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The Art of Motherhood – Mère. Soeur

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So the beautiful Carrie, founder of Mère. Soeur, lover of a bit of pink, launches her new project next week.  It’s an adult colouring book curated by Carrie, and drawn by some very talented female artists.  The theme is motherhood, sisterhood and girl power.  All proceeds go to families in need.

Carrie has answered a few questions about the book, new Mère. Soeur products and her lovely fam.

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Had you wanted to do something for charity for a while?  How did the idea come about?  Why this theme?

Absolutely, I hadn’t realised it had been almost a year since I held the #nepalquakeauction (we raised $1525 for a Circle of Health, a charity who get aid out to pregnant women and new mums and babies in areas of crisis) on my IG page and thought it was about time I did something else to give back. I wanted to do something different this time. A collection of all-female art inspired by motherhood and sisterhood seemed like the perfect way to do it. The illustrators have all been so generous with their time and talent. It really was a team effort. All profit will go to Home Start, a family support charity whose volunteers are all parents themselves (perfect, no?!). They help vulnerable families all over the UK through various problems and work together to create stable family environments in which to nurture children.

What has inspired you for it, you’re journey in motherhood?
Everything I do is inspired by my journey through motherhood but I’d say the idea for this definitely came from the riot grrrl zines I read as a teenager and always dreamed of recreating. I thought there was nothing cooler.
Feminist art, a DIY ethos and and the idea of parents helping parents were the driving force behind creating this book.

What new products do you have for the shop, where do you want to go with it?
I have a few new tees, a limited edition PINK Mama Gang tee, I’ll be releasing some patches as well as a the first Mère Soeur sweatshirt this summer too!

3 quickies about Carrie:

IMG_8876Where do you live and with whom?
I live in North Wales with Riv! His dad lives in Essex and has a barber shop in Hackney. We have family time once a fortnight.

What did you do before motherhood?  How has it changed you?  Has anything surprised you good or bad?
I worked for Lush and I loved it. I just couldn’t face leaving River once mat leave was over. I had the fear big time! Becoming a mama has done wonders for my work ethic and given me the motivation I needed to become self employed and really give this thing a go.

What is your favourite time of day, what is your favourite thing to with River?
Bathtime is my absolute favourite part of the day. It always has been. That stage that comes after excited and playful but just before tired and cuddly is the sweetest.
Our new favourite thing to do is run around the field next to my house (we’re in the valleys so there’s a LOT of space), at least twice a day Riv will bring his shoes and hat to me to let me know it’s time to go play. Watching the birds makes him so happy!

Book will be available from the 17th May from Mère Soeur

 

Dresses For All Occasions

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dressesOur dress selection on the shop covers all occasions.  Patterns from Beau LOves and Agatha Cub, and dresses to dress up or down for day wear or special occasions from Gro Company.  All can be layered with tops and tights until it gets a bit warmer too.

 

Gro Company

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Danish brand Gro Company are one of our new additions this season and you’ll be able to see why.  Very wearable designs, made from great quality fabrics.  This season we love the quilted sporty sweat and pants.  They are super soft and look so cosy and snug.  The girls dresses are a hit and as for the pink Santa Christmas dress….speechless ♥

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Coco & Wolf

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If you love a bit of Liberty print fabric, then you’ll love what Coco & Wolf do.  Lovely products hand made in the UK for girls and boys.  We love the bedding and cot sheets.

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images. Coco & Wolf

Young Soles

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New Brit shoe brand Young Soles is a coming and we can’t wait.  Their Autumn/Winter collection is about to be available for you to deck your lil’ ones out in some re-invented timeless classics like the T-Bar and Mary Jane.  To the Brogue or Monkey Boot.
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Young Soles founder Lou has always had a love affair with shoes and has been in the footwear industry for over 10years.  Inspired by childhood memories, music, British heritage and the search for a good shoe for their daughter.  The result is a collection of a good old honest, nostalgic, and well made shoe with a bit of an edge that will last.  They are also about working with your child’s foot, being light, durable and versatile are all important factors.  These shoes aren’t just fashion statements.  Hooray to another great Brit brand on the block!
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3 quickies with Lou:
Where do you live and with whom?
I live with my partner Stu and our Daughter Rosie, in East London, close to the Olympic Park

Have you always been a shoe lover, what inspires you?
Always, right from an early age when I used to make paper shoes with my mum, out of newspaper and roll of sticky tape. I followed a career in footwear design, completing a Bachelors and Masters degree and have had a successful career in the footwear industry for over 16 years.  There is alway inspiration to be found, but most of my inspiration for Young Soles comes from childhood memories, British heritage, the music scene, fashion movements and of course my Daughter, the reason I started Young Soles in the first place.

What makes the 3 of you (fam) smile and laugh most at the moment? What’s your favourite fun thing to do together? 
Our daughter Rosie is a constant source of entertainment. She has such an innocent and joyful outlook on the world that constantly makes us laugh. Our favourite thing we all do together is, after a long week, a record goes on our vintage record player, the music is turned up loud and we have Friday night dance around the lounge together!
(images Flannery O’Kafka for Young Soles)

End of Sale

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We’re starting to get in our AW14 stock which is hard to think about in this lovely weather, but very excited to be receiving our new stock and getting it up on the shop!!

We still have our Sale on, many items are down to just having one size in stock, so they are a silly gem price for you guys.

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Above is a taster, get over to the Sale now!  Happy Monday x


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