Editor’s Note: I’ll be taking the rest of the week off for some medical appointments for my kids, including a tonsillectomy for 11-year-old R. I’ll resume posting next Tuesday, September 2nd (in the meantime you can find me on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest). Have a great week!
A few weeks ago, I attended the ENK Children’s Show at Pier 94, featuring Spring 2015 kids’ clothing collections. I know, it sounds so far away, doesn’t it? Let’s hope next winter is mercifully short. Here are some of my favorite finds from various U.S., U.K., and Australian designers. Most of these items are not yet available to purchase yet online, but keep checking their individual websites.
1) Big Apple-themed layette and hand-sewn subway pillows by Tane Organics. I love Tane Organic’s baby clothing and accessories–all made from organic cotton and natural fibers. And these would make excellent baby gifts for new New Yorkers.
2) Twirl Raincoat ($95, available in berry or navy right now; aqua available in Spring ’15) by Oil and Water Rainwear. I introduced Oil and Water Rainwear to you a few months ago–this designer truly makes the most beautiful rain jackets and coats for girls that I’ve ever seen.
3) Little Crazy Fleurty dress (available now in pink, on sale for $87, originally $145; will be available in white for Spring ’15) by Lisa Perry Girls. I’ve always admired the bright, clean, Pop-art inspired graphics of Lisa Perry’s shift dresses for girls and grown-ups. I also found out they go all the way up to size 14, so my daughter can still wear these…hooray!
4) Pink and metallic party dress by Cupcakes and Pastries. I had a great conversation with the Cupcakes & Pastries designer about how tough it is to find dressy clothing for ‘tween girls that is age-appropriate. Cupcakes & Pastries hits the right note every time–girls will love how stylish and trendy these dresses are, while moms will appreciate they’re not overly revealing or “grown-up”.
5) Patterned girls jeans by Havoc Denim. This jean company hails from Melbourne, Australia and has trendy denim looks for girls of all ages, including patterned ankle-length jeans and Bermuda-length jean shorts.
6) Girls’ formal dresses by Kleinfeld Bridal. The legendary bridal house (of “Say Yes to the Dress” fame) has introduced a gorgeous line of formal dresses appropriate not only for flower girls, but also for other special black-tie occasions.
7) New toddler size dresses by Hudson Threads. I introduced Hudson Threads to you 5 years ago, admiring its retro-inspired, modern swing dresses for girls. Now, they’ve added sizes for their littlest fans, while still continuing big girl sizes.
8) Soldier-printed “babygro” by Rachel Riley. By now, you may know the name Rachel Riley as the British children’s clothing designer whose threads have been spotted on a certain royal baby. This proper-but-sweet one-piece is sure to be a top seller for Spring ’15.
9) Unisex hand-knit, eco-friendly clothing by U.K. designer Tootsa MacGinty. Besides its fun name, this company boasts gorgeous knitwear that has fun animal appliques and details, plus is machine washable, to boot.
10) Vinca, while not a clothing designer, obviously, is an accessory company I must share with you. Vinca makes adorable laser-cut jewelry here in the U.S.A. and has so many fun categories–I’m partial to the “science/nerd” motifs here. These are really geared towards tweens and teens, but frankly I’d wear them myself.