Behind the Scenes at Starship for Littles
Today Izzy and Ferd releases it's FW15 collection titled 'Polar Quest' and we have a special interview with the founders and designers, Cindy and Joe. We love the prints in this collection and that every piece is unisex and ultra soft.Take it away Cindy and Joe!What is your inspiration for your current collection?Our FW15 collection is inspired by the adventures of Polar Explorer Roald Amundsen. The man was a legend. He led the first expeditions to reach the South and North Pole. Where other men perished, he prevailed. On our textiles you’ll see sights that he would have seen on his travels through these treacherous, frozen lands. You’ll see wondrous beasts like the bulbous walrus and elegant eider duck. You’ll experience the starry beauty of arctic flowers. And you’ll see the confident strength of his loyal sled dogs.How do you brainstorm ideas for new collections?Our collections are always grounded in a narrative. Brainstorms happen organically – sometimes in the midst of a bedtime story, a conversation, or a recollection of things taught and remembered from our childhood. We have a 3 year old toddler who is going through the “why?” stage of development. Believe it or not, some of our best brainstorms occur while responding to his questions. We hear “why?” at least 10 times a day. There is a lot of brainstorming happening in our household these days!Describe your typical work day.There is a lot of moving parts. Typically, we have 3 different collections at various stages of development. We have the current collection at market, a second collection that is in production, and a third collection that is being developed. All of this is happening simultaneously and we’re juggling to make sure things get done and balls don’t drop. We spend the bulk of our day responding to e-mails, handling logistics, balancing the books, researching, hosting design calls, and driving around town to run errands. Pick up fabric here. Drop them off there. Pick up samples here. Mail them off there. You get the picture. It’s crazy, but we love it.How did you get where you are today as a designer?Daring to branch off and write our own narrative. We believe life is one grand adventure. We didn’t want to miss out because we were afraid. We were willing to put in the work and keep at it. If this means hauling large bolts into the back of our Prius – so be it.Any advice for budding designers?Be fearless. Find good vendors that you trust. Mostly importantly, ask and accept help!How did you celebrate your first sale?We reinvested the money back into the business.Coffee, tea or neither?Coffee sweetened with condensed milk.You can shop the current collection under the 'wear' tab or under 'brands', Izzy and Ferd.xox,Heather
Today we have a special interview for you with the very sweet Sara of Filemon Kid. The autumn/ winter collection from this Swedish brand is released today and we are in love with every piece! (organic cotton, raccoons, leopards, unisex pieces, ultra soft and cozy fabrics...what's not to love!)
Without further ado, take it away Sara!
What is your inspiration for your current collection?
I always have nature and color as an inspiration! For this collection I had "Sumatra" as the original inspiration but it ended up somewhere else, in a good way.
How do you brainstorm ideas for new collections?
Usually I have had time to "kill some darlings" previously, sometimes you have to reject things you really like since they make the collection less cohesive. When it is time to sketch on a new collection I usually pick up some old sketches and see if there is something there to work with and build around. Then we make a theme to base the collection on (could be a country, continent, fairytale, element, etc.). However I'm not very strict with following the theme but use it more as a general guide.
Describe your typical work day.
The first thing I do when I wake up is to check and answer e-mails. I usually work from home and I have to take a break to drop my kids off at playschool. When I get back home the real work begins! I'm afraid that there aren't any "typical days", they are all very different. My favorite type of workday is when I have time to do some sketching, you would be surprised how few of those days there are. I take another break in the late afternoon to pick up my children again, when I have put them to bed I start the work again and continue until I go to bed.
How did you get where you are today as a designer?
I actually worked as a shoe designer for several years at a large company before I founded Filemon Kid. When I had my second baby I realized I would like to focus more on my own creativity and less on somebody else's commercial visions. I quit my job and started Filemon Kid.
Any advice for budding designers?
March to the beat of your own drum. It's easy to get caught up and lose yourself in current trends and start designing what you think the mass would want. Its better to stay true to your own style and visions.
Coffee, tea or neither?
Both, and lots of it!
We'll be highlighting interviews with our designers throughout this blog, so stay tuned for more!xox,
It's no secret monochrome is hot right now. We do love a splash of color over here, but there is something so modern, clean and perfectly simple about black and white.
I've rounded up a few of my top favorite monochrome items for baby that are currently available in the shop. All of these would make an excellent baby shower gift and are perfect for both boy and girl.
1. Le bébé onesie by Hugo Loves Tiki. Simple, chic, and incredibly cute!xox,
2. Black drops bodysuit by Noé and Zoë. Ultra soft organic cotton, pair it with anything!
3. Riceberry large plush by Noodoll. Perfect for the nursery, in the crib, on a chair or on display.
4. Bunny pillowcase by Little Pop Studio. Miffy inspired, perfect gift to grow with baby and add charm to the nursery.
5. Stars and Stripes crown by Noé and Zoë. Perfect for baby's first birthday, a special day, or to put on display. A favorite around here that can be used for years.
6. Yay! tray by Buddy and Bear. Put on display special trinkets, use as a placeholder for mamas coffee during feedings, the uses are endless!
7. Black drops blanket by Noé and Zoë. Matches the Black Drops bodysuit perfectly, ultra soft organic cotton, perfect for swaddling, tummy time or an extra layer of warmth.
Hello there and welcome to Starship for Littles’ blog!
My name is Heather and my husband Erik and I live in Dallas by way of Minneapolis. We have a toddler son named Rowan and a newborn daughter, Luella.
I am always on the lookout for the newest and greatest in kids fashion and accessories and love unique prints, ethical production and only purchase pieces that are constructed extremely well. Everything you see in the shop is handpicked by me and sought out from both large and small, up and coming brands from around the world. Only the softest fabrics, sturdiest toys and most unique decor is chosen that is both unique and can stand the test of time.
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