with: duck, “fishy” (which we translated in a striped bass) and most importantly sharks.

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

I believe that my drive comes from inside and people telling me that I couldn’t accomplish things the things I have. I have such a wonderful support system, everyone from my designer, sales reps., interns and most importantly friends and family. I always had dreams of working in the fashion industry and moving to New York City. There were times when the road was rough, and I was an intern vacuuming the floor. Deep down, I knew, one day, I was going to prove myself. I would prove myself to the world that I could run a successful company. I think being told you’re dreams are too lofty and a fantasy is one of the worst things you can ever tell to someone with a passion and inner drive. I owe most of my passion, drive and success to my father. He has been my rock throughout the entire process. He started his own business at a very young age as well and has believed in me every step of the way.

The vision for Tom & Drew is always a mix of these components: playful, practical, comfortable, durable, trend driven and most importantly creating clothing mothers love and their boys enjoy just as much.

*I’m now going to turn the rest of the questions to my fantastic designer, Lissette Siesholtz, who deserves much more credit for the design aspect of the brand than she is given.

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

One of the most rewarding aspects of being a designer is realizing how in tune you are with the rest of the world. I love it when I pull a concept out of thin air, think it’s so unique, and then see that same concept used by another designer. It baffles me for a moment, sometimes even annoys me, and then I’m just like, “well, of course!” We are all experiencing the same events, the same art and the same music. We are all experiencing it at the same time, and moments like that really emphasize how alike we are as human beings!

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

I’m so excited that trends are moving towards a more form-fitting, classic direction. At the same time, I think “skinny” jeans are never appropriate for a young boy. There is a huge difference between form-fitting and form-hugging.

How do you feel that current trend affects your design?

I tend to use trends as the finishing touch to my designs, rather than the main focus. I like to take timeless ideas and garnish them with modern infatuations to give a final product that can be forever relevant, yet still reminiscent of their period.

What do you feel makes your work unique?

I was a menswear designer before working in boys wear, which I feel has helped me to understand who it is that young boys idolize. Whether it be their father, brother, friend, or a celebrity, I try to give boys the opportunity to be just as stylish as the grown men around them, without abandoning their youth.

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Interview with Alisha Perkins of Cakes and Beans

Alisha Perkins of Cakes and Beans talks with us about her funky styles and her main inspiration- her two daughters!  Enjoy!

On your website you tell us about the inspiration behind your tutu’s, but what about your other items in your line?

Honestly… it is just things I see and think… “I could do that- but in a funkier way” :)

What can we expect to see from you in the future?

Wow- thats a tough question… I am hoping to continue to grow the line with new items- wherever the Lord leads me I guess

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

I have two little girls- Addie and Lyla, and there is just not a lot of “younger” kids clothes out there that we not pastel with smiling puppies. :) I just wanted to create something more my style.

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 am inspired by my girls first and foremost, but I feel like I am also growing into my own. I think the older you get the less you care about what others think of you and you start to do what you like instead of what is popular. I wish I would of known that in High School :)

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

My drive and purpose is making younger kids clothes a little funkier- a little edgier but with a fun vintage look. Hopefully I come close to that.

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

My kids make me tick… cheesy but true.

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

Truthfully I love unique things…. I am LOVING mismatch earrings!! I cannot stand the maternity top trend… I have been pregnant twice in two years and the last thing I wanted was to look pregnant again but all shirts are too flowy and matronly.

How do you feel that current trend affects your design?

I don’t really know that it does… I kind of do what I do and hope it flys :)

What do you feel makes your work unique?

It is all hand made by me which I think it hard to come by now a days.

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Interview with Kara-Noel Lawson of Eli’s Lids

As part of Boys Fashion Month we’ve had the pleasure of interviewing a number of awesome clothing designers working with all different styles.  This week Kara was kind enough to answer some of our questions and give us a peek inside the mind behind the lids!  Enjoy!

On your website, Eli’s Lids you talk about wanting clothing for your son that took a different path than the traditional “pastels and puppies”, would you mind elaborating a little more?

I’m a huge dork and love matching.  After our son Eli was born I wanted him to match with my husband. Since my husband wouldn’t wear fire truck overalls so I had to get creative!

What inspired you to start “from the top” with your Lids (vs. shirts, onesies, ec)?

Babies grow out of clothes so quickly and I hated to spend money on something that would only last for 3 months. I noticed when I put cute hats on Eli, it would spice up a plain outfit. I could spend less on clothes and still get “oo-aah” factor while showing off my little guy. I designed hats (aka Lids) that will fit little heads for a LONG time.  Our smaller size fits newborn thru1-year-old and the larger size fits 1 thru 5-years-old.

