source for style: interview with anna kim of minikin

Minikin offers fashion-forward, yet timeless pieces that are fun and easy to wear for children.  The boutique’s featured brands come from all over the world, many of which are being introduced for the first time in the U.S. exclusively through Minikin.

Each brand has been selected for its high quality and craftmanship, and they carefully handpick each piece to curate the collection.

For the reasons above, LSF is a huge fan of MInikin.  We spoke with Anna Kim and are so happy to share this interview with you.

As an added bonus, check out the Minikin accessories GIVEAWAY at the end of the Q&A session.

Please tell us a bit about yourself:  After years of experience in Fashion & Design, I was inspired to start something of my own and my love for kids fashion was naturally on the top of the list of things I wanted to pursue. Soon after, the idea of minikin was conceived and was born on June 2, 2011.

Honors: Hot dog eating champion, marathon runner, hiked through Mount Everest & Annapurna I, II, III.

What inspired you to start
Kids! I love how they have that whimsical, light-hearted energy within them-
it pairs so charmingly with the understated designs I particularly love.

Where did the name Minikin come from?  Minikin means a small, dainty creature, and I thought it was the perfect name for the shop and the little ones we get to dress.

What do you look for in clothing/accessories companies when buying for the boutique?  It’s initially love at first sight, then planned and curated with the
elements of practicality, quality, and story. Equal parts instinct with
careful consideration.

What trends are you seeing for Spring/Summer 2012?   I believe comfort should be at the forefront of any trend, because a kid’s spunk and free-spirit are what overrides any kind of trend or style.

What are some of your favorite brands and why?  Bobo Choses, Bene, Talc to name a few. These brands really put comfort at the forefront, yet they do not compromise in style.

Any up and coming brands we should be on the look out for?  Bobo Choses has been releasing some incredible collections and I’m beyond
excited to carry them starting next season! Also, SSOM, which we started
carrying this season ­ it’s Margiela meets Isabel Marant meets APC. LOVE!!

What advice would you give to parents shopping for their children?  Do you find that most parents take the same stylistic approach with dressing their children as they do with themselves?  This is a great question! I really do hope “shopping” and “dressing up” could be a collaborative effort between moms & kids. I have such fond
memories of playing dress-up with my mom and shopping together when I was
little. In my eyes, she was a style icon and I’d give my mom a lot of
credit for being a huge influence on building my aesthetics

GIVEAWAY: Ami Handmade Hairpin No. 3 (set of 2)

Classic, yet chic and easy to wear, these handmade hairpins will go with every seasons outfits.

Enter to win:
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Winner will be announced December 9th.
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