Archive: Designer Spotlight

Welcoming Quinn + Fox to Babesta!

Quinn and Fox cool tshirts and pants

We’re totally stoked to welcome Quinn & Fox to the fall lineup at Babesta! We are smitten with their hand screened tees and sweatpants with the adorable and quirky circus prints! The company, founded in 2013 by self-described “parents of two curly haired girls,” works with artists to design their funky graphics, and the tees and sweats are organic and made from scratch in California. And, per the kids who wear it, it’s super comfy to boot!

Shop Quinn & Fox at Babesta

For Those About to Rock! Choosing a Rocker, Glider or Recliner

monte design at Babesta

Today’s rockers aren’t your grandmother’s rockers. They’re sleek, modern and can work as easily in nurseries as they can in living rooms. And gliders, once large, clunky eye sores, are now high style contemporary nursery-musts, available in tweed, micro suede and leather—some even go so far as to kick back and recline.

Choosing between a host of good options may make decision-making even harder of course. Tribeca Pregnancy and Parenting Education Director Erica Lyons confirms, “There’s no real difference for soothing a child,” when choosing between a glider and rocker. But for families with toddlers, she adds, gliders have an added benefit: “Gliders don’t rock on little hands—but as long as mom is aware of no little fingers under the rocking chair, either is fine.”

Ralph Montemurro, co-owner of Monte Design Group, a family owned Canadian company founded on the concept of locally manufactured chic chairs, gives his own take. “A glider is great because it is a quiet, stable option that looks great in any room—and the glider-recliner gives you that and the ability to put your feet up and lay back. A rocker, on the other hand, is a classic choice because of its timeless style and design, and, with no moving parts, can last generations.”

Montemurro says he and his wife Michelle started Monte Design after successfully identifying a void in the market, and notes, designing a better nursery chair wasn’t easy. In fact, they made 40-50 prototypes of the original Luca glider (named after their third child) before going to market.  Since then, they’ve been manufacturing gliders and rockers in Canada, without seeing a trend in preference between gliding and rocking. It seems in the end, it comes down to personal preference and aesthetic taste.

So, what do you say? Are you going to rock or glide?

Whatever you choose, we salute you.

Some questions to ask after you’ve decided to rock or glide

Is it easy to clean? Is it comfortable? Does it fit in with my decor?  Is it easy to get out of (not too low)?  Where is it made? How is it made?

 

Move Over Hermes. Meet Homies, the last word in luxury a la Brian Lichtenberg.

We cracked up when we first saw these tongue in cheek tees and sweatshirts by Brian Lichtenberg. Amping up the luxe cool this holiday season! Shop Brian Lichtenberg at Babesta!

gif by Katrina Tang; model: Callie Reiff

Brian Lichtenberg tee steals the show.

Brian Lichtenberg tee steals the show.

Chatting with Cassandra Rhodin of Mini Rodini

Cassandra Rhodin of Mini Rodini

Whether on a onesie or a national ad campaign, Swedish designer Cassandra Rhodin deftly pulls from the beautiful, quirky fantasy world she’s envisaged, replete with anthropomorphic animals and vintage references, served up with a modern twist. Wielding her pen she knows how to entice and entertain, possibly a genetic talent passed down from her great grandfather, circus king Brazil Jack. Though her heritage and own childhood inspire, when it comes to designing her children’s wear label Mini Rodini, Rhodin notes, “My biggest inspiration definitely comes from hanging out with my two kids. Their imagination is unbelievable.” Fall ’13 is arguably her strongest collection to date, and, we hear, Rhodin is growing the label from kids’ wear into home goods. We were psyched to sit down with ringleader Rhodin and hear the ballyhoo on the brand.

Shine Bright Like a Diamond

We’ve got gems galore from Mini Rodini this season!  Now we know that technically diamonds don’t shine, they reflect; but because they’re reflecting the sheer awesomeness of your kid’s style we figure we can get away with the phrase.

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We think Mimi had it right with regards to styling the print, but you can definitely get away with a ton of cool outfits by breaking up her look into separates.  We’d love to hear how you style your kids’ gems, so hit the comments and let us know!

-L.E.

Welcome to the Jungle

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Mini Rodini loves Snow Leopards this season and so do we!  Their animal prints are always super fun, but the snow leopards are especially cool this season.  We’re kind of all about the Snow Leopard Sweatshirt (you can even complete the look and grab the ear hat here); it’s a great way to express your child’s wild side and it’s super cozy.  Or you can go extra wild with the Berlin Cheetah Jeans which add a great pop of color on any dreary winter day.  Or you can go uber-wild and do both.  Whatever you decide to do, let us know in the comments!  We love hearing about what awesome outfits you come up with…

-L.E.

The Swedish Invasion

We’re super excited right now,  since we just received part 3 of our Mini Rodini shipment!  We’ve officially received everything for Fall/Winter 2013 from this designer, which means we get to get busy doing one of our favorite things: creating outfits!  We’ll be posting about all this new stuff – and there is a lot of it – for a while to come, but we’ll give you a sneak peak….

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Since we check everything out upon receiving which entails unfolding everything, I held this one up and I’m pretty sure I’d fit in the biggest size we carry. The sleeves would be a little short, but I kind of want it…

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This Snow Leopard sweater is definitely one of our favorites. It’s the perfect mix of wild and cozy for this winter.

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Pandas and Bowties!? And TOP HATS!?!? Where’s the interobang key when you need it? This jacket is too cute for conventional punctuation.

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Maybe you guessed it already, but we’re a little wild over the snow leopard prints this season. But come on, how can you not be super excited about them?

L.E.