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A Conversation with :

Ola Omami of OmamiMini

POSTED Aug 21, 2014

Leggings Girls Omamimini Faux Leather Fall 2014

Designer Ola Omami of OmamiMini, a new brand we are carrying this season, took some time out of her busy schedule to chat with us about why she launched OmamiMini, the line’s fall 2014 collection, & her views on children’s fashion. Enjoy!

1. We are excited to be carrying OmamiMini this fall! How would you describe the brand & its spirit?

We believe children’s clothes should not be very different from what we, parents, consider stylish and would wear ourselves. Kids are cute enough naturally, so there’s no need to add extra cuteness through clothing. And since I personally like all things simple and precise, I strive to make our garments very uncomplicated, but awesome.

Girls Dresses Omamimini Polka Cat Dress in Grey

2. You worked in interior design before launching OmamiMini. Why did you decide to shift gears and start your own children’s line?

When my daughter was born and I couldn’t find clothes for her (everything was so pink and cute I ended up buying half of her layette in boys’ sections) I decided to try and do it myself. I asked Natasha, a friend of mine and genius graphic designer who worked for Metropolitan Museum of Art at the time, to help me with logo and she got so excited about the idea that we ended up working together on the first collection and do it ever since.

3. Are there any similarities between designing an interior space and a children’s line, or they completely separate?

I think any design process is similar in a way. You have your general aesthetic vision, concept for a particular project or collection you’re working on and biggest chunk of work is always the technical details. In all cases design is turning something that exists in your head into something you can hold in your hands and it’s equally magical in all fields.

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4. What has been your favorite part of designing children’s apparel?

The fact I can dress my daughter exactly the way I want to!

Girls Dresses Omamimini Colorblock Dress in Grey & Green

5. Walk us through your design process. How (or where) do you find inspiration before you begin a collection? Does sunny Los Angeles influence your design aesthetic?

We start with general concept and color palette, working in tandem on developing prints and patterns. Since we’re a bi-coastal duo (Natasha is in NY), we exchange hundreds of emails with ideas, links to inspiring pictures, fill up Pinterest boards, and text each other little schematic drawings when all else fails. Los Angeles is major source of inspiration to me – most of all that feeling of permanent vacation that is so easy to tune into with this perfect weather year round.

6. Your entire collection is designed & manufactured in LA. How important is it that you keep production close to home?

Very! The first aspect of it is practical – I have to overlook every step of production process to make sure everything is made in according to our specifications and standards. I also believe that we have to give back to the city we live in. In our case we do so by creating jobs and using local resources when it comes to every single detail of our garments, from zippers to labels. This is a great way to become a true part of the community. It might not be the most business driven decision, but it just feels right.

Toddler Girl Coats Omamimini Fur Coat Grey

7. On your website, you say that a “wardrobe is not the most important thing in life. But the right clothes just make it way more pleasant. And fun.” Do you have a particular philosophy on how children should dress?

First of all, children should never sacrifice comfort for fashion. Second, there’s no reason for comfortable everyday clothes to be boring! I think parents job, among 10,000 other things, is to plant seeds of good taste and personality and one way to do it is through the way we dress our kids.

8. What other brands does your daughter wear?

Honestly, hardly any. We do have to get the shoes elsewhere though and I love the simple sandals by another LA based brand, Zuzii, as well as amazing Italian brand Pepe and French Pom D’Api. In general I tend to like European labels – they always have such elegant, timeless appeal.

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10. Are there any fall trends that you are particularly fond of? What pieces from your fall collection at Estella are you most excited about?

I’m a true purist at heart and could just wear grey on grey all day, so I love the variety of textures this season brings – all the furs, chunky knits and quilted details are great for mixing and matching even if you stay within a very minimal color palette.

I absolutely love our faux leather leggings with lining. It’s a very simple item that takes any outfit to another level without trying too much. The silver chinchilla fur coat is another favorite. The fur is super soft and print of dots and cats on the lining adds even more fun to this stunning piece.

11. Do you have any fashion advice or stylish tips you could give to our readers?

Never underestimate the power of accessories! There’s not so much children would agree to, but think suspenders for boys or little scarf and hat for girls do wonders to upgrade any look.

Faux Leather Skirt for Toddler Girls Omamimini

Thanks so much, Ola!

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Just In :

Omamimini Fall 2014

POSTED Aug 18, 2014

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Now available to order at Estella: the fall 2014 OmamiMini collection! Started last year by Ola Omami when she was unable to find clothes she liked for her toddler daughter, the LA-based boutique children’s clothing brand is full of effortlessly stylish pieces that are sophisticated yet still versatile & fun. There are cute graphic t-shirts & toddler leggings that can be worn every day as well as girls’ faux leather skirts & fur coats for toddlers that are also appropriate for more formal occasions. The OmamiMini website says it best: “We think that everyday clothes can be not only comfortable but interesting, while ‘Sunday best’ can be not only interesting but comfortable. Our garments are user-friendly for both children and adults: they’re easy to put on, just as easy to take off, and require very low maintenance.”

As an added bonus, everything about the line, from the design process to production is done right here in the USA. What are your favorite pieces? Head on over to our website to view the entire OmamiMini fall 2014 collection & check back later this week for an interview with Ola, the designer!

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Estella Organic Cotton Collection :

Moss

POSTED Aug 13, 2013


One of the colors featured in our Summer 2013 Estella Organic Cotton Collection, moss is the perfect hue to wear during that awkward transition from summer to fall, when, despite the head outside, kids are trading their swimsuits for backpacks. The collection’s breezy fabric will keep your little ones cool and comfortable while the dark green is a perfectly appropriate color for fall. And for those cooler days, follow Brinley’s lead and double up on our Michael T-Shirts! Oh, and did we mention that the entire collection is on sale right now?

 

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Beat The Cold In Style With Toddler Leggings

POSTED Jan 29, 2010

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Heading out the door the other day with my toddler in tow it occurred to me she looked more like a puffy pink marshmallow than a beautiful little girl. After all, cold days call for some drastic bending of the rules of fashion!

All bundled up in a winter jacket, complete with mittens, a hat and even snow pants, she might have doubled for a hockey goalie if pressed into action. When we arrived at our destination and I peeled off the layers, it struck me she didn’t look much better. While jeans certainly keep her warm, they sure defeat that cute baby doll look I generally go for with her ensembles.

That’s when a wiser mommy friend of mine stepped in to save the day. She recommended I give girls tights and leggings a try when the temperatures dip. I listened and I’m sure glad I did!

Thanks to the many styles, colors and thicknesses available, I’ve discovered I can have my cake and eat it, too. I don’t have to reserve designer baby clothes for warm days any more. When a warm pair of leggings or tights is matched with the right dress or blouse and a comfortable jacket, mittens, hat and scarf, the temperatures outside don’t get in the way of making sure my daughter’s look is spectacular.

Toddler leggings are simply adorable and they bring a few other benefits to the table that standard slacks just can’t compete with. Since tights and leggings are in and have been for little girls for a long time, they are the perfect accompaniment for any outfit – no matter how dressed up or down it happens to be. Plus, they are very easy to remove for those fast changes that are often necessary with little ones. Toddlers will be toddlers!

Estella’s designer leggings are absolutely the way to go. The higher quality cotton found in these designer toddler leggings breathes adding to my daughter’s comfort. Plus, the fit is spectacular even over a diaper. We don’t have to worry about unattractive bunching when the correct size is selected.

While I must admit I still take her out in the cold dressed like a marshmallow, she looks great when we arrive and I peel off those layers!

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