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Enfants Terribles Best Friends Forever issue

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Content


EDITOR’S LETTER

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CONTRIBUTORS

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TREND REPORT

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EDITORIAL – Imagine Friendship

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EDITORIAL – My First Best Friend

37

FATHER FIGURE

47

BOOKS on Friendships

53

EDITORIAL – Best Friends Are Like Rainbows

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ILLUSTRATION feat. Manon

79

EDITORIAL – Looking For Trends

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CHILDREN’S VOICES

93

STORYTELLERS – The Imaginary Friends Collection

107

EDITORIAL – Hang

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INSTAGRAM FEATURE @houseinhabit

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ILLUSTRATION feat. Lara Lockwood

145

ADVERTORIAL – The Story Of Soft Gallery

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DOCU-EDITORIAL – Real Friends

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FAMILY PORTRAIT – The Morrall Family

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EDITORIAL – Best Friends – Benji & Ollie (the penguin)

189

ILLUSTRATION feat. Simon Væth

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LITTLE LABEL LOVE – Red Creek Handmade & Wren and James 203 DIY – Friendship Socks

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EDITORIAL – Imagine

221

PARENTING COLUMN – Counting to three

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THANKS FOR READING, NOW GO PLAY...

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A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE


Dear Readers, Best Friends Forever is the title of our 12th issue - a tribute to friendship in all it’s splendour. Old friends, new friends, best friends and imaginary friends. We let our wonderful team of creatives explore the BFF theme freely in order to inspire ourselves as well as you to cherish the friendships we’ve been blessed with through time.

Parenthood sometimes challenges our ability to nourish friendship in the way we really want to. We loose friends a long the path and become nothing more than facebook feed followers and it makes us feel sad and sometimes even more lonely than ever... If you’re lucky it might not be too late. Yes, it will take effort and you have to invest yourself in it for real, but if you do you may be able to pick up right where you left... Life is better when you have friends and you know it. You might notice that we’ve changed our looks a little bit with this new issue. We have a new logo and thus also a new cover style. In close colaboration with our new art director we have worked hard on making Enfants Terribles Magazine into a playful and pleasant reading experience. We hope you like what we’ve done, just as we hope you’ll enjoy the Best Friends Forever issue. Thank you for being here. Søs and Céline

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Friendship comes in many shapes and at various points in our lives. It helps us shape the person we want to be and the life we want to live. If you’re lucky enough to have known a person that you called your best friend, you’ll also know that the forever feeling is like a unspoken promise that is there like a secret between you and your bestie. Best friends are always together in spirit. Sometimes it feels like your hearts have been linked and no words are necessary before you know exactly what to do or where to be to help a friend in need.


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CONTRIBUTORS REGULARS Céline Hallas Søs Uldall-Ekman Julie Panton Marieke Das Deborah Dewbury Langley Polly Geal Heidi Korsgaard Kathrine Houe Maric Danielle Chassin

David Handley Nadja Pollack Gabrielle Hall Julie A. Martin Twinkle Troughton Jason Mclean Jessica Kraus Amy Morall

ART Lara Lockwood Manon de Jong Simon Væth

CHILDREN’S VOICES Arthur Ella Wynn Tristin Tyler

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THIS ISSUE


TREND REPORT A season of pastels

After months of dark winter, it’s finally time to welcome spring. We celebrate the light and the coming of a new season by dressing our kids (and ourselves) in a happy and beautiful pallet of pastel colors, inspired by some of our favorite brands.

By Kathrine Houe Maric @littlekinjournal


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1. Noone does french romance better than Bonpoint. 2. The Danish brand Soft Gallery still knows how to make comfortable and cool kids clothes.


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3. We love all the hippie-inspired dresses from Louise Misha. 4. When it’s good enough for Gwyneth Paltrow, it’s good enough for us. We love the beautiful designs from Flora and Henri. 5. Cute and quirky from Emilie et Ida. 6. If you like colors and funny prints, you’re going to love the new brand The Animals Observatory.


7. The leant back L.A. lifestyle shines through in all of Nico Nico’s designs. 8. We love the organic materials and the beautiful colors from Poudre Organic. 9. All pieces are knitted in Lima, Peru by a selected group of woman who Misha and Puff works closely with. 10. Another classic from Angulus.


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friendship PHOTOGRAPHER Gabrielle Hall ILLU The kids and Twinkle Troughton


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Jacket Mini Magpie Skirt Bryony & Co Tights Slugs and Snails


Dungarees What Mother Made


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Jacket Mini Magpie Shirt and trousers What Mother Made


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Jumpsuit Mini Magpie Coat What Mother Made

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Hat + jumpsuit Mini Magpie Coat What Mother Made


Hat H&M Jumpsuit What Mother Made


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Jacket What Mother Made Jumpsuit Mini Magpie


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Shirt Bryony & co


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Body: Bobo Choses

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MY FIRST BEST FRIEND FOREVER

Photographer: Céline Hallas Styling & concept: Dolly & Anton // Julie Panton


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Top + Bloomers: Rylee and Cru Socks: Milapinou // mini you Shoes: Mockies // mini you Soppy Bunny: Jellycat


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Poetic illustrated bedding: My mini label // mini you Mint dot bedding: Ferm living Sweatshirt: Molo Shorts: H&M Socks: Zara Kids

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Dress: Mini Rodini Leggins: Molo Body: Bobo Choses


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FIGURE Jason Mclean Interview by Deborah Langley @larksnest

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ason Mclean is a Canadian artist best known for his work in found objects and highly personal, complex and surreal drawings – that function like a dizzying and intriguing map of his life and society. We spoke to Jason about his art and how it influences his role as a father.


How would you describe your art and artistic style? A lot of my work has to do with daily observations of my life.

How do you describe your parenting style? My wife and I have very different parenting styles, which at times are conflicted – my wife read a lot of books on parenting and I didn’t read any. Maybe it s a case of opposites attract, and it balances out in some ways but definitely not perfect.

Your kids are growing up with your art. How do you see their views of art changing as they grow up? They have grown up around it, and my oldest son seems to have lost interest in the art world completely. It might come back around full circle, and he might become interested later in life. He is focusing more on the computer based art and video game culture to find his own direction. My youngest son, is at times very interested, but I can be more cautious about pushing him to hard into it, and not have him rebel against it.


Do the children go to a school with an arts program? Do you feel they benefit from a school arts approach or do you encourage them in other ways? They both go to general public and middle schools, and they do art once every week, or every other week. The schools do not offer it all of the time, it is really awful. I think to involve it in their daily life, and to have I come more naturally like it is part of daily life. I would rather have them be creative and not have them saying this is art making.

Your art is very well received. What drives you to create art and how important are accolades? I have seen praise come and go, and I am cautious of taking it to seriously as it seems like such an up and down process. One minute you’re en vogue then you are not. Heather, my wife, keeps me very grounded, and keeps me from getting a big head.

What type of art experiences did you have as a child that stand out for you today? Early influences? My Mum’s Elvis scrapbook and painting pottery with my


Mom – ceramic molds of cats and vases – I also used to make birthday cards. My Dad used to make homemade car ads, but I was never raised in an artistic setting.

