Archive: Designer Spotlight

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?

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Busy Mockingbird, a Mom & Daughter art affair!

I saw this mentioned on Playtime’s FB page (the awesome boutique-ready trade show in NY, Paris & Tokyo) – and thought it was such a cool concept! A collaborative art project, mother and daughter – the mother’s art is gorgeous, but when paired with her daughter’s, surreal! She reminds us that when we let go a little (in her case agreeing to share her professional sketch book with her 4-year-old daughter), magical things can happen!

Read the full article here!

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Back to Skool

The school year tends to sneak up on you, huh?  Well, for our readers in the San Francisco area, we have some super cool news that sprung up just as suddenly…

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San Francisco’s Store1AMSF is playing host to a super rad pop up shop featuring the work of our friends over at New Skool.  We love their hip-hop/graffiti inspired fresh take on kids’ apparel (you can shop the brand by clicking on their name above) and the art is off the hook, so of course we were really excited to hear about their pop up.   Up until Sept. 21st, be sure not to miss out!

 

 

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Backpack Bonanza at Babesta!

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We’re excited for the start of a new school year! Everything’s new: new teachers, new classrooms and new backpacks! We have amassed some of the raddest rucksacks on the planet! Which to you love? Shown clockwise from top left: white gator backpack by Madpax; python backpack by Sprayground; blue/red settlement backpack by Herschel Supply Company; orange bubble backpack by Madpax; red polkadot backpack by Herschel Supply Company; diamond backpack by Sprayground. Shop all Babesta Backpacks here. Don’t see on you love online? Call us at 646 290 5508!

 

Jeremy Scott’s New Collection for Cybex is Like Middle School All Over Again!

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We are wild about Jeremy Scott’s new collection with uber baby gear brand Cybex. The over-the-top Scott (known for putting wings on sneakers at Adidas) has added some comic appeal to some of the more mundane childhood commodities. Tapping a hallmark of 80s cafeterias across America, the idea was “food fight”. “That always seemed to happen in movies but i’ve never had one happen in my life. . . It always seemed like a cool thing happening in a cool high school,” says Scott. He proceeded to design a pattern with each food character in a state of combat–from wearing boxing gloves to throwing popcorn. The pattern is applied to a range of goods at Cybex, from our fave car seat, the Aton to convertible strollers and even a diaper bag. They’re being feted tonight in NYC & coming in September to Babesta! Preorder yours here.  -J.C., image by S.R.

 

Hot ‘Dam! We love these Amsterdam Cabinets by This is Dutch! New @babesta

 

 

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What is not to love here! By far the cutest storage option for space-deprived New York kids! Great for storing clothes, toys or even your favorite pair of clogs! Check them out here -http://www.babesta.com/Amsterdam-Storage-Cabinet.html - & allow 2-3 weeks for delivery & lots of colors to choose from. Come by the shop and see them in person. It’s like a trip to Europe without the airfare :) )

 

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New heroes at Babesta!

ugly dollsBabesta has been looking for heroes to look over NYC!
Recently, we have received two Superheroes that promised to devote their lives to keep our children safe!
These two cuddly superheroes promise to become best friends with as many children they meet!
Superman Babo and Ice Bat promise to be the best friend & hero!
Click the photo for our Superhero Ugly Dolls!

creative souls welcome!

For the kids who love to design and color, it is a must that they are introduced to some of Babesta’s Design Kits. It is suitable for a l l  ages who have a giant imagination!

(click on the pictures to check out our items online!) 

1) Design your own Tote Bag Kit.

Totes for you, and you, and you!

For the babes who love bags but never satisfied with everyone else’s designs! This kit by Seedling includes a Cotton Tote Bag, colorful ribbons, fabric paints, craft and glitter glue, and more that will surely make your bag lovin’ babe want to show off their skills! Great for taking it along to: school, grocery stores, the mall, etc. Check it out in-stores @ Babesta Cribz or online!

2) Make your own Bangles Kit.

Bangles make everything beautiful!

Who doesn’t love bangles? They make our outfits look better and more chić. This kit contains: Wooden Bangles, Embroidery Thread, Assorted Fabric and Ribbons, and instructions for our crafty kids! Let’s see who can design the best! Check it out in-stores @ Babesta Cribz or online!

3) Fashion Designer Kit.

Will a beautiful dress suit the mannequin? Or a rock out t-shirt?

For the fashionistas who always draw and imagine new clothing! For the fashionistas who are never pleased with today’s fashion and is ahead of the new trend. This kit is for the trend-setters and it includes: Assorted Fabrics, Wooden Manikin, Basic Pattern Shapes, Sketch Book, Coloured Pencils, Sewing Needles & Cotton, Assorted Ribbons, and an instruction + tips booklet. Check it out in-stores @ Babesta Cribz or online!

