Pepe&Nika http://pepeandnika.com Little Apparel Tue, 26 Sep 2017 23:06:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 Brand Discoveries: Nayumi – passionate design and Indonesian tradition that makes your heart melt away http://pepeandnika.com/brand-discoveries-nayumi/ http://pepeandnika.com/brand-discoveries-nayumi/#respond Tue, 26 Sep 2017 23:06:26 +0000 http://pepeandnika.com/?p=18272/ Only recently an incredible and exceptionally beautiful children’s fashion label for babies and toddlers emerged in the Märkische Schweiz, not far from the busy urban life in Berlin. At Nayumi,...

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Only recently an incredible and exceptionally beautiful children’s fashion label for babies and toddlers emerged in the Märkische Schweiz, not far from the busy urban life in Berlin.

At Nayumi, traditional handcraft and design are combined with high-quality and extraordinary cuts. In this manner, enchanting and always limited collections are created for boys and girls.

Inspired by Indonesian culture Tine and Angga, the self-starters at Nayumi, the world of children’s fashion with colourful uniqueness and a child-friendly designs.

tine and angga by nayumiTine and Angga – Founders of Nayumi © Nayumi

pepe and nika presents nayumi for kids and babies kimono dress dungaree made from handwoven cotton from indonesiaBeautiful Kimono Onezie “Setia” by © Nayumi

Particularly lovely: Every piece of clothing has its own suitable name in Indonesian. You can choose between cute kimonos named “Pada” (rice) or “Setia” (loyal) and many more. The pretty overall “Mentari”, which translates to “sun”, combines golden baggy trousers with lagoon-colored traditional body patterns and  lives up to its name.

Every single pattern used for the clothing pieces has its own story based on Indonesian traditions – all of which can be found on the website, just like the production and manufacturing – handmade, transparent, honest and beautiful!

Read for yourself the story of the two founders Tine and Angga, how they came up with their label and what makes Nayumi so special and lovable.

tine and anggaTine and Angga – Founders of Nayumi © Nayumi

Tine and Angga, how did you come up with the idea of founding a children’s fashion label?

We met when our two older children were three years old. Actually, the idea for Nayumi came up at the very first meeting. When Angga, who was born in Jakarta, told that she sells home accessories made of traditional Indonesian woven fabrics, Tine immediately had to tell her about the idea she had been carrying around since the birth of her son.

What is the idea behind Nayumi?

Children’s clothing made from traditional textiles from all over the world. Our cuts are simple but speciall, the workmanship of the high-quality and each collection different form the previous one since the fabrics come from a different country every time.

Tine, who originally studied textile design, had always bought many fabrics on her many travels. And when the first child was there and the search for children’s clothes beyond light blue and pink began, the idea was born. We decided to go for it and started with the Indonesian fabrics.

Every fabric a story – every piece an unique garment © Nayumi

How did you start with Nayumi?

At the beginning everything went extremely fast. Within a short time we had three cuts ready that we definitely wanted to try. Only a few months later Angga was with her family in Indonesia and selected the fabrics on the spot – we were sending hundreds of pictures back and forth to find the right ones. Together with a friend of ours, who is a costume designer, we worked out the cuts in Berlin and agreed on the sizes. Then we ran out of money.

tine baliTine at the weaving mill © Nayumi

Wie habt ihr dann weitergemacht?

We both don’t have any background in the fashion industry and had no idea about what’s the best way to start a fashion label. We are both quite enthusiastic and have courage to just try our ideas. But there were many steps that we hadn’t thought about before and we were a bit lost how to manage these steps. At some point we just produced as many clothes as we had fabrics and set up a really cool website with beautiful images of these wonderful clothing pieces. We’re in love with the stuff!

How did you come up with the name Nayumi?

Nayumi is a fantasy word composed of the first syllables of our oldest kids – Nalia and Yuki. It just sounds beautiful to us!

angga buying materialsAngga with her child buying fabrics © Nayumi

What is so special about Nayumi?

For us Nayumi is more than a fashion label.  There are too few beautiful children’s fashion labels and we want to change that. But more important, our clothing reflects the beauty of traditional craftsmanship. All garments are one 100% handmade: The materials are dyed and woven by hand, and we buy them directly from the local weaving mills,  for this collection on Java, Sumatra and Bali.

In doing so, we seek to make a long-term contribution to supporting and, above all, admiring traditional craftsmanship. In the next step all our pieces are crafted by hand – at the moment by our friend and tailor Lupi, who receives regular orders with our help.  So do not wonder if you won´t find any overlock or other seams on our garments. Everything is made with French seams and double layers of fabric to make sure that the clothes have a long lifetime.

Lupi_unsere_schneiderin_at_workdressmaker Lupi at work © Nayumi

Where can you buy Nayumi and what is the future of the label?

So far we have one boutique in Berlin selling our products.

Also we also sell on our online shop.

We are already searching for new fabrics for our next collection. For the next year we are thinking of several boutiques Europe-wide – the clothes need to be seen and worn by more people!

We cannot disagree. The current collection by Nayumi does not only look exceptionally beautiful, but is with heart and soul an enrichment and surely a model for the future of (children’ s) fashion! We say THANK YOU to Tine and Angga for their courage, engagement and the lovely designs, which certainly won not only our hearts, right?

And last but not least, as Tine and Angga put it:

Kids are great because …

…they open your heart to the things that truly matter.

…they completely live in the moment.

…they relentlessly show us who we really are.

…they let us grow together with them.

And here some inspiration from the latest collection of Nayumis magic– enjoy!

Little dress “Cahaya” © Nayumi

Baby Kimono “Asmara” © Nayumi

Dungaree”Bulan” © Nayumi

nayumi mentariDungaree”Mentari” © Nayumi

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Esther Zahn is from Berlin and is living together with her seven year old daughter in a multigenerational house in Mitte. The whole family meets here: Her uncle, aunts, sister, parents, and soon Esther’s niece as well. They are all supporting each other, there is always someone around to ask for help, and anybody who prefers to be by themselves for a while can do so any time. This is rather unusual in a metropolis like Berlin where it is common to barely know your neighbors.

But who knows, maybe this is the trend of the future?! We would not be surprised since Esther Zahn is a careful observer, a creative and an individual character and enjoys thinking outside of the box. The educated fashion designer dislikes lifeless uniformity as much as we do and is also showing this with her designs: rainbow warriors is one of the most creative children’s fashion labels we know of. Sparkling rain jackets, shirts, or backpacks made with fluorescent prints or incorporated LEDs – combined in a minimalistic design! Beauty and utility merged together.

We met the exceptionally creative Esther and asked her the most important questions. Find out in this interview how her label rainbow warriors is connected to the avant-garde band “CocoRosie” and why Esther has always done her own thing.

pepe and nika rainbow warriors by esther zahn made in germany glow in the darkEsther Zahn © Kirsten Becken

Esther, how would you describe yourself in a few sentences?

