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CONTRIBUTORS REGULARS CÉLINE HALLAS CHRISTEN NOËLLE DANIELLE CHASSIN DEBORAH DEWBURY-LANGLEY INGER MARIE HAHN MØLLER KELLY SWEDA MARIE-LAURE PHAM MARIEKE DAS STINE ALBERTSEN SØS ULDALL-EKMAN
THIS ISSUE ADRIANA ESPERALBA ALAIN LABOILE AMELIA PANE SCHAFFNER ANNABELLE BURDON BRYONY RICHARDSON CARA LEPS CAROLANE STORM GABRIELLE HALL HEATHER ROME HELGA OLAFSDOTTIR HELENE PERRY JULIE A MARTIN KELLY-LEE WRIGHT LEONIE FREEMAN MARIA ENGBJERG MONIKA ELENA PAOLA JANE SANNA LEE KARINIEMI SECRETS OF THE TRIBE STEPHANIE MATTHEWS YOSHIE KONDO
CONTENT EDITORS LETTER 09 TRAVEL TALES FROM THE EDITORS’ OFFICE 12 ILLUSTRATION feat. PAOLA JANE 14 TREASURES 16 BOBO CHOSES - WITH MAGIC IN THE MAKING 20 TREND 26 RAINBOWS AND MAKE BELIVE 30 DECOR - SUMMER PASTEL SHOPPING 48 BOOKS 50 #KELLYANDCOREYS_SPRINGBREAKROADTRIP 54 WE ROAM FREE 70 ILLUSTRATION feat. CAROLANE STORM 96 LITTLE LABEL CRUSH 86 PAPERDOLLS - TRAVEL THE WORLD 94 FOUR MILES PER HOUR - GOING NOWHERE FAST 100 ART FEATURE - YOSHIE KONDO 116 MIND TRAVEL 128 DIY -TRAVEL STORY DIAMOND DICE 158 PICNIC 162 DECOR - ENJOYING SUMMERLIFE AT HOME 174 GLUTEN FREE RHUBARB CRUMLE 182 INSTAGRAM feat. @ZTASTYLIFE 186 THE STORY OF - ÍGLÓ & INDÍ 192 FALLEN FOR THE SEASIDE 200 ILLUSTRATION feat. ANNABELLE BURDON 214 FATHER FIGURE feat. ALAIN LABOILE 216 ESCAPADE IN FRENCH RIVIERA 224 FAMILY PORTRAIT feat. SATCHEL AND STONE 238 TO THE END OF THE RAINBOW 246 THANKS FOR READING, NOW GO PLAY... 266
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SØS ULDALL-EKMAN @thegirllikesrainbows www.thegirllikesrainbows.com
EDITORS LETTER One of the things we miss most about being a kid is getting lost in play. Remember how sometimes our imaginations would swallow time and place and for hours we would be deeply engaged in exploring new, astounding and to us entirely real make believe worlds, in the garden, the city, the supermarket, the backseat, wherever? TAKE MY HAND Children can travel in both time and place by just turning on their imagination. All of a sudden a pillow on chair is the steering wheel of a truck loaded with good friends and important stuff to take on a trip to places unseen. We grownups sometimes need a little help to get into to that state and most times we actually have to physically move our bodies to different countries to reconnect with that awesome feeling of adventure. ADVENTURE IS EVERYWHERE The most awesome thing about kids is that they see wonder in all, big and small. If you’re a parent, then I’m sure that you will agree with me that one of the best things about having kids is the opportunity to experience and relive every little thing in the world all over again. Sometimes travelling can take us to such a mental state as well. It is as if though moving ourselves from the familiar and comfortable life I we have built around ourselves helps us get back into that playful zone, where everything is an adventure, whether it be riding a bus in a to us unknown city or discovering new foods, lights and colors of strange and wonderful places or cities. JUST DO IT We admit, that after having kids, the practicalities surrounding a trip to somewhere further than the park, sometimes get the best of us and feel exhausted before an adventure has even begun. But then again, as soon as we’ve made it to the airplane/bus/train/car in time and with all our bags and kids, then the excitement sets in and it feels just as if we’re all playing a new game and the world is ours to discover bit by bit together. Happy Reading Søs and Céline
TRAVEL TALES FROM THE EDITORS’ OFFICE presented by marieke das
CÉLINE HALLAS Photographer and Editor in Chief at Enfants Terribles Magazine. On travelling: We are going to France ( Fréjus) again this summer. My parents have an old townhouse there, so we are there a lot. Who is the best travel companion? I think I have to say Sienna, my daughter. She is the only one in the family, who really finds my many detours and adventure hunting fun, the men in the family are more into running, skating and cycling non-stop. So while they are out doing that we like to explore and come up with stories about the more or less exciting places we find. The world would be a weird place if our stories were true… but who knows, maybe they are.
SØS ULDALL-EKMAN Art Teacher, Photographer, Editor in Chief. On travelling: On the way to the Faroe Islands. Going to shoot a wedding up there and say hello to my dear grandmother who lives there. What’s your best memory of a holiday? I spent a lot of summers in the Faroe Islands; I have many fond childhood memories from those green islands in the middle of the Atlantic. I grew up in Denmark, but my mother needed to take us back to the islands where she was born as often as she could. Most other vacations were spent in the backseat of a car. My sister and I would sit in the backseat full of anticipation of the adventure that lay ahead. My parents never planned much ahead of the trips, it was more about being spontaneous and going with the flow. And we never stayed in hotels... I guess it taught me to be open to go on spontaneous adventures. It offered me and my sister the gift of making up little crazy universes and games in that backseat - when we weren’t fighting over the little space we had, that is :-) Going on adventures together like this made us feel closer and more united.
STINE ALBERTSEN Founder of the Danish design blog Nordiske Riger and Decor Editor at Enfants Terribles Magazine. On travelling: I dream of seeing many more places in Denmark. It’s strange how few places I’ve seen in Denmark compared to traveling around the world. Next stop will be Ærø - An island in the Southern Funen archipelago. When the time comes to go abroad again, we dream of traveling to Lisbon. What’s your favorite way to travel? I like to travel on a small budget, which means you have to find creative and alternative ways of getting around. Experience has taught me that it is in this way you meet most people, and simultaneously see some of the country you would not otherwise see. I have traveled a lot by train, and I love it. For me it awakens a feeling of being on voyage of discovery where time stands still, and you only have time to enjoy the view from the train and chat with other fellow travelers. I combine my travels with photographic work a lot, and it is important for me to return with more knowledge about a country than I had when I left. This could be the development of the design world in Berlin, human rights in Belarus or the growing of coffee in Laos. On occasion, I also travel somewhere to totally relax, eat good food and do some shopping. It’s also a wonderful way to experience a city.
DANIELLE CHASSIN Writer, Blogger for hippieindisguise.com, editor at Enfants Terribles Magazine. On traveling: Next travel destination is Cape Cod peninsula and the island of Nantucket, USA. They are close to each other, and both have a vibrant arts scene, local agriculture and beaches! My father spent summers there with his parents, his father, an oil painter, and his mother, an artist and nimble forager. They survived the summers foraging for food and trading, living wild and free on the beaches and playing in the dunes. My father took us kids there to carry on the tradition, and now I take my own children. There’s a lovely nostalgia to it. What’s your favorite part of travelling? Exploring the local landscape, eating local foods, taking in the local culture: arts, street performers and musicians. I want to have an authentic experience of the place. Resorts, chain hotels and chain restaurants have no appeal to me. If you ask the kids what they get excited about, it’s the prospect of: jumping on a bouncy bed (we have boring futons at home), using a television (we don’t have one) and going in swimming pools. Sigh.
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BOBO CHOSES WITH MAGIC IN THE MAKING www.bobochoses.com @_bobochoses_ www.facebook.com/BOBOCHOSES Interview by Søs Uldall-Ekman @thegirllikesrainbows
Bobo Choses rings a bell to most people interested in children’s fashion. With an amazing ease the creative duo behind this little Spanish label continue to work magic with each new collection they present. We’ve interviewed one of the women behind Bobo Choses to find out more about what the Bobomania is about and to talk about what it is that makes this labels collections stand out every season. ABOUT ADRIANA Adriana Esperalba (37) is co-founder and creative director of Bobo Choses. She lives in Mataró, right by the Mediterranean sea, not very far from Barcelona, which is also where the Bobo Choses collections are manufactured. Adriana shares her life with husband Xavier and sons Teo and Momo.