What can we expect to see next from Eli’s Lids?  Anything in the works for other types of clothing?

We are slowly moving into clothes starting with everyday tees for boys. The first in the new line will come out this fall inspired by Eli’s love of pirates. But we will always stay true to our hat roots. Next in the Lid department will be a newborn style just for coming home from the hospital. And I’m thinking a fedora or newsboy Lid will come after that!

Did you have any other influences in your life that pulled you in the direction of clothing design?

My mom is an amazing seamstress and I picked up sewing growing up. Eli’s Lids was born because I wanted a certain style for my son that wouldn’t break the bank. I wasn’t happy with what was out there so I made something I would love.

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

Eli has always been the inspiration for Eli’s Lids.

What current trends are you keeping an eye on? Any that you just can’t stand?

I’m keeping an eye on vintage meets contemporary. I love when a classic style like a pea coat is stylized with some modern details. I can’t stand children’s clothing that isn’t comfortable, practical or fun. Kids should be able to move and play in their clothes and the designs should bring a smile to their faces!

How do you feel that current trend affects your design?

My “current trend” is whatever Eli is into. Which means our California lifestyle, his friends and his sweet lil’ personality are the trends that affect Eli’s Lids.

What do you feel makes your work unique?

It’s easy to see that our Lids are adorable and stylish but what makes us unique is how practical they are. The Lids are at a very low price point and because of our designs the Lids will fit for so long. Did I mention that most of our styles are completely made in the USA? AND 10% of our profits go to the amazing autism charity – Surfers Healing!!

What’s your favorite Lid(s) from your current line up?

The Snowboarder Lid.  Whenever my kiddos wear them we get countless comments about how awesome they look. REALLY! Get one and find out for yourself.

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

No pictures…LOL! My sewing room looks like a fabric store, a craft shop and boys clothing section exploded. Oh, and there is a crib in that mess where our latest little guy, Cyrus, sleeps at night. I actually do a lot of sewing in our dining room so I can keep an eye on the children while they play.


Interview with Carolyn from Mudslinger

You may have noticed that we have kind of a thing for Mudslinger.  It was only last week that we were tipped off to their new line and store, and we couldn’t wait to share them with you.  So we spoke with Carolyn, the creator of the Mudslinger line, about Boys Fashion Month and she was awesome enough to contribute a giveaway and this interview.  So read up and enjoy a peek into the mind behind this awesome line!

There is some debate behind slim fitting vs. loose in boys clothing these days, what inspired you to go the slim route?

I love both cuts for boy’s wear. I have a loose fitting corduroy pant this fall that is verging on baggy, but my track pant and my denim are slim. I guess for the denim the slim fit just had more of an urban feel, which I prefer for denim. For the track pant, I wanted something that looked fantastic, but was as cozy as a pair of warm pajama pants, and my toddler sons seem to be happiest when they are wrapped, almost swaddled in their active wear– hence the super slim, legging-like cut. Also, while I realize that my collection is predominately a boy’s wear collection, I wanted it to be a little more unisex — I have seen a bunch of little girls look absolutely adorable in our line– and I felt the slim was a nice balance.

Was there any particular inspiration behind the coveralls in your FW10 collection?

I have always thought mechanics coveralls were the ideal clothing for boys. You have a one piece garment that is roomy enough to layer underneath if you need to, but can have sharp details that keep it from looking sloppy. I guess there is a little subversiveness in my coveralls because I really don’t like trying to dress little kids like adults, but I have always thought that coveralls make adults look like rolly polly kids.

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

Nearly all my life I have designed and made clothes in some form or another, but my 2 sons sealed the deal for me and making children’s/boy’s clothing.

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 love the old world style of dressing children wherein children are not subject as much to the usual adult rules of gender dressing, but instead there are lots of child-specific clothing styles, like rompers and jon boys for example. I keep going back to classic pieces that I can tweak into more modern, sporty, and less fussy. I love beach trips and the sea and am always inspired by things nautical and stormy days. For my new collection, I think I was most inspired by my son’s imagination and his love of color. If I asked him to draw a sailor, he would paint him wearing a purple and green suit. And seriously, his favorite adjective is cozy. Thats sort of how I operate too.

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

I just want to make beautiful, colorful clothes for kids that they feel cozy wearing. My 2 sons/my family are my drive and purpose. I want to have a family business.

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

As a designer I sort of work in reverse. It’s like first I envision an ideal campaign shoot at the end and then I take it backwards until I reach the small picture of what I really want to create and start form there. It is kind of crazy, but I think it results in a collection that is cohesive but that maybe would have been a little more boring had I just started all together. This is my first *formal* season, so I can’t say I keep going back to things with Mudslinger, just yet– we’ll see what happens.