For parents who do not have an art background (or aren’t artistic) but want their children to be exposed to art, what do you suggest they do?

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Parents should take them to drop in classes at the local museum. Reading books on art at a young age influences creativity, just make it a daily part of life and not anything special and elevated. Make it like everything else, take them to a sporting show, then take them to a gallery show. Expose it to the children at a young age, to make them feel comfortable in that setting. Make it natural. Meeting creative people at a young age influences them, but don’t go out and spend hundreds of dollars trying to introduce them to higher culture. It should be an everyday kind of thing. Even thinking about video games as design and not only a game -- not to discourage technology or even any form of creativity the children enjoy or participate in.


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on friendships by Marieke Das @mytoymachines

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ooks on friends are not too hard to find. Friendships are the best way topractice becoming socially equipped. I have put together a list of the different aspects of friendship. It’s a count up from toddler to preteen. I love reading to my kids, so I picked books I really enjoyed myself too. These books, you might say, are tested and approved by me and my kids!


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Do you want to be my friend? – Eric Carle We all know Eric Carle. Here’s a little gem on friendship. A little mouse looking for the best possible friend. There’s someone for everyone!


The Rainbow Fish – Marcus Pfister

Solomon Crocodile – Catherine Rayner

This award-winning book is about a beautiful fish who can not be friends until he learns to share.

I love her illustrations as well, and this book is one of my son’s favourite of all time. Even though the crocodile is considered a bully by all other animals, he feels alone, because no one plays along with his game. Very recognisable for young kids. There is also a follow up of Solomon and his friend, Mortimer!


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Franky – Leo Timmers

Frog and Toad are friends – Arnold Lobel

Even if it’s just for the most gorgeous Illustrations, Leo Timmers is a favourite. His book Franky is about a boy who feels there’s only one being in the whole who understands him.

These sweet characters will teach your kid about true friendship. How you can be very different, but still, if you care enough, that isn’t any issue. It’s another golden oldie. Read it, even if you’re not a kid anymore.


Winnie the Pooh – All of it!

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Of course we need this in the list. Who doesn’t want to hear about a friendship between a boy, a bear, and many other animals in a Hundred Acre Woods? Winnie has the best quotes and is possibly the most likeable bear ever. And it doesn’t get old! Please do your kids a favour and read this classic to your kids. And I think Pooh captures my view on friendship best with these lovely words;

“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?”


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Pippi Longstocking – Astrid Lindgren Just Pippi. We all wished we were her friend.

The Giving Tree – Shel Silverstein “Once there was a tree...and she loved a little boy.” This story is a philosophical release of a boy and a tee. Yes a tree. Every day a boy would come to the tree to eat her apples, swing from her branches, or slide down her trunk...and the tree was happy. But as the boy grows older he begins to want more from the tree, and the tree just keeps giving. It’s a sad but beautiful story teaching kids the meaning of friendship and sharing.


The Big Friendly Giant – Roald Dahl This book is my personal favourite. I read it as a kid and I still love reading it to my kids. And I’m not reading it because they asked. I’m reading it because I want them to hear it. If you know me, you know Roald Dahl is one of my heroes, and I’ve always imagined he put a lot of his own character into the Big friendly Giant. And for all fellow Dahl lovers; There is a BFG movie coming up!

Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling Can’t wait to read it again? I read it to my girl, who just turned 8 and it was perfect. I think the next one will have to wait a little while, but I’m so thankful for books I love reading to my kids myself.


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Photography, styling & concept: Søs Uldall-Ekman

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T-shirt: Zara Pants: Iglo & Indi Socks: Pridesocks Shoes: Rugged Gear Cap: Vintage

Tattoos: Tattly + Iglo & Indi Props & Sunglasses: Tiger


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Dress, worn like shirt: Milk and Biscuits Jeans: Tootsa Sandals: Rugged Gear Hat: Aquarium Kidz


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Tattoos: Tattly + Iglo & Indi BOY: Hat: H&M Shorts: Gro Company Jacket: Iglo & Indi Socks: Pridesocks Shoes: Plae T-shirt: Tootsa Suspenders: Vintage GIRL: Dress: Iglo & Indi Boots: Nikolia Jeans Jacket: Tootsa


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Shirt: Nikolia Jeans Shoes: Plae Jeans: Nikolia Jeans Coat: Milk and Biscuits


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Boots: Bundgaard Denim Skirt: Nikolia Jeans Socks: Pridesocks Sweatshirt: Gro Company


Tattoos: Tattly + Iglo & Indi

Jeans: Tootsa Sweater: Iglo & Indi Boots: Nikolia Jeans Coat: Milk and Biscuits

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Shorts and Sweatshirt: Gro Company Shoes: Rugged Gear Socks: Pridesocks

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Socks: Pridesocks Shorts: Milk and Biscuits Boots: Bundgaard Suspenders: Vintage Sweatshirt: Tootsa Sunglasses: Vintage


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Tattoos: Tattly + Iglo & Indi

Coat: Nikolia Jeans Dress: Milk and Biscuits Sunglasses: H&M Sandals: Rugged Gear Legging tights: Braveling


Sweater: Iglo & Indi Pants: Nikolia Jeans Espadrilla shoes: Rugged Gear Skateboard: Stadium Sportsbag: Vintage Sunglasses: Adidas

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Jacket: Tootsa Shorts: Tootsa Tshirt: Iglo & Indi Headphones: Tiger Sunglasses: Glitter Shoes: Rugged Gear Scarf: Vintage


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Watch behind the scenes of BEST FRIENDS ARE LIKE RAINBOWS here:

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Illustration MANON

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Body: House of Jamie

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Photographer: Céline Hallas Styling & concept: Céline Hallas & Julie Panton


Romper + dress: Bobo Choses

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Blouse + leggings: Knast by Krutter Left Tutu Dress: Paade Mode ​Right Tutu Dress: Tutu du Monde

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Jumpsuit: CAVALIER


Shirt: t i n y c o t t o n s

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Skirt + blouse: Christina Rohde Shoes: Anniel


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Swimsuit + Leggings: Mini Rodini Backpack: MadPax


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on friendship Edited by Søs Uldall-Ekman

Ella, Wynn, Arthur, Tyler and Tristin We have interviewed five children about their understanding and views on friendship. Get inspired and refreshed from their knowledge and perspective on how to be a good friend and how to make friendship last forever, sometimes all it takes is “hello”.


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Ella, 8, Copenhagen What does the word friendship signify to you? Friends who play. When you friends and you play together all the time.

Who was your first friend? Her name was Kamille. We met my first year in Kindergarten and we took balletclass together. She used to give me many little homemade presents, it made me feel special. When she moved we lost contact. I don’t think about her that much, but when I do i miss her.

Do you have a best friend? Yes! Her name is Freja. She’s a really good friend. She has many good ideas for new things we can play and do. We play well together. We met in Kindergarten. I kicked her and apologised and then we became friends. We don’t go to the same school

which is sad because I miss her a lot. We don’t see each other very often, but she’s still my very best friend.

How do you know you have a best friend? You can feel it inside. And sometimes you tell each other that you are one another’s best friend. You like the person a lot and tell them that you think they are sweet. You want to play together all the time and it feels good to be together.

