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Blau{inspo} /// Finding childlike joy everyday in every situation! |📷 GK Sholanke
Blau{inspo} /// Finding childlike joy everyday in every situation! |📷 GK Sholanke

Blau{inspo} /// Finding childlike joy everyday in every situation! |📷 GK Sholanke

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Blau{inspo} /// J.W. Anderson SS/14 ad campaign |📷 Jamie Hawkesworth(lurvvvvve his work all of it!) #teens #teenagers #fashion #teenfashion #design #adolescent #teengirls #inspo #style #youth #lostkids #blauinspo #photographer #tweens #jamiehawkesworth #jwanderson
Blau{inspo} /// J.W. Anderson SS/14 ad campaign |📷 Jamie Hawkesworth(lurvvvvve his work all of it!) #teens #teenagers #fashion #teenfashion #design #adolescent #teengirls #inspo #style #youth #lostkids #blauinspo #photographer #tweens #jamiehawkesworth #jwanderson

Blau{inspo} /// J.W. Anderson SS/14 ad campaign |📷 Jamie Hawkesworth(lurvvvvve his work all of it!) #teens #teenagers #fashion #teenfashion #design #adolescent #teengirls #inspo #style #youth #lostkids #blauinspo #photographer #tweens #jamiehawkesworth #jwanderson


From the moment I discovered new british label Pala Mino via Instagram, I could sense from their feed that whatever they had brewing would be quality! Designer Louise Coughlan has strong roots in design as a freelance costume maker for various clients like Downtown Abbey, The Welsh National Opera and Gifford Circus to name a few. Now marry that background with kidswear and you’ve got a winner. I’d been corresponding with Louise and her partner Zoe Bennett Jones(she handles the marketing/biz side) and have been completely giddy about the launch of their collection. After speaking with the two and learning how dedicated they were, full time working mothers toiling away in the the wee hours of the night pattern making, sewing, pr all by themselves I’ve grown a fond respect for the pair.

They graciously sent a couple pieces from the collection to give a sort of test run. WOW the quality was unbelievable, not cheap flimsy fabrics that would be done after one wash. The garments were so plush and the construction, impeccable with sizing from ages 3-8 years. Louise was inpsired by colour blocking found in 90’s sportswear, the type worn by French exchange students. A main strength of the collection, none of the pieces are tight all very loose fitting(giving room to grow & move) with classic shapes like the sweatshirts that have dolman style sleeves and contrasting neoprene waistbands. She described the color palette as toned down, filtered, sun bleached like David Hockney’s pool paintings. There’s also a series of graphic tshirts with a Pala Mino spin on the classic deck of card suits. Overall the debut Pala Mino collection is strong and timeless. The attention to details like quality, modernity and comfort all make this brand one to keep an eye on.


[Nuvany is wearing the Double Dutch Jersey Dress and Josh is wearing the Kiss Chase Long Sleeve Sweatshirt by Pala Mino]

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Blau Picks /// When you realize that breastfeeding your four kids wasn’t totally in vain[they sucked the life out of em🙈] because you can still squeeze into a sz 12/14 at crewcuts and own a piece of one of your{current}fav artists work @donalddrawbertson…your day is made😁#donaldrobertson #notyouraveragemom #crewcuts #children #jcrew #kidswear #blaupicks #igartist #childrenswear #wearthecupcakecrown #art #artist #dripdripdrip #besties #nycartist #donalddrawbertson #kids #cooldads #illustrator #obsessed
Blau Picks /// When you realize that breastfeeding your four kids wasn’t totally in vain[they sucked the life out of em🙈] because you can still squeeze into a sz 12/14 at crewcuts and own a piece of one of your{current}fav artists work @donalddrawbertson…your day is made😁#donaldrobertson #notyouraveragemom #crewcuts #children #jcrew #kidswear #blaupicks #igartist #childrenswear #wearthecupcakecrown #art #artist #dripdripdrip #besties #nycartist #donalddrawbertson #kids #cooldads #illustrator #obsessed

Blau Picks /// When you realize that breastfeeding your four kids wasn’t totally in vain[they sucked the life out of em🙈] because you can still squeeze into a sz 12/14 at crewcuts and own a piece of one of your{current}fav artists work @donalddrawbertson…your day is made😁#donaldrobertson #notyouraveragemom #crewcuts #children #jcrew #kidswear #blaupicks #igartist #childrenswear #wearthecupcakecrown #art #artist #dripdripdrip #besties #nycartist #donalddrawbertson #kids #cooldads #illustrator #obsessed

