Runaway Circus, new kids fashion editorial in the Fall/Winter issue of Babesta Beat

We had so much fun shooting Runaway Circus in the streets of Tribeca with photog extraordinaire Stephanie McNiel, super stylist Lynn Levoy and uber groomer Vicktor Stevenson. We knew we needed to focus on the animals, and pops of color for this photoshoot featured in Babesta Beat. The clothes of the season had so many species, and we couldn’t resist highlighting our faves from brands like Mini Rodini (like that bear sweatshirt! the penguin jacket!) and PopUpShop (that Cheetah dress is off the hook and there’s a zip up hoodie as well!), Quinn and Fox (that bunny sweatshirt and bear sweats!) and of course some goodies from Munster Kids (hippy pandas, anyone) and Tootsa MacGinty (3-D interactive pandas). We imagined the city as a circus and collected some fun props like masks and inflatable zebras and set off on a gorgeous May day. There were a lot of stares, of course, as we were a conspicuous bunch! In the most quintessential Tribeca shot (the little bridge on Staple Street), we were vying for position with a bride & groom who were also keen on snapping some shots in the hip little street (we were there first, but we gave them the floor, knowing they had to get to the church on time!) Hope you enjoy the result!

The ringleader, donning a Quinn & Fox tee and Welkin NYC skirt. Photography by Stephanie McNiel.

The ringleader, donning a Quinn & Fox tee and Welkin NYC skirt. Photography by Stephanie McNiel.

 

An adorable sweatshirt by Mini Rodini topped with a reversible puffer by Jordan. Photography by Stephanie McNiel.

Elephant on the loose, featuring PopUpShop sweatshirt, Nununu pants and Tootsa MacGinty sweater.
Elephant on the loose, featuring PopUpShop sweatshirt, Nununu pants and Tootsa MacGinty sweater.
So cool animal graffiti in Tribeca with PopUpShop jacket and Quinn & Fox sweatshirt

So cool animal graffiti in Tribeca with PopUpShop jacket and Quinn & Fox sweatshirt at Franklin Place

Love the PopUpShop dress and Baby Degen knit hat, and pet giraffe of course! Photography by Stephanie McNiel for Babesta

Love the PopUpShop dress and Baby Degen knit hat, and pet giraffe of course! Photography by Stephanie McNiel for Babesta

Mini Rodini Weightlifter prints, Tootsa MacGinty cardigans and Dr. Marten boots - so perfect for fall. Photography by Stephanie McNiel for Babesta Beat

Mini Rodini Weightlifter prints, Tootsa MacGinty cardigans and Dr. Marten boots – so perfect for fall. Photography by Stephanie McNiel for Babesta Beat

Now that's something to see! The Panda (with zip pocket where he opens his mouth) and Mini Rodini clowns!

Now that’s something to see! The Panda (with zip pocket where he opens his mouth) and Mini Rodini clowns!

 

An inflatable zebra is on the loose in Tribeca. Last seen with fashionable girls in Bobo Choses and Mini Rodini.

An inflatable zebra is on the loose in Tribeca. Last seen with fashionable girls in Bobo Choses and Mini Rodini.

Munster Kids hippie panda and Bobo Choses jeans and bag. Photos by Stephanie McNiel

Munster Kids hippie panda and Bobo Choses jeans and bag. Photos by Stephanie McNiel

The penguins are coming! Cool penguin coat by Mini Rodini and Hansel from Basel tights. Photography by Stephanie McNiel for Babesta

The penguins are coming! Cool penguin coat by Mini Rodini and Hansel from Basel tights. Photography by Stephanie McNiel for Babesta

All photos by Stephanie McNiel for Babesta Beat magalog – all rights reserved. Styling by Lynn Levoy, Art Direction by Babesta, grooming by Vicktor Stevenson.

