Archive: Design

Mother-daughter getaway at the Brooklyn Museum’s High Heel Art Show

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Make like Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise for some mother-daughter bonding at the Brooklyn Museum’s high heel art show. This fall, art and fashion collide in one of history’s most iconic objects of desire –  Killer Heels: The Art of the High Heeled Shoe exhibition from September 10, 2014, through February 15, 2015.

Represent, by showing up to Brooklyn “Fresh to Def” in the latest in citified fashion event for trendsetting tots.

Over 160 symbols of elevated elegance will be on display, running the gamut from some of the earliest historic examples, to traditional modern classics, and futuristic conceptual pieces that bear a very loose resemblance to an actual shoe. Also featured, are six high heel inspired short films that were specifically commissioned for this exhibition from artists Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh, Zach Gold, Steven Klein, Nick Knight, Marilyn Minter, and Rashaad Newsome.

Presented are works from both emerging and established designers, including Manolo Blahnik, Chanel, Tom Ford, Zaha Hadid and Iris van Herpen for United Nude, Pierre Hardy,  Nicholas Kirkwood, Christian Louboutin, Alexander McQueen, Prada, Winde Rienstra, Elsa Schiaparelli, Noritaka Tatehana, and Vivienne Westwood. Also included are classic shoes by André Perugia, Pietro Yantorny, Roger Vivier, Beth Levine, and Salvatore Ferragamo. Sorta a who’s who in fashion!

Early shoes on exhibit include seventeenth century silk Italian chopines, eighteenth century European leather and metal patterns, and nineteenth-century cotton and silk embroidered Manchu platforms from China.

Ready for some stand-outs: Look out for Marilyn Monroe’s Ferragamo stilettos from1959 (awesome!), stiletto mules of silk, metal, and glass by Roger Vivier for House of Dior (1960); and a wool “heel hat” made by Elsa Schiaparelli in collaboration with Salvador Dalí (1937–38). How bout a black leather platform bootie with an 8-inch heel designed by United Nude for Lady Gaga (2012); Céline’s fur pump (2013) covered in mink; and several other designs made in collaboration with United Nude such as Zaha Hadid’s chromed vinyl rubber, kid nappa leather, and fiberglass “Nova” shoe (2013). Don’t forget “Printz,” from Christian Louboutin’s Spring/Summer 2013–14 collection, and Iris van Herpen’s 3-D printed heel, “Beyond Wilderness” (2013)

So: now the point: Start your pint-sized shoe diva off early with the flyest kicks at Babesta,

So if you’re looking for mother-daughter bonding this fall,  consider a playdate that everyone will enjoy at the Brooklyn Museum . Inspired? Shop cool shoes (that aren’t so high & treacherous)

And, for the latest in the scene’s hot independent artists and everything cool, subscribe to the Babesta Blog for the illest style in children’s fashion.

-Asa Barnla

Modern Tots need Modern Toys: Hittin’ the Beach in Style

beach toys 2_ by QuutWe think that every modern tot needs modern beach toys. These sleek and artful toys are beautiful objects in their own right, but to boot, they’re super fun. Meet the Quut sand rake, Ballo pail, sand sifter and sand castle maker. Let the fun in the sun begin! Shop Quut!

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Sale at Babesta! Cool kids’ fashion & design on sale now!

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We’re in Sale mode, with lots of amazing items 30-50% off. Some amazing jackets, sweaters and sweatshirts, as well as floor sample cribs (including the Dwell Century & Kalon Studios) and more!  We are making way for spring, though I feel like the spring weather might take a little time to come. In the meantime stay toasty in Mini Rodini, Indikidual, La Miniatura, Munster Kids and more!  Shop Babesta sale! PS: What do you think about our Piñata Letters!?!

Kalon Studios crib at BabestaDwell Studio Century CribDwell Studio Century DresserBloom Coco Lounger in Plexi and Gold

Best Gifts for Kids at Babesta: Check out our Holiday Picks!

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Still trying to figure out what to get your kids for Christmas? Here are some of the best Holiday gifts for kids, all hand picked by the Babesta style-elves. Find them online or just give us a buzz and we can wrap and ship for you! Shop Babesta!

Hip Tips: Designing a Nursery with Style

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Elyse Kroll, the interior designer who transformed Babesta Threads last year, offers some tips on designing  a standout nursery, toddler or kid’s room.

1. Create a comfy reading nook.

Instill a lifelong love of reading with a special spot devoted to it. Choose a grown-up sized upholstered chair (for reading together) with an easy-care slipcover that can go in the wash. A reading chair should have its own lighting source. Skip the overhead lighting when reading in favor of a nearby standing lamp or table lamp.

2. Involve your child in the design process. 

The surefire way to create a room your kid will love is to let him make some of the key choices, particularly with color. Since a favorite color can change from one year to the next, limit these decisions to things that are easy to change as well, like an accent wall or pillowcases.

3. Pick an easy rug to maintain.

Indoor/outdoor area rugs are a great choice for kids’ rooms – they now come in more patterns and colors than ever, and can literally be sprayed clean with water. Or consider a colorful mix of carpet tiles – it’s easier to replace a stained tile or two than an entire rug.

4. Choose furnishings that grow with your child.

Invest in pieces that don’t scream “baby furniture.” While bedding and accessories can be easily changed wiht your child’s evolving tastes, a foundation of white and neutral furniture with clean lines will last through childhood and even the teen years.

5. Mix old & new.

The most interesting, dynamic rooms contain a mix of newer furnishings combined with unexpected vintage pieces. An old chandelier can be painted a fun color and used as the main lighting source of a nursery. Or turn an ornate, antique picture frame into a magnetic chalkboard. The charm is all in the mix.

-JC

Floor Sample Kalon on Sale at Babesta

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Every now and again we switch up the floor at Cribz to move another piece on that we haven’t shown in a while. We’re selling our FS of Kalon Studios Caravan Crib and Dresser to make way for something else super stylish (you’ll see!) Since Kalon is usually a bit of a wait, this could provide a nice edge to an eager parent-to-be looking for one of the flyest nurseries out there.  We adore this crib & its pop of color!!! Come in & see it or call us at 646 290 5508.

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P’Kolino’s Clothes Tree is the Natural Choice for Organization

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In all our favorite fall hues, these clothes trees from P’Kolino are the natural choice for kids’ clothing organization.  Founded by two dads, P’Kolino seeks to combine playful style and smart functionality and this sculpture-esque storage solution for everything from blankets to diaper bags comes in an array of cheerful colors to brighten and neaten any room.  Although it looks so fabulous on it’s own, you may not want to cover it up…

-LE

Smooth Design Means Smooth Sailing with the Roh Collection

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Spot on Square’s Roh Collection is a breath of fresh air design-wise.  Made in America with sustainable, non-toxic materials and finishes, the clean, refreshing lines of their furniture are classy without being stuffy.  We love how the Roh Crib really gives your kid a room with a view with its acrylic siding framed in Michigan Walnut.  Roh, roh, roh your boat down to Babesta to grab the Roh collection for your nursery today!

-LE