source for style: interview with co-owner of beyond adorable kids

Beyond Adorable was inspired by an unending quest to find quality yet trendy children’s apparel for newborns through 12 years old. They strive to put together an eclectic collection unique fashions not easily accessible in the mainstream marketplace

Name:  Michelle Domingo
Title:  Co-owner of Beyond Adorable Kids

What inspired you to start beyondadorable.net?  Beyond Adorable Kids is a collaboration between me and my sister Vanessa who had worked on merchandising and retail management for over 10 years.  Our inspiration came from shopping.  After Madison was born, we were always looking for that unique and stylish outfit which is often elusive due to limited selection from nearby stores. We decided to open an online boutique to put together a collection and share our favorite finds.

What do you look for in clothing/accessories companies when buying for the boutique?  We look for style and quality that is within a reasonable price point, as well as,  basics that are easily mixed and matched.

What is your favorite brand and why?  We love the children’s label from the Philippines called googoo&gaga.  They specialize in art driven designs for newborns and toddlers.  You don’t often see that kind of detail in children’s clothing. When we first saw their collection, we fell in love with its uniqueness and  knew we wanted to bring them to the US.  Beyond Adorable was their first US distributor.

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?  Most parents shopping for their kids incorporate their style and taste in clothing. Create an outfit that is playful. My daughter likes to mix and match colors. Each child is unique and so is their style.

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ABOUT

GooGoo & Gaga takes great care in creating one of a kind designs that are very art-driven. All prints are on limited edition runs.

Their products are made of 60% polyester and 40% cotton. The “all over” look of each piece is achieved by using sublimation printing technology. The nature of this printing technique creates a unique piece of art every time—no two are exactly alike

Not only is each product unique but this process also produces a super-soft piece of wearable art. No thick ink against your baby’s skin! The only drawback from wearing googoo&gaga is all the attention that your babies will surely get.

source for style: interview with tina burgos, co-owner of monkey and the bug

Name: Tina Burgos

Title: Co-Owner of Monkey And The Bug (a children’s clothing shop) and its sister store Stel’s (a men’s and women’s clothing shop)

Please tell us a bit about yourself:  I’m 39 years old, and my husband, Dave, and I have three-year old twin girls, Gemma and Riley. I have Filipino roots and my husband is of Lithuanian descent, so our family is an interesting blend of American, Asian and European cultures.  Originally from the suburbs of Milwaukee, Wisconsin I came to Boston for college and graduate school. After stints in corporate America, my husband and I made the decision to start our own clothing shop. Along with our friend, we launched Stel’s over 8 years ago.

What inspired you to start Monkey & The BugThe birth of my twin girls, Gemma and Riley, inspired the shop. I was on strict, hospitalized bed rest for 10 weeks during my pregnancy. I kept myself busy with books, mindless TV, and conducting online research for children’s clothing and gear. I had a very difficult time finding clothing that appealed to my aesthetic. So I decided to curate a selection that reflected my sense of style.

Where did the name Monkey & The Bug come from?  These are nicknames of my girls. Gemma is the monkey and Riley is the bug.

What do you look for in clothing/accessories companies when buying for the boutique?  Monkey and the Bug is a small, independent boutique located in a small, condensed city. So I look for vendors who not only have the same stylistic vision, but want to grow our partnership in a methodical and organic manner. The brands I represent are not found anywhere else in Boston. And if there is crossover with one or two other brands, Monkey and the Bug was typically the first to stock that collection.  Also, quality is of the utmost importance to me. If one is paying premium prices for clothing, the items need to stand the test of time.

What favorite trends are you seeing for Spring/Summer 2012?  Prints! But done in a more sophisticated way. This trend is definitely a take on the prints we are seeing from the women’s spring 2012 collections.

What are your favorite accessories for:  Girls: Feather headbands from Wovenplay  Boys: Scarves from ESP No. 1

And I must mention that for both boys and girls, my favorite shoe is the Clark’s Wallabee. Everyone in my household owns these. They are extremely comfortable and can take a beating.