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Blau[spiration] /// Fall is coming…Vogue Paris|photography{Mikael Jansson} #kidswear #vogueparis #kids #blauspiration #children #fall #mikaeljansson
Blau[spiration] /// Fall is coming…Vogue Paris|photography{Mikael Jansson} #kidswear #vogueparis #kids #blauspiration #children #fall #mikaeljansson

Blau[spiration] /// Fall is coming…Vogue Paris|photography{Mikael Jansson} #kidswear #vogueparis #kids #blauspiration #children #fall #mikaeljansson

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Come pin with us  ➡️pinterest.com/blau4blau {photo Fanny Latour-Lambert} #pinterest #followus #inspiration
Come pin with us  ➡️pinterest.com/blau4blau {photo Fanny Latour-Lambert} #pinterest #followus #inspiration

Come pin with us ➡️pinterest.com/blau4blau {photo Fanny Latour-Lambert} #pinterest #followus #inspiration

Designer Chat is a series created to highlight brands/designers that I personally believe are pushing the envelope aesthetically and with the vision they have for their respective brands.
As a child what did you want to be when you grew up?
As a child, I wanted to be a (are you ready?) hair-wardrobe-make up-stylist-photographer-and-apparel-designer. I remember for “Career Day” in grade school, I came to class suited with a tool belt full of hair products, supplies, nail polish, a sewing kit, and measuring tape around my neck. I was a mess, but I guess I was in tune with what I wanted all along.
You recently graduated from SPU [Seattle Pacific University]. Tell us about your experience & journey there?
Attending SPU was an eye-opener for me. I spent most of my time there (1.5 years) reflecting on my passion for design and my aspirations for the future. Being in an environment that cultivates selflessness and care for others has strengthen what I truly feel is my purpose in this physical world—to inspire others to be greater and to have courage to be themselves—whether it be through my designs, encounters, or giving back to the community.
What prompted you to create a kidswear line?
Children are so innocent. So transparent. So free. Being a designer that focuses on linearity, it is a breath of fresh air to be able to exercise the quirky side of my artistic abilities.
Fall 13 you debuted your menswear label Le Notre. Visibly there’s a similar aesthetic between Le Notre and Meme your kidswear line. What are some differences between the two?
Le Notre and Meme are similar in design aesthetics but are different in use of textiles and shapes. With kidswear, I feel like I have more room to experiment with all sorts of patterns and prints, and will continue to go into this minimal, yet, tasteful direction as time goes on. Silhouettes are elongated and widened to compensate for a growing child. For menswear, I have a more specific vision that I plan on sticking to—designs and palettes will remain darker, but the end result is to push its wearer out of their comfort zone—whether that be with using more delicate fabrics that are uncommon in menswear, elongated and slimmer silhouettes, or even more feminine design characteristics. When I design for Meme I think of boys, when I design for Le Notre I think of women.
I’m a big fan of minimal garments for children and I love how you’ve still been able to incorporate notable variation and character throughout the collection even though the color palette is monochromatic. Do you ever feel limited or bored because of that?
I feel limited in the use of textiles that are appropriate for children to wear versus actual designs of garments. With the chiffon I’ve introduced in the SS14 Delivery 1 collection, I’ve had to use it in ways that it made sense for a child at play (as panels versus the actual body of the garment)—as free and mobile as children are, I don’t want my garments to restrict them from being comfortable.
Name two of your favorite designers and explain how their work influences yours, if so?
Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo are my biggest influences. I can write a whole novel on how they influence me—but in short, just their overall knowledge and playfulness, yet, impeccable attention to form and detail are what capture me.
Can you tell us about Art With Heart and why you felt the need to partner with them?
I have a really soft heart for children and with that comes an even softer place for art as well. I sound like a broken record, but a child’s innocence is so inspiring and genuine, and definitely fragile. In our fast-paced, technological world, I feel like we often forget how we grew up as children and neglect to really focus on a child’s true needs or miss out on opportunities to really help develop a child’s imagination and creativity. Art With Heart’s mission is to help children overcome any hardships they are going through in life, through creative expression. This mission alone is the reason why I wanted to partner with them as it resonates with how I even cope with difficult times—with and through art.
What sets Meme. apart from other brands in the ever growing kidswear market?
Meme focuses on gender neutrality and longevity in garments. I design with kids in mind—their growth, their habits, and how they might play. Keeping it gender neutral ensures that brothers and sisters can share clothing (as I did growing up), or that they can be passed to the next sibling, and so on, which goes into the longevity aspect. Longevity in a sense that I keep in mind the kinds of textiles I use—how washable are they? Will this get destroyed in the grass?—and longevity through the silhouettes I’ve created; tops/bottoms are elongated or widened to ensure a longer time frame for wears (if you take a look at the collections I’ve posted, samples were made in a 4T/5T and the ages of children range from 4-7 years old).
One trend in kids fashion that you wish would go away and hopefully never be resurrected?
Crocs. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen kids running around and tripping in their Crocs! And I’m sure we can agree that shoes can make or break an outfit… Why tarnish such a cute outfit with these bulky shoes?
Visit www.memekidswear.com to shop the collection