FROM GRAPHIC DESIGNER TO CHILDREN’S FASHION CREATOR Growing up Adriana was really good at sports and from the time she was 13 to 18, she even had a scholarship to study and play volleyball on a student residency. Asked when she first decided to become a graphic designer Adriana says: “When I was 14. I remember we were in Menorca with my family and a cousin of my mother explained to me, what his work was about. From that moment I knew what I wanted to do.” How then, did you end up making clothes for children? “I studied in Barcelona at the Elisava School (ed. first school of design in Barcelona) and began to work within advertising. From there I quickly developed a passion for editorial design and corporative image, so I launched into starting a graphic design studio with my friend Laia Aguilar, co-founder of Bobo Choses. Actually, I don’t define myself as a fas-
hion designer, because I feel that I still have much to learn and experience” Adriana adds. She may not define herself that way but she certainly has co-created a brand that will continue to grow due to it’s unique and playful approach to the design process. But what is the secret ingredient that makes Bobo Choses stand out from the rest and enchants us with each new collection? “I think the element of surprise plays an important role” says Adriana. “ Children always surprise you and that’s what we try to do ourselves with every collection we create.” BOBO CHOSES COMES TO LIFE The brand Bobo Choses is the marvellous brainchild of Adriana and Laia’s. Half jokingly the two friends one day decided to venture into moving from paper to T-shirts and so the first seeds of Bobo Choses were planted. It could be said that motherhood somehow unconsciously made them take this route.
By the time they were both ready to start their own families they realized that they couldn’t find clothes that suited their taste and idea of what children’s wear should be. So why not make their own! “We first thought to create a mini-collection of t-shirts. At that time we had no idea how we were going to sell, but a friend introduced us to someone who could provide us with a sample collection and so we decided to try our luck at the Playtime tradeshow in Paris. We had no budget whatsoever and we crashed at my brother’s house while crossing fingers that everything would go well.” Adriana explains. And it did go well. Maybe due to that special feeling they manage to put into their collections. One senses the child and it’s wonder of the world in every collection and the playful approach to the creation of each collection sets Bobo Choses apart. Creating an enti-
re story and universe around the collection makes room for an authentic feeling of diving into a child’s imaginary world. “For me it is very important to make clothes that appeal to both children and parents. We want to make it comfortable and original. We work hard to try and capture that special language of children. We don’t follow trends, we think of a story, a story that could be in the imagination of a child and the we use that story and universe to create an entire collection” says Adriana. THE PLAYFUL NATURE OF BOBO CHOSES Playfulness seems to be a natural part of the Bobo Choses designs and design processes and indeed to Adriana this is very important: “In the end what matters is not the clothing. Children like to play, dress up and imagine that they’re someone else they set no limits to the imagination and that’s exactly what we want, we let ourselves think like children,
and make an effort to remember what we liked and didn’t like when we were kids. I guess you could say we create in the space between parenting experience and childhood memories. Always looking for the element of surprise.” WITH A TOUCH OF MAGIC Somehow Bobo Choses manages to create purely magical and perfect collections since their early beginnings in 2008. How do they continue to do it? The secret may be in the team of 16 people who work together to make Bobo Choses: “We are a very involved team, we love what we do and we have fun together” Adriana explains. “Our combined efforts ensures that every Bobo Choses collection is honest, creative and fun”. Another factor in the succes of this label may lie in the place it all happens, Adriana explains: “When we started the project we were based in Barcelona. As our little business grew we had to make many economic efforts and work hard to reduce costs, which
is why we ended setting up our business and production in Mataró. I was actually born here and when we moved back it was because my father offered to let us use a small apartment he owned for us to settle Bobo Choses new offices. Mataró is situated on the Catalan coast, bathed by the Mediterranean, 30 km from Barcelona. It also has a history in the textile sector in our country and was an important city in the 70s and 80s, but has been losing weight in importance due to the strong competition from Asia. Still people here are very experienced and eager to do things well done.” “Two years ago we were looking for a new location because our office was getting too small. We went scouting for the perfect place and by chance we stumbled upon what looked like a big garage from the outside. I would never had thought to call the owners if it were not for my mother, who remembered that when she was a kid this building used to house a small toy factory. This place used to produce many toys and games including
a classic set of magic tricks which was sold under the name ”Magia Borras” and which is still sold today” Adriana tells us. “86% of our production is locally manufactured. This allows us to control both the quality and the entire production process, in addition to always know where the clothes are coming from. We work with companies throughout the entire textile world, that gives added value to our designs.” DOING IT RIGHT The team behind Bobo Choses invest their hearts and minds in every collection: “We are working to be a more sustainable company committed to society. We want to improve our processes to be more efficient and improve our services. We would very much like to open a shop and we hope Bobo Choses will continue to be recognized as a reference brand kidswear. We have such a great team surrounding us and I hope that the spirit in which the clothes come to life is tangible in our collections, full of enthusiasm and above all with good humor.”
So it is, that at the very heart of the production of Bobo Choses lies a playfulness combined with social responsibility and a touch of magic. The perfect place for Bobo Choses to come to life and just maybe the building has kept some of that magic it used to put in boxes and so that’s what travels into the Bobo Choses fantastic collections these days. What we know is Bobomania is here to stay!
Adriana explains the name BOBO CHOSES: BOBO: First of all it’s an easy word for a kid to pronounce and I like the simplicity of the word. In Spanish it’s a word for “silly” or “foolish” with a connotation of childlike naïve innocence. CHOSES: Is a French word for “things” or “stuff”. We wanted to add to our children’s wear collection by doing more things. We’re creating an entire universe inspired by children, playing with anything from rugs to a nice bag for mothers.
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Being an entire genre in itself travel literature seems to cover several (very different!) types of books: The travel guide, that guides you through your physical travel; the travel journal, that is more like a personal diary or recording; and the “Bildungsroman”, that might not be read as a physical travel but rather as an inner developmental journey that maybe, maybe not will lead you to a goal. Common for all types of travel books might be that they enrich us with new perspectives - on our surroundings and on ourselves. When we push ourselves to meet what is unknown and unfamiliar, we will also get to know ourselves a bit more. These are a selection of our favourites - something for the wee ones and something for the big ones. Whether you will be going on an adventurous travel this summer or you’ll spend the summer at home at cosy with your loved ones, you’ll find inspiration to open your eyes and your mind. Read and travel well!
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE by Maurice Sendak Ohh, this iconic children’s book from 1963! Maybe not a classic travel book, but in my opinion one of the best journeys ever. The boy Max dresses up in his wolf costume and is after turning his home into chaos sent to bed without supper. A hungry wolf let alone in his bedroom. Suddenly, the room changes into a wild jungle, and Max sails off to an island inhabited by “The Wild Things” - uncanny and grotesque beasts. Max is appointed King of The Wild Things - but at the end, he returns to his bedroom where a warm supper is waiting for him. The story is in many ways unique - it brings together childhood and the grotesque, and all the wild feelings that are rummaging in all of us like anger, fear, frustration and jealousy. And it tells about a kid experiencing how to master all these feelings. The biggest journey of them all.
THE SUMMER BOOK by Tove Jansson We all love Tove Jansson for creating the good-natured, philosophical and melancholic Moomins, but less known is that she also wrote some fantastic novels for adults - ’The Summer Book’ is a favourite of them. I read the book last summer while we were away for three weeks in our Swedish country house. I felt encapsulated in a tiny world of beauty - a microcosm filled with all that is delicate, fine, simple and heartwarming - but also what is loaded, dense and vast. The story tells us about a 6-year old girl and her grandmother. They are spending the summer together on a remote and harsh island in the Finnish archipelago. They swim at deep forbidden waters, they get lost, they write and draw, they study the nature around them - but most of all, they talk and wonder. There is nothing unnecessary in Jansson’s writing, but a lot of unsaid. The book is unfolding the feeling of the endless summer as well as the feeling of a vast universe that is still just a tiny island.
THE THIS IS… series by Miroslaw Sasek Miroslaw Sasek’s wonderful series of 18 travel guides for kids - the first one being ’This is Paris’ from 1959 - have recently been updated with new facts and more sightseeing tips. I would love to have all 18 of them, regardless we probably never will visit all of the places while the kids are still kids - but just because they would nurture our fantasies about other places and foreign habits. If you are a children’s literature addict, as I am, Sasek’s whimsical and characteristic illustrations are well known, and they are all kept exactly as in the original publications along with Sasek’s original text - the new additions and guidelines are very appreciatively put in the back of the books. Sasek was originally educated as an architect, and this explains the accuracy of his depiction of historical buildings and monuments. That makes it so lovely and easy for little eyes to recognize them in reality.
ON THE ROAD by Jack Kerouac When I was in my 20s Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty kept me company during the long rakish train trips through India, I was a backpacker traveling on my own, and this was good company. The story about these legendary characters rumbling through their lives, searching for a larger truth, marks as such the story of an endless travel. These young souls of the postwar beat and counterculture generation indicate a search for independence and self-discovery, but in many ways also an escape. ’On The Road’ was published in 1957, but was actually written throughout the 40s and early 50s. The novel is highly autobiographical, and Kerouac has deliberately used a spontaneous, intuitive syntax, as if the writing was a raw version of the truth. I have developed an almost sacred and honorable relation to the book. I never read it again after those long trips in India, but maybe this summer I should? I might not be on the road again, but Sal and Dean surely will keep me good company anyway.
