Archive: Designer Spotlight

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

Rawr!

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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.

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!