What are some of your favorite brands and why?  Girls: My girls own several graphic tees from Atsuyo Et Akiko. These are hand screened in Brooklyn.  I love throwing these t-shirts over everything because it adds a little street edge to any outfit.
Boys: Nico Nico is always spot on Sue Tsai is a stylist and she has an amazing eye. She has designed a range of basics but with a very hip twist.
Any up and coming brands we should be on the look out for?  We are so excited to be introducing Mini Rodini to the shop. This spring collection just arrived and it looks amazing. The collection will be available online sometime next week.

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?  Have fun with dressing your kids! Particularly between the toddler and preschool years, kids can get away with wearing almost anything.

I think it’s inevitable that children will be influenced by the their parents’ wardrobe choices. But I think you should also give your kids leeway to develop their own sense of style. Clothing can really provide a wonderful creative outlet. Whether it’s playing dress up, getting artistic and working with colors of the fabrics, or simply practicing zipping and buttoning skills kids can benefit from being involved.

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source for style: launch of chic online boutique Cosetta + giveaway

LSF is so lucky to have discovered Cosetta an amazing new online retailer catering to fashion-forward parents looking for uniquely designed and well-constructed children’s collections from all over the world.  They feature apparel and accessories for chic little girls ages 2-7.  These truly exclusive pieces are being introduced for the first time in the US through Cosetta.  LSF readers will receive 10% off your purchase with code: 10LSF.

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

Please tell us a bit about yourself:  My name is Jiwon Gregory and I am the owner of Cosetta.  After obtaining B.B.A in Management Studies and B.S. in fashion merchandising, I have specialized in merchandise planning in both retail and wholesale since 2000 in NYC.

What inspired you to start shopcosetta.com?  We are lucky as today’s parents to have so many brilliant designers and retailers that cater to all different tastes in children’s wear. However, I saw a niche in the market since my 6 years old daughter was born. Personally, I found it hard to avoid high price tags for chic and sophisticated styles I wanted, and those that I found affordable and stylish enough were missing in quality. That is why I am keeping our prices lower than they should really be, and it’s not because they cost less to source. I’m taking this approach because I’m thinking long-term. Hopefully, offering great value for the quality and style they find in our boutique will keep moms coming back to us. I also put major effort in introducing exclusive brands and pieces that are not widely available in the U.S., because I think all moms want their little ones to be unique.


Where did the name Cosetta come from?  Cosetta means little thing. I thought this was perfect name for a boutique that offers beautiful little things for little you.


What do you look for in clothing/accessories companies when buying for the boutique?   I look for contemporary designs with refined details and materials without compromising affordability and comfort.  I like chic and sophisticated styles that reflect my own sense of style, but with a twist that still says children’s clothes. You’ll find that most of our pieces are also machine washable for easy care.

What trends are you seeing for Spring/Summer 2012?  Modern romantic is how I’d describe it. I’ve seen some amazing pieces in softly hued pastels and creamy colors of partisan pastry that are just lovely.  Cotton knit dresses in clean, modern and feminine shapes will be major part of our collection for Spring/Summer 2012.

What are some of your favorite brands and why?  Alice Underground and Dominico because they really pay attention to little details to enhance both comfort and style. I’ve been watching them for quite few seasons now and they continue to amaze me. My daughter loves wearing their pieces, because they are not only comfortable, she is sure to get that special attention (“How adorable…Where did you get them? I want them in my size!”).


What advice would you give to parents shopping for their children?  I think parents know their own kids the best.  One thing I learned is no matter how cute it is, if your little one doesn’t feel comfortable in it at first try, that piece will never see the daylight again?

Do you find that most parents take the same stylistic approach with dressing their children as they do with themselves?  I do think parents tend to dress their little ones that reflect their own sense of style.  Well, at least I sure do. My daughter loves coming up with a “theme color” of the day and we collaborate in putting together her outfit.  I believe how we dress her now will be a major influence in establishing her own sense of style later on.

GIVEAWAY: Madison School Bag

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