At first, I am usually a bit quieter, but observe everything very carefully. I would probably be able to find a needle in a haystack. I like it when every day is different. And I enjoy learning new things day by day. I know what I want and I am not afraid to express this, I can be stubborn, even if it doesn’t work out right away. I realize my visions. My daughter is very proud of me, I think that’s amazing.

Is there any specific piece of clothing that was particularly important for you during your childhood, something that you keep remembering? Maybe a piece of clothing that has its own special story?

The first Levi’s I owned was violet. I was wearing it until it broke down completely when I was wearing it for the first time to school. My classmate asked me: “Is it regular or irregular?” Of course it was irregular. Afterwards I thought: “Pff, why should I care about branded clothing”  and from then on I did my own thing. For example I had a red sweater with a picture of a circus horse on it. Its mane and tail were made from strings that you could play with – I thought that was amazing. I think I was around 13 years old back then. My friends were dressing much more mature. I didn’t care about that – I always did my own thing.

pepe and nika rainbow warriors by esther zahn made in germany glow in the dark small backpack navy starsThis is how clothing is being created © Esther Zahn

rainbow warriors is definitely not how you would imagine a classic children’s fashion label. What’s special about rainbow warriors?

Fabrics and clothes are very haptic. When I started to work with special materials, my fellow students often came and asked if they could touch my designs. Maybe you know the feeling when you see something and you get the urge to feel and touch it? In my opinion, this urge is particularly strong during the childhood. I think my designs are very sensorial. They address several senses at the same time and surprise the children. Our items glow in the dark, reflect light, change their colors, and you are even able to make music with some of my high-tech designs!

pepe and nika rainbow warriors by esther zahn made in germany glow in the dark small backpack navy starsorganic backpack by rainbow warriors – reflecting and glow in the dark © Kirsten Becken

How did you come up with using LEDs and reflecting materials for your clothing line?

I’m always intrigued by new thing, why would you create another glitter jeans when there are already thousands and you have the possibility to do something different? My art academy provided the opportunity to develop new electronic fabrics together with the Frauenhofer Institute. I was the first fashion designer that was brave enough to try this out. There I also developed the first sensory “sound fabric” and the “LED-Mohair-Cloth”.

Digitalization of fabrics allows us to think about fashion in completely different ways. And I’m not talking about any fitness tracker. Imagine my jacket could talk to your sweater or they could create music together. That’s truly amazing!

pepe and nika rainbow warriors by esther zahn made in germany glow in the dark small backpack navy starsEsther´s working space © Esther Zahn

Have you always created children’s fashion? How did that start?

After my daughter’s birth I started to have flashbacks of my own childhood. When I listened to the song Rainbow Warriors by Coco Rosie I knew – wow, I will choose the rainbow warriors who change the world with their love and curiosity as my final thesis topic.

What’s the story behind the poetic label name “rainbow warriors”? How did you come up with that name?

That’s the myth of the rainbow warrior.

Pepe&Nika: We recommend anybody who would like to get to know more about this myth of the rainbow warrior to research online starting.

pepe and nika rainbow warriors by esther zahn made in germany glow in the dark raincoat navy starsglow in the dark leggings and longsleeve by rainbow warriors © Kirsten Becken

Where do your fabrics come from, how and where are they being produced?

I am only using organic cotton. The material for our rain coats is from Switzerland, the organic cotton from the USA. The sweatshirt fabrics are from turkey and are GOTS certified. The sewing and printing is made in Germany.

How do you get your ideas, what inspires you?

I think it’s my curiosity, but I don’t know how my ideas get into my head.  I observe the world and think ah, this or that is still missing and it would be great.

Where will rainbow warriors be in 3 years?

In all forests and parks of the world and I hope that they will cross my path every time it rains.

Which children’s fashion label inspires you or seems interesting to you?

Hmm….. I think baby Degen from New York is pretty cool. They have these sweaters with an eye embroidery pattern.

Please complete the sentence: “Kids are great, because…“

… they are not too embarrassed to ask if they don’t know or don’t understand something.

… there are plenty of reasons to laugh.

… they show their emotions and are not hiding them..

pepe and nika rainbow warriors by esther zahn made in germany glow in the dark small backpack navy starsglow in the dark outfit by rainbow warriors © Detlev Schneider

Dear Esther, we would like to thank you very much for the beautiful interview and that we had the pleasure to get to know you and your fashion label. Certainly, our paths will cross again. We wish you all the best for the future and we are sure, that we are going to hear, read, see and especially EXPERIENCE more of rainbow warriors.

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Pepe&Nika goes Playtime Berlin: awesome kids room ideas, pleasing to both kids and parents eyes! http://pepeandnika.com/kids-room-ideas-playtime-berlin/ http://pepeandnika.com/kids-room-ideas-playtime-berlin/#respond Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:20:42 +0000 http://pepeandnika.com/?p=18194/ In our last article, we already told you about the wonderful premiere of Playtime in Berlin and presented our most favorite children’s fashion. However, Playtime has more to offer than...

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In our last article, we already told you about the wonderful premiere of Playtime in Berlin and presented our most favorite children’s fashion. However, Playtime has more to offer than beautiful outfits only.

In addition to all the clothing and shoes, we were also fascinated by several brands and their creative kids room ideas: handmade bio-cotton cuddly toys, children’s furniture inspired by Montessori, elegant wooden jewelry for both moms and daughters, and awesome prints to decorate the walls of a colorful kids room.

These are the brands that really captivated us with their stories and products.

emiko – handmade plushies from Austria

The story behind the label emiko is as pleasant as its founder: Emiko Fujinaga is an Austrian educated graphic designer with Japanese roots. Thanks to her insomnia, she was able to turn her hobby into a profession. After a hectic day at the agency she just couldn’t fall asleep, so she took a large piece of paper and painted big circles to calm down.

pepe and nika playtime berlin kids room ideas emiko cuddly toys organic cotton from AustriaEmiko Fujinaga founder of emiko at Playtime Berlin © Pepe&Nika

Her circular motions gradually formed organic shapes and soon the first cutting pattern for the beautiful cuddly animals was born: Waltraud, the whale! In the same night Jaques the giraffe, Elfitant the elephant, joined outright the soft and cuddly Emiko´s animals family.

pepe and nika playtime berlin kids room ideas emiko cuddly toys organic cotton from AustriaJochen the Ray and Waltraud the Whale – by emiko kids room ideas from Austria © Pepe&Nika

The voluminous Waltraud soon decorated a whole pharmacy window and was so sought-after that Emiko could not get a break from sewing. This is now already seven years ago, but every single animal is still handmade by Emiko and has its own story.

The plushies are made from 100% organic cotton and can be washed in the washing machine thanks to their polyester filling. They are popular among adults as well as children due to their delicate pastel colors and cute shapes.