CITIX60 CITY GUIDES by viction:ary If I were going somewhere exciting this summer (well, I am - I am going to our Swedish country house, but you know what I mean), I would put one of these city guides in my pocket. Honestly, I’m not good at touristy sights and far too many people. I never visited the Eiffel Tower although Paris is a favourite destination of mine. The Citix60 city guides are devoid of classic spots and must sees, and have instead asked 60 artists and creatives in each city to point out their favourite spot. This makes up an odd, personal and much more interesting view of the city life, and you are lead to the hidden treasures and not so obvious spots. Insider tips are always the best. There are Citix60 city guides for Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York and Paris, and the 60 selected hangouts cover architecture, art spaces, shops and markets, eating and entertainment.
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Photo and text: Kelly Sweda A month before Spring Break, my sister Corey came to me with a huge idea to take our four kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Isaac (14), Sebastian (11), Brooklyn (7) and Francesca (4)â&#x20AC;&#x201D; on a road trip up the Central California Coast from Santa Barbara to Santa Cruz along the Big Sur Highway and back, not exceeding 150 miles a day... thereby allowing ourselves plenty of time to stop, explore the coastline and experience whatever may come our way. What resulted was a week-long road trip that had us taking five days to slink up the coast slowly, one to drive all the way back and one to recuperate back at home. This photo essay chronicles our journey from the beginning to our final destination.
Blue skies and palms greeted us Easter Sunday, when our trip began with a staycation near home at The Goodland hotel. Corey and I enjoyed poolside cocktails and snacks while the kids swam and explored the hotel grounds.
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Day 2 commenced with a slow drive up the coast, passing fields of wildflowers and open plains. The kids entertained themselves with card games and chips while we filled the van with music and fresh air. Our first stop was the iconic Morro Rock State Preserve, where Corey and I walked along the jetty while the children played football on the beach below.
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Morro Bay State Park just before dusk, teaming together to assemble the tent, pay for firewood and build oxes of pizza we picked up on our way in, and Corey and I cracked some beers before we settled around nd took turns telling ghost stories.
After encountering some rain the night before and early the morning of Day 3, we rose in the cold, broke down camp and hit the road before coffee. Our first stop was to see the elephant seals at a rookery near Piedras Blancas, where more than 7,000 of these mammals live.
Continuing north, the road became windier as we began to ascend the iconic Big Sur Highway
w of the Pacific from Piedras Blancas
Wildflowers along Highway 1 heading out of San Simeon
We eventually made our way to one of the most stunning spots along our route: an 80-foot waterfall located in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. One of only two waterfalls in California that empties directly into the ocean, McWay Falls provides a captivating backdrop to this inaccessible beach and cove of turquoise water. I could have stood there and watched it all day.
Brooklyn and Francesca overlooking McWay Falls. Isaac was captive to its beauty, saying with stars in his eyes that if he ever got arrested, it would be for scaling his way down and camping right there on the beach. I told him I’d join him.
Our last stop of the day was to catch While the boys ran about playing football—which became a stap the sunset at Pfeiffer Beach, which is day of the trip—Francesca tinkered at the water’s edge, seeking arguably the most stunning expanse anemones, and pieces of shell and rock. of sand and natural rock formations I’ve ever seen.
Every square inch of our van, from underneath the seats to underfoot and every crack and crevice in between was packed with our gear and supplies.
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Further up the highway we pulled over at Limekiln State Park to hike through the redwoods. It was the middle of the day: the sun shone directly overhead, yet the forest was so dense there were deep pockets of dark and shadows, which made for a beautiful and mysterious landscape. The greens were brilliant and the ground cover thick and lush.
A heavy cloud cover rolled in and shrouded the beach in peach, orange and rainbows. Francesca joined the boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; game while Corey and I sat rapt in wonder at what lay before us.
Day 4 began with breakfast at the Big Sur Bakery and the introduction to a new, furry friend.
The highway toward, in and beyond Carmel became flatter and less dramatic. No longer were we winding up and down the rocky ledges and slow curves weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d experienced on the Big Sur Highway, the road became flatter and more direct from place to place. We stopped to eat and play here at Carmel City Beach before moving on to set up camp.
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d up the coast toward Carmel, stopping at Point Lobos State Park to ng ancient cypress trees and more spectacular rock formations.
It became another night setting up camp just as dusk approached. We settled in at Sunset State Beach in the town of Watsonville, where Isaac was born 15 years ago. Here, Sebastian and Francesca slow their game of football for a quick pause.
The night of Day 4 was the most tasking of the trip. Brooklyn got sick, it was freezing cold and I lay awake all night touching my kids to make sure they were still warm, and promising myself I’d rise at daybreak, build myself a fire and warm myself by it. Hours later when everyone else awoke and joined me, we sat here, thawing and contemplating the day ahead
Prior to this trip, I’d only ever known Watsonville to be a tiny, inland, agricultural town. So when I learned it actually spread westward to the ocean, I couldn’t wait to see the beach there firsthand.
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Francesca and the natural bridge, from whence the park’s name derives
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Entering Santa Cruz, our second stop—after shopping at the local surf store—was Natural Bridges State Park, just blocks from where I lived my senior year of college and brought Isaac home from the hospital as a newborn.
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photographer: julie A martin
blue/white/red jacket // Beritâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lilla
dress //Matilda Jane Clothing - boots// pepe
Floral dress // Ode to Jeune - bracelet // Feather + Stone
Rose floral top // Ode to Jeune - skirt // Matilda Jane Clothing, red boots // Pepe
Navy jacket // vintage - bow top // Ode to Jeune - shorts // Beritâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lilla - Mary janes // Pepe
Dress // Pretty Me
Top // Beritâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lilla - skirt// Kids on the Moon
cardigan //Neve/Hawk - top and shorts: Beritâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lilla
ILLUSTRATION feat. CAROLANE STORM WWW.CAROLANESTORM.COM - @CAROLANESTORM
LITTLE LABEL CRUSH HARD WORK & ALL PLAY interview by danielle chassin www.hippieindisguise.com @hippieindisguise
Enfants Terribles Magazine loves playfulness, childhood and creativity. For this issue our label crushes explore these themes through the concepts of travel, wanderlust and imagination. We’ve handpicked labels we love that incorporate these ideas into their designs, each interpreting them in their own unique way. We hope the interviews motivate you to travel and explore whether it’s visiting a new city or space or it’s imagining yourself travelling across a continent. Either way, the clothes from these labels inspire a wandering mind.
POPPY ENGLAND By Bryony Richardson
www.poppyengland.com @poppyengland www.facebook.com/poppychildren
Tell me a little about the person or the team behind Poppy England? My name is Bryony, I am the creator and designer for Poppy. I live and work in London, it’s a busy city and a cycle everywhere, I work a lot, but I love it. We have a small studio space, surrounded by lots of other small and creative businesses. One day I would love Poppy to have her own shop. Why did you start designing children’s clothing? I took Poppy over from my parents, they started Poppy in 1980 when I was only 1 year old and stopped when I was 20. They always made children’s clothes with bright colours and crazy designs. The company lay sleeping until I decided to start it up again. I thought it would be easy, working with some of their old fabrics and starting to illustrate my own new ones. I had a lot to learn!
What’s in the name? How did you choose the name Poppy England for the label? Well, as you now know I am not the founder of Poppy, my parents are. But for me the name is everything, people often ask me who Poppy is. Poppy is my invention, she is a little girl who never grows up, she exists in my story books and appears on nearly every item of Poppy clothing. She has a faithful companion, her dog, Fred, and together they go on adventures wherever I choose to take them. The England part came later; boringly enough, because we needed this for our website name and because we see ourselves as very English. What inspires your designs? Poppy and her dog, Fred, inspire my designs. I only have to think about what
their next adventure will be, where they will go, and a whole collection is born. I’m inspired by lots of things, it’s so important to keep your eyes open and to always look. I was lucky enough to grow up in the north of England on a farm, surrounded by fields and ponies, woodlands and animals. For me, this is a constant source of inspiration. Oh and I love colour! Who draws your prints? I draw all my own prints, everything you see somehow has to come from my own head and the stories have to come at the same time. I then have to make it appear on a fabric and then, of course, on dresses.
Each dress comes with a storybook, how lovely! How did you come up with the idea? When I started Poppy up again it felt like the clothing world was very fast: the clothes we wear don’t last long and we don’t keep them to give to the next child. I wanted my clothing to mean more to children, I wanted them to really enjoy wearing their dress, to be able to play in the mud, climb trees and go to parties all in the same outfit, just like Poppy does in the stories. I wanted girls to enjoy the dresses as much as the adult who had bought it for them. And, if I’m lucky, to inspire children to have their own adventures and dreams. Pippi Longstocking was my hero when I was a
little girl and I have never forgotten her ability to pick up a horse or find fun in life. Do you plan to expand the line? What’s next for Poppy England? Yes, I have lots of plans, but it’s hard to find the time to make it all happen. Firstly, our new AW15 collection, which comes out in August, will be made from 100% organic cotton, I’m very excited about this. Secondly, I’m working on a small range of boys shirts, which I am very excited about and I’m hoping Poppy will see its first range of boys shirts in SS16. And last, but not least, I would love to develop a bedding range, after all this is where we read stories best!
