Project Runway’s Bad Boy of Fashion, Jeffrey Sebelia, and his brand, La Miniatura Kids

Project Runway's Jeffrey Sebelia and La Miniatura Kids cool fashion line

  Project Runway winner and designer behind kids’ fashion line La Miniatura, Jeffrey Sebelia dishes about his über cool kids’ line.

“First question (it’s on all of our minds!): Given that you and Heidi Klum both have kids’ lines, what are the chances of an upcoming Project Runway Kids show?” He shakes his head and laughs. “She’ll have to really step up her game before that happens.” That’s Jeffrey —the bad boy instigator who had us glued to Project Runway (Season 3) and most recently, Project Runway All Stars.

     “What would be fun,” he continues, “is if the kids worked with professional seamstresses, and you could tap into their minds for design, but a seamstress sewed the garments.”

     Now on his fifth season in kids’ fashion, Sebelia admits that it surprised him how much he connected with childrenswear. “As a designer, of course I love womenswear. I also love menswear and making things that I like for myself,” he says. Although initially rebuffing the idea of childrenswear, he found he was compelled by the challenge of it. “I love creating something that’s both exciting and appropriate, elevated without being too sophisticated.”

 La Miniatura green bird print dress for kids

Banksy vs. Pranksy No. 6

This gorgeous girl was brave enough to take on one of the most provocative shots, that made a great ending to the shoot (and beginning to whatever happens next). We blended two of our favorite iconic Banksy images, the finger-in-the-nose Statue of Liberty and  ”Laugh now, but someday we’ll be in charge”, something ever true about our toddler models.

banksy 6

To Do in NY: Street Art Exhibit at MCNY

city as canvas

We’re totally excited about the exhibit City as Canvas at the Museum of the City of New York going on now. The robust art collection of street artist Martin Wong (1946-1999) is on display until July 27th, and it’s something to see. Wong, who was a noted East Village artist, had amassed a collection of his contemporaries’ work in the 70s and 80s, including art by Keith Haring, Lee Quiñones, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lady Pink, Futura 2000 and more. His collection, as well as Wong’s own work, much of which has never been seen, will be on display at this encyclopedic exhibit of street art styles and techniques. The show is a celebration of urban self-expressionism, housed in the lovely and bite-sized Museum of the City of New York, strategically located right next to Central Park at 103rd. Runs February 4–July 27, 2014.

Shown: A-OneThe Spirit of the Soul (1989), Keith Haring artwork, Keith Haring Foundation; City as Canvas (Rizzoli). Photos courtesy of the Museum of the City of

 

 

For Those About to Rock! Choosing a Rocker, Glider or Recliner

monte design at Babesta

Today’s rockers aren’t your grandmother’s rockers. They’re sleek, modern and can work as easily in nurseries as they can in living rooms. And gliders, once large, clunky eye sores, are now high style contemporary nursery-musts, available in tweed, micro suede and leather—some even go so far as to kick back and recline.

Choosing between a host of good options may make decision-making even harder of course. Tribeca Pregnancy and Parenting Education Director Erica Lyons confirms, “There’s no real difference for soothing a child,” when choosing between a glider and rocker. But for families with toddlers, she adds, gliders have an added benefit: “Gliders don’t rock on little hands—but as long as mom is aware of no little fingers under the rocking chair, either is fine.”

Ralph Montemurro, co-owner of Monte Design Group, a family owned Canadian company founded on the concept of locally manufactured chic chairs, gives his own take. “A glider is great because it is a quiet, stable option that looks great in any room—and the glider-recliner gives you that and the ability to put your feet up and lay back. A rocker, on the other hand, is a classic choice because of its timeless style and design, and, with no moving parts, can last generations.”

Montemurro says he and his wife Michelle started Monte Design after successfully identifying a void in the market, and notes, designing a better nursery chair wasn’t easy. In fact, they made 40-50 prototypes of the original Luca glider (named after their third child) before going to market.  Since then, they’ve been manufacturing gliders and rockers in Canada, without seeing a trend in preference between gliding and rocking. It seems in the end, it comes down to personal preference and aesthetic taste.

So, what do you say? Are you going to rock or glide?

Whatever you choose, we salute you.

Some questions to ask after you’ve decided to rock or glide

Is it easy to clean? Is it comfortable? Does it fit in with my decor?  Is it easy to get out of (not too low)?  Where is it made? How is it made?

 

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.