Spiffy Miffy: Celebrating 60 Years of the Beloved Bunny

Miffy, the cherished girl bunny, has been delighting children since her inception in 1955. This year we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the beloved character. Miffy officially became 60 years young on Sunday, June 21st, and premiered her movie in London’s West End. The beloved bunny, however, deserves more than just one day, why not a parade? The Miffy Art Parade has no less than 60 statues designed in the bunny’s honor by esteemed artists and will be touring worldwide. Throughout Japan and Holland, where Dick Bruna created Miffy, more than half a decade ago, the statues are on display to delight Miffy fans. Since March, one by one, a new Miffy doll has been revealed. The final statue shown, designed by Marte Röling of Holland, (Miffy’s birth place), is all in gold.
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Another Miffy favorite was designed by two New York based artists Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin using florals, Drew Barrymore and Lara Stone (a Holland model) for an inspirational mashup. While some statues have replicas for you to snatch up, the original statues will be auctioned off for UNICEF after the tour is completed this October. Happy Birthday Miffy!

by:Pia Finnigan

AKid x MiniMode Kicks Launch at Babesta!

Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 3.57.07 PMWe had a blast celebrating the AKid x MiniMode launch of a fab new sneaker replete with cool emoji patches in poppy yellow and soft blue. So many friends there – from style wunderkid London Scout and mom Sai to editors of Vogue, In Style, Downtown Mom, Passported (formally Feather & Flip) and more. The Phhhoto booth was a bit of fun – capturing quick gifs for Instagram of the crowd – kid & adult alike – having a blast with the awesome new kicks from one of our absolutely favorite shoe brands, Akid!


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Dress Up & Geek Out: Comic Con is in Town

Get ready for a selfie and explore all corners of comics at New York Comic Con (NYCC). Meet your favorite characters, dress up and release your inner geek (everyone’s doing it) for an event celebrating pop culture’s best anime, comic, gaming and superhero characters. Sunday, Oct 11 is the first NYCC’s Kids Day, where children ages 6-12 can enter for $5. If you did not get your fill of “DMC” at Sneaker Culture he will be appearing all 4 days at NYCC along with Castle’s Nathan Fillion. Selfie stick not allowed!
October 8-11, 2015, Javits Center

New York Comic-Con 2014

New York Comic-Con 2014

by: Pia Finnigan

Walk This Way :Akid & MiniMode Sneaker Launch at Babesta

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Babesta shoe brand best-seller, Akid, is teaming up with chicest spot on the web for stylish moms, MiniMode. Babesta at Brookfield Place is hosting “Walk This Way,” the Akid & MiniMode collaboration with a little get together September 30th! Wine, cupcakes, an awesome photo booth and lots of fun will help celebrate a new super cool sneaker launch! Akid’s collection is already full of the flyest footwear this season; from Axel Lip sneakers to Jasper Metallic boots and of course classic Black Knight Snake sneakers. Created by Maria Benetos and Colleen Crivello, MiniMode, has become the destination for savvy moms (& moms-to-be) who know how to keep their fashion edge.

Punch Out Pleasers: Paper Dollz Hit the Babesta Beat

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We are super proud & excited to announce our newest addition to the Babesta Beat! Paper Dollz come in four styles that fit each personality and attitude. Create your own outfit of the day (#ootd) remixing all the great Babesta styles including Mini Rodini, Nobodinoz & Molo. We even included fun accessories and toys; scooters by Micro Kickboard, plush toys from Elks and Angels/ Gogo’s Chop Shop and backpacks from Agatha Cub. Punch out the clothing from head to toe (shoes included; Akid & Dr Martens) and your mini stylist is on their way creating the latest trends for Fall/Winter 2015.
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Museum Day: “Sneak”-ing in Hip-Hop Culture

Pierre Hardy. Poworama, 2011. Collection of the Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto; Gift of Pierre Hardy. (Photo: Ron Wood. Courtesy American Federation of Arts/Bata Shoe Museum).

Pierre Hardy. Poworama, 2011. Collection of the Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto; Gift of Pierre Hardy. (Photo: Ron Wood. Courtesy American Federation of Arts/Bata Shoe Museum).