Did you know we also design dresses for women too?! As the business grew for the girls dress, I decided to take the leap into designing dresses for women. Why should children have all the fun? Our line of dresses for women has greatly increased over the years, I use the same prints for the girls dresses as I do for the women’s ones. When you aren’t working what do you love to do? Well, I have a small balcony so I love nothing better than to spend time growing some vegetables and looking after my plants. But I also love dancing, so a few years ago I started dancing Lindihop, it’s a bit like rock and roll and so much fun!
FEATHER DRUM By Kelly-Lee Wright
www.featherdrum.com @featherdrum www.facebook.com/featherdrum
Tell me a little about the person or the team behind Feather Drum. Feather Drum is my dream-child, born from a desire to leave my career as corporate lawyer and find my creative outlet. That opportunity arose with the news that I was pregnant with a child I was told I wouldn’t be able to have. I became overwhelmed with ideas and inspiration. I had a very clear vision of what Feather Drum was to be. I drew lots, and wrote copious notes and ideas, and ultimately breathed life into something that now has a life of its own. I work closely with a fantastic creative team who help bring my designs to life, including an amazing pattern maker, textile/graphic designers, stylists and photographers. Without them this all wouldn’t happen, so really it’s a team effort. Where have you travelled and where do you want to travel to next? I’m from the United Kingdom so as a kid I had endless years of family holidays to the Spanish Costa’s. There were a few memorable holidays in the UK too, staying on farms and B&B’s on the Cornish coast and Scotland. I was fortunate enough to grow up in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park, a holiday destination of itself As a young adult the travel bug really sunk
its teeth in. I did a lot of international work when I worked as a lawyer, which took me to many European cities… Amsterdam, Athens, Belfast, Rome, Edinburgh, Barcelona, Frankfurt, Brussels, to name a few, but as far as European cities go my heart loves both Paris and London. I spent spells of time living in both Germany and the beautiful Italian island, Sardinia where my brother and his family were living at the time. Shopping trips over to New York were quite a frequent little luxury when I lived and worked in London. A few times I would leave the office on a Thursday afternoon, spend the weekend in the Big Apple and return to the office for 9am fresh (insert hysterical laughter emoticon) from Heathrow Airport! Having done so much corporate travel, the large hotels and resorts hold very little allure for me. When I travel to a country I want to feel its culture, hear its language and explore its history. As luxurious as they may be, one pool bar is like another… Travel is so much harder living Down Under. Even the shortest international flights from Sydney are ones I used to consider long haul! It won’t stop me though. My partner and I are both avid travellers and we want our daughter to see the world with us…after all its one of the best forms of education.
Willow had already travelled from Australia to seven different countries before she hit her 2nd birthday, including Hawaii, Hong Kong, Indonesia, France and Italy! Next on the list is definitely exploring the rich colourful history of Cuba and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d love to see the Northern Lights in Alaska or Canada. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the name? How did you choose the name Feather Drum for the label? I actually had a different name when I started but I had opposition at the trademark stage and literally had to change the name at the 11th hour. Literally I was up all night with my partner tossing around ideas for names the day before it had to be delivered. In hindsight it was the best thing that could have happened, but at the time the sky was falling in. The name comes from a vivid bohemian style image I have in my mind. Soft, but strong, silent, but loud.
Why did you start designing childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clothing? Feather Drum was just a dream that I had the opportunity to awaken one day. With the news of an impending bub I became overwhelmed with ideas and inspiration. I wanted to give my little girl something different to what I saw available in the market. And eventually I did! What was the first piece designed for Feather Drum? The Dream Seeker Collection was a whole concept, but at the heart of it was my signature bell pants and Woodstocker pants, teamed with the black felt hat. Those pieces set the tone for the rest of the collection and made the bold bohemian statement I was searching for.
What inspires your designs? Music, nature, my travels, as well as my local environment, all inspire my designs, which ultimately transcend into an eclectic range with a distinct bohemian vibe. I’m heavily influenced by vintage fashion and styles of decades past. The first Dream Seeker Lookbook features my designs teamed with vintage pieces from my private collection. I also have complete adoration for French design. It was a huge compliment when the press recently likened my designs to ‘a miniature Isabel Marant’! Huge fist pumps were abound that day! Do you plan to expand the line? What’s next for Feather Drum? The Lost Oasis Collection expanded the line this year by including a boys range. My next step has been to increase the size
range, so from my SS16 Collection Feather Drum will be dressing little wanderers up to the age of 12. I’m also excited to be adding the finishing touches to the first Feather Drum showroom, right here in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. There are a few other things up my bohemian sleeve, but you’ll have to wait and see!!! When you aren’t working what do you love to do? Travel (if that’s not too obvious from the above!), eating great food and supporting the Indie music scene in Sydney. I’m a huge music fan. In 2011, my partner and I set ourselves the challenge of going to 1 gig a week for a year. We ended up going to 75!!!! In 2014, I only managed 34 (it gets harder with a little one!). Amongst the best were seeing The Kooks in Barcelona, Metronomy at the Royal Albert Hall, London and The Wombats in Birmingham.
TRAVEL THE WORLD ILLUSTRATION feat. CHRISTEN NOELLE
WWW.CHRISTENNOELLE.COM - @ CHRISTENNOELLE.COM STYLING: SØS ULDALL-EKMAN & CÉLINE HALLAS
These wonderful paperdolls were created especially for the Travel Journal issue of Enfants Terribles Magazine. We selected some of our favorite styles for summer and our sweet paperdollmaker and illustrator Christen NoĂŤlle, worked som playful magic around them. Time for you to print, cut and play - have fun!
SONS AND DAUGHTERS
WOLF AND RITA
MOON ET MIEL
MILOU & PILOU
WOLF AND RITA
CARAMEL BABY & CHILD
stylist: cara leps
Four miles per hour - goingphotographer: nowhere fast leonie freeman
Tshirt + shorts // Little Bird by Jools at Mothercare
Rain coat // Little Bird by Jools at Mothercare - Swimsuit // Primark - Sunglasses // BabyK at Mothercare
Shirt // Next
Waistcoat // Soft Gallery - Dress // Next
shirt // Scotch Shrunk - Waist coat // Mini Magpie
Sunglasses // Primark - Top // River Island
Cap // Little Bird by Jools at Mothercare - Tanktop // Scotch Shrunk
Hat // Primark - Hoodie+ Shorts // Mothercare - Shirt // Scotch Shrunk - Shoes // Salt-Water Sandal
Playsuit // River Island - Sunglasses + Kimono // Primark - Shoes // Salt-Water Sandal
Top // Mothercare - Dress + socks // Little Bird by Jools at Mothercare
Top + shoes // Mothercare - Shorts (with braces) + socks // Little Bird by Jools at Mothercare
Shirt + Shorts // Scotch Shrunk - Hat + Shoes // Primark
Top // Mini Magpie - Short // Zara - Shoes // Salt-Water Sandal
Top // Zara - Jeans // Scotch Râ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Belle
ART FEATURE YOSHIE KONDO
ART FEATURE YOSHIE KONDO interview by inger marie hahn møller www.finurlig.net @finurlignet
I was 6 years and I was traveling through Norway with my parents and my sister, a car and a tent. I was collecting every tiny scrap of paper, tourist brochures and even the receipts from the local groceries where we stopped to buy supplies. In the light Norwegian nights I was bent over the camping table with my sister, neatly gluing the scraps into our travel journals, drawing and writing with our big clumsy beginner lettering about our experiences. My parents were at our side, bent over their maps, quietly discussing which direction tomorrow would lead us. This was before Internet, smartphone, IG, FB and digital cameras. It was in many ways my first travel and also my first travel journal. When I first saw Japanese Yoshie Kondo’s travel books I was back in childhood memories with my glue stick, my scrap collections and my pencils. Her recordings of every tiny detail she experienced spoke to me directly. I recognized the urge to put down on paper new perspectives and discoveries, thoughts and emotions. What more fascinated me was the delicacy with which she had meticulously illustrated her favourite places - every detail carefully drawn by hand. I was impressed by the fact that she had actually illustrated 7 travel books in this way (!) with entire descriptions and illustrations of the loved places.
The same fascination goes for the entire production of Yoshie Kondo. Most of her work seem to circle around the travel in one way or another. It might not be a physical journey but maybe rather an inner journey with themes as loneliness, longing, dreaming and exploring. The overall feeling is poetic and delicate - but also somewhat absurd or surreal. The motives seem simple at first glance, but they carry complex stories to tell us - stories that might open our eyes onto something new and unexpected, just as a travel does it. Yoshie Kondo is born in 1983, she currently lives in Tokyo and graduated from Aichi University of the Arts. She has been working as an independent artist ever since 2008.