What makes a good best friend? What should you do to be a good friend? Ask if they want to play every day. You care about them and if they fall you pick them up and comfort them or go get a grown up to help. You make lot’s of playdates.

What are friends for? Do we need them? If you don’t have any


friends to play with you get sad. Friends talk about everything and laugh together. I guess I could live without friends but I think I would be pretty sad all the time.

What’s your favorite thing to do with your friends/best friend?

Sometimes they do I guess. Always make up new games together and never stop playing with each other. When you grow up you have to make sure to remember to go out and have fun together, go shopping and go for walks where you just look at things.

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Playing catch on the playground, swing together. I like it when we play catch with the boys and the girls have to kiss them. We don’t play it that often, but today we did and it was fun!

Do friends last forever? How do you make friendship last? That’s a hard question.

What advice would you give to someone who is looking for a best friend? Where to look for one? How to make one? You say “Hi, What’s your name? How old are you? Do you want to play? Shall we be friends?” That’s how I do it!


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Wynn, 8, Los Angeles What does the word friendship signify to you? It means to feel happy

Who was your first friend? My friend, Cash

Do you have a best friend? Yes, Nate.

Yes - tell us about him / her? We do fun stuff together and we protect each other.

How do you know you have a best friend? Because we do everything together and always have fun.

What makes a good best friend? What should you do to be a good friend? Being nice to each other. A good friend does funny things, makes me laugh and never makes me sad.


What are friends for? Do we need them? Friends make you happy. I love having friends.

What’s your favorite thing to do with your friends / best friend? Play video games or go roller skating.

Do friends last forever? How do you make friendship last? Mine do and you just have to be nice.

What advice would you give to someone who is looking for a best friend? Where to look for one? How to make one? Just be yourself! Friends can be anywhere


Tyler, 12, New York What does the word friendship signify to you? The word friendship to me means someone who has your back and cares about you and loves to have fun with you.

Who was your first friend?

Do you have a best friend? I do have a best friend. His name is Xavier and he’s the funniest friend I have.

How do you know you have a best friend? I know I have a best friend, because Xavier always calls me to sleepover, birthdays and his sister’s birthday. Me and Xavier also always play and draw together and even play videogames.

What makes a good best friend? A good friend is somebody who has your back and they know when somethings wrong and they can make you happy.

What should you do to be a good friend? Treat you friend the way they want to be treated.

What are friends for? Do we need them? Friends are for comfort and fun. When we’re sad a friend can bring us back up.

What’s your favorite thing to do with your friends /best friend? My favorite thing to do with my best friend is eat pizza and tell jokes.

Do friends last forever? How do you make friendship last? You make a friendship last by not going behind their back, or hitting or lying.

What advice would you give to someone who is looking for a best friend? Where to look for one? How to make one? I would say look for someone who looks to be friendly, tell them your name, it will go one way or another from there.

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My first friend was Sebastian and I met him in kindergarten and we’re still friends to this day.


Tristin, 12, New York What does the word friendship signify to you? The word friendship means someone who tells the truth.

Who was your first friend? My brother.

Do you have a best friend? Yes. My best friend is Brianna and she has a little brother and she’s funny.


How do you know you have a best friend? We are best friends because we’ve known eachother since kindergarten and now that we go to different middleschools we still talk.

What makes a good best friend?

What should you do to be a good friend? To be a good friend I have to be nice to them and I have to communicate with them and we have to want to be friends.

What are friends for? Do we need them? I think we need friends so that we don’t feel lonely at times.

What’s your favorite thing to do with your friends / best friend? Play Tag. Play Mincecraft. Play with her little brother. Play hide and seek. Do experiments.

Do friends last forever? How do you make friendship last? Some friendships don’t last forever. You can make them last by keeping in tocuh.

What advice would you give to someone who is looking for a best friend? Where to look for one? How to make one? You can make one by showing how much of a friend you can be and then grow a bond with that friend.

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Somebody who you car about and who cares about you too.


Arthur, 5, Viborg, Denmark What does the word friendship signify to you? Something that makes me both happy and sad.

Why sad?

Yes I have lots of best friends. But Benjamin is my best, best friend.

Yes - tell us about him/her?

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Because it makes me so

Do you have a best friend?

happy to think about my friends that I begin to cry.

Who was your first friend? I think it was Balder. Because he was the first boy I met when I started kindergarten.

That’s a little hard, I think. He likes to play the same things I do. Benja always want to play, that’s why I like to be with him.

How do you know you have a best friend? Well that’s easy that’s


because I have a best friend.

What makes a good best friend? What should you do to be a good friend?

What are friends for? Playing with and talking to.

Do we need them? Yes, imagine if I went in kindergarten with only girls!!!

What’s your favorite thing to do with your friends/best friend? Just being with him.

Yep! When we are mad at each other, I leave him alone.

What advice would you give to someone who is looking for a best friend? Where to look for one? How to make one? Just ask someone if they want to be friends.

Draw a portrait of your best friend or the two of you doing what you love doing together. I have drawn what my best friend looks like when he is old, and we are still best friends

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Someone that’s nice and who’s good at playing. I try to be a good friend by helping out and consoling my friends when they are for example sad or bored.

Do friends last forever? How do you make friendship last?


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by Søs Uldall-Ekman

The “STORYTELLER” feature is about finding people who are eminent at telling stories, wether it be in images, art, movement, music or words. We want to learn what sparked the interest in telling stories and share inspiration that may lead us all to to tell our own stories. In this issue of Enfants Terribles Magazine we share a very special exhibition with you.


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IMAGINARY FRIENDS

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See the world through a child’s eyes


‘The Imaginary Friends Collection’ is the title of an excellent, new exhibition that opened at the V&A Museum of Childhood in London earlier this year. It involves the incredible work of model makers such as Aardman and Psyop, who amongst other talented artist have both contributed to the show by helping children make their imaginary friends come to life in a creative colaboration between the child and the artist.

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ABOUT THE PROJECT The project began back in September 2015 when more than 60 children were invited to a workshop, where they were asked to describe their imaginary friend in as much detail as possible. The most interesting characters were then brought to life by the impressive team of famous model makers. The results are as varied as they are intriguing and range from an 8ft dinosaur to a three-eyed girl with a pet cloud. World famous photographer Rankin was then brought in to photograph the children together with their imaginary friends.

IMMORTALISING IMAGINARY FRIENDS Arvid Harnqvist & Amar Marwaha, the creative team who devised the idea, said: “Children create many amazing things. Take their imaginary friends for instance. They are talked about all the time and often become part of the family. But when the child gets older, these marvellous creations fade away. This project aims to immortalise them.”

DEVOTED TO INSPIRE CREATIVITY IN ALL Rhian Harris, Director, V&A Museum of Childhood, comments: “This new campaign has brought together children’s imaginations with some of the UK’s most exciting designers and artists, in an exciting project to bring their ‘imaginary friends’ to life for all to see. The Museum of Childhood is part of the V&A family of museums and committed to inspiring creativity in all.”


