Among all the adventures that have punctuated our life so far, there is only one special thing that has turned up will be our children’s. If my wife and I had prepared ourselves as it should, this dear toddler’s arrival has obviously changed many things in our lives: The transition from life for two to life for three, more sustained, etc. After a difficult start, it’s now impossible not to take advantage of this little part of us growing up and marvelling at each new thing she discovers.
Among the small constraints that the appearance of a child brings in his life, clothing choice can become a real headache, especially when you are a clothing lover like me. Finding the right compromise between style, resistance, and the correct price can sometimes prove to be an impossible task, so much so that some of my choices often turn to second-hand sites. But when it comes to me, I scanned sites of a dozen brands that I listed for you right here:
1. The Simple Folk
Behind The simple folk are two friends. Each of them having a child, they find that the clothes they find in stores are often very poorly made, badly fitted, badly cut and not really very pretty. They then decide to launch an ethical clothing brand, which emphasizes respect for the environment and people. Imagine the versatile and timeless pieces, very soft, practical, without a pattern, made with non-toxic fabrics and dyes, and created in such a way as to respect the environment and humans as much as possible. Working with a Portuguese factory-certified GOTS and OEKO-TEX, the two friends are committed to producing in the most ethical way possible.
Pro: A really successful style.
Con: We want to buy everything!
More info: thesimplefolk.co.uk
2. Bobo Choses
Behind this name that can make you smile, hides a rather exciting brand. Founded in 2008 by two illustrators from Barcelona, the Spanish brand plays on colour to create its collections, a bit like another Iberian brand (whose name will not be mentioned here), but better. Each season, it offers a new universe that influences the cuts, colours, and pieces provided in this collection. In 2017, for example, she released “Dear World”, which was interested in the Ocean, its inhabitants and their protection. An original and fun way to educate our toddlers about protecting the environment! The cuts and materials are comfortable, so you can play and run freely.
Pro: Strong and responsible clothes.
Con: Too many colours sometimes!
More info: bobochoses.com
3. Lazare Kids Shoes
Besides Spider-man clothing or T-shirts with “little freshwater sailor” written on the chest, most children’s shoes are here to me. Between those that make light, those that make noise, those that make light AND noise, those which roll, and so on, I do not understand this type of product’s principle. At the truck, we constantly recommend shoes that give pride of place to comfort and quality materials, even if it means paying a certain price. I find this principle even more critical for a child, especially when learning to walk. And this is what Lazare stands for through its products. It is crucial for the brand to choose the best (and beautiful if possible) shoes for its offspring, shoes adapted to their morphology (a child’s foot is different from ours) and helping them learn to walk. All the brand’s feet are made in the north of Portugal, in a workshop specializing in making slippers and shoes for children and toddlers.
Pro: A successful style, beautiful leathers and impeccable fitting.
Con: A certain budget when you start to combine slippers and shoes.
More info: lazarekids.com
I don’t think I’m taking too much risk saying that just about everyone knows Cyrillus. Launched in 1977 by a mother who could not find clothes to her children’s liking, the brand was based on its launch on philosophy: the family. Thus, in addition to the children’s collection, there are also adult lines for men and women. If it dragged the inglorious image of a slightly too classic brand for a long time in the 90s / 2000s, Cyrillus was able to bounce back and now offers more sophisticated and current collections.
Pro: a wide range of sweaters and coats.
Con: Too disparate quality depending on the products.
More info: cyrillus.fr
I’ll admit something to you: I have no idea how to pronounce this brand’s name (if some of you speak Dutch, I would like to have a lesson). Still, Donsje is, without a doubt, one of my favourites on the list! Personally, I am one of those people who do not understand certain children’s clothing or brands. They provide ultra colourful pieces and flocked with various unnecessary things such as slightly silly phrases or superheroes. Therefore I am more in favour of sober but pretty pieces, soft and natural colours. And clearly, that’s exactly what the Dutch brand does: the parts are mostly handmade in a fair-run workshop.
Pro: Handmade pieces with materials of natural origin.
Con: Quality has a price.
More info: donsje.com
6. Essika Kids
We leave Europe for a moment to go to the other side of the world, to India. Merlin, a young Indian father, decides to found Essika after making a simple observation: the supply of children’s clothing is quite poor. What is more, there are few brands offering clothing with a simple style and quality tailoring. He then puts aside all “the universe of superheroes, sequins and cartoons” to be inspired by the Japanese style to which he combines the quality of Indian fabrics. He favours natural and organic materials and opts for loose cuts in order to offer the best possible comfort.
Pro: The style of the pieces and the selected colours.
Con: A very little distributed brand in Europe, a few pieces are leaving India for the moment.
More info: essikakids.in
Daily and almost everyone have a busy life, between the children’s satchel, emails must be answered immediately, meetings, drinks with girlfriends, etc. So she doesn’t really have time to turn around her children’s closet to find the top that matches the pants one of her daughters has decided to wear. It is from there that she imagines Gamin Gamine and its box/subscription principle. Each month, the brand delivers a top, a bottom and an accessory, all in a bundle. Evolving in a soft, colourful and simple style, the pieces fit together easily. What’s more, parts from previous boxes can work with future ones.
Pro: The minimalist and elegant side of all the pieces offered.
More info: gaminetgamine.com