little style of the day: Olivia and Owen

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Olivia & Owen is a high-end luxury line for babies, toddlers, and children up to size 8, focusing on classic style essentials made with the most luxurious fabrics and sophisticated prints.
The brand launched in March 2012 debuting 6 styles of children’s playwear apparel (you may have read about them here on LSF). Since then they have grown extensively to include 3 collections defined by an exciting collaboration of East meets West, with style influences spanning from the sleek trends of New York City to Lisbon Portugal’s old-world.
Everyday – Focusing on quality, classic, American styles.
Holiday – representing traditional European clothing with a timeless design.
Baby Knits – the most precious knit ensembles for babies made from the finest cotton for summer comfort and wool and cashmere for winter warmth.
From one of kind specialty dresses to everyday cotton pique polo’s with fabric details to luxuriously soft baby sets with special ribbon closures. The prices range from $50-$200.
Just a couple of our favorite pieces on my two favorite little style-setters:
Pink and White V-back Sundress– classic innocence with ruffle trim and mother-of-pearl buttons makes this the perfect dress for a garden party or a playdate at the park.
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Blue and White Striped Spanish Shorts– classic look with mother-of-pearl button closures.  Who doesn’t love the suspenders?
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Please check Olivia & Owen and Join us their journey to dress your little ones in fabulous, fun, quality clothes for every occasion.

little style of the day: holiday collection at the children’s place + giveaway

The Children’s Place has a wide selection of affordable holiday fashions for children- newborn to 14 years of age.  Whether it is for your holiday card, family photo or picture with Santa, The Children’s Place is your go-to resource this season for fun, on-trend wardrobe essentials.

Check out our holiday picks for baby, boys and girls and enter to win our giveaway (see below for details)

GIVEAWAY: $25 gift card to The Children’s Place

‘LIKE’ both LSF and The Children’s Place on Facebook and write a wall post “Children’s Place Holiday Giveaway”
Or
Follow LSF and The Children’s Place on Twitter and tweet “Children’s Place Holiday Giveaway”
Winner will be announced December 7, 2012.
Little Style Finder was not compensated for this post.

little style of the day: customizable helmets for kids

Netherlands-based EGG helmets enables kids to make fun, highly customizable multi-sport helmets that combine style with comfort and safety.

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Each model can be fitted properly around the child’s head due to adjustable parts – ensuring comfort – while kids can choose from a number of designs such as a union jack, polka dots, camo  and flames, and add-ons – including horns, a princess crown and a mohawk – to personalize their helmet.

With designs to appeal to both boys and girls, EGG helmets make safety fun by enabling kids to express themselves through protective gear.

source for style: frank + lu

Little Style Finder is so excited to introduce you to a favorite brand of ours…

Frank & Lu– a new label for boys and girls ages 2 to 14, selling uber-chic outwear (the leather jacket is amazing!), sweaters, pants, denim, knits, tees, skirts and dresses.

Name: MIchael Jarvela

Title: Founder, CEO of Frank & Lu

Twitter: @frankandlu

Facebook: Frank and Lu

Pinterest: Coming Soon

Please tell us a bit about yourself: I’m a veteran fashion designer of 18 years, mostly in menswear, and most recently I left my post as VP of men’s design for Gap.  I created JCrew’s best selling tee shirts ever when we went to lighter weight and softer washed tees right after Mickey Drexler joined the company.  I’ve also designed for Banana Republic, Express and Club Monaco.   I’ve lived in Manhattan for 23 years.  l graduated from Parson’s school of design in 1993.  I currently live in Chelsea with my wife, Kerry, two children, Francis and Lucy, and Marty- our dog.

What is the story behind Frank & Lu? The idea for Frank and Lu was born partly from necessity, and partly because after the arrival of our son 7 years ago, I really didn’t like the offering in boys’ clothes in the market.   Since he was old enough to have an opinion, my son Francis would not wear scratchy, stiff clothes with dinosaur decals on them.  And though my daughter loves pink, and ruffles and tulle, Lucy can be uncomfortable for about 7 1/2 minutes before a outfit change ensues. Uncomfortable clothes just don’t work for a busy family. So I built a fashion line that incorporates a high degree of style with comfort built in, using lighter weight fabrics that are easy to get in and out of.  I also found it difficult to find beautiful solid color clothing to layer.  I’m big on creating the perfect tee shirt for boys and girls, and I think it’s critical to have a tee you can layer under sweaters, without stuff all over it, or especially in girls, things like ruffles which don’t allow a cardigan to look nice or fit comfortably.