The exhibition was created by AMV BBDO, UK’s largest advertising agency, for the V&A Museum of Childhood. who brought together some of the world’s best creative talent for this playful and intriguing show.

ABOUT THE V&A MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD The V&A Museum of Childhood aims to encourage everyone to explore the themes of childhood past and present and develop an appreciation of creative design through its inspirational collections and programmes. The Museum is part of the V&A, housing the national childhood collection. The galleries are designed to show the collections in a way which is accessible to adults and children of all ages.

Watch this video which shows the children’s reactions upon first seeing their their imaginations brought to life for the first time.


Cat: (“Lilly’) made by Psyop for Ruth Fekade


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SWERL Péter Vácz at Picasso Pictures, creator of Swerl, comments: “As an artist it’s one of the most exciting things to bring an imaginary creature to life, especially when it comes from a child’s mind. Eva Wood’s ‘Swerl’ is one that I was very happy to bring into our world.”


Lion: (“Swerl”) made by Picasso for Eva Wood


Fox: (“Jamie’) made by dwarf for Lily Whitby


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MONSTER Aardman, creator of Monster, adds: “An imaginary friend with 3 eyes, 4 arms and 4 legs. What’s not to love! We’ll play that game any day.”


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Monster: (“Monster”) made by Aardman for Leo Georgiou


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Dinosaur: (“Nessi”) made by Psyop for Julio Sanz

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CHLOE Becky and Joe at BlinkInk, creators of Chloe, add: “This was a really fun project to be involved in and it’s such a great idea. Hopefully bringing the imaginary friends to life won’t give the children nightmares… we’re not sure we would want to hang out with Chloe ourselves!”


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Girl: (“Chloe”): made by BlinkInk for Mable Brim


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essica Kraus is a mother to four boys aged 10, 7, 6 and 1, she has her hands full to say the least! Along with raising her lively boys Jessica and her husband Mike have a shop selling beautiful handmade teepees, crafted toys, clothing and accessories. She’s also a writer, keeping two blogs; a personal family journal at HouseInhabited and a supportive community website for women and mothers called The Ma Books . We love Jessica’s laid back style and approach to mothering and were drawn to her Instagram feed for its honesty and nostalgic feel with a nod to the free spirited 70’s. Following along on her journey the sense of fun and friendship she’s built around her is palpable. We caught up with Jessica to find out a bit more about the woman behind the gaggle of boys and to understand how she manages to celebrate a sense and invest in her friendships whilst navigating the challenges of motherhood.


What does friendship mean to you?

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It means being there when things are good, and tough. It also entails a good amount of honesty, lots of listening, trust, and laughter. My closet friends I think all share these traits.

What’s important to you in a friend? The way I see it you get back what you put forth. It’s important to me that my friends are equally invested. I am easily turned off by competitiveness in friendships. I’m drawn to easy going women, who are strong and confident and have their own sense of style. Who can take off their mom hat on a night out and talk politics, movies, music and so on.

Sometimes women are apt to cling to the role of motherhood so tightly it can start to eclipse everything else. I think I’ve made a conscious effort to never let that happen to me along the way and it’s something I value when I see in others as well.

What are your memories of your own childhood friendships and have any lasted to this day? I’ve had the same best friend since I was 3 years old. We both lost a parent at an early age so we come from a bond rooted in young grief but


have also managed to grow together and support one another through varying stages of our (sometimes faulty) evolution into womanhood. She has always been there for me, and I for her. She loves my children like her own and they adore her like you wouldn’t believe. It’s a beautiful thing to know someone is on your side no matter what you’ve got stacked against you. And I would say we are both incredibly lucky to have had this unwavering mutual support as a defining aspect in our lives for the past 30+ years now. Sure we argue and quarrel like family occasionally but she’s one of the only people I still answer the phone for, and if you know me that says it all.

Motherhood can be lonely, how do you manage that? It can. I have been very fortunate in that I’ve always had a close knit group of friends that I can lean on when times are tough, but I do think it’s common for women to experience real bouts of loneliness while engaged in the early years of child rearing. It can feel incredibly overwhelming at times without a strong support network or emotional outlet to confide in. Social media can be helpful by way of easy, modern connections stemming across the globe. Women you’ve never met before, mired in the same feat, who are rooting for your general well being really is an amazing thing.


Have your friendships changed since you became a mother, if so how? To a degree, yes. It’s almost impossible for them not to, right? I mean life with kids gets a little crazy. It can be so hectic with schedules to juggle all of that and still carve out time for the ladies, but I definitely make it a priority because it matters to me. I do what I can to see to it that I do make it to house warmings, and birthday parties, celebrations, or just spending time together in general. Whatever that entails. Putting forth a consistent effort so they do the same as well. But I will say I drive more than any of them. I’m the only one always wiling for a long car drive.


What are your feelings about friendship amongst your children?

When did you set up The Ma Books and why? What have you learnt or gained from it along the way? I set it up when I was pregnant with my fourth son, Hayes. It was an idea I had rattling around my head for many months prior but wasn’t convinced I could carry it off to the extent that I envisioned, which is why I came up with it being a community style forum where ladies are welcome to submit pieces of themselves and their stories to make the post rotation feel down to earth, relatable and all embracing. What I’ve learned is how much simple truths really resonate. The blog just sort of became what it needed to be because of the women contributing there. And it’s what I love most about the way the space has evolved organically. I like that it feels quaint and understated. I love the voices there and what they each bring to the table to help carve out this small, sentimentally charged internet boon for all kinds of ladies to drop by and visit every week.

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I suppose I just hope they take note of the quality of the relationships that surround them as they’re growing up. How they are very much a part of a community of women and children we keep in regular rotation in our lives who care for one other’s kids like their own. I hope they learn the value of solid friendships early on and that it manifests itself later in life when they start to forge real and lasting bonds of their own as adults.


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Do you think women can be too critical of other women or have we reached a time where there is a strong sense of womanhood and support amongst women? I think in on the whole women tend to be too critical of each other but I also think that’s slowly changing. One of the main reasons behind me wanting to start The Ma Books was to open up a space where judgment and divisions are dissolved. The way I see it, we’re all in this fast and fleeting time together, raising kids, doubting ourselves, seeking solidarity and generally just doing the best we can on a day to day basis. So I always say, I don’t care so much if your baby was born in a bathtub or a hospital bed, bottle fed or breast fed, home or public schooled, I just know we need to support one another in the choices we’re making and put forth the best effort we can to ensure the next generation we have a hand in turning over is the

best it can be. And the less judgment along the way I think the better off we all are in the end.

What do you think about the number of growing friendships formed through the internet and instagram? I think it’s very exciting but I also think it can be dangerous in that it can lead to a false sense of kinship that is essentially replacing an old school notion of what it means to be an active and present friend to somebody, instead of what is maybe “easiest” or more convenient in regards to trite online communications. Meaning, sometimes I think it just allows for lazy friendships if we’re not careful to keep it in check.

How do you balance in person community with online community? It’s hard. I have a hard time juggling both because my free time is so


What types of friendships have you gained from blogging? Great ones! A handful that have become very dear to me. And so many others that I enjoy keeping up with and checking in on more casually. Some have benefited me personally and some professionally. All of which I am entirely grateful for. The internet is such a strange new aspect to our daily existence but I think we’re doing a fair job at pulling more from the positives it has to offer as opposed to the threats it also entails. Or at least I like to hope we are...