We have seen the love that is behind their manufacture and we are quite impressed!

pepe and nika playtime berlin kids room ideas emiko cuddly toys organic cotton from AustriaWaltraud the Whale with Baby Whale by emiko © Pepe&Nika

Coclico – children’s furniture inspired by the philosophy of Montessori (newcomer)

Elise Opezzo-Burger, designer and founder of the children’s furniture concept Coclico, had a vision to create space for children. This space should not be located outside of the adult area, but right in the middle.

Child-friendly furniture emerged: It does not only grow with the child but can also be easily moved by small hands and arms. According to the child-friendly adaptation of the motto “do-it-yourself“ or as Maria Montessori emphasized “not the child should adapt to its environment, but the environment should adapt to the child”.

Pepe and nika playtime berlin kids room ideas kinderzimmerideen coclico furniture for kids montessorichildren furniture by Coclico at Playtime Berlin © Pepe&Nika

Elise, being a mother of a boy and trained Montessori educator, knows what she is talking about. In our conversation, she inspired us with her bright and enthusiastic narrative style and her high spirits for a loving and independent childhood.

Pepe and nika playtime berlin kids room ideas kinderzimmerideen coclico furniture for kids montessoriElise Opezzo-Burger founder of Coclico at Playtime Berlin © Pepe&Nika

Coclico was founded in germany in the spring of this year and was definitely the little hatchling on the Playtime Berlin! Their furniture is made out of 100% natural materials, such as oak. Covers made of felt provide comfort and a cozy look. One of the best kids room ideas in our opinion!

Pepe and nika playtime berlin kids room ideas kinderzimmerideen coclico furniture for kids montessorikids room ideas by Coclico at Playtime Berlin © Pepe&Nika

mamaradscha – finest jewelry for kids and mothers

Jewelry that is loved by daughters and moms alike is quite rare. Astrid Biemel, founder of mamaradscha and mother of three kids, knows how to delight both generations. The minimalistic hair ties made of pastel-colored wooden spheres decorate mom’s arm as well as her daughter’s braid. They do not only look stunning but are also made from local trees and use environmentally friendly colors that are able to withstand a lot of fun and games, according to their designer.

pepe and nika playtime berlin kids room ideas kinderzimmerideen mamaradscha jewelry from Germany wooden hair tieWooden jewelry by mamaradscha at Playtime Berlin © Pepe&Nika

Noé & Zoë – from Berlin trendsetter to wall decorator

The Berlin label Noé & Zoë still maintain their fancy and colorful designs. Summer 2018 is going to be even more colorful (hard to imagine, right?!) Nici Zinell stole multiple shades from the rainbow’s beautiful selection of colors and applied them to the new collection to emphasize their beautiful designs and patterns. That’s as much as they were allowed to reveal at the moment.

However, we have more news: Thanks to their cooperation with the textile printing factory spoonflower you will soon be able to decorate your room with wallpapers covered in the beautiful prints by Noé & Zoë. The best thing about this: the colorful wallpapers stick extremely well and can also be easily removed any time. One of the best kids room ideas for trendy city nomads.

pepe and nika playtime berlin noe and zoe kids room ideas nici zinell colleague adele catelainOwner Nici Zinell and her Sales Manager Adèle Catelain (from right to left) at Playtime Berlin © Pepe&Nika

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Pepe&Nika goes Playtime Berlin: Never before has eco friendly clothing been this cool! http://pepeandnika.com/eco-friendly-clothing-playtime-berlin/ http://pepeandnika.com/eco-friendly-clothing-playtime-berlin/#respond Wed, 12 Jul 2017 21:06:40 +0000 http://pepeandnika.com/?p=18127/ While the summer in Berlin keeps us waiting, Playtime Berlin is already busy presenting us with the hottest and most beautiful pieces for next summer. Based in the heart of...

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While the summer in Berlin keeps us waiting, Playtime Berlin is already busy presenting us with the hottest and most beautiful pieces for next summer. Based in the heart of our capital in the Palazzo d’Italia, not far from the Brandenburg Gate, 124 international children’s labels show off their latest summer collections. The venue’s light and airy halls have turned into a kids’ paradise, showcasing everything that children love: from outerwear, underwear and accessories to toys and interiors, it’s all here!

Playtime Berlin Pepe and Nika Title© playtime

Once again the show’s organizer Playology shows an outstanding taste for style, design and trends. Everything at the show unites according to the motto “live together” – “gone are the times of individualism, long live solidarity”. The themes are therefore ‘do it yourself’ instead of mass production, repairing rather than buying and sharing and exchanging in order to pass on experience. Ideals, we from Pepe&Nika highly support! Playtime Berlin’s kickoff presented itself therefore as a successful première and inspires us with a perfect blend of renowned labels, cool trendsetters and emerging creative newcomers.

One thing is particularly noteworthy by the way: The summer of 2018 is green! Many of the brands present themselves with sustainable, eco friendly clothing and fair trade clothing, recycled materials, GOTs certified cotton materials and quality seals for their social production sites.

KAVAT – A family-run Business with Heart and Soul

“There is no other way!” Magnus Ericson, the CEO of KAVAT, claims. Ericson is concerned with choosing the ecologically friendly path: resource-saving production and the recycling of materials. For more than 70 years the family business has been active in the children’s shoe business and still manages to capture the spirit of the age. KAVAT was the first shoe company in the world to be awarded the EU Ecolabel seal of approval. We were taken with the cool bath sandals that should be available in four colors next summer.

pepe and nika playtime berlin eco friendly clothing fair trade kleidung summer collection 2018 kinder sommerkollektion kavat shoesKAVAT summer SS18 bath sandal © Pepe&Nika

pepe and nika playtime berlin eco friendly clothing fair trade kleidung summer collection 2018 kinder sommerkollektion kavat shoes magnus ericsonMagnus Ericson, CEO KAVAT © Pepe&Nika

pepe and nika playtime berlin eco friendly clothing fair trade kleidung summer collection 2018 kinder sommerkollektion kavat shoesThree colors summer SS18 bath sandals © Pepe&Nika

LULALAND – Eco friendly Clothing with Style

LULALAND managed to impress us already in January at the Playtime in Paris when we spotted them in the newcomer area. Back then we were amazed by their bright prints, extraordinary cuts and, above all, the expressive and loving charisma of LULALAND’s designer Lula. How could it be different in Berlin?! This time round LULALAND presented a wide range of colors, shapes and prints in their SS18 collection: Nepalese-themed skirts in neon tones, cubic shapes and casual cuts, as well as girlish light summer skirts for glamorous garden parties.

pepe and nika playtime berlin eco friendly clothing fair trade kleidung summer collection 2018 kinder sommerkollektion lulaland new yorkLULALAND © Pepe&Nika

pepe and nika playtime berlin eco friendly clothing fair trade kleidung summer collection 2018 kinder sommerkollektion lulaland new yorkLilija and Lula talking about eco friendly clothing © Pepe&Nika

pepe and nika playtime berlin eco friendly clothing fair trade kleidung summer collection 2018 kinder sommerkollektion lulaland new yorkLULALAND SS18 collection © Pepe&Nika