What does this brand stand for? I wanted to create some simple pieces with more of a twist, or nod to high style, with attention to some of the details that matter, like zippers, or buttons. I wanted to make clothes an adult would want to wear, but more importantly an alternative to all the clothes out there that are designed with every item having stuff put all over it.  I also wanted to make a line, that was reasonably affordable.   Most designer lines have some amazing pieces, but to get a perfect white poplin shirt, or peacoat, or sweater  without stuff all over it, seems to cost the most when it doesn’t have to.

Who is the Frank & Lu customer (who are you designing for)? Parents who can’t find anything but pink and purple, monster trucks and pirates. Parents who need to mix in something to the pattern on pattern on color on color on stuff on stuff. Kids who want to be comfortable and look like Mom and Dad.  If mom is shopping at James Perse or Vince and Dad appreciates Rag and Bone, or APC, then I wanted to create a line of clothes they would like to put on their children.

What drew you to starting your own line? The frustration my fellow designers expressed at how difficult it was to find fashionable kids clothes that didn’t cost their college education.

What inspires you? Beautiful, simple style with an attention to trims and subtle details.   The most inspirational place for me to shop is Tokyo, because they have such a thoughtful eye toward design in how they do everything, from photography, to graphics, to presentation, packaging, and the twist they put on clothing design.   I’d give you a more esoteric answer like fine art, or Sunday in central park, but I honestly love crafting product, making clothes is fun, and when you get something that looks great, and a kid will actually wear with ease, it’s a joy.

What children’s brands currently in the marketplace do you admire and
why? Trico Field – great design, but very pricey, and it has a lot of stuff on it, but it’s beautiful crafted product, fabric and details are great.  I also like Crewcuts a lot, I think they’ve done a good job with mixing some of the whimsy, with some good simple design, and not too much stuff.  And I wish James Perse still did kids clothes.

What advice would you give to parents shopping for their children? If at all possible put the clothes on your kid and ask them.  I got so frustrated even getting my son in tees when he was young, I got to the point where I’d hold up two tees and say which one, and he’d always pick the lighter yarn, with looser tension tee, that was most comfortable.   I’d rather have clothes that my kids will wear out and destroy than fight with them to wear something that they find uncomfortable.   BTW my son is one of those kids who refuses to wear jeans, and only lives in sweatpants and shorts, so everything I design has to pass the test of whether or not he’ll wear it.

Do you find that most parents take the same stylistic approach with dressing their children as they do with themselves? Yes- I think that’s natural, but I think the options are somewhat limited for parents to do that, which is another reason I created the line.  I don’t advocate the mini me dressing philosophy, unless a mini you really makes your kid happy.

Be sure check out their concept store and support Small Business Saturday (you will not be disappointed)

Frank & Lu
177 Post Rd West
Westport Ct, 06880

Shopstyle unveils a new makeover

Little Style Finder is thrilled to introduce to you the new ShopStyle…just in time for the holiday season.

If you’ve never heard of ShopStyle before you must check it out. ShopStyle brings together the most fashionable stores and most stylish brands of apparel, accessories, home decor and children’s gear — all in one place and lets you “browse the aisles of this world’s most fabulous store” by designer, brand, retailer, size, sale items, price point, and color.

Now, with their new makeover, one-stop shopping for the entire family just got easier and even more stylish than before (if you can imagine that!).  We are loving the editor’s picks curated by the season’s top trends, and social features such as your very own personalized profile and a ShopStyle ‘drawer’ that allows you to customize favorites, unique style recommendations, trending products, related looks and more- all while you shop.

ShopStyle collaborates with many of our favorite brands such as Appaman, Little Marc Jacobs, J.Crew, Stella McCartney Kids, Stokke, Ergo, and more.  So, be sure to visit ShopStyle– we have been using it for years and couldn’t be happier with their most recent improvements.

Note: This is a sponsored post by ShopStyle . All ideas and views expressed within this post are solely of Little Style Finder.