YOUR ART What 3 words would you pick to describe your artwork? Delicate, narrative, life. When did you know you wanted to become an artist – and what did it take you to fulfil your dream and actually be able to make a living of it? I have loved drawing pictures ever since I was a kid. When I was a junior high school student, I knew I wanted to become an
illustrator. I studied art in high school, and after that entered the University of the Arts and learned much more about design and illustrations. After I graduated, I went to Tokyo to work, and visited the publishing and design companies to show my portfolio. In addition, I was lucky to win several illustration competitions in Japan, and gradually I became able to make a living as an illustrator.
What is important for you in your creative processes? I need a quiet environment to concentrate - and good music. Of course, a glimpse of intuition as well as impressive experiences are important too. I usually read books, watch movies, listen to music, and search for beautiful things to get there. Tell us a bit about your different techniques and how you work with them? I drew the travel books with pen and colored pencils. It’s a very simple way of doing it. I often use oil pastel crayons in alternative ways with several layers and mixed materials. I also love making copperplate engravings - it gives such unique textures and delicate pictures. What direction are you heading towards artistically at the moment? I have a variety of works in progress like the front cover of a book, a monthly magazine, packagings, posters.... I think with a good job there is a good influence. I believe in the power of arts, and I draw pictures all the time - also when I’m not actually working - to become better. INSPIRATION Where do you look for inspiration? I am inspired by many things - a novel, a collection of photographs, art books, websites, and simply all of the things I see around me. I always keep my eyes and my mind open towards the beauty of things in my everyday life.
What takes your breath away? Traveling, beautiful nature, books. I love to discover new things. Who do you admire artistically, and why? Franco Tadeo Inada. He is photographer and artist - and also my husband. He has a highly creative mind, and I am very proud of him as an artist. We inspire each other, and I feel lucky and grateful to have such a relationship with my husband. Favourite magazines, favourite blogs, favourite websites – any special place you look for inspiration…?
My favorite magazines are Kinfolk and Cereal because these magazines have so many beautiful pictures that inspire me. I love the Japanese fashion brand minä perhonen that makes wonderful textiles and clothes, so I often browse this website. And I often check the Tokyo Illustrators Society’s website where I can browse through the works of various illustrators, which is very stimulating for me.
You live in Tokyo – could you name a few favourite spots in Tokyo that inspire you? I live in the part of Tokyo called Kichijoji. There are stylish general stores and bookstores, some galleries and museums, a big park and zoo. It’s a very popular part of Tokyo. I love Mt Takaosan too with its beautiful and refreshing nature. TRAVEL LIFE You have made a series of beautiful hand drawn travel books. Tell us about your work with these books. Why is it interesting for you to make these books? I love traveling. I made the travel journals while visiting the countries personally. Moleskin held a competition where you had to create an original travel book using a Moleskin notebook. I entered and drew and wrote about 7 places that I was visiting - Holland, Belgium, Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, NY and Croatia. All trips
were amazing experiences for me and I had an urge to tell about my experiences - and it seemed perfect to make the travel books. I did win the grand prix. Making the travel books was such a funny project for me, and it seems as if other people also are enjoying them - when I introduced my work on my website I had positive responses from people all over the world, which makes me very happy.
Do you actually travel a lot? I really like traveling and yes, I have been to a lot of countries. Spain, China, Mongolia, Saipan, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, New Zealand, etc..... Of course I also do a lot of domestic travels. When I was a student at the university I saved some money and went on a trip as a backpacker.It is nice to travel with a friend or boyfriend, but I love traveling alone. It is so exciting to be surrounded by places that I have never visited before. Ohh, I dream of a lot of places I would love to visit. Do you have a favourite destination? Every place that I have visited has been something special to me, but NY was especially good. When I visited NY the first time, it was Christmas season and it was so beautiful and romantic everywhere with the Christmas decorations and illuminations. And the night view from Empire State Building was really beautiful! I enjoyed a musical at Broadway, I walked in Central Park, I bought photographic inventory and art books in the bookstores. And I was impressed above all by the many works of art which I saw in the art museums and galleries. It was all such exciting experiences for me. Just to be there filled me with energy. But of course, It is also an unforgettable memory to travel through the grass fields of Mongolia on horseback for three days, and watch the incredible star filled sky by night.
What do you love to do when you travel? I love to go to markets, to eat delicious food, to browse through art books in bookstores. But I also love to do nothing and just walk through the streets of the city. Everything is fresh and new to me. The different smells and sounds, the different feelings of the atmosphere onto your skin, a downpour and the feeling of the changing light. I almost never take photos, because I want to concentrate on how it looks and feels. It is important how I feel it. What is traveling for you? Traveling enriches my life. It offers me so many impressions and teaches me new perspectives. And I am reminded that the world is huge in many ways. Many of your other works also seem to slightly touch the theme of travelling – or at least they could be interpreted in that context. What is it about traveling that is so intriguing and seductive for many of us? All the things I have seen and felt on my trips have influenced me and my work in different ways. Travelling is surprising and loaded with impressions. I feel an urge to do this and we will hopefully continue doing lots of beautiful travels in the future as well. FUTURE What do you dream of? I’d love making travel books about many countries and get them published. I have already had several requests about publishing the travel books. And I would love to make a solo exhibitions abroad. Do you have any goals artistically?
To create something every day, and to be able to create works I’ve never seen before. This is what drives my life and my work. Good art comes across without words. The power of art is wonderful. It almost feels divine.
mind travel by cĂŠline hallas artwork by alma, christoffer, sienna, samuel & kaya
5 kids were asked to draw their dream journey
Dress // Kids on the Moon
Blouse + skorts // Milou and Pilou - Socks // ebay
Sweatshirt // Someday Soon
Cap // Molo - Sweatshirt // Eleven Paris - Shorts - Soft Gallery
Blouse // Milou and Pilou - Skirt // CAVALIER - Socks // ebay - Shoes // Dr Martens - Backpack // The Lazy Jellyfish
Dress // CAVALIER - Leggings // Molo
Jumper // BabaĂ - Skirt // Molo - Socks and sandals // Dr Martens
Cap + Leather jacket + Jeans // Molo - Shirt // Soft Gallery
Dress // Kids on the Moon
Shirt // Les Petits Vagabonds - Pants // Molo
Bath cap + swimsuit // Little Creative Factory - Skirt // Colchik
DO IT YOURSELF created for you by la maison de loulou
TRAVEL STORY DIAMOND DICE HOW IT IS WORKING: The first player rolls the diamond dice and start a story, by picking an icons from the top of the dice. Then the right player rolls the dice and continue the same story..etc you go clockwise. WHAT YOU NEED: Printed template + scissor + glue + bone folder. Find the template here! WHAT TO DO: Just print and cut the template. Fold and glue. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dry. If you want you can color it. Than Play and tell your story
Photographer: Monika Elena
Blouse // Bobo Choses - Jeans // Zara
Dress // Minabulle
Overalls // Mabo Kids - Tank top // Petite Bateau
DECOR ENJOYING SUMMERLIFE AT HOME
by stine albertsen
The summer is here and for some that means holiday and travelling to foreign cities or countries. But some of us stay at home and enjoy the summer holiday in the garden with family and friends, good food, games and relaxing. That is what we are doing this year. When having that much time at home, I enjoy making something special out of outdoor dinners and table settings. It is especially being outside in my garden for the whole day that makes my holiday unforgettable and which inspires me to bring nature to the table and inside the house. In this article I invite you to a celebration of summer in my garden, and I hope it will inspire you to slow down, keep it simple, move everyday living outside and relax with your loved ones in the summer of 2015. I wish you a very wonderful summer by reminding you to enjoy the summer and recharge in the garden and nature. Use #etmagdeco to demonstrate how you set your summer table. As always, it is about inspiring each other and bringing something personal toâ&#x20AC;&#x2039;the table as well as in the home and we would love to see your summertable.
Candleholder: Stenhuggardottern // Plate: Casalinga // Round jar: Uh La La // Bowl: Kristian VildersbĂ¸ll
MOVE EVERYDAY LIFE OUTSIDE Relax with a good book, spend a few hours looking up into the trees, and let your thoughts fly. Cut summer flowers and press them in old books. I tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great decoration for the table setting in autumn and winter.
cups + karefe: K채hler Design
SUMMER IS RICH IN FOOD Eating outside always makes the food taste better. It dosenÂ´t really matter what the dinner consists of, but just being outside makes everything tastier. Enjoy preparing meals outside and if yâ&#x20AC;&#x2039;ou do not already have one, create a simple outdoor kitchen with a table and a bowl of water. Nature is a great space for making great cuisine..
Cup: Mette Duedahl // Vintage ceramic bowl: Casalinga // Cup: Pi BjĂ¸rg
Bringing nature to the table. Inspect and learn about plants, Include the kids and enjoy yourselves in the summer heat with all the good things you â&#x20AC;&#x2039;can find in nature.