KiSSE – PRINTS by KIDS (Newcomer)

The newcomer brand KiSSE proves that children are simply the best designers! PRINTS by KIDS is the slogan of the Danish-Spanish kids label. For more than a year Christina Altuna, the designer and founder of KiSSE has been printing the drawings of her three children onto her labels pieces. Her idea is the following: Why collect the many drawings and paint exercises of one’s children just to put them in a closet, rather than bringing them to life? Easy as pie thought Christina and inspires henceforth our mummy hearts with colorful naive art on eco friendly clothing fabrics!

pepe and nika playtime berlin eco friendly clothing fair trade kleidung summer collection 2018 kinder sommerkollektion kisse prints by kidsChristina Altuna shows her favourite SS18 piece © Pepe&Nika

pepe and nika playtime berlin eco friendly clothing fair trade kleidung summer collection 2018 kinder sommerkollektion kisse prints by kidsKiSSE  SS18 swimwear collection © Pepe&Nika

pepe and nika playtime berlin eco friendly clothing fair trade kleidung summer collection 2018 kinder sommerkollektion kisse prints by kidsKiSSE Tattoos © Pepe&Nika

barn of monkeys – High Fashion for Children (Newcomer)

Why should only adults be able to enjoy refined design pieces? That is what designer David Pinto thought when founding his label. Pinto showed us one of his favorite pieces from the upcoming collection, made for 2 to 16 year-olds. We were impressed by the pieces’ exceptional shapes and cuts that are still quite wearable and comfortable, often even GOTs certified. The label has only been six months on the market but captures the spirit of these times, we believe. Wait for it, you will hear and see more of barn of monkeys in the future!

pepe and nika playtime berlin eco friendly clothing fair trade kleidung summer collection 2018 kinder sommerkollektion barn of monkeysbarn of monkeys SS18 collection © Pepe&Nika

pepe and nika playtime berlin eco friendly clothing fair trade kleidung summer collection 2018 kinder sommerkollektion barn of monkeys david pintoDavid Pinto shows his favourite SS18 piece © Pepe&Nika

pepe and nika playtime berlin eco friendly clothing fair trade kleidung summer collection 2018 kinder sommerkollektion barn of monkeysSo true © Pepe&Nika

TBC – Eco friendly clothing Fairtrade Nightwear for Young and Old

Set in modern, Scandinavian design, The Bright Company (TBC)’s awesome prints caught our eyes at the show. TBC’s designer, Alienor Falconer, knows very well how to amaze parents and children alike. That is why they don’t have different collections for different age groups. And why should they?! The unisex bedlinen and loungewear suits everyone – no matter how big or small. On top of that the super-soft GOTs certified cotton fabrics without any chemical treatment assure a good night’s rest! Sleep well, is all we can add!

pepe and nika playtime berlin eco friendly clothing fair trade kleidung summer collection 2018 kinder sommerkollektion tbc the bright company ukTBC Loungewear romper © Pepe&Nika

pepe and nika playtime berlin eco friendly clothing fair trade kleidung summer collection 2018 kinder sommerkollektion tbc the bright company ukAlienor Falconer © Pepe&Nika

pepe and nika playtime berlin eco friendly clothing fair trade kleidung summer collection 2018 kinder sommerkollektion tbc the bright company ukTBC collection © Pepe&Nika

We leave the future-oriented Playtime Berlin kick-off première in optimistic spirits and feel like shouting it out loud: Yes, it all exists: sustainable fashion labels and eco-friendly clothing with style and colorful designs. It is flashy, stylish and colorful as with LULALAND or minimalistic and beautiful as The Bright Company’s nightwear. What matters is, it’s here and it’s wonderful!

Playtime Berlin however was not only a show for children’s fashion. We also discovered great interior items and toys for you: Beautiful handmade cuddly toys from Austria and Montessori furniture for each and every furnishing style. Find out more soon…

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Let’s talk to Johanna Topooco – the pragmatic dreamer and founder of WAWA Copenhagen http://pepeandnika.com/organic-kids-clothes-wawa/ http://pepeandnika.com/organic-kids-clothes-wawa/#respond Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:07:59 +0000 http://pepeandnika.com/?p=18020/ The young and aspiring kids brand WAWA has already attracted our attention at the CIFF Copenhagen. Plain designs produced in a sustainable manner, organic kids clothes with natural colors and...

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The young and aspiring kids brand WAWA has already attracted our attention at the CIFF Copenhagen. Plain designs produced in a sustainable manner, organic kids clothes with natural colors and prints. Somehow super stylish but completely normal and natural at the same time. A style that we would were ourselves and that is also enjoyed by our kids.

We are happy to introduce Johanna to you, designer and founder of WAWA. Find out in our interview which of Johanna’s 90s accessories became her trademark and how the Swedish movie director Ingmar Bergman influenced her latest collection.

pepe and nika interview with founder johanna topooco from wawa copenhagen organic kids clothesJohanna Topooco © WAWA

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and with whom and how do you live? What is special about you? How would you describe yourself in a couple of sentences?

Today I live in Denmark, but I was born in Sweden and grew up with my mother and her 300 skeletons. She’s an archeologist and besides from a lot of love she gave me a scientific approach to the world. My father lived not far from us but with a totally different view on life. He’s a Bolivian Indian, a dreamer and making his living as an artist by painting tableaux from his home region.

As you can imagine I’m a mix of both my mother and father and affected with both ways of living and thinking. On the one hand, I have a lot of ideas, dreams and creative thoughts like my father, and on the other hand I have the more pragmatic or realistic approach to everything.

I definitely think that is why sustainability also play such a great role in my everyday life. You have to be a dreamer and front runner to believe that what you do can make a difference. Whether it is sorting your garbage, buy organic food or treat your children that material things do have a value and you better take care of them.

Sharing the great interest of traveling with my husband, we try to bring our children Valter and George to unspoiled places around the world, to both see the beauty and to get inspired by different ways of living. It is so important for us to show that pleasure can find in the simplest things.

pepe and nika interview with founder johanna topooco from wawa copenhagen organic kids clothesJohanna at her workspace © WAWA – brand for organic kids clothes

What was your favorite item of clothing as a child? Did you own something that was particularly special to you or that you connect with a story?

I definitely remember my hair elastics. I didn’t only wear them in my hair but also around my ankles and my wrists. I have photos from one of me and my mom’s travels to Africa when I was five years old and where I were hair elastics on both wrists. As I remember it I had them with me all the time and they became ‘my personal detail’ in a very young age.

pepe and nika interview with founder johanna topooco from wawa copenhagen organic kids clothesThere ist nothing like hair elastics on both wrists © WAWA

How did you get the idea to make fashion for kids? What did you before founding WAWA?

