Lou Clifton is a Dunedin lass who has been designing and making children's shoes for several years under the banner, Lou's Shoes. She has always made totally fantastic shoes but she recently took a break from her children's line to go to Australia and develop her shoemaking skills. She went and worked with a variety of bespoke shoemakers and came home to Dunedin with an adult shoe range in her sights. I'm not sure if she's released the big people shoes yet, but she has released a new line of kiddies shoes and they are to. die. for. If the adults shoes are anywhere near as cool as her baby shoes, I'll be looking at some serious shoe-debt. In the mean time, I am just trying to decide what shoes need to make it into Edie's wardrobe.
|I think these Pierrot ones will be on the shopping list|
Another lovely Dunedin lady showing her talents is Rachel Owen. After Rachel had her son, she asked her mother to teach her all her crafty secrets. She passed over quilting, decided knitting wasn't for her, but crochet was just her cup of tea and away she went. Once she'd crocheted entire wardrobes of clothes for her own child, she decided it was probably time to share the love and started to sell her creations. And so Kid Lidz was born. Edie was lucky enough to be given one such creation for her first birthday - an owl hat - and we get so many comments about it. And you no-kiddy people are in luck. She makes them in big people sizes too...
|Edie jazzed to have an owl on her head.|
Well this is turning into a Dunedin love-fest as I'm now about to rave on about Helen Riley-Duddin who is the brains behind Tinch Design. She designs restickable wallscapes for kidlets (and big people too). Now this idea is not new. When I went to decorate Edie's room before she arrived, I found a bizillion cute wall stickies I could have put on her wall. In the end, I chose two different designs that were not Helen's work. They're cute. I like them. But Helen's are cool so I was stoked when Harriet gave us one after Edie was born. What makes them different? She uses upcycled textiles (mainly wallpaper and fabric) to make them so they just look... funky. Helen describes them as "half way between play and art" and the lady knows what she is talking about. Plus on a practical note, they are restickable. Really. Not like those stickers that stuck ok at first but after you moved them, seemed to attract fluff from your carpet, your cat, and the back of the refrigerator, and have started to peel off the wall. But if you were still worried about the fluff, you can get magnetic backing instead. You'd happily have them on the walls of your house, unlike massive Dora or Spiderman decals that I would begrudgingly accept if Edie really wanted them and they would certainly not appear in any non-kiddy-zone room. They have become my new 'go to gift'.
|Edie's wallscape. Edie points to it and says, "hooo! hooo!"|
And just to prove this isn't all about Dunedin, here is one of my favourite online kiddy stores - Frugi. There is so much to love about this stuff. It's organic, it's ethical, it's made with cloth nappy bums in mind (they're fat and therefore can be tricky to fit into normal trousers in case you were wondering), and it's totally cute. The people are awesome too, which helps. They have such a cool wee community going (they call it Planet Frugi) and they truly seem to 'get it' - they are in touch with their customers who they treat more like friends than dollar signs, and they truly love their product. They do ship to New Zealand (postage is usually around 12 pound) so there's no stopping you. Or at least there's no stopping me as Phil can attest to. But Edie clearly needs cute stuff to match her own cuteness.
So there you have it peeps - some of the kiddy stuff I've been fixating on. The list is long however so I may need to slip the odd bit of kiddy kool into other posts but I'm sure you'll forgive me. After all, we'd all like a wolf t-shirt and white leather pom pom boots at heart.