images. Suite One Studio
images. Born on Monday
Love these hand made big sea animals. They look so soft and cuddly, and the colour palette adds to there character and beauty.
I have posted a bear from ‘the dear ones’ collection before, but there are more now, and just too sweet ♡
images. Oh Albatross
Love this balancing game, hand made in Montreal, Canada by Des Enfantillages.
images. Des Enfantillages
When I went to see the AW14 collections at Playtime in Paris last month, I met the lovely and talented wife and husband team behind Chapter 2 Kids Fay and Tom. They are a luxury British brand that make children’s shoes and belts. The beautiful shoes are hand made at their home in London. The designs are classic, yet playful in colour and the leather is of the highest quality. The craftsmanship of these shoes when you see them in the flesh is outstanding, and a gorgeous keepsake.
Obviously a shoe for a special occasion, but also very wearable and so well made, that you would get your moneys worth and we all know how important it is to get your little toes in a good shoe.
And did I mention they also won the Milk Award for best shoes!
Fay has done our mini q & a for us, we’ve kept it short and sweet as usual, because juggling life, kids, and business doesn’t leave much spare time to sit and think.
3 quick ones with Fay:
Where do you live and with whom?
I live with my husband Tom and our two boys Connor 5 and Shea 8 months in Old Isleworth, near Richmond.
What inspires you in your shoe designs and what is your (and Tom’s) favourite pair of shoes?
My designs are quite timeless but with a contemporary edge. I love colour and often like to start the design process with a colour and materials palette but I can be inspired from lots of different things from the foil balloons at Connors birthday to an art exhibition we saw.
I have lots of amazing shoes which I don’t wear as I am terrible at wearing heels, so I guess the ones I love and wear are flat sandals by Joey McMakin. They have skinny ribbon straps with a large rectangular wood and crystal stone off-set over the toes. I’m just waiting for the sun to shine!
Tom’s favourite shoes are a pair of tan leather derbys from Crockett & Jones which he has lived in and have developed a beautiful character over the years.
What are your current favourite items for your boys (clothing/accessories or toys)?
My favourites for Connor are Nico Nico, Bobo Choses and Mini Rodini and he likes to choose which of our belts he’s going to wear each day. I’d love to get him a pair of Very French Gangster sunglasses this summer if he can be trusted not to break them.
And Shea lives in his Mini Rodini pom pom hat, Tootsa MacGinty trousers and grey shaggy Bon Ton coat. He’s wearing most of Connors old baby clothes and I’m trying really hard to resist buying him a whole new wardrobe!
images. Chapter 2 Kids
I’m loving new brand tiny cottons right now ( 4 images above). Founded last year in Barcelona, they showed there first collection for AW13 at Playtime Paris. Garments are made using 100% prima cotton and the designs are simple and clean, yet modern. (On my list for lil’ bean 3).
Came across these sweet things on Etsy, knottie baby sleeper. Look very cozy and easy access for nappy changes.
Happy weekend x
image (top 4). Tiny Cottons
image (middle). etsy,
image (bottom). etsy
Manimal moccasins are available exclusively in the UK at Lil’ Beans from this weekend!! They come in these 3 colours in sizes, 6-9m, 9-12m and 12-18m. Beautifully made by hand by the lovely Kristen in Brooklyn. Limited first stock drop, so don’t miss out on these adorable booties. Autumn is a comin’!
Happy weekend and 1st September x
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