When we had our first son Valter almost six years ago it was easy to find sustainably made clothes for him as a baby, but as he grew older it became more difficult. I couldn’t find clothes that were both beautiful, cool and organic and as I was working with fashion and sustainability at Danish Fashion Institute I thought ‘why not try and make it myself. I had always loved to draw and paint like my father.

pepe and nika interview with founder johanna topooco from wawa copenhagen organic kids clothesCoffee and sketches © WAWA

What does WAWA mean and how did you find the name of the label?

WAWA means ‘child’ in Aymara which is the language spoken by the Aymara Indians I Peru and Bolivia. At the same time, it is also a part of me as my middle-name is Warawara Wawa which means ‘Star child’. In that way WAWA is more than just a brand its part of my identity.

How would you describe the style of WAWA and what is unique about your label?

WAWA is simple and natural design. I often say that it’s more stylish than childish and more raw then romantic. WAWA is for all children and the look is very much inspired from my Nordic surroundings and by children’s eye for small details. I think WAWA supply the market with some cleanness without being romantic or boring. We worship the simple look together with good quality and that’s I believe makes us unique and perfect for the curated wardrobe.

pepe and nika interview with founder johanna topooco from wawa copenhagen organic kids clothesDanish brand – organic kids clothes made from finest cotton © WAWA

Where are the materials from and where do you manufacture?

We manufacture in Turkey and India in GOTS certified factories, and our products contain of minimum 95% organic cotton. Sustainable production is a basic condition for WAWA. We are at all time interested in new and more sustainable materials and production techniques, and we therefore hope to add more sustainable materials to our future collections. If we can make beautiful and comfortable styles with respect to people and with as low environmental impact as possible, I’ll be very happy.

What do you like the most about making fashion for kids?

My WAWA team and I love offering more sustainable products for the new generation. We think the children deserve we use our knowledge to create something that is as modern as they are, so that they can shine all day long.

pepe and nika interview with founder johanna topooco from wawa copenhagen organic kids clothesAt work while wearing her ‘personal detail’ © WAWA

Where do you get the ideas and inspiration for your collections from? What your will AW 17/18 collection be about?

Most often I get inspired by people I see in the streets. I often stop and ask from where they have got their particularly item, and if I can take a picture, and very often I just absorb the whole look. The AW17 collection is inspired by the atmosphere and my memories from the little Swedish island called Fårö. Here I spend two important weeks every summer with my whole family. The island is also the place where the Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman settled after he had recorded a movie there. The AW.17 collection is a mix of my summer memories together with Ingmar Bergman’s love for tranquility.  With other words the styles are uncomplicated and easy worn, designs with room for your child’s unique details, whether it might be the freckles, tooth gaps or the curious eyes.

pepe and nika interview with founder johanna topooco from wawa copenhagen organic kids clothesDesign thinking process © WAWA – brand for organic kids clothes

What other kids label do you admire (next to your own of course)?

There are lots of other kids labels that makes specific items that I love! However, I’m not so much for one brand from top to toe. And I definitely admire brands for different things, whether it is the quirky design, quality or because of the brands focus on sustainability business. Mini Rodini is therefore, in my eyes, an important front runner.

Where do you see yourself and your label in three years from now?

I hope WAWA is represented in stores all around the world and that we are a natural part of the children’s wardrobes. I’m so proud that we are already represented in 10 countries from Japan to the US and Europe and I really love all the shops that represents us. But we have to expand to make WAWA viable and my dream is that in three years WAWA has a regular and dedicated customer base around the world.

pepe and nika interview with founder johanna topooco from wawa copenhagen organic kids clothesHappy Johanna © WAWA – brand for organic kids clothes

Please finish the sentence: “Children are great because….”

…they are real. Their filter free way of seeing, listening and… express themselves… is a great inspiration.

Thank you very much Johanna for joining our interview. Thank you for the short flashback to the 1990s (we were also fans of the soft ribbons decorating our wrists) and of course for the Amazon children’s fashion of WAWA and their exemplary contribution to the environment and mankind by making beautiful organic kids clothes!

Organic kids clothes á la Bergman. Take a first look at WAWA’s autumn/winter collection 2017 here:

pepe and nika interview with founder johanna topooco from wawa copenhagen organic kids clothes sneak preview 2017Sneak preview AW17 © WAWA

pepe and nika interview with founder johanna topooco from wawa copenhagen organic kids clothes sneak preview 2017Sneak preview AW17 © WAWA

pepe and nika interview with founder johanna topooco from wawa copenhagen organic kids clothes sneak preview 2017Sneak preview AW17 © WAWA

 

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Pepe and Nika discover the city with funky urban kids clothes by Ateljee http://pepeandnika.com/pepe-nika-discover-city-funky-urban-kids-clothes-ateljee/ http://pepeandnika.com/pepe-nika-discover-city-funky-urban-kids-clothes-ateljee/#respond Mon, 19 Jun 2017 20:11:36 +0000 http://pepeandnika.com/?p=17974/ It’s summer in the city! The warm summer days are finally here and there’s no better time than now to enjoy the cool, laid back, urban style of urban kids clothes! Recently,...

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It’s summer in the city! The warm summer days are finally here and there’s no better time than now to enjoy the cool, laid back, urban style of urban kids clothes! Recently, our kids Pepe and Nika had an opportunity to experience the urban kids clothes style in action with funky outfits from Ateljee www.ateljeesf.com. Strolling in the vicinity of Berghain, the most well-known techno club in Berlin, our kids looked chic and trendy wearing pieces from Ateljee’s new summer collection.

pepe and nika urban kids summeroutfits by ateljee organic cottonBerghain Scenery

We must say, our kids really put the new outfits to the test. Playing, skateboarding (well, sort of) and running around, our little munchkins had lots of fun in the sun, all the while staying comfortable. The urban kids clothes from Ateljee’s new collection proved to be as functional and well made as they are adorable and chic. It’s truly an ultimate choice of urban style kids’ clothing for all of life’s adventures. 

pepe and nika urban kids streetstyle ateljee

Ateljee is a California-based brand that mixes fun design, imaginative prints and playful details with a raw, clean Scandinavian look. The brand brings luxury into everyday life by creating funky, colourful urban kids clothes that are chic and contemporary. And the latest summer 2017 collection is the perfect example of that!

pepe and nika urban kids streetstyle summeroutfits ateljee

pepe and nika urban kids ateljee summeroutfits red containerTwo cool urban kiddos!

Our little fashionista Nika is wearing an Orange lizard sweatshirt – a soft, peach coloured top featuring a hand-drawn lizard print fabric. This fun sweatshirt has a distinctive and modern feel to it, making it perfect for an urban style wardrobe.

pepe and nika urban kids summeroutfits by ateljee organic cottonLizards, lizards everywhere! Featuring an Orange lizard sweatshirt

Nika’s Orange lizard sweatshirt is paired with White feather print leggings. Trendy and comfy, with hand-drawn feather print all over, these leggings are sure to become your little girl’s favourite piece this summer! 

pepe and nika urban kids summeroutfits by ateljee organic cottonNika is wearing White feather print leggings. How adorable!