THE NORDIC SUMMER TABLESETTING Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s often when you make it easy for yourself that the tabesetting becomes cozy for you to do and also makes the finished result something beautiful. When I say make it easy for yourself, I mean that you should use what you have in your home - it is not necessary to invest in a lot of new things to create the right environment. Use an old door or what you have, along with a few table legs. Do you have a garden, then move the table around and
Plates: Blue Fluted Mega , Royal Copenhagen // Karafe: KĂ¤hler // Cutlery and glasses: Vintage
explore the gardenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s various corners. There will surely be something you have not noticed before, or something that is different then normal. Use what you have of green in the garden as table decoration. Make the tablesettings with flowers, green leafs or both. Here I have used the leaves from my strawberry plants. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very pleased with the shape of the leaves, and it does not have to be much before it is decorative. When setting the table, mix the old with new design and keep it simple, as it probably will be more messy during the evening.
FOOD CRUSH created for you by maria engbjerg www.vanloseblues.blogspot.dk @vanloseblues
GLUTEN FREE RHUBARB CRUMLE A crumble pie is one of the best and easiest desserts. You can make with any fruit you like and for any occasion. With this recipe even those with an intolerance to gluten can still enjoy the crumbly topping that replaces wheat flour with buckwheat flour. Crisp and delicious. Gluten free Rhubarb Crumble: - 6 servings 500 g rhubarb 1 tbs cinnamon 4 tbs coconut sugar 100 g butter 100 g coconut sugar 100 g buckwheat flour 100 g buckwheat flakes 1 tbs vanilla powder Set the oven at 160 degrees Celsius. Wash the rhubarb and cut them in to 2 cm pieces. Place the rhubarb in a ovenproof baking dish, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar and mix it well together. In a bowl mix together butter, buckwheat flour, buckwheat flakes, coconut sugar and vanilla powder in to a crumbly dough. Cover the rhubarb with the crumble and place the dish in the hot oven and bake it for 45 min. Serve the slightly cooled down crumble with sour cream or vanilla ice cream.
INSTAGRAM CRUSH @ZTASTYLIFE
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INSTAGRAM CRUSH AMELIA PANE SCHAFFNER @ztastylife INTERVIEW BY Deborah Dewbury-Langley
ABOUT AMELIA Ciao! My name is Amelia. I’m an Italian foodblogger and I love exploring - the world is my plate. I live in the US with my husband and two sons. I travel. I cook. I photograph. I entertain. I grow my own produce…And I write all about it. I was born in the seventies by eclectic world travelers who taught me to adapt anywhere
I am planted. I have lived in different countries, with Italy as ”base” for many travels. With my father being in shipping and having archaeology as a passion, the world was always ”liquid” and ”moveable” (ref.: hemingway’s moveable feast). I now have a family of my own: two wild and curious boys, with whom I enjoy seeing the world from a child’s perspective. Did you travel as a child? Year-round! We’d spend part of summers in the Mediterranean, between the Amalfi coast and Sicily, living on a boat, and part in green and cool England or exploring the rest of the western world (I remember an epic USA road trip). During winter, we’d ski in the Dolomites (via a night train: such an old world way experience) and travel to exotic, warm
destinations: Africa and Asia, learning to see and live with an open mind. What is your biggest inspiration? My father, first. He was 13 when his father sent him around the world and he speaks more than a handful of languages. He’s always passed on the love for travelling to me and my siblings, and I am inspired to do the same to my own children. I am also inspired by travelers of the past, who would undertake months of travel, such as the mythic ”Grand Tour” that the intelligentsia would take around Europe for months in the 1800s to study the past, Darwin’s science travels to the Galapagos, and the explorer’s who discovered previously unknown worlds, such as Columbus, Magellan and Cook.
What photography gear do you carry with you when you travel? I go both high-fi with my canon 5d (and 2-3 lenses) and low-fi with my iphone, which i use predominantly to stay light, which I think wins over micro-pixel precision! Do you have any favourite books on travel you would recommend? Anything by bruce Chatwin, especially ”Patagonia”. Anything by Hemingway, especially ”the sun also rises”. I have always had a fascination for the American road trip, so ”Travels with Charley” by John Steinbeck is lovely (on the other hand, I am not a big fan of Kerouac’s ”on the Road”)
When you travel do you prefer to stay in an accommodation that you can prepare your own meals? We try to find friends where we travel, which always make for a deeper experience of that place, otherwise we like a small but central apartment, right where all the action is, including the markets: seeing and smelling first-hand what the locals eat, starting from the market is a great way to appreciate their food culture. An example: picking fuzzy fresh green almonds from the tree in Sicily and peeling them one by one to reveal the sweet, crisp, white kernel...
them on one-day field trips every week: farms, small hikes, rivers, hands-on museums. I would not skip a week. I also put them on a plane as early as 3 months old. I believe adaptability and flexibility is a taught muscle, so as parents we can do a lot to help our children flex it... in the process they start to see the world with awe, and less self-centric.
What should everyone know about traveling with children? Start early, even with small trips. When my children were pre-schoolers i would take
How does travel influence your food choices for your family? I tend to be very strict about the zero-mile philosophy: local and seasonal ingredients
What is your favourite piece of clothing when on the road? And for your children? A wrinkle-less, whickering pair of black pants that i can dress down or up. For the kids, a hat is essential for sun protection.
in our household only. We patiently wait for the first strawberries and cherries to ripen: that expectation is sweet and rewarding. The ”territorio” (terroir, land) knows best: what is grown in the land tells us what to cook, tastes better and is more sustainable. This is how I grew up in Italy. Where is your dream vacation? Anything ”on the road”. My favorite thing to do is to cross two ”x”s on a map on draw the longest line between them, then lose the map and start finding my way from A to B, meanwhile talking to everyone along the way and discovering the world one step, one stone, one meter at a time. I have not explored South America yet and I have such a romanticized version of it in my head from the ”magical realism” writers such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Isabel Allende.
What is it you wish for most? For my children to be open-minded world-travelers and carry that mindset with them wherever they go. Is there a particular spot you can see yourself in retirement? I might go full circle to where i started and live in Sorrento, on the sea... But truly the ”suitcase” will always be my chosen spot! I hope I never lose my ”wanderlust”.
THE STORY OF ÍGlÓ & INDÍ
THE STORY OF ígló & indí www.igloindi.com @igloindi www.facebook.com/igloindi interview by søs uldall-ekman @thegirllikesrainbows
THE 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 a person that we’d like you to get to know a little better. This way we make it possible for you to know what and who you are supporting when buying clothes for your children. In this issue we take you on a journey to an island way up North in the Atlantic Ocean, all the way up to Reykjavík, where the story of the outstanding Icelandic childrens fashion label Ígló & Indí begins. Helga Olafsdottir (40) is the head designer of this little inspiring label. She lives in Reykjavík with her three children: Viktoría Þóra (13), Baldvin (10) and Indíana Svala (2) and husband Jón Haukur. In this interview she shares with us how the natural creative spirit of children inspired her to create her own childrens wear label. AROUND THE WORLD AND BACK TO THE ROOTS ”All my life I have loved to create. As a little girl, my grandmother Helga taught me how to knit, draw and sew. At the time when I was born, maternity leave didn’t exist in Iceland. Therefore, from the time when I was three
months old, my grandmother Helga took care of me during the day. My mother and my great-grandmother were both skilled craftswomen and my father is a carpenter; he used to allow me to wield the hammer and build something for myself. When I was 20 years old, I moved to Copenhagen. At the time I was very confused about what I wanted to do with my life. I applied for design school but also signed up for few courses at Copenhagen University, for example Japanese and Law. When I got accepted in to the design school after the entrance examination, I decided to give it a try. I loved it from day one. After completing my studies in Copenhagen I got a job as a designer for Icelandic streetwear brand Nikita Clothing. Then I moved to London, where I worked for All Saints. Again we moved to Copenhagen where I worked on Danish designer Ilse Jacobsen’s first clothing line. Entering a design contest in Iceland with a small line of childrenswear is when the ball started rolling. The line won second prize and was subsequently produced and sold in stores. Ever since, my focus has been on childrenswear and it all started at my kitchen table!