What are the ingredients for a good/best friend? Humor, honesty, warmth, strength, instinct and compassion.

Do you believe in best friends forever? I do. Mine is proof.

What do you love about women? Their ability to rise above whatever they’re dealt and make incredible things come of it.

If you could strike a friendship with a celebrity, dead or alive who would it be and why? Oh gosh, I’d have to say Joan Didion. I have this reoccurring dream where we are neighbours and she has me over for tea and tells me stories and talks movies and art, so I’d take that as a reality any day.

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slim these days with the boys being as active as they are now, but I do check in regularly with my real life friends and manage to keep a fairly active “in person” connection to them when I can. The online friendships are a little different. It’s instant, and easy, and does provide added support which is a lovely thing, but the main space of my heart is always with the ones I see and can call or visit with on the fly.


How important is friend time without the kids around - what do you guys do together - a typical night/day with friends? Extremely important. For me I get to a point sometimes where I am desperate for time away from my kids and husband to be with the gals and just let go. Where we can talk openly and rehash some of the older (lively) pieces of our younger years that tend to get neglected in the roles we keep accumulating as we age. I love a girls night out no matter what it entails, and in about a month I’ll be spending four full days with seven women in a big van headed to Sedona for my friend’s 40th birthday. It’s going to be a blast. With plenty of stories and cringeworthy photos to follow I’m sure.


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WHEN FASHION PLAYS WITH ART Interview and edit by Søs Uldall-Ekman

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HE STORY OF feature is about sharing the personal story behind children’s fashion brands that inspire us. Behind each label lies a dream, which took shape in the mind of creative souls who devoted themselves to making clothes for children. We aim to give you personal insight and to make it possible for you to know the story behind the different children’s fashion labels, when buying clothes for your little ones. This time we place the spotlight on the Danish children’s wear label Soft Gallery and ask them to tell their story on how it all came to be and what they value when making clothes for kids. We interviewed the two ladies behind the label Barbara Hvidt and Tine Holt Møller and this is the story of Soft Gallery:

HOW IT ALL BEGAN “The idea of Soft Gallery as an international platform for art and clothing was born in London. Tine and I (Barbara) met in London, we were both living in Notting Hill at the time and we were both studying. Tine studied fashion and I studied photography. As Tine was about to finish her college degree I photographed Tine’s final master degree collection. From that day on our friendship was sealed and the beginning of a close working relationship began.Together we aim to create poetic luxury children’s


clothing where artists from all over the world bring life to a soft canvas. The 10 years we spent in London has definitely given both of us a unique opportunity to experiment and developed ourselves at many levels both creatively and personally. It has helped us to think bigger and broader. We have build and developed the confidence to stick to your own gut feeling no matter what. Instead of being persuaded by what the kid’s fashion is dictating we follow our hearts. Today Soft Gallery is based in Copenhagen - Denmark, and has its roots in the Scandinavian notion, yet beautiful impulses and variations. We strive to make exclusive, high quality clothing for kids, personal and artistic.”

“The name Soft Gallery came from the idea of creating a living gallery – a gallery of fabric - a soft gallery. Each season is a new ”exhibition” so to speak, featuring a wide range of art works created in collaboration with artist from around the world.

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Every season we collaborate with both local and international artists and they convert the season’s theme into prints and hand embroideries, giving each individual collection an organic flow of new. Working with artists with a wide spread of cultural backgrounds is extremely inspiring and awarding. It broadens our minds and visions, bringing a flow of new impulses to each and every collection. With Soft Gallery we had the wish to create a children’s brand where we could combine fashion and art, springing from our own interest and experience. We felt a great desire to create poetic and artistic pieces of clothing for children where every piece tells a story and where clothing was giving a deeper meaning. By collaborating with amazing artist from around the world and by combining two element we love dearly “art” and “clothing” - children are given a unique piece of clothing, where every little detail has been carefully thought through. Each and every motive created comes from the heart and we very much hope that this is what

people sense when the put on a piece of Soft Gallery. Everything is hand made, with delicate details. Every item is really coming from the heart… on so many levels. From us, the Soft Gallery team and the artist and their art work.”

INTUITION AND CURIOSITY “Most ideas come naturally, through a personal intuition and a curiosity towards everything that is happening around us. We feel that the relationship between art and fashion makes you focus more on what you are drawn or inspired by in life. Tine and I work together very closely through out the whole design process, from the very first idea till the very last final detail. Our design phase is incredible long. As part of our design process we are involving up to 1015 artist per season. Who all needs to be treated humbly and with respect! Not forgetting plenty of time to create. Most often it is a long distance relationship and where the language also can be a barrier. At our office


in Copenhagen we are a team of 11 people. An extremely strong team, who all believe in developing and improving Soft Gallery every single day. The team members are all creators in each of their own ways - they all contribute enormously with their expertise to Soft Gallery. Not one day goes by without appreciating the amazing team we have.

CREATING FASHION FOR CHILDREN “The desire to make children fashion arose from our own interest in fashion and art, as a project that could combine these two interests and which then led to artistic works displayed on a soft canvas. In general we feel that kids fashion is an open door of possibilities and unlimited creativity... a space of freedom where we follow our own intuition and personal desire. There are not limits to which path you choose as long as it comes from the heart. To us the most important thing is to be able to maintain a creative and open minded most of the time. Although this

can be hard at times, and does not always go hand in hand with a good profit in the end. Some of our pieces are very costly to produce due to them being hand made and because we never want to compromise on quality. It is important for us never to loose that energy. I do think though we have managed to find a good balance between a healthy business and room for thinking differently and making arty projects as well. The biggest challenge at moment for us is that the kid’s fashion is looking more and more the same. Brands do not hesitate to copy one another. What used to be your “own look” is now seen everywhere. So you need to keep reinventing yourself all the time... But we try to see this as an exciting challenge... After all one of the biggest benefits about working the way we do is that only the imagination sets the limits.”

PRODUCTION & DESIGN “Most of Soft Gallery’s clothes are manufactured in India, some in China


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and Ukraine. The Indians are extremely good craftsmen. Some of our suppliers we have worked with for almost 9 years. It takes time and hard work to find the right partners. And it is like a second family you need to nurture and make personal bonds with to achieve the best possible results. Our design team is based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Some of the hand embroideries are made locally as well as some of the limited edition items. The artist we work with come from all over the world. Brazil, Chile, US, France, UK, Japan, Hungary, Australia, Germany, Scandinavia and so on... really from everywhere! So far we have had the pleasure of working with more than 50 different artist and illustrators from around the world. Some colabs have been going on for several collections where others are new. It all depends on the theme, what we are looking for and which artists are the best to express that in their work. For each season we find a new theme for the collection and as soon as it has fallen into place, we start talking to new interesting artists. Most often we work with artists who have their own personal universe but somehow fits and reinforces the theme of the season and the spirit of Soft Gallery. We keep a close dialog with each other about the theme, colours, silhouettes etc. and the artist himself interprets how the


final artwork should appear. Sharing the visions of creative and talented people at the eye level of Kids is to us extremely rewarding. We are very fortunate to be receiving great positive respond from around the world...and we’re now represented in more than 30 countries. It is such a lovely feeling knowing how people appreciate and share the spirit behind Soft Gallery - every country is important to us”.

