I haven't done Pieces of Me in awhile, so I thought I would do it today. I have a love for run down buildings or empty warehouses. In my hometown in the downtown area there are several empty warehouses just sitting there waiting to be loved. Maybe one day these warehouses with their stories will continue to create many memories for years to come.
Monday, 4 August 2014
Check out Wolf & Rita here: www.wolfandrita.com
Friday, 1 August 2014
1. Tell me about yourself. What is your background? Why childrenswear?
I went to Parsons for BFA in fashion and worked in several different women's wear firms including Tommy Hilfiger, Bill Blass, and Ann Taylor. When I had my daughter, Ollie, I was looking for organic clothing options and could not find pieces I liked for her. It seemed all organic options were too plain. As a distant goal, my husband and I had been thinking of creating a lifestyle brand that values not only design but sustainability as well, and thought achildren's organic label was a great way to start working towards that dream.
2. What is the brands concept? What separates Noch Mini from other brands?
I wanted to offer an entire collection of organic pieces - not just basic items. There are many beautiful basic organic brands, but not one that offers an entire collection.
3. What inspired the AW collection?
We were in Paris walking Luxembourg Garden and saw Marc Chagall's exhibition happening nearby. One of his early paintings "Esquisse pour la vie” (circus-themed) became the inspiration for the AW14 collection. You find these circus influences throughout the collection.
4. How would you describe your style? Does this influence the collection?
Comic Chic. I don't want my daughter wearing something I would not wear (for instance - a pink polyester tutu.... but, she disagrees....lol)
I think about comfort while I am designing the collection and I actually want most of the pieces in my own size.
5. If you could collaborate with anyone in the world, who would this be? Why?
It's not a single person but, I’d like to collaborate with accessories or footwear designers who create eco-conscious, sustainable lines.
6. Do you have a favourite place you go to in NYC to gain inspiration?
We enjoy stopping by any playground in NYC (there are so many) to rest and have Ollie play with friends and strangers together. Recently, we have been going to Washington Square Park's playground. I love watching kids play, interact with each other, cry, laugh etc. That's often my inspiration.
7. Do you listen to music when designing? If so, who are you listening to?
I don't listen to music while working. I prefer a quiet room. That's just my habit.
8. Best advice someone has given you?
Don't give up! Keep doing what you believe in with gratitude, honesty and sincerity.
9. What advice can you give to us?
Follow your passion!!
10. What’s next for Noch Mini? Any exciting news you would like to share with us?
We start designing our own fabric pattern instead of using what is offered (which is very limited for organic). Often times, we face challenge of organic fabrics and yarns not offered any more due to lack of demand. We want to support and collaborate with organic textile industry! Also, if there is an opportunity, we want to explore having adult line as well.
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
It's crazy to start thinking about your fall wardrobe when it's so amazingly warm outside, but in this day in age if you don't start making a move on your autumn wardrobe those items you are loving could be gone. So I'm starting to compile a wish list of clothing I would like to see in my wardrobe soon! Here's the start of my list! Happy Wednesday Mamas!!!!
Tuesday, 29 July 2014
After roaming the rows of Bubble I started to make my way towards the exit until I was stopped by one of the agents from Buh Kids. I had passed them on the way in, but didn't stop to have a look. I wasn't sure I would like the brand until she started to explain the concept and their products. I was then very intrigued and found myself really really liking their products. Sometimes you just need to take a few minutes to really have a look at the products. With so many brands to look at it's hard to judge the product by just a quick glance. Specialising in baby sacks, bibs, blankets and push chair covers they combine beautiful printed fabrics with unique designs using 100% cotton on all their products. Produced locally in Madrid, this allows the company to keep control on the quality of their product along with fair working conditions for the workers.
I was very keen on the Zuppa Baby Sack, super handy and the Fegato Changing Pad
Monday, 28 July 2014
Oliver Bonas we all know it, whether or not you shop there, you know it. Started back in 1993, Oliver decided to open a gift shop after he travels around the world. He wanted a shop that hosted unusual things and hoped for Oliver Bonas to become your one stop shop for all your gift needs. I am very familiar with the shop as I love their candles and I was probably in the shop every other day while on maternity leave. Now you will find me in the Crouch End shop as their Assistant Manager. I took my obsession with the shop to a whole other level.
My husband and I are moving into the most amazing flat here in a months time and will need some new things for the flat. So I thought I would start to compile my wish list from Oliver Bonas. Here it is!
- Malibu Drinks Trolley
- Frida Outdoor Chair
- Rainbow Pom Pom Garland
- 1958 Three Seater Sofa
- Pattern Folk Cross Stitch Rug
- Blue Ombre Striped Pouffe
- Barefoot Copper Table Lamp
- Bubble Glass Tumbler
- Astrid Cup
- Astrid Bowl
Thursday, 24 July 2014
I had a great opportunity to work along side Nicky Goodman from Little Icons this season. I really learned a lot and very much enjoy the agent side of the industry. We were representing GRO for SS15, let me just say the collection is amazing!!!! But before we get to SS 15 we first need to talk about GRO's AW 14 collection! Staying true to their ballerina silhouettes, soft colours and easy garments, the Autumn/Winter collection has chic written all over it. After working with the brand this season, it is definitely one of my favourites! Let's just hope it's Edith's too!!!!
Check out their gorgeous collection here: www.gro.dk
'The idea with the GRO collection was to make a line for girls and boys from newborn to 10 years. To celebrate the life of children, we called the collection GRO which translated means GROW – because every mum and dad know that the most devout time is when our children grow up and we wanted to design clothes for all the children which each day grow.'