Featurekins // Keetan

With Summer gaining pace here, I’m having great fun shopping online for fun new pieces for my Babiekins’. Keetan has some great lines of new brands; from beautifully delicate vintage inspired pieces, to contemporary staples with injections of playful colour.

I met with Sarena to learn more about Keetan’s story.  A carefully curated space of true celebration of childhood and parenthood.

The story of how Keetan came to be is inspired! Sarena, tell us how this family affair was born in October?

My Mom opened her first children’s clothing shop in California in the 90’s, when my sister and I were in elementary school. She would take us on local buying trips, and we would spend a lot of time in the shop after school. I started doing the buying with her – properly when I was around twelve years old. Since then the shop changed locations and expanded, we began to travel further to buy. In October I returned to Los Angeles after finishing my Master’s, and we decided to start Keetan. Our online shop named after the littlest in our family, my five year old brother.

I love your family style, you’re so in tune with each other and clearly a close unit, with your mothers passion for the industry, did Keetan feel like the natural step for you?

Keetan was absolutely the obvious way for us to move forward. When we buy, we do not really have a strategy, we often just choose what we like; and I don’t think bricks and mortar can always handle the inventory. We have a lot of experience between us, and we all wanted a role in our growing family business. We agreed that a shift online was the natural way for us to expand. With Keetan, we have a great deal more flexibility with how much inventory we can carry, which we are all really excited about. My younger sister previously worked in womenswear and has now also come on board. It really has become a family affair!

Babiekins Magazine | Keetan Summer Dress

 

Tell us more about your style, what is your go to outfit?

Right now, my go-to outfit is a plaid skirt, casual tee and sweater, and either boots and espadrilles! I should mention though that some of my best finds come from the shop. We have these amazing Stella McCartney kids embroidered denim shorts and I snagged the biggest pair for myself, I was so pleased they fit! One of my favourite designers that we carry is Morley. I can fit into their size 14 or 16, so whenever we write Morley, I always add a few pieces for myself!

…And what outfit do you love to see Keetan rock the most?

We have these Munster heather grey loose fit pants with paint splatters that he looks great in – those with a Little Eleven Paris tee. We sold the paint splatter pants so quickly – definitely a favourite this season! Keetan is super active and likes to roll around in drop crotch pants (either Munster or Nununu) a cotton tee and hoodie, with is Doc Martens.

You’ve referred to the fall as being your favourite time of year; What is it about the fall that you love so much?

October is our favourite month of the year because we love Halloween. We are all summer kids though, my sister and I grew up in Los Angeles and we cannot live without the sunshine and beach. We live very close to the coast and I think Keetan has a year-round summery aesthetic because it is what we are inspired by each day.

Babiekins Magazine | Keetan Jump Shot

Babiekins Magazine | Keetan Stella McCartney Dress

You visited Playtime Paris this year, How did you enjoy Europe? Do you find travelling a source of inspiration?

Playtime Paris is our favourite show, we came across some of our favourite designers there. We also attended Pitti Bimbo in Florence for the first time in January, which was quite a fun experience! Our entire family loves to travel and move around. My parents grew up in England, my Dad was born in India. My sister Simran and I have travelled all over the world together, we once spent an entire summer a few years back travelling through Columbia. Traveling is undoubtedly a huge inspiration for us. Many of the designers we carry are based outside of the United States. I also think that it is important to be conscious of where our products are produced. Brands like Mini Rodini are fantastic, because they place a lot of emphasis on ethical and sustainable production.

You have some stunning pieces, the addition of your illustrations you add to share them on your Instagram is such a fun idea!… You’ve introduced me to a few labels I need to learn more about. What it is that you look for when buying for Keetan?

When we buy, we buy what we like, and that pretty much encompasses our strategy! My Mom and I always buy together, we are useless without the other. When we do buy for our brick-and-mortar store, we carry a lot of casual, beach inspired clothing and cannot buy too much wool or warm weather clothing. California is experiencing a major drought and it has been so warm here all year round. We are really excited though to start diversifying our buying now that we have our online shop and can reach customers all over the world.

Babiekins Magazine | Keetan NuNuNu Star Romper

Babiekins Magazine | Keetan Handstand Shot

I’m sure you guy’s are in for such a great year… What does the future hold for Keetan?

We are so excited for this upcoming year! We are going to continue spending a great deal of time working on Keetan and spreading the word. We will be in Europe in July for Playtime and it will be Simran’s first time on an overseas buying trip!

Thank you so much Sarena. We can’t wait to see what this year brings for Keetan.