“It’s amazing to be able to reach out, and see how children get fascinated and drawn by what we do, and have the desire to wear Soft Gallery. Our wish is for them to feel special, comfortable and inspired and to become curious and intrigued by the artworks, the unique colours, prints and

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embroideries. When you mix fashion and illustration something extraordinary, different, unique and poetic happens. We have both always been very much into art. We love its diversity and different languages and that’s why we chose this artistic approach to creating clothes for children. Working with artists plays an important role in the collections. By working with different artists in the collections we bring a new story and appearance each time. Like fairytales and great stories they get a fresh brush stroke to emphasise the new story/theme by the different way of illustrating. This is exactly what Soft Gallery is about: Telling stories, it is about creating, being different; it is the opposite of being superficial. It is about having a feeling and goes with it without knowing if it is “right or wrong”. Soft Gallery is like an ongoing project where everything should be possible.”

cess and it extends the design process as well as the production time. But in the end the result is something very precious and unique that comes out of this extended process and working together with all these gifted talents. Our best moments must be more or less where we are right now…we currently have a very skilled team and overall setup. And it feels like the circle is finally getting quite complete. From design, to pattern making, to production, sale and all the great shops that truly believe in us. The biggest mistake we made was in the beginning when we only cooperated with one production place in India. And it went very wrong. One season we did not deliver a whole collection to the shops.. They could not produce as many hand embroideries as required. So by learning the hard way, today we work with 14 different factories. This means if something goes wrong one place, it does not affects the production the same way as earlier.”

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WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS

Collaborating with artist is a very time consuming pro-

“Our ambitions for the future is to keep on going in


new exciting directions, making new innovative projects and meet new great colaborators. We want to keep challenging ourselves with new ways to think and ways to create... and never compromise. We aim to always make poetic children’s wear with a deeper meaning and high quality. While keeping Soft Gallery unique and remaining exclusive, our ambition is to be even more accessible in more beautiful boutiques around the world and to join agents / distributors at markets where we are not yet represented. We would like to get even stronger into the CSR part. We have worked hard to get the production more sustainable and we now have the GOTS certification (Global Organic Textile Standard) in large parts of production. The GOTS covers the entire value chain from harvesting of raw organic materials to the environmental and social responsibility in manufacturing and to labelling and packaging. The GOTS certification is an important initiative for us and towards the work for a more sustainable industry and we are naturally very proud to take part in this. Soft Gallery has since we started been

supporting an Indian Girls home in Arni, South India. As we have most of garments produced in India and felt there for that this was the right place to support and to make a small difference. For every piece of Soft Gallery clothing being sold in shops a small amount of contribution goes to support this Indian Childcare. This is symbolised by a small hangtag attached to the garment. It’s great to be able to help the girls get a second chance.. This is something we treasure a lot. We plan on obtaining our goals by keeping up the god team spirit, making the best out of the people and expertise we are surrounded by. Work hard and be true to yourself... And most important try to enjoy it - while it’s all happening around you... The challenge is to keep growing... just like kids.


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Friendship comes in all shapes and colours. Sometimes it grows effortlessly and out of the blue. Sometimes it lasts forever and there is nothing more fulfilling.

REAL FR


RIENDS A docu-editorial by CĂŠline Hallas


Dress left: Paade Mode Dress right: Hilda Henri


Friends know that silly dancing is serious business.


​ trawberry shoes: Anniel S Gold sandals: Young Soles


T-shirt + pants: Mallow


Best friends have absolute tust and devotion.


Dress: Marmar


Age really is just a number and true friendship know no boundaries.


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T-shirts + leggins: MINI X STYLE Shoes: Mockies // mini you Socks: Mini Rodini

Sometimes just being physically close to one another is enough to light an eternal friendship flame.


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​Dress + Leggings: Kids on the Moon Shirt: Molo


Friendship is about hearts being linked and souls being mates. These two are FRIENDS, no matter their gender.


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hrough our family portraits we like to introduce readers to inspiring, yet normal and everyday families, especially playful, creative families. At ETMag we’ve been long time admirers of Amy Morrall’s photography. We love how she captures childhood and sibling relationships in a beautiful and honest way. We were excited when she agreed to share her photographic work and thoughts on friendship in this issues.


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EARLY LIFE: What is your background? Where did you grow up? I am a mum to three children. My husband Andy and I have a skateboard and streetwear business called Flatspot. I grew up in Plymouth in the south west of England with my parents, older sister and two younger brothers.

Have you been able to maintain any of your childhood friendships? Why or why not? Growing up I had lots of

friends but just one dear friend who is still that but we rarely get to see each other as she now lives in London. Most of my childhood friends and also friends I’ve had in adult life have left the area for places such as London and Japan. So as seasons and circumstances change I find the friends I get to spend actual time with are always shifting. I’ve also found I so often have a broken friendship circle, my friends are scattered and come from different areas of life, this isn’t really by choice, I can see how lovely it would be to have a tight group of friends to enjoy and rely on but that’s never happened for me. I tend to get myself and the kids out to be part of such varied groups we have a real mixture of friends, I


feel this has greatly enriched and broadened my ideas about life and how we raise our children.

How did you meet your partner? When I was 15 my family moved around the corner from Andy’s skateshop, we became friends and I married him when I was 20.

What part of the world you live in now? We live in the countryside on the edge of Dartmoor national park in Devon. Just ten minutes from the

How many children do you have and what are each of them like? We have three children. Eight year old identical twin girls Primrose and Magnolia (Maggie) and a five year old boy, Gilby. Primrose is our free spirited dreamer, she’s by your side one minute and the next she will have found

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bohemian town of Totnes and 30 minutes from the south coast beaches. We have chosen to give our children the beautiful landscape and history in this area so they can pursue a love of the great outdoors, I hope this kind of childhood sets them up for a lifetime of adventures.


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the best, often highest viewing spot to see all she can see. She’s extremely active, loves to climb, swim and run and goes through all the art materials in one day, that’s when she’s not over loving our two cats and any other animals she can get her hands on. She is keen to get out on any adventure and often reminds me of little things she remembers from family trips. Maggie is just as active as Primrose, she loves to perform and dress up and jumps right into stories. She adores listening, reading and watching stories, she becomes consumed by them and you can see her imagination expanding. She tells you she has books that are very special to her. She loves to (along with her sister) create characters and worlds for them to live in. She is super kind hearted to friends and becomes impassioned when she encounters injustice. She’s mellow and fiery. She also has this ability to think about what’s funny about a situation and enjoys presenting it to us. Gilby is my easy going, very amicable sidekick. He enjoys hanging out doing anything anyone of us is doing. He has a helper spirit and enjoys resolving problems. He’s quite similar to Maggie in his mellow yet fiery heart but at the same time seems to have a settled nature. He enjoys tinkering with whatever he can get his hands on and being part of a gang, he loves to chase the girls too.