I started working on iglo+indi 10 years ago during maternity leave with my son Baldvin. We were living in the United States at the time; my husband was working there. Not being able to find clothes for Baldvin that I liked, I started designing clothing for boys.” INSPIRED BY THE NATURAL CREATIVE SPIRIT OF THE CHILD ”Being a mother of three children, I find myself constantly picking up their creative work. One day, as I was going through piles of artwork by my eldest daughter, one drawing drew my attention in particular. It contained two small creatures: a boy holding hands with his little sister in a magical landscape. The little children were both wearing hooded coats as if seeking shelter from the wind and the cold. There they were, independent, cozy and content in a world of their own. I named the boy Iglo and the girl Indi. His name, I
made up whereas the name Indi comes from my great-grandmother.” ”Ígló & Indí is a manifestation of a creative state that children have easy access to; a place where the mind gets to roam free. A state we long to persevere, as we become adults. I truly believe all children are artists. They see colors, shapes and patterns as tools for creation, there are no limitations, only opportunities.” MADE IN ICELAND ”We moved to Iceland from Denmark in August 2008, right before the financial crash. I was still working as a freelance designer so I could start building the company on the side without any financial support. I was so inspired by the project; from the beginning I received great feedback and support from
Icelandic customers. Icelandic nature inspires my work. It is amazing and magical; all the beautiful colors and the diversity of the landscape. I live by the sea and every morning I see the ocean and birds hovering above. And the weather changes all the time. It is an endless source of inspiration. Reykjavik is growing very fast; I really love living the city life with the nature right on my doorstep. That is the mood I’m building my work on at the moment.” THE CREATIVE PROCES AND THE CHALLENGES ”First I have the collection in my head; do sketches and collect sources of inspiration. I, for example, watch my kids as well as and other kids. I try to take note of how they play and what they talk about amongst themselves. Next, I start the work process with our
illustrator Karitas. She makes all the beautiful illustrations that we use as prints. After that, I decide on a new color palette and cut and visit our fabric supplier. What follows is cutand-paste work for a number of weeks. My Nordic roots make me focus on trends as well as durability. Every piece of clothing needs to be practical and ever so comfortable. I always encourage parents and children to play with our collection and be the creators and artists we all truly are. As for the design process, finding sources of inspiration and so on, being located in Iceland is fantastic. On the other hand, running an international retail company here presents us with many challenges. There are very few companies in the clothing industry and hardly any support to be had from the government. In fact, being located in Iceland actually works against us. The country is small and has very limited experi-
ence in the field of retail operations, transport is costly and it is difficult to interact with retailers around the world.” ”Being a small label ensures that were very close to its beating heart and quick to react when something comes up. We are a close-knit team and all share a single vision. The challenge is that we often feel we have too few hands work too many important jobs. Actually, that is one of the benefits of being an Icelander: we are used to working hard and shouldering great responsibility.” ”The creative and production process varies greatly from garment to garment. At the moment, the organic collection is my favorite. I spent a long time searching for a good organic supplier, until I found a very special one in Portugal. I love how they work and their
way of thinking. We chose very soft organic cotton fabric in a natural color and adorned it with a beautiful grey panda print illustrated by Karitas for the S/S 2015 collection.” What has been the best moment in this adventure so far? ”There have been so many good moments. For example opening our two flagship stores in Reykjavík. And working with the amazing people on my team. This makes all the hard work worthwhile. And seeing your brand continue to grow and prosper every year is like watching your own child grow up.” THE COLLECTION ”Our Spring/Summer 2016 collection is called Urban Safari. When creating it, I envisioned Reykjavik’s charming mix of colorful
houses and striking modern architecture. It is a bustling capital but nonetheless the air is crystal-clear and surrounded by lava fields, mountains, meadows and beaches that allow for exploration and play. Spots, stripes and wonderful graphic prints on the garments reflect our emphasis on playfulness and style. The color palette is a combination of sophisticated shades of grey and refreshing pastel pink, mint green, cherry red and orange. The collection continues to include an adorable organic cotton range with the classic panda print. This season, the panda has made new friends: koala bear, the puffin and the fox. ”To me, the most important thing about creating clothes for children, is that the children themselves love the clothing and will pick it out from their closet in the morning. I also find it extremely important to present
our customers with clothes that are manufactured under the finest conditions, respecting nature in every way.” FROM THE HEART AND WITH PASSION ”Our ambition is to continue to grow our brand organically and create beautiful clothing in collaboration with great people. Our ultimate goal is to make iglo+indi become the brand that children all around the world choose to wear in work and play and I intend to reach that goal by working from my heart, passion and by nurturing the creative proces we have with great coworkers.”
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FATHER FIGURE FEATURE ALAIN LABOILE
FATHER FIGURE FEATURE ALAIN LABOILE www.laboile.com www.facebook.com/laboile Book ”At the edge of the world”
Introducing FATHER FIGURE a feature that will be recurring from time to time here in the magazine. With this feature we will be sharing with you amazing fathers from around the world. This time it’s the outstanding photographer Alain Laboile, who’s continued photographic series called La Famille let’s us dive head first into a universal and poetic world of family life portraits. Honest and true to real life being lived and loved. This is the story of a father.
HELLO I’M ALAIN
I’m a father of six. Through my photographic work I celebrate and document my family life : a life on the edge of the world, where intemporality and the universality of childhood meet. Day to day I create a family album that constitues a legacy that I will pass on to my children. My work reflects our way of life, revolving around their childhood. My photographs will be the testimony of that. In a way my approach can be considered similar to the one of an ethnologist. Though my work is deeply personal, it is also accessible, addressing human nature and allowing the viewer to enter my world and reflect on their own childhoods. Fed everyday and shared with the world via the internet, my photographic production has become a mean of communication, leading to a questioning about freedom, nudity, being and having.
LOVE IS BEARING WITNESS AND PASSING IT ON
SHOOTING LIFE AS IT HAPPENS
People ask my why I chose to document my family’s life. Time goes by so quickly... I would like my photos to allow my children to be able to dive back into their childhood when they will be adults and feel past emotions. These photos can be a good help to build themselves as parents. We understand better our children when we remember the child whom we were and of what we once lived.
I am extremely present with my children. I’m there when they play and this is often the game that introduces the photographic idea. I shoot exactly what we live. I work at home and my wife does not work, therefore we never needed someone else to take care of our children. Today, they all attend school. We do not comply with the trend of having an overload ofoutofschool activities and our children know how to enjoy this free time. This type of education creates situations of games, scenes of the daily life, that can somehow become shots.
BECOMING INVISIBLY ENGAGED
Over the years my camera became invisible. I get involved in the games or I am a spectator of the activities of the children. I do not intervene, I do not interfere. Photography sessions are not like real «shootings» and the children never see constraint there.
CAPTURING THE UNIVERSAL AND TIMELESS
I realized the universal and timeless dimension of my photographic work by reading testimonies from other people living all over the world. I can’t count the stories of people remembering themselves in the countrysi-
de with their grandparents, or recalling the smell of summer vacation... Immersing someone in their own childhood through photography is very rewarding .
LIFE IN THE COUNTRYSIDE
My wife and I grew up in the countryside. Today it is still the environment that suits better our peaceful family lifestyle. We sometimes feel the lack of cultural opportunities, but we live at only 40 km from Bordeaux. When you are an artist raising a large family, It’s really hard to obtain a real-estate loan ,That’s why we’ve been renting a house for about 20 years. We finally found our paradise in 2007, by sheer luck. An old and rather cheap house with sufficient space for the kids. We immediatly fell in love with the big garden, lined with a brook and a forrest of bamboos.
THE NAKED TRUTH
We live in the countryside, in an isolated place. Our children evolve in accordance with the nature and the youngest get undressed spontaneously when the weather is fine.They get dressed again by growing when the notion of modesty comes It is this infantile nudity which sometimes raises problem. It is sexualized and demonized and this is when the censorship appears. I accept It, and remove the aimed photos on the social networks. LIFE IN BLACK AND WHITE
I think the b/w format reinforces the non temporality and universality of my photography. I sometimes shoot in color . For instance the series « La Famille, color » fits into the same process as ”La Famille” : snapshots of our daily life in the countryside. However, for some of these seized moments, a color treatment appeared as the manifest choice.
CATCHING THE ESSENCE
I’m very selective in my work. I erase a lot of photographed images, then I only transfer a few photos on my computer. Another selection is made on the computer screen and I have at the end 2 or 3 pictures to edit. I show them to my wife and to my children and if one pic is embarassing for someone, I delete It. ABOUT SHARING ONLINE I think it is fantastic to be able to share daily pieces of our family life and find a positive response to this simple life close to nature. It is important to show that we can be happy, and creative while having a simple life, by limiting the consumerism.
