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!?)
Archive: For Toddlers
Just got our Wild & Wolf back in the store – some magical gifts for summer birthday parties and for today and tomorrow only, we’re offering 20% off. We read in Departures that with the return of Arrested Development, magicians are totes “in” so you can help kids get their magic on with some tricks of the trade. (Gotta love G.O.B. Bluth as a role model). Balloon Animals, Juggling Sets, Magic Tricks and more! http://www.babesta.com/Wild-and-Wolf/
For 20% off all Wild & Wolf on Thurs & Friday, use code WildMay.
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
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.
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 email@example.com.
At Babesta, we curate everything for a cool city child. That’s any global urban mecca – from Stockholm to Sydney, Brooklyn to Berlin. For any NYC aficianados we have mixed together some of our hometown faves! Check out our latest goods answering the call of the city kid!Go to http://ow.ly/kO1rf to check out our full city selection!
So I was just chatting with my daughter about what she was planning to make for her science project (she’s studying inventors & inventions). She was describing a personalized weather machine she was seriously considering (biting off a bigger meatball than I would do!) and I asked her who would choose rain? She countered: think of the pairings – I want sun, you want rain, together: Rainbow! Touché: it’s “you’ve got your chocolate in my peanut butter” thinking. Better together.
Pondering how we would create such a thing, I stumbled upon the MOMA’s new exhibit Rain Room that begins May 12. While I doubt we will be busy at home tinkering with some GPS based weather contraption, (what I wouldn’t give today for some yesterday-like weather), we will definitely wait in line to check it out next week at the MOMA.
The room is designed by Random International, and it’s taking place in a lot next to the museum. Basically it’s pouring, but when it detects you, the rain opens up to let you by, giving you the feeling of ‘controlling the weather’. Sounds super fun!
I’m totally psyched to have Tannhauser in the house! These awesome grey and neon green clogs had me doing backflips when I first saw them. I remember having clogs as a kid – there is just something about the retro slip on that rocks & with the day glo detailing, well, we’re sold.
Dig em? Come in to see ‘if the shoe fits…’ These will start in the store before they hit our site, so either pop in or give us a buzz if you can’t live without! 212 608 4522 / Babesta 66 West Broadway NYC.
We’re super excited to welcome Nununu to the Babesta store! We love this brand with its bold stars and pops of neon. It’s perhaps the coolest layette I’ve found in a long time! The funky toddler styles, from tees and onesies to dresses and shrugs are amazing as well. Made in Israel. Shop Nununu here!
We are super excited to just get Mini Rodini’s spring/summer 13 collection in-store. We saw it first this past summer, when in Stockholm on a vacay and couldn’t get enough of the tassels, bows, animal prints, palm trees & parrots. Here’s a little sampling of our first delivery!
Online, you’ll be able to shop it here:http://www.babesta.com/Mini-Rodini/ but for now, it’s in store, until our website elves get it photographed and processed, so first dibs is at 66 West Broadway at Warren. 212 608 4522.
I've spent the last couple days hot footing it around NYIGF, checking out the latest & greatest from a lot of our favorite brands. I spent most of my time in Design & Baby and Child but was happy to catch a couple great finds from a section dubbed NY Newest.
From new twists on our fave funky backpacks to pattern mixing on porcelin plates here's a mashup of things that will be on our store shelves soon or simply inspired us!
Although our racks are almost bare, we still have some great stuff in each size left from Fall on sale! We are getting ready for spring of course, but boy the weather's not. Snap up some 'warm things' that will hold you over until the sun is shining toasty & bright. Some puffers, mittens, hats, hoodies & sweaters in sizes 0-12.