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

I like that more and more designers are making clothing that inspires children to play and be comfortable, instead of dress them up like little men and women. My absolute favorite right now is anything and everything by Wovenplay. They really create entire play worlds with their beautiful designs. I know this is a little passé but I seriously can’t stand skulls and other morbid/adult things on children’s clothing.

How do you feel that current trend affects your design?

I try not to let them. I feel like I have pretty classic tendencies, just like to give them a twist.

What do you feel makes your work unique?

I don’t really feel limited by a certain style or set of rules. I feel like Mudslinger clothes were designed very much in tandem with the moods and needs of my 2 sensitive, creative kids and I think it shows in my work.

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

Toss up between the coveralls and the skinny track pant. Visually, it is the coveralls, but my sons never want to take the track pants off because they love them so much, and I feel like they get a vote too.

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

Yikes. I am in between spaces right now, so I just have a very crowded nook in my Brooklyn home.


Interview with Melissa of Knuckleheads

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We love to hear artists talk about their work and get inside their head for a few minutes, seeing the world through their eyes.  We’ve asked each of our Boys Fashion Month sponsors to answer a few questions to shed some light on what goes on behind the scenes with their designs.  We hope you’ll enjoy reading these as much as we did!

Being Knuckleheads week, first on the block is Melissa, the genius behind one of our favorite boy lines.

What was your background prior to Knuckleheads?

I majored in PR and Marketing, with a minor in Art, so I think of my self as a business woman before a designer.  And the clothing designing is the fun part and the work part is everything else…… . This industry was not new to me when I started KH. I owned a children’s high end jewelry company and sold to boutiques years before Kh started. So I guess it got my feet wet and l learned a lot about how the industry works and I really enjoyed it. So when I decided that I wanted to do an apparel line it sort of snow balled quickly because I already knew a lot of the do’s and don’ts.

What motivated you to pursue the greaser/skater look in your designs?

My husband was part owner of a custom motorcycle shop. We would bring our son to the shop and he would come home covered in oil and dirt and my husband says, “you should make him some coveralls to go over his clothing at the shop”. So, I did. And that was the start of the clothing line. And the other pieces were things that were available in adult sizes but not small for kids. So, we started making a list of things we thought would be cute for little ones, and the first 5 designs came from that original brainstorm.

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

We generally don’t look at mainstream from inspiration. We look at what is popular in sub cultures. What is the rockabilly crowd wearing, what did my father wear in the 50s, 60s? What are the skater kids into right now. And then we find fabrics that we love and mix it up. Spring 11 was inspired by color mostly. We usually shy away from bright colors, but we fell in love with a celery green color and couldn’t pass it up.

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

My drive is ultimately my family, we are a family business. Literally. My husband I and I both do this full time and we have a sister in law, mother in law, and my mother involved with KH. My kids are at the office almost everyday and they are a part of the design process. If my kids don’t like it and don’t wear it, we won’t make it.  Our ultimate drive is the fact that we can’t fail, too many people are counting on us and so we can’t hesitate or slow down. We keep moving forward and try to enjoy the ride as much as possible.

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

I have a pretty classic style. I don’t like a bunch of  embellishment, or too much fussy stuff going on in my clothing, so why would I want that in Knuckleheads?  So, i always return to simple silhouettes or vintage patterns. I am obsessed with stripes and return to those over and over, and now everyone pretty much expects to see stripe knits in every line. We are sorta known for it now.

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

I can’t stand over embellished stuff…..cheap looking embroidery and an over worked piece. you won’t see any embellishments on any KH item. I am in love with 60s London fashion right now, and you will see some silhouettes showing through some of our pieces, especially with Hula Mula (the girls line)

How do you feel that current trend affects your design?

I don’t really follow current trend, we do what we like and make that the new trend!

What do you feel makes your work unique?

“Vintage flavor”  We use a lot of vintage patterns and mix it up with new fabrics, and we try to do what we like and if it is different but still cool looking then we succeeded. The most popular piece each season is always something that is not standard and stands out from the rest of the collection.

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

I always love our rockabilly snap shirts, they are my favorite on a little boy and look so sharp and clean looking, with that cool vintage vibe. We did a lime green check shirt with black snap buttons with our head logo in the snap. This is my favorite piece for Spring 11, and we did a matching girls dress in the same fabric and it turned out very cute.

Do you have a photo of your workspace you could share with our readers?

It’s always interesting to see where the magic happens!

The first picture is our sample area where we collect samples for upcoming seasons. The trailer is the “playhouse” where the kids have all their stuff. Last image is my office.

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We’d like to send a big thank you out to Melissa for taking the time to answer our questions and being such a pleasure to work with!