Shop Runaway Circus at http://www.babesta.com/Runaway-Circus/

AKID Shoes, the Top Sneakerhead Styles, Custom Made for Children

AKID shoes at Babesta

AKID shoes now available at Babesta

When the Babesta crew first came across the AKID brand, we knew we had something special. The brand successfully provides the styles that the modern  Sneakerheads look for, for children. Sneaker enthusiasts, or  “Sneakerheads,” have traditionally gravitated toward brand athletic sneakers. However, while the athletic sneaker still reigns supreme, some of the  flyest and fashion conscious Sneakerheads have veered away to a different style of sneaker. AKID shoes encapsulate this style for children. And the great thing about the AKID brand is that they are specially designed for a child’s growing foot. From the shoe design, to the quality breathable materials good for children’s sensitive skin, these aren’t just adult shoes shrunken down.

Historically in sneakerhead culture, the brand name meant everything. Only the top three or four athletic sneaker brands were acceptable. But, in recent years, emphasis on the big brand names has decreased as sneaker enthusiasts pay more attention to an awesome looking shoe, regardless of who makes it. In speaking with sales representatives at some of the top sneakerhead shops in NYC and San Francisco, they noticed this change in customer taste over the past few years.

Around 2010, the Sneakerheads stopped caring about brand name as much. They just wanted bright, crazy colors, like fluorescents and pastels. This taste for wild colors has since filtered to the mainstream market.

The rise in popularity of the skinny jean has also played a major role in the change in sneaker styles. A lot of the traditional athletic sneakers that worked great with baggier jeans just don’t look good in skinnies. They’re just too big and bulky for the skinny jeans and they stand out in a bad way.  As a result, the most refined sneakerheads had to seek out a more slim style of shoe. Sneaker designers are now more focused on using cool innovative materials and patterns instead of the day-glo colors (or along with!). With their faux snake skin, paint splatter and printed kicks, AKID definitely has their finger on the pulse of sneaker fashion, and is sure to inspire a new generation of pint-sized Sneakerheads.

AKID now available at Babesta.

-Asa Barnla

 

Box Trolls: Cool movie for the little ones

 

Babesta.com is always on the prowl for the coolest movies for kids. We’ve come across something that looks pretty awesome. Check out Boxtrolls, in theatres September 26th as it’s expected to be one of the most eye-catching movies of the year. And from what we see, the Babesta crew doesn’t disagree, this film looks pretty darn cool. From the makers of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman”, comes the mischievous Boxtrolls and their beloved boy Egg hang in the underworld of Cheesebridge.

Boxtrolls looks to be a nice heartwarming movie that teaches good values about not judging books by their cover. And we definitely predict the cardboard critters will be a hot costume for this year’s Halloween festivities. If you’re in need of a box for the costume, we’ve got you covered: Nuna’s Pipa Infant car seat has the perfect box for your lil toddling troll. Not only is it an awesome car seat for the younger sibling (if you’re in the market), the box is the perfect size for your older one’s Boxtroll costume this Halloween!

Hip-Hop Breakdance Classes for Kids and B-Boy Fashion at Babesta!

 

As hip city parents, we’re always on the lookout for the coolest activities for our trendsetting tots. Leave it to the cool cats over at Downtown Dance Factory to bust out the breakdancing, ensuring all the little B-boys and B-girls of Tribeca can do the worm, robot and  can backspin like pros.

We all know how great an activity dance class can be. They’re active, constructive, social, challenging, and of course, great fun. B-Boy lessons have all of these great qualities, but they also add the amazing “crowd goes wild” moments. The excitement your kid will feel after successfully busting his first “top rock” to “six step” and hearing the cheers from the cypher can make for such a wonderful, memorable, priceless moment.

The “Kindiboys” lessons are offered for preschoolers, ages 3-5 and are taught by one of the studio’s resident B-Boys. The 45-minute classes introduce hip-hop and B-Boy moves, simple freezes and funky footwork. The Dance Factory also offers classes for older kids from kindergartners progressing all the way to teenagers.

Check out the B-Boy classes at the Downtown Dance Factory. And, when looking for the dopest B-Boy gear, saying we have you covered at Babesta is an understatement!

BABESTAGRAM : Chatting with fashion stylist and instagrammer Lynn Levoy


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In between snapping super cool shots she’s done for  Babesta’s Instagram, many times featuring her adorable son Callum, fashion stylist Lynn Levoy tells about her love for social media, cool kids’ style and raising a child in New York City.