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Blau Events /// This Saturday July 19th from 9:30am-12pm The Whitney Museum{NYC} is having a Jeff Koons Family Opening. There will be a slew of art related activities to help educate kids on Koons work & process. You can find out more info at www.whitney.org under EVENTS! #whitneymuseum #jeffkoons #children #art #artist #kids #blau4blau #art4kids #nyckids #blogger #nyckidsevents
Blau Events /// This Saturday July 19th from 9:30am-12pm The Whitney Museum{NYC} is having a Jeff Koons Family Opening. There will be a slew of art related activities to help educate kids on Koons work & process. You can find out more info at www.whitney.org under EVENTS! #whitneymuseum #jeffkoons #children #art #artist #kids #blau4blau #art4kids #nyckids #blogger #nyckidsevents

Blau Events /// This Saturday July 19th from 9:30am-12pm The Whitney Museum{NYC} is having a Jeff Koons Family Opening. There will be a slew of art related activities to help educate kids on Koons work & process. You can find out more info at www.whitney.org under EVENTS! #whitneymuseum #jeffkoons #children #art #artist #kids #blau4blau #art4kids #nyckids #blogger #nyckidsevents

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Gorgeeee 16 year old Lottie Moss{yep Kate Moss’s little sister} for Calvin Klein’s upcoming capsule collection with mytheresa.com shot by Michael Avedon grandson of iconic photographer Richard Avedon❤️❤️❤️#teens #teenagers #lottiemoss #youth #adolescent #calvinklein #fashion #teenfashion #michaelavedon #sisters #katemoss #siblings #ckjeans #reissueproject #teengirls
Gorgeeee 16 year old Lottie Moss{yep Kate Moss’s little sister} for Calvin Klein’s upcoming capsule collection with mytheresa.com shot by Michael Avedon grandson of iconic photographer Richard Avedon❤️❤️❤️#teens #teenagers #lottiemoss #youth #adolescent #calvinklein #fashion #teenfashion #michaelavedon #sisters #katemoss #siblings #ckjeans #reissueproject #teengirls

Gorgeeee 16 year old Lottie Moss{yep Kate Moss’s little sister} for Calvin Klein’s upcoming capsule collection with mytheresa.com shot by Michael Avedon grandson of iconic photographer Richard Avedon❤️❤️❤️#teens #teenagers #lottiemoss #youth #adolescent #calvinklein #fashion #teenfashion #michaelavedon #sisters #katemoss #siblings #ckjeans #reissueproject #teengirls

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Really excited for the launch of this amazing label. Lots of love, hardwork & skills went into this collection, it’s very evident. I can’t say enough good things about the garments but while I sort out getting some photos of my crew in this gear take a look {& FOLLOW😉} at @pala_mino 🙏🙌🙌🙌 #palamino #kidswear #kids #children #childrenswear #design #kidsclothing #vscocam #vscokids #stylishkids #details #ss14 #handmadeintheuk #quality
Really excited for the launch of this amazing label. Lots of love, hardwork & skills went into this collection, it’s very evident. I can’t say enough good things about the garments but while I sort out getting some photos of my crew in this gear take a look {& FOLLOW😉} at @pala_mino 🙏🙌🙌🙌 #palamino #kidswear #kids #children #childrenswear #design #kidsclothing #vscocam #vscokids #stylishkids #details #ss14 #handmadeintheuk #quality

Really excited for the launch of this amazing label. Lots of love, hardwork & skills went into this collection, it’s very evident. I can’t say enough good things about the garments but while I sort out getting some photos of my crew in this gear take a look {& FOLLOW😉} at @pala_mino 🙏🙌🙌🙌 #palamino #kidswear #kids #children #childrenswear #design #kidsclothing #vscocam #vscokids #stylishkids #details #ss14 #handmadeintheuk #quality