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

Hudson River Trail is Calling You

Make this Sunday an active day outside soaking up the last rays of September sunshine. Begin the morning by testing out a Bugaboo Runner (or runner extension if you have your own) from the Babesta booth at Brookfield Place’s Block Party, going on 11:30-4:30pm.

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Borrow-a-runner for a few hours and see downtown’s Hudson River Park attractions in a whole new light. With so many exciting nooks & crannies throughout lower Manhattan’s answer to Central Park, you might forget to keep running. The family friendly trail is chalk full of activities and sights, so we narrowed down the best spots south of Chelsea Piers.

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In order of appearance:
1. Begin by catching a breathtaking view of the Statue of Liberty
2. Bump, set & spike: the volleyball courts at North Cove (between Liberty & Vesey streets) are open through November.
3. Keep the game going by playing on the Rockefeller Park Basketball Court (between Warren & Murray streets). Younger kids can slide & swing through the playground.
4. Teardrop Park (Warren street): is ready to go for the water play fanatic.

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5. North End Ave Island Dog Run (between Warren & Murray streets): has separate spaces for big dogs and little doggies.
6. Pier 25 at N Moore Street:
a. Mini Golf-Grab a club & putt over, under and through waterfalls, streams, a pond, foot bridges, sand traps and a cave too.
b. Grand Banks-If all this running around has whetted your whistle (seafood anyone?) why not grab a bite while experiencing some history. Chow down at Grand Banks, a restaurant aboard the Sherman Zwicker, also known as the last original salt bank fishing vessel in existence. Delish eats plus bonus points for helping to support maritime preservation.
7. Catch an organized sporting match at Pier 40 (Houston Street): indoor/outdoor & rooftop fields offer a variety of fun sports.
8. “Everything” by Hanna Liden (at Christopher Street): Public Artwork’s tasty & attention grabbing sculpture that attracts kids and adults alike. Fun Fact: Liden chose bagels to illustrate the “eternal cycle of city life.”

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(We spotted this awesome picture by By Aria Isadora/BFA in VF Culture)

9. 14th Street Park (near Chelsea Market): All you need is a blanket to claim your spot chillin’ along the Hudson.
10. Chelsea Piers (17-23rd streets): Enjoy limitless options from Bowlmor to shopping to the Field House.

Hope you enjoyed your run along the Hudson River Trail! Don’t forget to run (or jog) back!

by: Pia Finnigan

We’re Rockin’ Out with Rowdy Sprout Fall/Winter 2015

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We’re super stoked that Rowdy Sprout has hit our shelves at Babesta! This awesome line of rocker tees gets better every season. Kids love the soft touch, parents love the cool styles. We’re digging all the Hendrix this season as well as the Willie Nelson “On the Road Again!” We even did a new exclusive tee with Rowdy Sprout this season – our “GRADE PENDING” tee, which we think is the ultimate statement for the back to school season!

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Baby Degen is here! It’s a hand knit heaven for the tiniest tots!

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We are so stoked to welcome the newest collection from Baby Degen in the shop! We love the modern, colorful seperates hand knit in Brooklyn by knitting wunderkind Lindsay Degen! These are truly unique, high quality and fun, made from natural materials such as 100% merino wool, alpaca and Spanish cotton.  One of our favorite go-tos for baby gifts this season, pair a hat or bootie with a cute teether or rattle and voila! Made in Brooklyn all the way!

Shop Babesta’s whole Fall 2015 Collection!