Playful & Stylish Clothes, Shoes & Accessories for Babies, Kids and Tweens
Kodomo is a children’s retailer that sells the cutest items for boys and girls from their stores in Massachusetts (two in Boston and the newest brick and mortar in Chestnut Hill) and online.
All the designers Kodomo partners with are hand-selected for their ethics and business practices and styles are hand-picked for their playfulness – quite a fabulous list that is growing all the time:
Genesis of Kodomo
For those who wonder, it’s pronounced kuh-doh-moh and it means “child” in Japanese. Founder Jasmine’s favorite memory of her early childhood spent in Japan is the Children’s Day holiday each May, a celebration of children’s personalities and their happiness. She founded Kodomo with this idea to respect the “powerful personalities” of the smallest shoppers and to emulate the happiness they express every day through the merchandise they offer.
And that means slow fashion.
Slow or ethical fashion embraces a transparent clothing creation process. It encompasses all steps taken to bring a garment or an accessory from the concept stage through the design phase, to production and finally to the point of sale. Great consideration is paid to each part of the manufacturing process, such as appropriate wages paid to workers, up-to-date factory conditions and maintenance, fabrics sourced with environmental impact in mind and sustainability and care are at the heart of every business decision.
Kodomo says their customers feel good about what they buy and are “tickled pink” about what they wear.
Don’t doubt it!
Magic happens to those who believe …
For Dace Zvirbule, founder and creative director of Aristocrat Kids, dressing her two daughters serves as the main source of inspiration in creating luxury apparel, where she emphasizes the highest quality, luxurious comfort and unique stylistic identity for children.
Famous for its distinguishing fairy tale style, Dace establishes Aristocrat Kids in 2013, gaining international recognition quickly due to the bespoke quality ready-to-wear and accessory collections for girls aged from 9 months to 12 years, each piece made by a single tailor in Aristocrat Kids Atelier.
Dace has a passion for true beauty that hides in the smallest details. Her brand is based on “a royal tale,” a story about the magical adventures of princess Alexandra in her Royal Kingdom. Each seasonal collection opens a new chapter in the fairy tale, full of magical moments and extraordinary places, and that wearing these charming dresses is the way to give back to children the sweetness and joy of happy childhood.
Thanks to the beautiful special occasion dresses, the brand is the reference when it comes to choosing an outfit for different festivities, red carpet events and religious ceremonies. The timeless pieces can be passed on to little sisters and next generations for years to come.
Dace’s exclusive line for newborn babies, Royal Baby, includes a clothing collection for boys and girls from 0 months up to 24 months, bed linen, toys and tableware. Each Royal Baby item is handmade from the best quality natural materials, using the highest standards of craftsmanship. Royal Baby hand woven textiles are unique in that amber yarn is woven into the fabrics. Amber is a natural gemstone found in the Baltic Sea with powerful soothing and stress relieving abilities, scientifically proven to take away stress, ease pains, block ultraviolet rays, regenerate skin cells and keep the body toned. Once known to be a lucky charm for the kings of Egypt, the Royal Baby line uses amber’s power to provide a soothing and calming effect for the baby.
Wear Your Imagination.
Jaimee Newberry is co-founder and CEO of Picture This Clothing (made with love in Las Vegas), a company that lets kids and their parents design their own clothes.
She’s also Mom to daughters Sophia and Zia and her company has a wonderful back story:
“One winter break, Zia draws a picture of a rainbow dress. When I see it, I excitedly say, ‘I can make that!’ Nearly $100 of fabric and 12 hours of work later, Zia puts on the finished dress and exclaims, “I’m wearing my imagination!’”
And so, a fabulous tagline is born. After seeing Zia’s excitement, Jaimee sets out to make it possible for other children to experience the gift of wearing their imagination. Her first challenge is getting the cost down to something that could be practical for everyone. It is her boyfriend who comes up with the big idea of transforming kids’ artwork directly into their own custom-designed clothes.
“Picture This Clothing was born through this story of fun, creativity, and love right in our own home,” Jaimee says. “Thanks to an amazing growing team, we are proud to share it with you and your family.”
How It Works
- Print & Design – Print out a template and watch your kids unleash hands-on imagination
- Picture This Magic – Send a good picture of the artwork and Picture This will bring it to life
- Rock Your Creation – Wear your imagination out loud with your amazing one-of-a-kind piece of art
Kids (and Big Kids) can create dresses and t-shirts; there’s also an option to create a personalized gift certificate and birthday cards. You can also shop their ready-made designs, too.
Picture This also offers party kits that make the experience of designing your imaginative clothing a crazy-fun group activity. They have all the materials to help you plan the event, including invitations, prep-checklist, supplies, themes and an RSVP guest list. Print out as many free t-shirt and dress templates as you need, take lots of photos and be sure to get your party discount code as well as tips on how to photograph.
