Archive: For Babies

Toys, toys, toys!

We have new plush toys that just came in stores at both Babesta Cribz and Threads! These join some old faves that we try to keep on our shelves (though it’s hard, they’re soooo lovable)

We received new plush toys and mini figurines from kidrobot. Their Yummy Plushes range from: black & white cookies, blue frosted donuts, chocolate frosted donuts, etc. We also received key chains of these Yummy Plushes! Be sure to check it out!

We also want to show off SkipHop’s collection of toys aimed at our city babies! Hug & Hide Stroller Toys, activity gyms,  duck bath toys, alphabet zoo mirrors, and more! Playsam also has babystroller toys and YoYos!

Toys are a great way to raise a child’s imagination! Toys will definitely entertain our awesome city kids!

Also check out Kushies and PlaySam!

And please check out our Vine Video of all our toys at Babesta Cribz here!

OMG! summer baby essentials!

Summer has begun, which means that there will be a lot of traveling to be done! Our stylists at Babesta have whipped together a few essentials that are perfect for “on the road” with baby!

  • The Chevron Blue Diaper Bag (found here) that fits most of these items comfortably!
  • Pronto Chevron Blue (found here) that is a to-go changing station that goes well with the bag too! (stylish!)
  • Ugly Dolls  that come in different sizes and fun colors!
  • Bento Mealtime Kit that will make it easier for mommies/daddies to store snacks and mini meals for our cute babies!
  • Mini Rodini Sunglasses (found here) for the stylish kid to block away the strong sunlight!
  • Maileg’s Rattles to keep company and to amuse the cute kid!
  • Thumbprint Masterpiece (found in-stores) that can be used for of ease artworks!
  • Skip Hop’s Monkey & Bee Bib (found here) for the quick eaters that tend to splatter everywhere!
  • MD Moms’ Sunblock & Lotion (found here) to keep our children’s skin softer and safer from the UV rays!

Have a stylish summer!

Beach bag essentials including Jonathan Adler for Skip Hop diaper bag, Skip Hop bib and more!

Beach bag essentials including Jonathan Adler for Skip Hop diaper bag, Skip Hop bib and more!

Babesta Guest Blogs for Bubble London’s Bubble and Speak Blog

We were asked to guest blog for Bubble and Speak & decided to chat about the Punk exhibit at the MET, From Chaos to Couture, that we attended back in May and the synergies the message had on the kids’ market. Of course we were totally stoked, as Bubble and Speak is the awesome blog of one of the most inspirational trade shows that takes place in London and debuts lots of indie brands that we love & follow. Read it here:

http://www.bubblelondon.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/punk-chaos-to-couture.html

To boot we worked up a little smattering of super cool Punk style for kids at Babesta! No, ‘Lil Joey Ramone, we don’t want to be sedated (usually) & we wouldn’t miss any of your adorable declarations of independence, rages against the machine and anti establishment antics!

'Lil Punks at Babesta

 

From top to bottom, left to right:

Splatter shirt by A for Apple; Declare Independence tank by MIMA, Why? tee by NuNuNu, striped leggings by Sourpuss Clothing, shorts by A for Apple, Spraycan tee by Munster Kids, studded belt and Sex Pistols bib by Sourpuss Clothing, Skull soft soled shoes by Chauchas.  **Things come in and out of the shop like wildfire, so if you see something you can’t live without, give us a ring & we’ll try to hook you up with it or introduce you to the latest & greatest. Babesta Threads: 212 608 4522.

Creatures of the Night (light)

What animal do you dream about? We just got a new shipment of Jonathan Adler animal menagerie nightlights in. They provide just the right amount of light in a room to keep any of the scaries away. Sweet and peaceful done out of ceramic. Find them at Babesta here.

Jonathan Adler's ceramic lion nightlight

Jonathan Adler’s ceramic lion nightlight

Just a Peek: Babesta Fall Fashion 2013 Photoshoot

We spent Memorial Day weekend in the Berkshires, shooting an editorial style “story” for Babesta in the woods. (You can take the girl out of the city…) We rented a U-haul and brought up cribs, strollers, Fall 2013 fashions and more! There was definitely a point in time that I thought I had totally lost it (light rain, wind & back-breaking set building) – but the result will be beautiful, thanks to an amazing team, including photographer Katrina Tang & stylist Michel Onofrio! Stay tuned. Here’s a little behind the scenes peek! (who’s behind that big, big book!?)

A little sneak peek of our Fall fashion photo shoot in the Berkshires! Shot by Katrina Tang

A little sneak peek of our Fall fashion photo shoot in the Berkshires! Shot by Katrina Tang

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.