Pepe is wearing a Black children’s hoodie with a hand-drawn lizard print. This quirky piece is trendy enough to get noticed – it makes Pepe look like a true urban style star! Made of soft organic cotton French terry fabric, this hoodie will become your kid’s best companion in all his adventures! 

There can never be too many lizards: Pepe’s outfit is complete with a pair of Orange lizard shorts. These soft, comfy shorts have cute orange lizards on the front and back. What fun! These shorts are just what every kid needs for warm summer days.

pepe and nika urban kids summeroutfits by ateljee organic cottonPepe’s outfit: Black children’s hoodie and Orange lizard shorts

Thank you so much, Ateljee, for sponsoring the cool urban kids clothes for Pepe and Nika! We appreciate all your hard work and the effort you’ve put into creating this stylish kids’ summer collection. It was a colourful experience for both our little ones and ourselves! We had a great time trying out the outfits from the new summer 2017 clothes line. And we’re looking forward to the future collections!

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Playtime Berlin Premiere – New Location and New Possibilities from the Hottest Kids Fair http://pepeandnika.com/kids-fair/ http://pepeandnika.com/kids-fair/#respond Thu, 08 Jun 2017 10:23:59 +0000 http://pepeandnika.com/?p=17939/ Playtime anyone? Yes, please! Exciting news for all fashion enthusiasts and fashion professionals – Playtime kids fair is coming to Berlin! If you wanted to attend Playtime in Paris but never had...

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Playtime anyone? Yes, please! Exciting news for all fashion enthusiasts and fashion professionals – Playtime kids fair is coming to Berlin! If you wanted to attend Playtime in Paris but never had a chance to do it, now’s your time. Playtime finally brings kids fashion and design right to your doorsteps, allowing you to enjoy the best brands and collections in the heart of Berlin. So, whatever you have planned for July, you’d better clear your schedule for the one and only Playtime Berlin!

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Originally started a decade ago, back in 2007, Playtime is something new to Berlin. A kids fair of this magnitude and with such an unique fashion mix is to be held in the German capital for the first time this summer. After Paris, New York and Tokyo, the city of Berlin was chosen as a fourth site for the show due to it’s geographical position. In our exclusive interview with Sébastien de Hutten, the co-founder of Playtime, shared that because of its international visibility Berlin is a beneficial location for many brands. Holding the show in Berlin will help reach buyers from Germany and the surrounding countries.

Playtime Berlin is scheduled to take place on July 5th and 6th, 2017 in the historic Palazzo Italia. The venue is located in close proximity to the Brandenburg Gate and offers a space of 2.800 square meters. Although Playtime kids fair in Berlin is expected to be smaller than its French, American and Japanese counterparts, it will be big enough to welcome 120 brands and 1500 professional visitors. All in all, you can expect a contemporary selection of kids fashion with a greater focus on lifestyle.

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Playtime is a great exhibiting space for international and local brands, both new and established, to come together in a creative and professional environment. In addition to many international brands exhibiting at Playtime Berlin, a number of great German brands will be presenting their spring/summer collections for 2018. German brands such as Joy Hair, Merci Marie, Spinach Mafia, Bergstein, Mamaradscha, Noé & Zoë Berlin, Pololo, Sense Organics and other brands are expected to showcase their collections at Playtime Berlin in July. Here you will find the complete brand list.

pepe and nika goes playtime berlin kids fair is coming to the german capital little sister of playtime paris trade fair for childrenswear and design

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In the world of children’s fashion, Playtime kids fair is without doubt the most prestigious and desired event. No other trade show opens more possibilities for development than Playtime. So, mark your calendars for July 5th and 6th and register here because Playtime Berlin is an event you don’t want to miss!

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What do you get when you infuse children’s wear with crisp colours, fun design and a dose of playfulness and joy of life? You get iglo+indi! An Icelandic brand of children’s clothing, loved by parents and children alike, iglo+indi is everything you could imagine childhood to be. Bold and playful, the brand’s clothing is designed for kids that like to play, stay comfortable and simply have lots of fun. 

The face behind the brand is Helga Ólafsdóttir – a degree holder in fashion design, a mother of three and a very creative individual. Fascinated by children and inspired by their purity, honesty and joy, Helga created a kids fashion brand with a strong focus on improving the way kids look, feel, play and interact with the world around them. From the moment your kids are born all the way until they turn 11, iglo+indi has got them covered with stylish clothing that is as beautiful as it is comfortable! 

We first met Helga at CIFF in Copenhagen this February. It was exciting to see the face behind the label!  Today we are thrilled to share with you our interview with her.

Read on for more details about the founder of iglo+indi and the amazing brand she created!

pepe&nika presents interview with Helga Ólafsdóttir founder of iglo+indi kidsbrand from icelandHelga Ólafsdóttir with her little daughter Indíana

Helga, please tell us a bit about yourself! Where are you from and with whom and how do you live?

I was born and raised in Akureyri in the North of Iceland. When I was born, maternity leave didn’t exist in Iceland, so from the time I was three months old my Amma (grandma) Helga took care of me during the day until I started school when I was five. I was involved in all her projects and her everyday routines. She taught me how to knit, draw and sew.

My father is a carpenter, and even when I was four years old he used to allow me to wield the hammer and build something for myself. My interest was always in the creative field, and I feel like I was able to make all my dreams come true.

I live in the suburbs of Reykjavik with my children Viktoria Thora (15), Baldvin (12) and Indíana Svala (5).

What is special about you?

I can’t do sit down and chill — ever! I am always doing something. If I am not in the design process at work, I start to move things, redecorate, or paint the walls in my home. On weekends, I invite family, friends and my kids’ friends to my home. I love to have my home full of life, music and laughter. I was also a big slalom skier as a child, and it is still my favorite thing in the world to do.

What was your favorite item of clothing as a child? Did you own something that was particularly special to you or that you connect with a story?

My favourite items were my denim overalls with an apple patch on the knee, as well as a pastel crew in three colours. I think they both grew with me as I wore them for many years. I also had a lot of beautiful homemade dresses that my mom and amma made.

How did you get the idea to make fashion for kids? What did you before founding iglo+indi?

Before iglo+indi, I was working as women’s wear fashion designer for brands, such as All Saints in London, Ilse Jacobsen in Copenhagen and Nikita in Iceland. I studied fashion design in Copenhagen and furthered my studies in London and Milan. I have always loved to travel and explore new places and cultures.

When my son was born, I was looking for stylist clothes for boys and decided to launch a fashion line for children.

pepe&nika presents interview with Helga Ólafsdóttir founder of iglo+indi kidsbrand from icelandHelga Ólafsdóttir loves to travel and to explore new places

What does iglo+indi mean and how did you find the name of the label?