Keetan // Website | Facebook | Instagram

Photography : Elizabeth Pettey | Styling : Elizabeth Pettey / Donna Tweedale | Models : Olivia | Haileigh | Paulina | Maddie

Featurekins//Dream Daze

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
― Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island

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Styling, Photography & Hair: Megan Dendinger of Megan Alisa Photography| Model: Lily (Paloma M+T)| Clothing: Stella McCartney, Caramel Baby & Child, Jak & Peppar, Target,
Little Anmy| Shoes: Zara, Pepe Shoes

Fashionkins // Twinning in Lightning Bolts and Wild Zebras

My mom used to dress my older sister and I in matching outfits. To tell you the truth, we were not big fans of it but now, being a mom, it’s my turn to make some twinning magic happen and I will take full advantage of it while I can, because twinning is winning!
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Credits // body, leggings and dress: Gardner and the Gang | top and socks: h&m | quilt and pillow: Zara home kids

Fashionkins // A Woodland Easter

 

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Babiekins Magazine | Easter Woodland Style

Bunny ears, pastel colours, bows, sequins and sunlight streaming through the forest. Easter brings forth an excuse to dress up and savour treats and time. Little hand-made dresses and a crochet rug make the perfect excuse to pack our bags and head out into the forest to play on the rope swing, gobble chocolate cookies and play in the sunshine. Just a few of our favourite things. Adding some bunny ears meant a morning of play and frolicking, the best way to pass time.

Credits // Pink Strawberry Fields Princess Dress by Delicate Little Princess | Yellow Playwright Dress by Delicate Little Princess (instagram)| Amber Ankle Boots by Littles Footwear and Stompers | Socks by Pumpkin Patch | Vintage Fabric Bunting by Little Wren | Mother Goose by Hansa via Fawn Shoppe |

Fashionkins // A Denim Story

Always classic and consistent, denim is always a sure bet. Trench dresses, camo denim, jackets and jeans–ALL items we need in our babiekins’ wardrobe.

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PHOTOGRAPHY: EMMA TUNBRIDGE| STYLING: GEA PEREIRA| HAIR AND MAKE UP BY: SHEILA CARTON| MODELS FREDDY, WILL BARBER, AMBER KITNEY| ALL CLOTHING PROVIDED BY CHILDRENSALON

Momkins // Mama + Mini: Nordic Knits

Guest post by Charlott Pettersen, 33, a Norwegian journalist, blogger and designer for Ministrikk.
She lives in Oslo with her husband, Lars, and son, Herman. And a baby on the way!

Realness. Right now Scandinavia and Nordic features are showing at their most genuine. Trees and roots. Mom and child. Soft wool and raw leathers. Everything surrounded by pure, white snow. Does the traditional pattern, that the little one’s wearing, look familiar to you? We’re totally crazy about this minature version of Gudrun & Gudrun’s classic sweater, made world-famous through a popular Danish TV series. The adult sweater pictured here is hand knit suri alpaca/merino wool.

On Mama//Sweater: Faroese Brand Gudrun & Gudrun|Brown leather back pack:
Norwegian Ants & Sugar|Black
skinny jeans: Bik Bok| Leather boots: Acne

On Mini//Sweater: Gudrun & Gudrun|Black
chinos:Gro Company|Back pack: Swedish Fjällräven |Brown leather boots: Bisgaard.

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Fashionkins // Spring Sprinkles

Guest post by Carina De Luca of Girls Just Wanna Have.

I don´t know about you but for me, as soon as Christmas is over I´m all done with winter and already start dreaming and getting ready for Spring with it´s fun and cheerful colors. And nothing screams Spring better than a colourful and flowery outfit for our little babiekins, right?

What about you? Are you ready for Spring or still enjoying being all bundled up?

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Jumpsuit| Raincoat|Boots

Rain drops decor – DIY made with foam peanuts (biodegradable used for kids craft).

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Featurekins // Bubble London

This weekend I attended Bubble London; A large trade show that gives children’s wear brands a platform to unveil their new collections. Bubble proved to be a diverse show, from very well established brands to new brands who were exhibiting their lines for the very first time.

Bubble awards a brand  debuting at the show an award for innovation and commercial appeal. Previous winners of this ‘Rising Star’ award include Raspberry Plum, Plumeti Rain and Wolf and Rita. This year ”Oh…My! London” were crowned the winners for their line specialising in occasion dresses.

 

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Babiekins Magazine | Bubble London Rising Stars

Babiekins Magazine | Bubble London | Roundup

 

Credits // 01. Maripuri Tijeritas | 02. Sticky-Fudge | 03. Funky Kids. Ro. | 04. Mini Melissa Pug Shoes | 05. Mummymoon | 06. Raspberry Plum | 07. Sticky-Fudge

 

Babiekins Magazine | Bubble London | Mummymoon

 

Mummymoon is a brand Babiekins first featured in 2012. This season will see them pushing the boundaries in shapes in childrenswear. The construction of their line of denim and soft fluid basics is something to really appreciate.

