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So your little one can rock the Vancouver sidewalks like a runway.
After a Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up–induced closet clean-out this holiday break (because, yes, I know how to party), I made a solemn New Year’s resolution: No more shopping for clothing in 2018. Call it a fashion fast, an opportunity to take a break from mindless consumption and re-examine my shopping whims.However, I’ve arbitrarily decided that this self-imposed challenge does not include going cold-turkey on shopping for other people—because with an apple-cheeked nephew, buds poppin’ out babies and plenty of preggo friends waiting in the wings, I’ve too many oh-so-spoilable little people in my life to ignore.So, over the course of the year, as my own clothing turns to shabby rags in my quest for a pure, clutter-free lifestyle, these five Vancouver designers will be making my little buddies look stylish in 2018—and sparking all kinds of Marie Kondo–approved joy.
The brainchild of Vancouver moms Rachel Shamash and Jennifer Christie(formerly senior designer for Aritzia), Petits Vilains debuted with a back-to-school pop-up shop this fall, and has since been hawking its collection of darling turn-of-the-century-meets-Main-Street outfits online, each made in Canada out of natural fibres and organic fabrics.
Winner of our sister magazine’s Designers of the Year award a few years back, Redfish Kids continues to maintain its local hero status with playful prints and globally inspired cuts.
Tiny shoes! Tiny shoes! These soft-bottomed slippers are handmade in Abbotsford from ethically sourced leathers and materials, and come in all sorts of colours, but who can resist a little on-trend metallic? And, no, I don’t care that babies don’t understand what a trend is or probably even what feet are. Tiny shoes! Tiny shoes!
Von Bon’s thoughtful designs include adjustable features that allow the garment to grow and change during a growth spurt (like the very stylish harem-pant-style drop-crotch on these skinny red sweats), but I don’t even care because all of these clothes look so soft and casual-cool and make me wish I was a three year old boy. Although I never appreciate having to use the phrase “drop-crotch.”
If you can show me a baby who would not look significantly cooler with a Nest bandit-style kerchief-bib around his neck, I don’t want to meet him.