4) Color the Earth kit.

A colorful inflatable world!

Aside from all the fashion kits, the color the Earth kit is for the creative souls who love coloring and playing! This kit contains craft markers and an inflatable world! Your artistic babe colors the world in any way they please and make the world inflatable! This is great for those who love playing, coloring, and learning! It is a fun way to teach kids the name of different countries! Check it out in-stores @ Babesta Cribz or online!

5) Creakit Stencils.

for the colorful minds!

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This Creakit is also for those colorful souls. Artistic children can use these stencils to draw a scene or create a story. This is great for every age groups! Check it out in-stores @ Babesta Cribz or online!

6) Sticker Fashionista.

sticker book filled with the latest styles and fashion!

This isn’t an ordinary sticker book. This is the sticker book filled with clothes, scarves, shoes, bags- fashionistas’ faves! Our fashion lovin’ babes can use these stickers to create the latest outfits for their characters !

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Thanks for checking it out! These kits can be great activities for rainy days, hot summery days, cold winter days, sleep overs, etc. Also, these will be awesome gifts for those who love being creative!

-LK

 

Chatting with Tribeca Sneaker Monster Artist, Elizabeth Pantirer

It was a gorgeous weekend for TOAST of Tribeca this month, and I scooped up the kids and decided to make the artwalk our Sunday event. Both of my girls love art and I thought it would be fun for them (and me) to see how many artists and how much creative talent is all around us. The work we saw was amazingly diverse and it was really a kick getting into all of these studio spaces that dotted around the area. We do see a lot of spaces of course when doing local deliveries, but many of these were in buildings that I’ve never been in, with hallways dedicated to artists and their work.

Although I loved many of the artists, a couple stood out to me from a “Babesta” point of view. The first is Elizabeth Pantirer, who’s unique shoe-art featured running shoes morphed with creatures of the sea and land. Very cool stuff and I thought something that would be awesome for a kids’ room (something sweet for a newborn crafted from a first pair of shoes? Or something super cool for a tween/teen room with a fave pair of kicks as a conversation piece).  I reached out to Elizabeth to hear a little bit more about her funky creations. –JC

Sneaker Monster Artist Elizabeth Pantirer

Sneaker Monster Artist Elizabeth Pantirer

     

     We’re all about cool kicks at Babesta – What inspired you work with sneakers?

I was first inspired in the summer of 2009 when I wore my running shoes out. They were just about to have holes when I decided to retire them. I experienced some amazing runs in those shoes and I wanted to turn them into an art project in which I could portray the determination and ferocity I felt when running in these shoes. I then developed my first sneaker monster.

How long have you been doing this? What’s your background?

I’ve been making sneakers for almost 4 years now. I am a student at the New School and although I am not a fine arts major I do take advantage  of the amazing fine arts and crafting classes they offer.

   

 

Koi Fish Kicks by artist Elizabeth Pantirer

Koi Fish Kicks by artist Elizabeth Pantirer

     What sort of materials do you use to build your sneaker-art? How’s it done?

I like to mold the shoe from the inside out into the shape that I desire. I cut into the shoe to shape the mouth and then mold the inside to keep the mouth opened. I then use a very lightweight clay to mold what the outside will look like. Once I’ve done this I can paint it and adhere it to the shoe. I use different types of adhesives based on the size of the clay being adhered, the effect and the weight. I have also used Halloween props (a fake finger for a shark) and gardening props (fake grass for elephants).

     How was TOAST this year? Have you done it in the past?

TOAST this year was absolutely phenomenal. The studio I showed in had a lot of traffic over the weekend and a lot of people took interest in my shoes. This is the 4th year that I have been involved with TOAST. After my first year in the show a hip-hop sneaker organization contacted me about my sneaker monster and invited me into one of their shows.
You said you have done baby shoes too (what animal?) -that’s pretty cool – any other standout custom requests you’ve had?

Last year I was commissioned to make baby shoes for a newborn baby. I took 2 sneakers and turned them into elephants and aligned them one behind the other. One elephant (the one in the back) was slightly smaller than the other and had its trunk wrapped around the tail of the bigger elephant. After this TOAST event I have been asked to make custom sneakers for a newborn boy. The couple come from Japan and Italy and I have been working on making one sneaker a koi fish and the other a stallion.

Custom shoes range about $200+. For more info, email Elizabeth Pantirer at epantirer@gmail.com.