Remember my guest post at Tot-a-Style? Well, it's Totstylist Sangita, the blogger behind the lovely unique blog, who is writing today's post for SHP.
I met Sangita a few months ago when she was visiting NY for a trade show and it has been a slew of emails exchanged ever since :) Liking her as much as I do, very happy to have her over at SHP today!
Over to Sangita.....
This guest post for SHP has been long overdue and thanks to the always accommodating Divya, I took my time to get this out and over here. It's a little feature on a few kidswear brands that have been inspired by the rich and glorious wealth of the Indian subcontinent. I hope you enjoy reading this little post, which is probably a little different than what you would see here on SHP, but it's art and design nevertheless!
Featuring a line of special occasion dresses for little girls between the ages of 2 and 6, Minor Edition or ME is the baby of designer Ipshita Chatterjee. The line showcases a combination of color, imagination and creativity in one package.
I love the fact that Ipshita's dresses have a lovely old world feel about them, almost like they are customized for you! I literally grew up in couture luxury, my mom sewed almost my childhood clothes and I know I didn't appreciate it then but I sure do now!!
Masala baby, Dipali Patwa's venture is a sheer joy and delight to anyone who appreciates color and vibrance. They offer a range from 6 months to 6 years of bold, fun and carefree line of clothes that includes dresses, skirts, tunics, hoodies, pants, tees, bodysuits and shirts. There is a distinct Indian flair with true international design sensibilities.
You can most definitely feel the Indian vibe through their colorful site filled with fuschia, turmeric, peacock feathers...takes me to the India of my dreams every time I visit the site.
Cupcakes and Pastries staying true to their name are dresses that can be worn to afternoon mother-daughter tea parties where tea, cookies, candies and cupcakes & pastries are served! The perfect little attire for an afternoon make -believe party!
Inshi Khanna, the creative visionary behind the label draws her inspiration from her travels, from nature, from architecture and gives us this magical collection. Like most moms she started out designing with her daughter in mind, now you know something crafted with so much love can only be perfect!
Bouton kids by Rekha Iyer Marchand is a very contemporary and crisp brand. Each piece is hand finished using only natural fabrics in cotton, silk or wool. The collection is only limited-edition and includes reversible, quilted jackets lined with flannel, beautiful dresses, tops, tunics, trousers, shirts and nightwear, that are versatile enough to be worn all year round..
I love the earthiness of this collection and the very laid back silhouettes. One can easily tell that Rekha has put in a lot of thought into the comfort factor for her collection, something that works well with both kids and their parents.
Chakra for kids started by Bindu Kasinadhuni and Sara Hignite is based on the traditional Indian concept of Chakra, "the circle of life - always revolving, always in flux - emanating joy and hope."
Chakra offers an eco friendly clothing line for kids with modern silhouettes and color palettes. They infuse the traditional process of block printing with contemporary styling to create a one of a kind collection. Be on the lookout for this gorgeous line soon to be seen on a very popular flash sale site!!
SAMA Baby, founded in 2006 by Shivani Gupta, Anita Gupta, and Neha Gupta, is an eco-friendly and organically sustainable company for like-minded consumers. SAMA which means balance, calmness and serenity in Sanskrit encompasses what SAMA baby is all about. They create fun, fashionable and luxurious products which include clothes and blankets for babies and kids.
Ode, is the newest addition to this bandwagon of Indian inspired kids wear brands. Started by two sisters Roopa and Amisha, the collection pays homage to their little hometown in India, Ode.
This collection uses color like it is going out of fashion capturing and bottling this essence of India in their magical and fun collection that is sure to bring a smile on the faces of kids and parents alike.
On a parting note I must add how exciting it is to see more and more entrepreneurs of Indian origin adding their two cents to the big wide world of fashion and style, There is vast amount of Indian textile wealth that is slowing getting its due diligence in the fashion foray.
***All photos courtesy of respective brands featured here***________________________________________________________________________________
Ok folks- I'm off to San Fransisco for some much needed R&R, much needed time spent with my favorite cousins and of course to meet Sangita again :)