Initially, our brand was called Ígló and it was a little cartoon figure who was a boy. We then added Indí when my daughter Indíana was born and the brand was called Ígló & Indí. When we grew more internationally, we decided to simplify it and here we are: iglo+indi.

How would you describe the style of iglo+indi and what is unique about your label?

We love to combine design, practicality and comfort and make clothes that kids themselves love to wear. All our illustrations are first hand-drawn on paper and later combined with beautiful colours and fabrics as prints. They are all unique to iglo+indi and are hand-drawn by our in-house illustrator Karitas Palsdottir, who has been with iglo+indi for six years.

Where are the materials from and where do you manufacture?

We manufacture all of our clothing in Portugal, in family owned factories. We have a very close relationship with our manufacturers and our main line is entirely made from organic materials. 

What do you like the most about making fashion for kids?

I love to see kids in my designs, I am so proud every time I see a little iglo+indi kid. I believe that all children are artists who see colours, shapes and patterns everywhere. I am constantly inspired by my own children and children I meet and see; I admire their honesty purity, humour and their natural joy of life. I am also very grateful that I can spend time with my children and have a career that I love.

pepe&nika presents interview with Helga Ólafsdóttir founder of iglo+indi kidsbrand from icelandHelga Ólafsdóttir with her little daughter Indíana

Where do you get the ideas and inspiration for your collections from? What will be your AW 17/18 collection about?

My inspiration comes from the Icelandic nature, music and the children around me.

For Autumn/Winter 2017, I drew inspiration from the early 90’s, when teenage rebellion was at a high with a grungy music and fashion scene. I listened to a lot of Nirvana and The Sugarcubes, with Björk who was their singer. They were very much themselves, authentic and perfectly imperfect.

People immersed themselves in their style and music and expressed their creativity exuberantly. The collection is a little rock with a twist of independence. The main prints are of stars, cats, wolfs, tigers and camo, and has misty colours of moon, caramel, dusty pink and the northern sky.

What other kids label do you admire (next to your own of course)?

I am a big fan of Gucci, Chloé and Bonpoint.

Where do you see yourself and your label in three years from now? 

I love to grow iglo+indi and we have a strong team and infrastructure in place to conquer the world 🙂 In the office, we are all working moms and our company culture is very family-driven, which I would love to keep this way even though we are growing fast.

pepe&nika presents interview with Helga Ólafsdóttir founder of iglo+indi kidsbrand from icelandHelga Ólafsdóttir

Wow! Thank you so much, Helga, for sharing with us about yourself and your wonderful brand! With bursts of colour and exciting designs, iglo+indi truly makes dressing our kids even more fun than dressing ourselves!

That being said, we have a special deal for all of our readers! Use a coupon code PEPEANDNIKA to get a 20% discount when you purchase clothing at www.igloindi.com . Discount is valid until June 15, 2017. So hurry for a first-hand experience of iglo+indi’s cool outfits! We are sure you and your kids are going to enjoy it!

And here is a foretaste of the rocky and playful Autumn/ Winter collection iglo+indi  2017/2018! Yeah!

Pepe and Nika presents iglo-indi Autumn Winter Collection 2017 2018 rock and roll© iglo+indi AW 17/18

Pepe and Nika presents iglo-indi Autumn Winter Collection 2017 2018 rock and roll© iglo+indi AW 17/18

Pepe and Nika presents iglo-indi Autumn Winter Collection 2017 2018 rock and roll© iglo+indi AW 17/18

Pepe and Nika presents iglo-indi Autumn Winter Collection 2017 2018 rock and roll© iglo+indi AW 17/18

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kleine feine Leute – the new kids wear online shop by Katherina Kopp http://pepeandnika.com/kleine-feine-leute-new-kids-wear-online-shop-katherina-kopp/ http://pepeandnika.com/kleine-feine-leute-new-kids-wear-online-shop-katherina-kopp/#respond Thu, 25 May 2017 19:50:05 +0000 http://pepeandnika.com/?p=17865/ Summer, sun, and sunshine! We are in an all-out mood for shopping. Finally it’s time for light attire, shorts, cute dresses and summer shirts with fresh prints! You also got...

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Summer, sun, and sunshine! We are in an all-out mood for shopping. Finally it’s time for light attire, shorts, cute dresses and summer shirts with fresh prints!

You also got in shopping mood for kids wear online but don’t quite know where to go for shopping?

Being moms ourselves, we know very well how difficult it can be to find pretty kid‘s clothing aside from online shops giants with their often dull product selection.

Shop discoveries kleine feine leute by Katherina Kopp kids wear online shop from germany

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Yet here they are – truly beautiful online shops for children attire! “kleine feine Leute“ is one of them – brand new and with an exquisite selection of national and international brands, just the way we like it!

Since October 2016 you are able to browse through a remarkable online product selection for 2 to 10 year-old children. All products and brands are carefully and affectionately hand-picked by Katherina Kopp, founder and manager of this kids wear online shop. The fact that she is a mom of a 4 year-old herself certainly influenced her talent in selecting the right clothes. “kleine feine Leute” allows Katharina to follow her interest in design, art, and children’s clothing – with a very impressive result. You can find out which brands available at “kleine feine leute”, what’s particularly important for Katherina when selecting products, and many more things in our interview.

Shop discoveries kleine feine leute by Katherina Kopp kids wear online shop from germany

Katherina Kopp © kleine feine leute

Dear Katherina. “kleine feine leute”, your online shop for children’s clothing, opened at the end of last year. Here, you present a beautiful selection of age-appropriate clothing suitable for children aside the mass market for 2-10 year-olds. There are a number of kids wear online shops. What distinguishes “kleine feine leute”?

I think it is very beautiful that there is interest in shops beside the large chains.

It certainly is a very subjective selection of brands and products. However, I have been told many times that this is exactly what makes kleine feine leute attractive.

In my opinion, it is essential that the clothes are enjoyed by the children themselves, additionally I am interested in well-made design and the material and manufacturing quality is of great importance.

Shop discoveries kleine feine leute by Katherina Kopp kids wear online shop from germany kidsbrand minabulle

© Minabulle

I was very lucky that labels like Wolf & Rita and Repose Ams wanted to work together with me from the very beginning on. A few, mostly small European labels, such as hello Simone with her breathtakingly beautiful clothes and Wonderers with their remarkable knitting patterns, are going to join us in autumn.

Additionally, I am very interested in German labels. Think globally – act locally! There are a number of truly great designers such as Monkind, who are also going to join kleine feine leute this autumn.

In my experience, all these small labels have a great history which is also reflected in their products.

Which brands are represented at kleine feine leute?