Sounds fantastically fun!
Bridging the gap between young girl and young lady.
Delicate Seams is a line of age-appropriate, inclusive garments for adolescent girls, available for sale at Delicate Seams’ e-commerce destination, delicateseams.com. The amazingly comfortable undergarment line is a labor of love for Southern California mompreneuer Aida Yodites. “As a mother, I simply could not be more proud and excited about Delicate Seams, which was founded on the simple principles of being functionally comfortable, age-appropriate, and inclusive, inspired by the needs of my daughter, Faith,” Aida says.
Delicate Seams’ first offering is a line of undergarments for girls ages 10 to 14, in a variety of inclusive tones for girls of all ethnic backgrounds.
Aida says Delicate Seams must be seen – and tried on – to be believed. Not satisfied with what’s available in the mall and big box stores, she created a line of girls’ clothing that is truly a cut above: amazingly soft and comfortable, with forgiving fabric, ensuring that each piece can accommodate a variety of body types. “This is the only line of undergarments for girls in this age range that I’m aware of to feature flesh color tones from across the spectrum, ensuring that girls of all backgrounds can experience the Delicate Seams difference!”
For Aida, her beautiful new brand is also about bringing positive messages to adolescent girls – promoting modesty and building confidence. Aida plans to launch a line of sleepwear and a line of swimwear for tween girls in the future.
Your child will love Spanish style at discount prices.*
Mariposa Childrens Boutique is a family-run online boutique specializing in the import of high quality, stunning children’s wear from Spain. The online retailer based in Liverpool, UK caters to a worldwide customer base.
Angela Brown founded Mariposa Childrens Boutique in 2011 in Liverpool, UK after spending six years in Spain. “I developed a passion for the beautiful intricate designs of Spanish children’s wear and I knew I had to bring it to the UK, to fill the gap in the market for high quality items at affordable high street prices,” she says. “We travel to Spain regularly to source our stock from Spanish designers and to find the best traditional baby and children’s clothing.”
Currently Mariposa works with Miranda, Dolce Petit, Artesania Sonata, Baja Costura, Nekenia, Pangasa Baby, La Infantita, Duerme Safilla and Belcoquet, among others. All designer clothes and accessories are offered at discount prices. *A su hijo le encantará el estilo español a precios de descuento.
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Handcrafted dolls for girls and boys.
Inspired by the wild imagination of children and the beauty of play, Ciao Bimba is a Waldorf-inspired doll brand founded by Maria Asenova and Denitza Velasquez that showcases beautifully handcrafted luxury dolls for boys and girls.
Ciao Bimba dolls are lovingly made by hand in Sofia, Bulgaria using only natural, safety-compliant materials like wool and cotton and exclusively European designer fabrics. Each doll requires up to 10 hours of creative work and construction by expert dollmakers, ensuring unique characteristics and truly one-of-a-kind dolls for children of all ages. While traditional Waldorf dolls are usually simplistic and lack facial features, Ciao Bimba’s dolls have more intricate and pronounced features to encourage the doll-child bond.
“Our vision is to design handcrafted natural fiber art dolls that speak directly to children and inspire them to invent their own worlds,” says Denitza, who splits her time between London and Sofia. “We believe in the importance of surrounding children with natural toys that are safe, beautiful and soothing to the soul.”
The name Ciao Bimba means “hello baby girl” in Italian and is inspired by Denitza’s daughter Maya’s nickname from family travels in Italy. Reflecting the beauty and diversity of children across the world, Ciao Bimba dolls are available in several skin tones. The boy and girl dolls have distinctive traits and personalities, quickly becoming a child’s favorite companion.
The company also has available doll accessories like doll baskets, necklaces and dresses, as well as bookmarks and necklaces. For girls who love to match their dolls’ outfits, girl’s dresses in several lively coordinating prints are also available.
New Norwegian kid-friendly brand is designing comfort and quality for your little ones.
Marta and her husband live in Stavanger, Norway. They recently launched a modern, minimalist children’s brand called ZigZag for children ages one to six years – and it’s adorable.
“I make the clothes and scout for cool fabrics myself,” Marta tells us. “The mission and idea behind ZigZag is to make something that’s “designer” but not pretentious, simple but with a little sophistication, for parents who want to avoid chain stores and get something comfy for their kids.”
ZigZag wants you to enjoy dressing up your little ones, which should be easy with ZigZag’s always-new and innovative patterns and designs. Marta’s clothes, swaddle and blankets are tested by her friends’ kids -so cute. Seeing a smile on one of her small customer’s faces is one of the most rewarding feelings she can get.