Designer of the Week - Raenne

Hi folks. Today I’d like to introduce you to Rachel and her partner Ben, the creative minds behind Sydney label Raenne. These guys have recently started designing and printing their own organic fabrics, and have stitched up three stylish bandana bibs for your viewing pleasure. Oh, and we also have a gorgeous set of bibs to giveaway… read on!

Raenne Organic Baby, Bandana Bibs

The Product Review

If there’s one thing I love even more than modern design and organic fabrics, it’s local artists expressing their creativity and industriousness by getting out the silk screens, inks, and sewing machines and making a unique product, from scratch. These gorgeous bandana bibs are made from pure organic cotton, with custom designed patterns and fabrics that are exclusive to Raenne.

Raenne organics fabrics feature a very soft hand, with quality stitching, and chic unisex colourways that mix-and-match effortlessly with your favourite outfits. Each bib has an adjustable set of snaps, so the bibs will fit newborns right through to toddlers. The double layer of organic cotton will catch dribbles and spills, while giving your little ones some rockin’ style at the same time.

The verdict… Chic organics for modern accessorising.

Raenne Baby Bedding, Quilts, Blankets, Bibs

The Indie Label

Raenne was launched in May 2012 after Rachel struggled to find reasonably priced, yet good quality, baby items for her friends and family who were welcoming little ones into the world. Rachel explains, “I really begrudged paying high prices for items that probably weren’t made in the most ethical of ways and that could be found in every shop on the high street. So one day I decided to buy a sewing machine and some fabric and I made a few things for my friends. A few months later I launched my shop on Etsy”.

The name ‘Raenne’ is a mash up of Rachel and Ben, and represents their combination of talents. Rachel is a wiz on the sewing machine, and Ben is a hobbyist screen printer.

The Creative Mind

Rachel and Ben prefer to work with natural fabrics such as cotton and organic cotton knits. Rachel describes the Raenne aesthetic as “simple, yet modern” and is fond of bright colours and interesting patterns. She says, “I have always been very creative and find it very hard to sit and do nothing. I like to be doing something all the time and love to try and make new things. My mother is a seamstress and makes period costumes, so creativity definitely runs in the family. I have recently started to design my own fabric; the possibilities for patterns are endless and I am constantly thinking of new designs I’d like to create.”

Raenne Baby Bedding, Quilts, Blankets

The Whimsical Spirit

Here’s three fun facts about Rachel, in her own words:

  1. I am educated in both graphic design and web design and am now applying these skills to fabric design (which is much more fun) and to my business. Having said that I am still working on my website!

  2. I am originally from the UK and have been living in Australia for over 4 years now. I arrived in December 2009 with nothing more than a backpack and now here I am running my own little business.

  3. Speaking of backpacks, the one thing I really love to do is travel. I spend far too much time at my sewing machine to do much travelling these days! However, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

The Handmade Collection

The Raenne collection is handmade in Sydney, Australia and includes bibs, burp cloths, bunting, blankets and bedding, children’s clothing, and accessories. You can shop online via the Raenne Etsy Store, or visit Raenne on Facebook for all the latest news.

Raenne Baby Bedding, Quilts, Blankets

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Competition - Giveaway - WinWould you like to win a set of three organic bandana bibs from Raenne (in unisex designs)? To enter, simply visit Raenne and tell us which item is your favourite. Please submit your entry through the Rafflecopter widget below. You can also score extra entries into the prize draw by joining us on Facebook or tweeting about the giveaway. Winner announced on 1 May, 2014.

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Charlie Bird Clothing - Winter 2014

Oh my goodness! I’m so proud of the Australian talent serving up gorgeous handmade kids garb for the winter 2014 season. Today we’re swooning over the new range from Charlie Bird Clothing. The plum, mustard, and navy hues are simply breathtaking… and those velvet bloomers? Heavenly! I think this is my favourite Charlie Bird collection to date. Fabulous work by Ali from Melbourne!

Charlie Bird Clothing Winter 2014, Handmade Girls Clothing

Charlie Bird Clothing Winter 2014, Handmade Girls Clothing

Charlie Bird Clothing Winter 2014, Handmade Girls Clothing

Charlie Bird Clothing Winter 2014, Handmade Girls Clothing

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Retro Bubble Rompers by Firulì Firulà

I’ve always had a fondness for retro rompers, and these handmade delights from Firulì Firulà have just landed on my wishlist. Each piece is lovingly made in Italy from fine fabrics, with a minimal-chic appeal. Firulì Firulà designer and dressmaker, Rosa, believes that “kids need no more than a silent style, as their own beauty could bright and spread all around them”. Just gorgeous.

Retro Bubble Rompers by Firulì Firulà

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Designer of the Week - Swearhouse!

It’s my absolute pleasure today to introduce you to a super creative design duo from Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Alice and Bart are the driving force behind handmade label Swearhouse. These guys have an eye for style and a whole lot of personality! In review today we have an awesome tee from their brand new collection, inspired by Japanese kimono patterns and silhouettes.

Swearhouse Handmade Kids Clothing, Unisex, T-shirts, Kimono

The Product Review

This soon to be released collection by Swearhouse is inspired by traditional Japanese kimono patterns, and also features kimono sleeves with an overlocked hem. The range is made from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton and is screen-printed by hand with environmentally friendly water-based inks. I’m crazy about the laid-back styling of these tees, and recommend buying a roomy size, which looks super cool when styled with skinny jeans and hi-tops.

Swearhouse will be releasing more of these tees shortly, including long-sleeves with sweet Japanese patterns, so keep your eyes peeled folks!

The verdict… on trend, playful, and perfectly unisex!

Swearhouse Handmade Kids Clothing, Unisex, T-shirts, Kimono

The Indie Label

Swearhouse is a label run from a small studio in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. It was founded in 2008, by Alice and Bart, an illustrator/biologist designer/bass player couple. Alice explains, “We were both working in the creative industry for years, but we always felt it would be great to start a ‘little side project’ together. Primarily because it’s just great fun to brainstorm and dream about all the things we could do.”

In the beginning, Swearhouse wasn’t meant to be a children’s clothing label. Alice and Bart made all sorts of things under the Swearhouse logo, but it was the clothing that really took off. Alice says, “We began making more clothing designs: partly because of the great response we got, and partly because we became a mum and dad ourselves. With two little boys (6 and 2 years old) we began to notice that finding fun, affordable and conscious clothing wasn’t such an easy task, so there was a gap to fill.”

Swearhouse Handmade Kids Clothing, Unisex, T-shirts, