By Estella Editor - POSTED Sep 29, 2014
Finnish baby and children’s clothing brand Mainio‘s cool prints & color combinations return in its fall/winter 2014 collection and the results are cute, quirky, and stylish. Each collection features bold black-and-white graphics, but this season the line has also incorporated greens, yellows, and blues into the mix. Founded in 2013, the Finnish brand creates 100% organic cotton basics for babies and kids that are practical enough for everyday wear but still fun and unique – cool graphic t-shirts for toddlers, baby one-pieces and rompers, and easy-to-wear leggings. It’s all practical and fashion-forward yet still original and kid-friendly. Plus, in addition to using top quality GOTS-certified organic cotton, Mainio produces all of its clothes in strictly controlled facilities in India where the workers’ health and security are a top priority. The brand even donates a portion of all sales to their community, improving general well-fare, education and health care.
In addition to its new collection of bedding and dresses for women, Mainio has also launched an English website & is now offering international shipping! To celebrate, we have partnered with Mainio to give away one of the line’s most popular items from the fall collection: the brand’s cape, available in one size that fits 2 years and up, and featuring a bold eagle print on the front, graphic black and white back, and cozy hood (you can see this item in the last two pictures above). Made from a thick and cozy organic cotton, this top is the perfect layer for fall – fun, edgy, unique, and comfortable.
Enter to win below – one winner will be selected Monday, October 13th!
Tags Designer Baby Clothes, Designer Kids' Clothes, Graphic Baby Clothes, Graphic Prints, Kids' Graphic T-Shirts, Organic Baby Clothing, Organic Cotton Clothes, Organic Kids' Clothing
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Fall 2014 :
By Estella Editor - POSTED Aug 19, 2014
Long sleeve baby one-pieces & rompers are the easiest way to keep baby warm & cozy all winter – they’re comfortable to wear, feature functional snaps between the legs for quick removal & diaper changes, and are the most practical option for busy parents to grab on hectic mornings. Bonus points that the above options are available in fun prints to liven up dreary days & made entirely of organic cotton, so you know that they’re gentle on baby’s sensitive skin and good for the environment. For more organic baby clothes & accessories from designers like Winter Water Factory & Imps & Elfs, check out the Estella organic baby clothing boutique & shop our picks from around the web below!
Left to right, top to bottom: Imps & Elfs Rainbow One-Piece. Winter Water Factory Long Sleeve One-Piece with Polar Bear Print. Giggle Striped Romper. Winter Water Factory Long Sleeve One-Piece with High Seas Print. Kate Quinn Organics Giraffe Jumpsuit. Kidscase Romper. Mini Rodini Zebra Jumpsuit. Imps & Elfs Ace of Clubs One-Piece.
Tags Organic Baby Clothing, Organic Cotton Clothes, Winter Clothing
Category Organic Baby Clothing, Organic Cotton Clothes, Winter Clothing
A Conversation with :
By Estella Editor - POSTED Aug 7, 2014
Stefanie Lynen, the designer and co-founder of one of our customer’s favorite organic baby & toddler clothing lines, Winter Water Factory, was kind enough to answer some questions we had on the boutique brand’s fall/winter 2014 collection! Enjoy…
1. How did you decide to get into fashion? Did you happen upon it serendipitously?
I’ve been fascinated with making things and mass production since I was in Kindergarten. I moved to New York in 1999 from Germany immediately after completing medical school, intending to change careers and find work in the design industry. Working first as a freelance crafter, I started selling knitted hats and felt bags to a small boutique on the Lower East Side.
When I rented a silk-screen studio with my friend Margaret, we learned how to screen-print, and were excited to explore the possibilities of textile design. That’s when I knew that I had found what I wanted to do. We made women’s clothing, bags, pillows, and children’s clothing. Eventually, we began to focus on designing for kids since it gave us the room to be whimsical and playful. We ended up being very successful with our baby and children’s lines, but I have to admit that it’s always been about the prints for me. I love the process of designing a new pattern and then seeing stacks and stacks of clothing made from that print!
2. What adjectives would you use to describe Winter Water Factory?
Whimsical, fresh, fun, organic, American-made.
3. You’re based in Brooklyn; does the borough influence your designs in any way?
I don’t know if I’d say that Brooklyn really influences my designs, but it provides an incredible support network of amazing, inspiring people that are committed to quality manufacturing.
4. Winter Water Factory’s prints are unlike any others out there. Where does the inspiration for these bright and bold graphics come from?
I’ve been inspired by a broad range of sources: children’s books, envelope liners, vintage wallpaper. I’ve always been drawn to designs that appeal equally to a three year old and a graphic designer. I look at a lot of graphic designers that have done work meant to appeal to children rather than looking at fashion designers. The right balance of whimsy and intelligent design.
5. Is there a print or style that you are particularly fond of? Why?
I’ve always been a big fan of Polar Bears so I’m very excited that we’re introducing a Polar Bear print this fall. The High Seas and Outer Space are two more of my all time favorites which are also popular with the staff and our customers.
6. Take us through the silk-screen processes. Is it still all done by hand in Brooklyn?
Screen printing is an old printing technique where ink is pushed through mesh to create a design.
All of our fabrics used to be screen printed by hand in a print shop in California, but we’ve since outgrown their faciities and all of our production prints are printed by machine in Los Angeles. We continue to print samples and the occasional limited edition item in our Brooklyn studio which keeps us in touch with the process. It allows us to experiment with print and color until each one is perfect.
7. How far in advance do you work on your collections? And how does the design process start each season?
Design work for future seasons starts about nine months before the collection will be released, which usually means that I’m designing for next spring before the fall collection comes out, and vice-versa. I always keep a notebook handy to sketch whenever I have some time, usually on the subway. Some prints have been on my mind for years and just take more time to fully develop.
8. Do you have a particular philosophy on how children should dress?
Above all, children should wear clothes that are easy and comfortable. Kids like to run around and play, so their clothes should allow them to do so! I know they sometimes like to mimic their parents but I feel like kids should dress like kids, not like mini adults. When else in your life are you going to wear a dress covered in polar bears or a tee shirt covered in UFOs! Parents tell us all the time that our clothes make it easier to get their kids dressed in the morning, they actually want to put them on.
9. You recently launched a collection of dresses for women using your signature prints. Is there anything you’d like to design but have been unable to do so yet?
We’ve got a few new products hopefully coming soon – we’ve been working on backpacks and children’s bedding. I have so many ideas it’s hard to find the time to do them all. The biggest challenge is sourcing fabric that’s organic and made in the USA, but we’re always searching.
10. Are there any upcoming projects in the works that you can tell our readers about?
I’m very excited that we’re setting up a printing table this fall in our studio. We’ll be able to hand-print fabric ourselves at a much larger scale than ever before. There are very few facilities like this left in the US – it will allow us to print yardage for home decor. We’ll also be able to add home goods such as napkins, aprons, tablecloths etc. to our line. Customers have been asking for many years if they could buy our fabric by the yard and soon they’ll be able to. So stay tuned!
Thank you so much, Stefanie! Be sure to check out our Winter Water Factory collection & organic baby clothing boutique, too!
Tags Designer Baby Clothes, Designer Interviews, Organic Baby Clothing, Winter Clothing
Category Designer Baby Clothes, Designer Interviews, Organic Baby Clothing, Winter Clothing
Bobo Choses AW14/15 :
By Estella Editor - POSTED Aug 5, 2014
Less than one week until you can shop the Bobo Choses AW14/15 collection, A Day in LA! Taking us from Echo Park & Venice Beach to Hollywood & the Chateau Marmont, the boutique Spanish brand presents a whole new story this season that features a playful twist on all things glamorous & LA-inspired. As always, the collection is full of toddler & baby clothes that are not only imaginative & stylish but also practical & wearable too – perfect for back to school, cooler weather, the holidays, & beyond!
Tags Designer Baby Clothes, Designer Kids' Clothes, Organic Baby Clothing, Organic Kids' Clothing
Category Designer Baby Clothes, Designer Kids' Clothes, Organic Baby Clothing, Organic Kids' Clothing
Bobo Choses AW14/15 :
By Estella Editor - POSTED Jul 28, 2014
We gave you our first look at the Bobo Choses AW 14/15 collection here, & wanted to share the sneak peek video that the Spanish brand filmed while shooting the campaign for “A Day in L.A.” Loved for its whimsical and imaginative designer baby & toddler clothes, the boutique brand is bringing us all things glamorous & Hollywood inspired this season. The first shipment will be available to order online in less than two weeks. Enjoy!
Tags Designer Baby Clothes, Organic Baby Clothing
Category Designer Baby Clothes, Organic Baby Clothing