Lace up your kicks and pop across the East River for the Rise of Sneaker Culture exhibit. Brooklyn Museum is conducting a study of the flyest footwear and its role in urban social status. Discover when sneakers were first worn and why Air Jordans mark a pivotal shift in the world of the sporty shoe. Divided into 6 sections, this display gives insight into how sneakers became downtown cool personified, nodding to hometown Knicks superstar Walt “Clyde” Fraiser, hip-hop legend Darryl “DMC” McDaniels and haute brands Jimmy Choo and Lanvin; all of whom have a foot in the world of sneaker culture collabs!
Through October 4th 2015, Brooklyn Museum

by: Pia Finnigan

Insta-Infant Influencers: Meet @badboi_vivi

Rocking so many of Babesta’s favorite brands including Mini Rodini and Bobo Choses, with the effortless style only a 1-year old can pull off, we have to introduce you to an Itsy Bitsy Instagrammer. Meet super-fly Vida (aka BadBoi_Vivi), a fashion influencer to watch in today’s world of younger and younger style stars.

Handle: @badboi_vivi
Age: 1 year
Hometown: LA
Fave Fashion: vintage Levi’s jean jacket
Must Visit: Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena (A.K.A. Baby Coachella)
Follows: @tinykaper, @momcrushmonday

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Little Vida is looking forward to seamlessly transitioning his layette from summer to fall. “I can’t wait for layers! Lots of darker staple items; boots, chunky cardigans and denim jackets,” says Natalie (aka Vida’s mom). She notes his vintage Levi’s jean jacket is a can’t-live-without!
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Vida’s style extends to bedroom decor too. We loved watching Vida’s nursery unfold on Instagram. “I thought it (a revamped bookshelf) would look nice against a black chalkboard wall, says Natalie, I then picked up some colorful tape and free-styled a geometric wall…It’s cheerful and fun, just like him!”
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by: Pia Finnigan

Perfect Pairing: Aden + Anais Exclusive Collab with Babesta

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An exclusive launch of the Aden + Anais + Babesta collection, especially crafted for a NYC city infant, is days away. The swaddle masterminds behind adorable and organic infant gear from crib sheets to baby wraps will launch their handpicked new assemblage featuring NYC staples from poppy yellow taxis to street cart snacks. Celebrate your newbie’s urban adventure with the gender neutral muslin goodies. Little ones from any borough will enjoy snuggling up in these city selection (perfect for gifting).
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Crib sheets in Pretzel/Hotdog 23871, $30, or Taxi 23870, $30; Burpy bibs two-pack, 23872, $22; Dream blanket (reversible, one pattern on each side), 23873, $50. Sleeping bag in both patterns, S/M/L, 23879, $32 & nibble bibs, 23874, $20.

by: Pia Finnigan

New Kiddos on the Block: Babesta Beat & Bugaboo at Brookfield Place!

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We had a wonderful time at the Brookfield block party this weekend where the Bugaboo Runner was the star of the show at the Babesta booth. Handing out the latest edition of the Babesta Beat on a gorgeous Sunday, it was the perfect weather to chat with some downtown locals (tourists too) about our new store at Brookfield Place and the hottest items out this fall season. After taking a relaxing spin around the block party parents were ready to learn about the new Runner and how to stay active with their baby. Lively parents you do not have to compromise your daily jogging routine since Bugaboo offers two options for the Runner; adding the new edition to your stroller portfolio or simply attaching the runner extension to your existing Bugaboo Bee / Bee³, Bugaboo Cameleon³, Bugaboo Buffalo or Bugaboo Donkey. Not to fret, if you could not make it to Battery Park City this weekend, you can still test out the Bugaboo Runner with our loaner program in store (Tribeca Cribz/Brookfield Place). Also fresh in the F/W 2015 edition of the Babesta Beat are the stylish paper dollz (already a fan fave), ready to get decked out in their Babesta best!

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by: Pia Finnigan

Published Words of Tribeca Street Artist Robert Janz

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Looking for a Monday Night event to get your culture fix? Look no further than right here in Tribeca! Street artist, Robert Janz and longtime Tribeca resident, is having his art compiled into a book (the first time his painted words have been published). A native of Ireland, the 80+ year old still has to dodge cops, but is able to escape the law on a few technicalities. His street art riffs on “Post No Bills” combining words, animals and even mountains (i.e. Post No Hills) to create his poems and artwork. By using washable paint and drawing on existing graffiti (strictly speaking), expressing his viewpoint without spoiling any public property. Carini-Lang Carpets on Greenwich Street is launching the collection of Janz’s handiwork, seen around town since 2011, with the Post No Bills Poems, which captures 7 photographers interpretation of Janz’s art. You can also order your copy of Post No Bills Poems online and next time you are out and about give your local streets and extra glance.

335 Greenwich Street

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By Pia Finnigan