 

Babiekins Magazine | Bubble London | Elks

 

Elks is a new brand bringing beautifully whimsical knitwear and tweed. Handmade in Ireland using Alpaca wool, the finest merino and Irish linen. Inspired by Ireland’s cultural history. With a stunning use of colour and herringbone detail. Think cute bonnets, satchels and scarves.

 

Babiekins Magazine | Bubble London | Raspberry Plum

 

AW15 has Raspberry Plum extending their innovative tailoring into baby rompers, borg lined jackets and knitwear. Jumpsuits that would make a sharp alternative to a party dress. Each piece maintaining the pops of colour, great use of fabric and pattern that make up Raspberry Plum’s signature style to create a strong cohesive line to really get excited about.

 

Babiekins Magazine | Bubble London | Sticky Fudge

 

Sticky-Fudge. These boots are such a simple concept but so beautifully done. The padded jackets, use of print and subtle metallic touches bring together a range of versatile ready to wear basics.

 

Babiekins Magazine | Bubble London | Poppy England

 

Poppy England. Beautfully illustrated dresses, where the attention to detail is second to none. Each dress comes with a short story, the story is brought to life through the characters on the dress. Such a beautiful concept to ignite your little Babiekin’s imagination.

 

Babiekins Magazine | Bubble London | Mini Melissa

 

Mini Melissa bring a new take on their love of feline inspired shoes. These super cute pumps would suit boy or girl. And as you would expect from Mini Melissa smell great!

MOLO; promises some big things for 2015. Look out for big moves… Their bold use of animal prints and strong lines continue throughout a range of street wear with real attitude.

Papu; a new Finnish brand with a range of rich ocre, strong monochromatic prints in great basics that we’ve known to love in Scandinavian design.

Braveling; taking tights and leggings to the next step. What can ordinarily be used as a staple, Braveling uses to inject real personality into your little ones wardrobe. Knees will soon be the star of the show!

With so many new brands emerging 2015 will be an exciting year for kids style.

 

 

 

Luvkins // Southern Essentials, Editors Picks

As a Southern transplant in the Big Apple, I’ve learned there’s a few things you really just can’t live without… okay, wouldn’t want to live without regardless of where you’ve planted your feet! From Boston to Nashville to Santa Barbara, here are six year-round “Essentials” for our hip Babiekins’ mamas!

Editor's Picks: Southern Essentials by Elizabeth Pettey for Babiekins Magazine

01. Jesus Saves Bro Tshirt by Grey Thread

What is YOUR favorite Grey Thread item?

My favorite item in the shop is the black/black Henley with He is Enough. This is my favorite because I love the simplicity of the shirt as well as the message.

02. Warmuffs by 7am Enfant

03. Art by Liza Snyder

How would you describe your kids’ styles?

Artistic license reigns in our house! Maysie, our firstborn, began dressing herself around the age of three, and my other two children, Cobb and Ruthie, have followed her lead. They all have their own ideas of what looks “good,” often to my dismay. I’d like to think of our home as a safe place for the kids (and even their friends) to feel celebrated and loved for who they really are. Allowing them the responsibility to dress themselves gives them some creative expression, and it frees all of us up from needless bickering during our morning routine. I’ve been seeking ways to create “margin” in our lives so we have time to really be present with and play with one another…so giving the kids reign over their wardrobes has helped tremendously with that!

04. Bonnet by The Beaufort Bonnet Company

What celebrity chid would rock a Beaufort Bonnet best?

If Princess Kate has a baby girl- she’ll be the quintessential Beaufort Bonnet baby!  We love Kate’s classic style and love the fashion influence she and Prince George have had on the world (aka. the Kate effect).

05. Women’s Italian Suede Oxfords by Zuzii

Best Sales purchase thus far this past holiday season? How about any regretful purchase?

Strangely we find most of our excitement in buying new shoe making equipment. We bought a new leather sewing machine for our new bags over the holidays and there is seriously nothing better than having the right tool for the job. We also purchased a Soling machine from the son of a retired cobbler. His son was so excited to pass it on to a family-owned footwear manufacturer that he personally delivered it to us from North Carolina. He brought along articles of his father standing by the machine!

06. Mug by Emily McDowell

What is one Emily McDowell item you cannot live without?

I mean, I’d probably SURVIVE without the “You Can Do It” mug, but now that it exists, I don’t want to.