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Toy Story: Papinee

PAPINEE Deer at Shanghai Xintiandi_lr

He notes that quality and beauty marked his formative years, most pronounced in the special relationship he had with his parents. “They were always challenging my imagination,” he says. “We would close our eyes and daydream together. My mother would bring to life travels around the world, from Ginza in Tokyo to Prado in Madrid, without us having to leave our home.” He recalls the games—Gamin, Snakes and Ladders and other English toys—and the stories of Tutankhamun, King Henry, Christopher Columbus and Warhol, that his mom (who he dubs Mary Poppins) would relay whisking him across centuries and continents with a turn of phrase. PAPINEE Sphere Installation_lr

Those precious memories of colorful places inspired and fueled his path to create Papinee, a pledge to give that journey to others through heirloom quality toys built to at once inspire, delight and educate. Suj, who’s worked as a brand consultant for labels like Tod’s, Dunhill and Chopard, gathered 31 artists and 28 ambassadors to bring this concept to life. “It’s been a labor of love and so much fun for a group of individuals who love art and incredible quality, whilst wanting to make a difference,” Suj says.

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“We want to make toys you can keep your whole life—for dreamers of all ages.” The collection of artisanal plush toys and companion storybooks are steeped in history, art and culture: The sheep was inspired by Turkey and Ottoman architecture; the horse is reminiscent of the palace of Versailles and Louis XIV; the deer is clearly an homage to street art culture in New York City. The company also makes a priority of giving back, sharing art and culture, working with organizations from all around the world. “It’s the education of global ideas and incredible objet d’art, both child-safe and universally fun. We believe in that gift.”

Ronaldo-ready duds and more at Babesta

soccer style for kids

Check out some of our favorite soccer inspired duds and more at Babesta!

1.Babiators: Cool shades in sunshine yellow. http://bit.ly/1nypjo9

2.World Map by Janod: Be sure you know exactly where your team is from! http://bit.ly/1kPvft9

3. Vilac Ball: Have a ball practicing some goal-getting. http://bit.ly/1v3C2SW

4. Native shoes: They’re no cleats, but they’re great summer outdoor shoes! http://bit.ly/1oXhXtX

5.Retro shorts: Throwback and so sporty! http://bit.ly/1oXhyb0

6. Sunshine sweatshirt: This Bobo Choses sweatshirt is from Messa’s club team-town, Barcelona. http://bit.ly/1gcjGFU

 

 

On Trend: Artful Childhoods!

It seems like everyone is getting a dose of culture these days. Books, art kits, dolls and even strollers are getting artful makeovers, re-rendering our homes, playrooms and “stuff” into museums. Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Frida Kahlo and more grace our favorite products.

1.La Miniatura Keith Haring inspired cardigan; 2. Frida Kahlo doll by Late Greats; 3. Andy Warhol puzzle; 4. Frida Kahlo book; 5. Andy Warhol magnets 6. Keith Haring stacking figures.

Cool artful products for kids, from Keith Haring blocks and cardigans to Andy Warhol puzzles and Frida Kahlo dolls.

Cool artful products for kids, from Keith Haring blocks and cardigans to Andy Warhol puzzles and Frida Kahlo dolls.

 

Thanks Bugaboo! Andy Warhol App for Kids

We’ve been touting Bugaboo’s collab with the Andy Warhol Foundation, and it’s not only strollers that have gotten a art makeover! Bugaboo’s So Many Stars app introduces baby to the pop artist with the artist’s iconic images and others that have never been seen! Download the App. if you’re a traditionalist, check out the Warhol goods at the shop! Andy Warhol Strollers, books, socks and more: Shop all Andy Warhol at Babesta!

andy warhol app