Featurekins // Catching Up with Katherine Edmonds of Wovenplay

I had the pleasure of visiting the Wovenplay studio and shop in Brooklyn this summer and chatting with the designer, Katherine Edmonds. The space was everything I had envisioned it would be. The loft-like space was filled with clean natural light; and concrete floors and bare walls beautifully contrasted the whimsical and theatrical pieces that Wovenplay is known for. The merchandise is displayed towards the front of the space with a workspace towards the back. The workspace is visible to visitors and shoppers, which creates an inclusive and inviting creative energy. It was lovely to catch up with Katherine and inquire about the new developments at Wovenplay.

What is new since we last chatted with you for Babiekins Magazine’s second print issue?

We have just finished our Spring’15 collection which was inspired by the beaches and the landscape of the Mediterranean.

Are there any new designs that you are excited about? What colors and details will we see in the new Wovenplay collection?

We have designed several new exciting prints, and two new swimsuits including a ruffled Lola bikini and a boy’s swim trunk.

Which Wovenplay pieces would you say are the most popular?

The striped Lola Suits, Featherbands and Jess Brown/Wovenplay dolls.

I loved the creative vibe I felt in your Brooklyn space. It was invigorating to see your team at work. The manner in which the pieces are merchandised is so fun and aesthetically fitting for the brand. What do you envision for this space?

We love to work in this quiet space with the little studio shop in the front for people to come in and shop or chat with us about what we’re doing at the moment.

Why did you choose to set up shop in Brooklyn?

Brooklyn is full of creative energy and many entrepreneurs working in artistic fields and making things by hand. Our street is near the river and very peaceful.

Are there any current trends, artists, musicians or designers that you are feeling inspired by at the moment?

I recently visited the Dia in Beacon, NY and loved seeing the sculptural works of Carl Andre and the color-rich and geometric abstractions of Blinky Palermo.

What can we find you doing when you’re not at the studio or dreaming up new designs for Wovenplay?

I enjoy spending time and having fun with my son and my good friends, listening to live music, visiting antique markets and museums, taking road trips to cool old towns, seeing stars and planets at observatories and camping and cooking.

Babiekins Magazine| Interview with Wovenplay

Babiekins Magazine| Interview with Wovenplay

Babiekins Magazine| Interview with Wovenplay

Babiekins Magazine| Interview with Wovenplay

Babiekins Magazine| Interview with Wovenplay

Wovenplay // Website|Instagram

The Wovenplay studio and shop is located at 190 West Street in Brooklyn, NY. Visitors and shoppers may stop in on Mondays through Fridays between the hours of 12PM and 5PM and Weekends by appointment.

Initial interview by Gina Munsey may be found in Babiekins Magazine print Issue 2.

Fashionkins // Ahoy Tees

For our middle boy Jerome, we had a nautical themed baby shower, birth announcement, party, etc. In short, everything was covered in anchors, stripes and pirates until his first birthday. Even now, I must say that I am drawn to all those cool props and drawings with that have a nautical feel. I was over the moon when I discovered this cool brand Ahoy Tees! Now I can coordinate all my babies in matchy matchy Ahoy! They even have the cutest tops for mamas.

Clothing: Ahoy Tees







 

Featurekins // Get To Know Boy + Girl

I had the opportunity to chat with Christine, founder and designer of Boy + Girl. The gorgeous collection is one of a kind. I have fallen head over heels with each design as well as the integrity of the brand. Here is what Christine had to say:

What inspired you to start boy + girl?

There are a lot of great women’s and menswear designers that I love and I wondered why there wasn’t something more like that for kids. I love textures and beautiful fabrics mixed with clean, minimalist design and I wanted to incorporate that for kidswear.

What is most important to you when sourcing your materials and fabric?

It’s a pretty natural process, every season I just grab what I love and from there I make a story. Materials are really the heart of the line. I really love natural fabrics, they wash great and they drape well so we use a lot of washed linens and cottons. Patterns and prints are always hard to find which is why this season we partnered with our cottons supplier to produce a custom organic stripe. Sustainability is at the heart of b+g so we strive to use organic fabrics and low-impact processes wherever we can.

How would you describe the child who wears boy + girl?

Definitely boy+girl has a California, west coast vibe. Boy is more rooted in surf and skate, we do a lot of cut-off shorts and bajas. Mostly soft knit terrys and fleece for him so he can run around and be active! Girl is a bit more feminine, boho. She’s a bit more european – those classic cuts that are timeless but not stiff.

What/who was the inspiration behind your Fall 2014 collection?

Fall/Holiday is always an interesting one for us since we are based here in sunny venice. I like it to be warm but not dark, the duality of using vibrant colors during a ‘dark’ season is interesting I think. So we gravitated towards and landed on some beautiful organic knits that are soft and cozy in fun, easy silhouettes such as bubble dresses and harem pants. We also sourced a flannel that is made in Portugal, I think they are a beautiful interpretation of modern almost digital looking prints.

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Shop the entire collection here: Boy + Girl 

Photo Credit: Curtis Buchanan | Styling Credit: Christine Chang