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“I love Instagram because I can tell a story with images,” says Lynn Levoy, a seasoned fashion stylist who’s worked for magazines like Elle, New York Magazine and Vanity Fair. “It creates more of  a mood than other social media outlets and allows me to be more personal and take it to the next level.” Levoy has been lending her talent to the Babesta Instagram account and often shoots looks on her 4 ½ year old son, Callum, our cover model.  We caught up with her to chat about her fab sense of style and the fun of raising a kid in the city.

What’s your definition of cool?  

Rather than “cool,” I like to think in terms of “effortless.”  Which for me is the ultimate–creating a vibe without trying.

Do you have a signature style?

I don’t overthink fashion. I dress for my mood. I usually have one thing in mind that I want to wear and then base my outfit for the day around that. I try to pass that on to Callum. I never want him to think of clothes as more than just a form of self-expression, like art.

He’s only 4 ½ but he already has quite a bit to say in terms of what and how he wears his clothes.  I just let him do his thing and guide him when I can, so he can continue to develop his own unique style…

How would you describe raising a child in NYC?

…ahhhhhh, where to begin…Beyond amazing because of the amount of exposure children have to so many types of people and the everyday world around them. Challenging for parents for that same reason.  There’s so much stimulation on a daily basis and we’re all just trying to find that right balance of parenting, work, social…

I love being a part of Callum’s universe and experiencing life through his eyes.

How do you get ready for back-to-school?

Nothing is better than Back to School shopping ! Each Fall season it still brings back such vivid memories upon returning to school each year. The sheer excitement of those first Fall brisk mornings, bundled and layered with sweaters, jackets, cool scarves, especially after a long hot summer. So, as Callum prepares to return to school this year, I’ve already begun to plan his must haves…
I am all about layering and I think for kids, its essential.  They are always running around, inside and outside, so I find they are always hot or cold, never in between. I love long sleeve tees layered with hoodies and cardigans.  Bobo Choses’ green hoodie is the perfect layering piece with a pop of color.  And as with everything they do, it’s super comfy and
so easy to wear. I also love Be Lucky’s smiley cardigan.  And for girls, they’re so cute over dresses.  I just adore Mini Rodini’s Weightlifter and Clown dresses this season. Denim of course is a must-have.  I also love NuNuNu drop crotch pants and Quinn and Fox’s track pants.  For girls, I just love cool, patterned tights with dresses and tunics.  Bobo Choses and Hansel from Basel are my faves. Paired with Dr. Martens…so good. And speaking of Dr Martens, I am loving them this season.  They work for both girls and boys.  They truly stand the test of time, super cool with skinny’s, track pants, tights, dresses – everything ! It makes me want a pair again.
A great jacket is a must have.  Ruff & Huddle, Jordan and Mini Rodini all have amazing choices
Fall is definitely all about the accessories.  You can have so much fun with scarves and hats.  Bobo Choses leopard hats are must haves.
Back to School would not be complete without a new backpack.  Munster Kids’ splattered backpack is the coolest.
And then of course lots of hugs and kisses as we send them off to school !

Cool Charity: Project Art

eco kids easelWhen we see a cool charity, we have to give a shout out! Meet Project Art. . .

With a mission to close the gap in access to arts education for children, non-profit Project Art offers free classes in painting and drawing in 7 public libraries in the city. Started several years ago in the wake of school budget cuts, increased emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and standardized testing, founder Adarsh Alphons opened the doors of a borrowed Harlem studio with nothing but a bag of art supplies and the limitless imagination of those who stepped in. Just three years later, Project Art has grown and formalized its program offering classes and raising the awareness of the importance of an arts education for children.

Sponsor a kid, sponsor a class. projectart.org.

 

Tristin & Tyler for Babesta: Do This – Wear That: Downtown

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Tristin & Tyler give us their best style snippets when hitting the streets in NYC.

If you don’t know Tristin & Tyler, it’s time to take notice. These twins about town are busy in the city, hosting events, writing their blog and interviewing celebs – and whatever they do they are guaranteed to do it in style. Each Thursday they’re checking in with us with a style tip making for a very fashionable fall!

Downtown Express: To be subway and street ready in New York City, rock graffiti inspired gear and camo