Planting a Seed
Oaks of Acorn, signifying mother of child, is a New York City and Hong Kong-based brand started by students-turned-mothers, turned-entrepreneurs. For Fall ‘15, founders and designers Winnie Li and Dilys Poon were inspired by a beach in winter. Think wave-like designs, blue color-blocking and abstract landscape prints. Details include ruffles, bows, buttons and animal ears on hats. Colors range from muted, as if bleached by the sun, to inky. The line (for girls only, 2 to 10 years) debuted at Playtime New York last summer and encompasses sweaters, sweatshirts, dresses, shorts, skirts, pants, tops, jackets, backpacks and hats. Wholesale prices range from $18 to $60, and an infant collection will debut in Spring ’16. Visit www.oaksofacorn.com.
The latest looks for globetrotting tots.
For Those Who Wander
Self-described “global nomad” and former New York City architect Shweyta Mudgal debuted Eight Thousand Miles at Playtime New York in February 2015. The brand’s name is a clever nod to the earth’s diameter and the distance between two cities: New York City (where Mudgal calls home) and Mumbai (where the line is handmade). Thanks to its whimsical prints paired with bold colors, the fabric is the focus of the line, which includes rompers, tops, bloomers and dresses for girls and shirts for boys, ages newborn up to 8 years. Wholesale prices range from $15 to $60. Visit www.eightthousandmiles.com.
How does Blue Ullu designer Elise Gonzales-Sahota describe her brand? “We are a deliciously ultra-luxe children’s knitwear line brought to you from women artisans in the Indian Himalayas.” Gonzales-Sahota moved to India at the tender age of 18 and was immediately entranced by its colors and textiles. Years later, when her daughter was born, she knew she wanted to start her own childrenswear line and work with the country’s knitters. She debuted her collection of sweaters, peacoats, hats, scarves, dresses and overalls for boys and girls ages 0 to 3 months up to 4T at Playtime New York in March. Classic lines blend with bold hues and intricate patterns on angora/merino wool, organic cotton and silk, but traditional Indian fabric and lightweight crocheted pieces are in the works for Spring ’16. Wholesale prices range from $20 to $52. Visit www. blueullu.com.
A Leg Up
Textile designer Erie Chang, former founder and creative director of swimwear line Floatimini, has launched a new collection of colorfully bold spandex leggings. Proudly made in the U.S.A., Che Rie is available for girls, sizes 4 to 16, and women, sizes XS to L. The brand’s edgy designs are pop-art inspired, ranging from fun food prints—hamburgers, doughnuts and jellybeans—to street graffiti and dollar bills. With new prints arriving monthly, the leggings retail for $48 and aim to promote comfortable style, movement and self-expression. To see the line (and a myriad of bright patterns), check out www.cherieny.com.
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