How would you describe your family in 5 words? Heartfelt ~ shared ~ smiles ~ tears ~ together

What is your favourite family activity? My favourite thing to do is travel with my family, I love to get on a plane with them and I really enjoy camping here around the coast in the UK. I love to immerse us in art too, to explore galleries and make a mess here at


home too. Primrose’s favourite thing to do together is swim. She loves it when it warms a little and we get to go to the beach or river. Maggie’s favourite is to camp by the sea. Gilby’s is to have barbecues on the beach and Andy loves to take us climbing on Dartmoor and for hikes around the coast.

As a mother, what words do you live by? I aim to enjoy my family, bear with them, celebrate them and help them practise kindness, helpfulness and love. I continually ask that as a family we experience the world wholeheartedly with curiosity, imagination and perseverance.

FRIENDSHIPS: Siblings aren’t always friends, do you find that, on the balance, your children are each other’s friends? I do. Actually they say they are they own best friends.

Do you do anything special to foster friendship among your children? I’m not sure I do anything specific but I try to encourage them as siblings to be good friends and include each other in all their relationships. I encourage them to share. Because the twins came first they’ve learnt to share from the beginning, it’s become second nature to them, it’s not always easy for a five year old but on the whole they are used to sharing, this has helped them enjoy each other. They certainly need alone time too but it doesn’t matter how hard I try it


ages 5 and 8 then I hope they have the courage as adults to do it too. We’re attempting to lower our voices and discuss how things make us feel, but I feel this isn’t some-

such an important habit to learn, if they can practise it here at home at

thing that comes naturally to me so often the teaching comes from

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doesn’t last for long, they love being together. I try to encourage them to have kindness and good feelings for each other and to try and see someone else’s perspective,


them on this. There’s been a lot of talk about truthfulness lately and having the courage to always stay honest in situations, with lots of making amends practice we’re

up all the way along, but we’re learning together trying to make real connections and ultimately love each other deeply.

Do your children have any strong friendships outside the family?

Do your twins have a stronger friendship with each other than with your younger child?

wading through. My house is messy, my children are lively and we’re messing

Yes they are pretty inseparable, they spent three years before he arrived playing and doing pretty much every minute of their life together, they still do, although I can see different interests form-

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No, not for my girls. They have lots of friends but they wouldn’t suggest any of them were best friends. They are each other’s best friend. Gilby has a good friend Matilda, they say they will be friends forever.


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ing so maybe one day they’ll be a little more removed. He seems to be ok with it too, I think he can see their amount of energy and would sometimes rather be on his own. Although they absolutely love being together now, it took my girls almost three years to fully allow him to be part of their play, allowing him to make decisions and seeing that their play actually needed his input and ideas.

Do you find that your twins have unique friendship struggles because of their twinship? Yes, I do feel they don’t push themselves to make friends because obviously they don’t see it as a necessity. But having said that they dearly love to have friends and are extremely social, they are willing to be friends with anyone that approaches them and they enjoy welcoming them into their twinship and often have them in the centre of the time spent together. They are forever asking for friends to come to play but actually approaching people to make friends in the first place isn’t always easy for them. It’s so Interesting watching Gilby create relationships, he’s more eager to do so and more confident in his ap-


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proach, often even leading the way for his sisters. Primrose and Maggie can often spend months being called both names because their friend hasn’t learnt who is who, this goes for adults too not just peers. I often wonder how that feels especially seeing as they tend to cherish their friends.

In short yes I believe I do. I can see great friendships come in different form and it’s so important to learn to view all friendship opportunities wherever we find them as a gift, being grateful for and heartfelt in. I can wholeheartedly say my husband and children are my best friends, they’ve given me a bond that I didn’t have. I hope

What have you learned from your children about friendships? I’ve learned to make them more often than I would have been inclined, to cherish them deeper and be adaptable with them. I’m grateful I get to watch my children whether in smiles or tears navigate relationships and I can only hope to learn those virtues they show me. I’m continually surprised at how graceful they can be towards each other as siblings and their friends outside the family.

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Do you view friendship, your own friendships and friendship in general, differently now that you are a mother?

so much for them to always be part of my consciousness wherever we find ourselves in life. I’ve found greater emotions can be attached to family friendships that can cause for greater perseverance and navigation, I pray we manage to navigate well and that they will always want my friendship too.


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– BENJI & OLLIE (the penguin)

PHOTOGRAPHER (& Concept) DAVID HANDLEY STYLIST Bob, Assisted by Daniel Staughton MODELS BENJAMIN & OLLIE The Penguin Thanks to Vahakn @ Happy Finish for the Ninja Retouching skills


Hoody Diesel Peaked Hood (worn underneath) Stella McCartney Kids Tee Shirt Marcelo Burlon Shorts Diesel Socks Falke Trainers Step2wo, Selfridges Backpack Original Penguin


Pyjamas Au Jour Le Jour

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Shirt Karl Lagerfeld Kids Morning Suit Wilvorst Waistcoat Wilvorst Shoes After Six

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T-shirt Armani Junior Track pants Marcelo Burlon


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Jeans Stella McCartney Kids Socks Falke Football boots Nike Batman costume Warner Bros


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Goggles Speedo Sliders Akid Brand Swimming trunks Beyond Retro (vintage)


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Illustration Simon Væth www.simonvaeth.dk • Facebook


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Little Label Love Interview by Kathrine Houe Maric @littlekinjournal

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ecause her love for the small and independent brands never stop growing, and because devoted people who believe in them selves and in their product always inspire her, this time Enfants Terribles Mag’s trend editor has fallen in love with the american brands Reed Creek Handmade and Wren and James.


Reed Creek Handmade @redcreekkids Reed Creek Handmade is a children’s brand representing a simple and timeless style, where the main focus is on the small and well made details and on a beautiful color palette. We asked the owner and maker Katie Beaton a few questions about her brand.


What do your family life look like? My partner, daughter and I live on the sunshine coat is British Columbia. I work from home in a cabin on the property. We live by the ocean and enjoy gardening, being outside, spending time with family and enjoying our beautiful surroundings.

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What is the story behind your brand? Reed Creek Handmade was born after I have birth to my daughter June. I wanted to dress her in simple designs in natural materials. I was finding it challenging to find sustainable brands in styles I loved so I began designing and pattern making and sourcing out natural fabrics, and that’s how it all began.

What is the story behind the name of the brand? Red Creek is a creek that runs through the property we lived on before we moved to the Sunshine Coast. I really loved how simple and connected it felt.


What is your background and how did you get into doing children’s clothes? I have been making quilts and doing projects for myself for years. I didn’t start to make clothing until my daughter was born, it seemed to come quite naturally to me. Quilting can be a very technical craft and has made me a very careful creator.

Where do you find your inspiration? Im inspired by vintage workwear, old sewing techniques, natural fibers, antique quilts, nature, I could go on and on. We live on a very beautiful piece of land, surrounded by trees, and I often find inspiration all around this place of ours.

Tell about the production of your clothes? Pattern making, fabric sourcing, cutting, sewing, ironing, packing and shipping is all done by me. I am a one woman show and everything is produced on my homestead in my studio cabin.