At kleine feine leute we have products by Wolf & Rita, Gro Company, Repose Ams, minabulle, Milk & Buscuites, Love Kidswear, Oloff Jonsson, smalls, Salt-Water Sandals, kids on the moon, little Noah and Sons + Daughters. This selection is extended by hello Simone, Wonderers, Monkind, maed for mini, and Pierrot la Lune in autumn.

Shop discoveries kleine feine leute by Katherina Kopp kids wear online shop from germany kidsbrand minabulle

© Repose AMS

What is most important for you when selecting brands?

Design, quality, manufacturing, the label’s history, but also practical experiences with my four-year-old daughter influence my brand selection.

This is also the reason why I’m a bit cautious about entering the age group for above 10 year-olds, even though I’ve been told by many that there is a great demand.

Shop discoveries kleine feine leute by Katherina Kopp kids wear online shop from germany kidsbrand salt water

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You have a four-year-old daughter! To what extent are you allowed to participate in the selection process and what’s particularly important for you?

Just like most girls at that age, we are currently in the “dress phase”.

We have a great kindergarden where the children are going outside a lot, in almost every weather condition. These two things together sometimes lead to discussions.

Besides that, we agreed on me making the pre-selection and the final selection is then made by my daughter. This often leads to unexpected great combinations.

Nevertheless, I am certainly not free of having to withstand some things, but I am lucky to have a daughter that almost always shows great taste.

I think it’s quite surprising and calming at the same time, that children have a great sense for material quality and wear comfort. Here, we almost always agree.

Shop discoveries kleine feine leute by Katherina Kopp kids wear online shop from germany kidsbrand minabulle

© Minabulle

Next to your online shop you also organize pop-up events. What do you enjoy most about this?

We really enjoy the pop-ups, which we also call “Invited by… “, since we are able to get establish direct contact at these events. This also allows us to describe some products much better since we are able to experience them visually and physically.

For example the quality of merino wool by smalls. When viewing the shirt online you might be concerned about their price, but many parents that had the chance to hold the shirts in their own hands bought them immediately.

Shop discoveries kleine feine leute by Katherina Kopp kids wear online shop from germany repose amps

© Repose AMS

Last but not least we have to ask our mandatory question that we ask to all our interview partners: Please complete the sentence: “Kids are great, because …”

… they are so honest and direct with their reactions. This is a great gift!

It has been a true pleasure to present “kleine feine leute” to you. We wish all the best and good luck to Katherina, and happy browsing to our readers!

The next pop-up event “Invited by… ” takes place on the 23rd and 24th of June in Tragbar, Zenittistr. 23, in 80337 Munich.

Everybody is very welcome to join!

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Playtime comes to Berlin – Interview with Sébastien de Hutten, the organizer of Playtime Exhibitons http://pepeandnika.com/playtime-berlin/ http://pepeandnika.com/playtime-berlin/#respond Tue, 16 May 2017 11:10:54 +0000 http://pepeandnika.com/?p=17841/ We have great news for you: In addition to the trade shows Playtime Paris, New York and Tokyo, the kids fashion fair will also take place in Berlin this year....

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We have great news for you: In addition to the trade shows Playtime Paris, New York and Tokyo, the kids fashion fair will also take place in Berlin this year. Running alongside the renowned Fashion-Week, the show will eventually bring kids fashion and design right into the heart of Berlin. On a space of 2.800 square meters in the historical Palazzo Italia close to the Brandenburg Gate, within Playtime Berlin 120 brands will present their summer collections for 2018 on July 5th and 6th, 2017.

In February we reported extensively from the Playtime in Paris which is why we are super excited that the trade show is going to premiere in our capital this year! We’re obviously going to be there to give you all the insights!

As an official partner of Playtime Berlin, we present you with an exclusive interview with Sebastian de Hutten, the co-founder of Picaflor, the family business behind Playologie and organiser of Playtime Berlin. Find out here why Berlin of all cities was chosen as a new site for the Playtime and what differentiates our capital from the other traditional Playtime shows.

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Sebastien de Hutten and his associate and sister Marie Czapska, who is Playtime’s Artistic Director.

Mr. Sebastian de Hutten, thank you for finding the time to tell us a bit more about Playtime Berlin. As you can image, we are more than curious especially as it is THE kids fashion event that we are talking about. Something that gets fashionista mums as us pretty excited! After years of successes in Paris, Tokyo and New York, having the show here in Berlin makes Berliners like us quite proud. Now we’re part of the kids fashion fair heaven, how amazing!

Please tell us the reason for bringing Playtime to Berlin and why do it now?

We’ve been noticing for quite a while that the percentage of German as well as Northern and Eastern European buyers who come to Playtime Paris is lesser that most other countries. So we felt we had to get closer and Berlin came out as the most obvious choice for a new show due to it’s geographical position, its international visibility and an increasingly successful women’s and men’s fashion week.

At a time when most brands are looking at new possibilities for their development, we felt that there was an opportunity and that our internal structure allowed us to add another city to the Playtime catalogue.

How will Playtime Berlin differ from its role model Playtime Paris?

Obviously the show will be smaller in the beginning, but big enough tough, with 120 collections, to attract buyers from Germany and other surrounding countries. From the start we wanted to launch a new kind of Playtime that would somehow be easier and more efficient for the brands: A quick set up, a presentation closer to a department store than a traditional fair, a selection that extends to lifestyle and only 2 days instead of 3.

The exhibiting brands have been made public. Can you tell us what can visitors expect to see at the show?

A unique selection that no other show in Germany can offer, a stimulating and professional environment, new ideas to help them make the difference with their business. The typical Playtime mix that’s nowhere else to find!

Does this new German location bear special potential for the show’s concept? What do you hope for in regards to the development of Playtime itself? Will Playtime Berlin have an impact?

The Palazzo Italia perfectly meets our concept and matches our need for a modern and light venue that helps forget you’re at at trade show! It’s definitely a new formula for Playtime so, if it meets success, it could indeed be the start of something new that could be applied to other regions in the world.

Showcasing a kids fashion fair in Berlin isn’t a new idea. Both the Childrens Fashion Cologne and the Cookies Show tried their luck in the capital – unfortunately unsuccessfully. What differentiates Playtime Berlin from her predecessors and what will Playtime do better?

It won’t be about doing things better or worse but about doing what we’re good at, without looking into the rear view mirror : We’re in Berlin to build an international show, to put together an amazing selection of fashion and lifestyle brands, to create an environment that’s stimulating for both brands and buyers.

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A big thank you goes out to Sébastien de Hutten and Playtime who made this interview possible. We wish all you the best for this upcoming Berlin debut!

We will carry on providing you with news and information regarding the trade show’s start. Stay tuned!

Here some more impressions from our past reports:

Pepe&Nika goes Playtime Paris – Part I

Pepe&Nika goes Playtime Paris – Part II

 

Der Beitrag Playtime comes to Berlin – Interview with Sébastien de Hutten, the organizer of Playtime Exhibitons erschien zuerst auf Pepe&Nika.

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