ABOUT ALAIN Born on May 1, 1968 in Bordeaux, France, Alain Laboile is a photographer and father of six. In 2004, as he needed to put together a portfolio of his work as a sculptor, he acquired a camera, and thus developped a taste for macrophotography, spurred by his passion for entomology. Later on, he pointed his lens towards his growing family which became his major subject, be it in a realistic depiction of their atypical lifestyle in “La Famille”, or in bizarre stagings around a pond in “Réflexion autour du bassin”. Alain Laboile’s work has since been exhibited around the world and he has recently published a book with the title ”At the edge of the world” with Kehrerverlag
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FAMILY PORTRAIT SATCHEL AND STONE
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Meet Sanna Lee Kariniemi, 31, a small business owner and Photography Hobbyist, who calls Minneapolis her home, but who has also spent the last six months travelling across the US with her four children and husband. If you read our last few issues you’ll know that we’ve introduced the Family Portrait as a recurring feature, in order to share with you inspiring families leading playful and pretty normal, yet totally awesome lives around the world. When we stumbled across Sanna Lees Instagram profile we knew she was the perfect match for this issue and we’re so very happy and honoured to share a little of her story with you. SATCHELL & STONE HOW IT ALL BEGAN ”The name Satchel & Stone was inspired by my kids & nature. No surprises there - if you know me, you know we love being outdoors & exploring. My kids are constantly collecting treasures - sticks, feathers, stones, shells... you name it. Satchel & Stone also symbolizes the whole purpose of this blog - it’s a place where I can share pieces of our story.” CHILDHOOD ”I have a Finnish mother, and an American father. I grew up in a small town, and was a tom-boy - I spent hours of my childhood building forts, hunting, fishing, and exploring the 40 acres we lived on. When I was 13, my parents bought our first computer... I was hooked! I built a website and geeked out on learning everything I could about Windows 95. I suppose this was ultimately the beginning of my current occupation as the owner of a website company (www.benetonline.com) and blogger (www.satchelandstone.com). Eventually, we moved to the big city - Minneapolis, where I fell in love with my husband. I got married young, became a mom and the
years since have been spent juggling the top priorities of raising children and pursuing my own goals.” HOW I MET YOUR FATHER ”I married my teenage love. So, remember that first computer and Windows 95? ...this also introduced email to my life. Which meant that this one cute guy I knew, could send messages to my hotmail account. We communicated primarily via email at first, because I still lived in small-town Minnesota, and at that time, he lived a few hours away. Eventually, our relationship hit a whirlwind pace. We would meet up at coffee shops to study for school and chat. One thing led to another, and before I knew it, I had a marriage proposal from Mr. Tall, Dark and Handsome.” UNCONDITIONAL LOVE, LAUNDRY & PARENTHOOD Our family is best described with these three words: Adventure. Together. Happy. What is most important to you as a parent? That my kids always feel safe and loved.
Best thing about becoming a parent? Waking up to cheerful smiles. Coming home to cheerful smiles. Being loved unconditionally by them. Life has so much more meaning as a parent. Worst thing about it? Well other than the extra laundry, I would have to say that I’ve struggled finding a healthy work/life balance. ’Me’ time is so important, and as a mom, it is difficult to put yourself first. I’ve also had to slow down a bit.. I set aside my own interests to make time for my kids lives and the things they care about. Sometimes, this is difficult... but in the end, it’s always worth it. What is most important to you, that your kids take with them from their Childhood? That I instill in my kids to have kindness for others. To have curiosity. To never settle - to always grow, learn, explore. What’s your most cherished family story or family moment? It would have to be the past 6 months, when we’ve been traveling the USA, living, working and exploring together in our motorhome. We’ve seen some of the most beautiful places in America. A few moments that stand out in my mind? It’s hard to say... but there was this one amazing sunset in Texas. Picking shells on the beach in Florida. Horseback riding on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. Getting completely soaked in a sudden, unexpected downpour at a plantation in Louisiana. Bonfire chats on so many nights in so many states. Sledding on the sand dunes in New Mexico. Getting lost. And then not caring that we’re lost. Not having any schedule, with no place to be, other than where we are, together. Finding that it doesn’t matter if the laundry isn’t done. It doesn’t matter if the jeep could use a vacuuming. It doesn’t matter that Asher is wearing mis-matched pajamas on the beach. It doesn’t matter that we are homeschooling at 7:00 PM and had ice cream for breakfast. What matters is that we are all healthy. We are together. And everything is ok.
How do you balance work, creativity and family life? Balancing work and family has honestly been the biggest challenge I’ve faced as a mom. The good news, is that it has gotten easier mostly because my husband and I are on the same page and through lots of discussion, we’ve figured out what we both value. It is important to both of us that we each have time to pursue our work and interests. We also both value family time. So those two areas (work & family) are a priority for both of us. We cooperate with each other to make sure it happens. As for creativity - this is something that I can not force. Meaning I can not simply schedule it into my day... Creative spurts come to me in waves - and when I’m engulfed in a creative mood - I am literally engulfed- and drop everything. It consumes me. And then, just as suddenly, it is gone.
take in the details, to notice the small things. To notice how a word is pronounced. How fast does a feather fall when it is dropped? What happens to the ants if you block their trail? What do the roses actually smell like? To enjoy the moment... to jump in that giant puddle, lick your fingers, run in the rain, play in the sand. Be happy and don’t worry.
Favorite family activity? Exploring outdoors. Hands down.
Tell us about your travels? I grew up traveling a lot with my parents. So from a very young age, I’ve craved adventure. I love seeing new places, meeting new people. I love learning about different cultures and ways of life. I know this sounds cliche, but I want to see the whole world. Anyway, so then I grew up, got married, had a family and travel changed... it became difficult to travel as much as I wanted to... I had little people to accommodate. So family friendly adventures became the weekend norm. Nearly every Saturday - we went somewhere ... whether it was a nearby hike, or driving several hours to see something new. We thoroughly explored our home state of Minnesota.
How do you describe yourself as a parent? Unconventional. Loving. Accepting. Involved. And how would you describe your partner as a parent? Enormously patient. Relaxed. Ice cream. Need I say more? THE CHILDREN Tell us about your children. Could you describe their spirits to us? Kate: age 10 Spirited, intelligent, deep thinking, introverted. Sofia: age 8 Observant, sweet, creative, with a heart of gold. Mikhail: age 6 A bundle of energy, compassionate, shy. Asher: age 3 Silly and playful. As the baby, he’s spoiled rotten. Which is ok with all of us. What can children teach us? To slow down and look at the world around us... not take it for granted - to ask questions and look at everything as if we were still learning about it. To make friends at the park. To
What advice would you have liked to have had becoming a parent for the first time? I had a lot of advice. A lot of it was really good advice, but nothing could have prepared me for motherhood, other than becoming a mom. It was extremely difficult for me to transition... but once I slipped into mom-mode, there is no way I could ever go back. Wouldn’t trade it for the world. ON TRAVEL, ROUTINE & MAKING THINGS HAPPEN
In the past couple of years, I’ve been able to make solo trips to Finland, Ghana, Togo, Kenya and France. More recently, as I mentioned, we have been traveling the USA in our motorhome. Here we are, six months later, having traveled nearly 10,000 miles and through 16 states so far. How did it begin? It was a combination of things... first and foremost, having the luxury of workplace flexibility. Being able to work remotely has allowed us the flexibility to be on the road.
Other than that, it was a combination of primarily 2 events. The first being a radio interview I heard on National Public Radio - this travel journalist was telling her story (unfortunately, I didn’t write down her name, so I don’t know who it was). She said something that hugely resonated with me... ”nobody is going to call you on a Thursday afternoon and say, ’guess what! Your trip is booked. The itinerary is planned and your bags are packed. All you need to do is show up at the airport.’ That’s not going to happen. If you want to travel, it takes effort. It takes planning. It needs to be a priority.” Her words lodged themselves deep in my mind. I realized that wishing I could travel wouldn’t make it actually happen. If I wanted it, I needed to make it happen. The second event was a normal Friday morning, last summer. I was at home - working at our dining room table. I reached for my coffee and looked out the window and saw our neighbor - standing in his driveway, near his boat, drinking a beer. Just like he did the Friday before, and the Friday before that. And just like he will the next Friday. And it hit me. He’s been doing this for years. And he’ll keep doing it for years. This is his Friday routine... his time to unwind - since he works Saturdays. And here I was, sitting there - being part of the routine... and just suddenly, I knew. I knew that I wanted to do something different. I wanted to see something different. I like my neighbor - he’s a great guy. But, I don’t want to spend the next 1,000 Friday’s looking out my window at him. The whole world is out there, just waiting to be explored. As the saying goes, the world is your backyard. What story are you telling? My story changes as my life changes. And that’s ok with me. Right now, I’m an adventurer. A seller of Kenyan tea. An entrepreneur. A blogger. A mom, wife, friend and student.
What three words would you use to describe your experiences by travelling together as a family? Epic. Memories. Bonding. When did you first start exploring the world? As a child. What’s your favorite thing about it? Learning about other ways of life & seeing natural beauty. Least favorite thing about it? The logistics of getting to a place aren’t glamorous. Driving. Flying. Waiting in lines or traffic. Detours, lost bags. But then, when you’ve gone home and think back - you remember the moments, together, seeing amazing stuff. And it makes it all worth it. FAMILY DREAMS & FUTURE Where will you go next? I don’t know. Maybe Kenya. It’s a wonderful country and there is so much opportunity there. For now, we are going back to Minnesota. Do you have a dream destination? Banff, Canada. Iceland. Thailand. Tanzania. China. And then, making my way back to New Orleans for a trip. I loved that city. How do you plan on making your dream come true? The same as before. Dream, pray. Then, prioritize. And make it happen.
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