Why did you choose to do children’s fashion? Because of my daughter June! I love dressing little ones.

Oh I love finishing a piece. I really feel how special and carefully chosen each garment is.

What’s the biggest hurdles? Because I work alone, finding time for all the things in life is my biggest challenge. I have just hired my little sister and I’m hoping to have some more time to enjoy my family and life. We are currently doing a home renovation, which can be a full time job in itself. Finding the time is my biggest hurdle for sure.

I am quite passionate about the “slow fashion” movement. Cheap clothing is something that we have all gotten used to. All my clothing is made, one by one. I use the best fabrics and notions I can source. I use French seams as well as a few other techniques that make for a very strong, heirloom product. If you buy a few things you love, wear them over and over and take good care of them, they should last a long time, and even be passed on. This way of living will save you money in the long run, as well as lessen your impact on the planet. We should be taking care of the earth and being Mindful of the brands you choose is one way you can make an impact.

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What’s the best part about your job?

In your eyes, what can slow fashion do, that fast consumer kids fashion can’t?


Wren and James @ wrenandjames Wren and James saw the day of light, when founder and mother Kiley Draper started making clothes for her first daughter. Today she has three 3 beautiful, blue-eyed , blonde-haired girls with her husband, who she has been married to since 2010 and who is also her partner in the company.

What is the story behind you brand? It started with my daughter. She inspired me to create the dresses and peter p ­ an tops that became Wren & James, but maybe I should go back even further. I have been designing clothing for as long as I can remember – you could definitely say I


have a life long love affair with fashion and design. I even moved to New York City just after high school to study fashion design. It wasn’t long after our first daughter was born that I began designing clothing for her. Within a year of making my first outfit for Mazie I was getting requests from friends and people in my neighborhood to make the same out­fit for their kids. From there, it was a natural progression into rediscovering my passion for design and fashion but with a renewed purpose

What is the story behind the name of the brand? My middle name is Wren. My husband’s middle name is James. We have been a team from the outset of this business and continue to support each other as this business continues to grow. Once we said the name out loud, we knew what to call our business.

Where do you find your inspiration? I have always loved the classic silhouettes of vintage dresses. There is a strong sense of childhood and play in Wren & James – I wanted to capture that feeling of nostalgia and wonder with my designs.

What story do you intend to tell with your brand? I want to remind people of how precious childhood is, their own childhoods and their kids’ childhoods.

Tell about the production of your clothes: It starts as a sketch, then I break down the design into its individual components to make a working pattern.


You never really know how it will all come together until you have a prototype, and even then I’ll still be making changes right up until the design goes into production. I enjoy the process.

Why did you choose to do children’s fashion? It chose me:) It was a natural progression from making clothes for my daughter and putting my own spin on the designs.

I found a local manufacturer that oversees the production of my line.

What’s the best part about your job? People send me photos of their kids wearing their dresses and it’s an amazing feeling. It’s extremely gratifying to receive messages from customers telling me they plan to pass their dress on to the next generation.

What’s the biggest hurdles? Balance.

In your eyes, what can slow fashion do, that fast consumer kids fashion can’t? There is an honestly and authenticity that comes from clothing like this. Without fail, in consumer kids fashion, the attention to detail and the story behind it all get lost in quest for profit.

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Where and how do you produce your clothes?


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Friendship Socks Created for you by Heidi Korsgaard @denkreativesky


When I was a kid, we made friendship bracelets. But I think you can make many different things to celebrate your friendship.. what about friendship socks? I’ve made a pair for me and my very best friend, Maybe you want to surprise your friend with a pair friendshipsocks, they are easy and quick to make.. all you need is:

• Two pairs of socks (or maybe more, you can get these heart friendship socks to fit infinite, to all your friends) • Textile paint • Cardboard • Painting brush

Cut pieces of cardboard so it fits into the socks. You should use a piece of cardboard to each sock. Place a piece of cardboard into the sock, so the sock facing sideways (see picture). Paint a heart on each sock. Depending on how many friends you have ,you want the socks to fit you alternately having a heart on one sock and 2 hearts (one on each side) on the other sock. Let the paint dry, still with the cardboard in the socks Give the one pair of socks to your best friend, and celebrate your friendship


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Photography (Creative Direction, Muah and Styling): Nadja Pollack Model: Milo

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Top Kenzo Top Caramel Baby & Child Blazer Little Marc Jacobs


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Counting to three - a parenting column by Marieke Das


I have a best friend. And she’s old. Really old. We’ve known each other from birth. Our moms lived across the street, and for a much needed time alone they would drop us off at the other one’s houses, so they could go shopping. I think. Or maybe just breath. We ended up always playing. When puberty hit, we found out we were very different. I would be the one walking around in ripped jeans, black make up. She would wear high heels and college sweaters. We were like Vivienne Westwood vs Coco Chanel. But it didn’t matter. We both went our own way and would still love talking to each other.

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y best friend.


We have the same sense of humour, and the same idea on how you should treat people. Be nice and don’t bitch about it. When I was pregnant, she became pregnant too. Our kids are as far apart as we are, 1 month.

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We would talk everyday in those days. We would both watch maternity or labour shows and laugh at all those women having labour on tv and the men saying the weirderst stuff. Our blathers weren’t very strong and it was quite a strain to keep it all in. Later when I was sick in hospital she would come over and make fun of me, knowing it’s the only way to make me laugh. I hate pity. Now we have planned our holidays, so we can drink wine together. I am so so blessed to have her

There’s a couple of more reasons she still is my best friend. 1. I have no feeling of any kind of shame towards her. We are all just silly women with weird habits. And we know it. 2. She is my opposite. She’s all business and can tell people the truth and leave them doubting their whole


life. No bullshit allowed. I let people talk forever. She has a ton of friends, and feels bad about leaving a friendship. I like being alone and only hang out with people I truly like. These differences are what makes it ok for us to not feel the same about stuff. 3. When I’m in a situation [I’m socially quite awkward] where I have no idea what to say or how to act, I wonder what she would do. Most of the times that results in me laughing out loud, looking even more awkward.

5. She doesn’t take any bullshit. I watch and learn. 6. We both hate prejudice. 7. She likes wine. And shares. I would love for my kids to have a friend like this. Not specifically her, she’s one of a kind, but someone real. Someone to respect and be respected by, to laugh with, and at, right before you pick them up.

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4. Old friends just know you. No matter how you change, what life threw at you, they know who you are, under all those layers of experience. I’m the girl still making up weird names for the people I pretend to be, she is still the girl who would take the candy from a stranger, kick his balls, and run away.


I WILL ALWAY

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Photo: CĂŠline Hallas // Denim overalls: Kids on the Moon

YS HAVE ME


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Terrible children. One who acts unconventionally.

French expression traditionally referring to a child who is terrifyingly candid by saying embarrassing things to adults, especially parents.

However, the expression has drawn multiple usage in careers of art, fashion, music, and other creative arts. In these careers, it implies a successful "genius" who is very unorthodox, striking, and in some cases, offensive or rebellious. Classically, one who "thumbs their nose" at the establishment or challenges it.

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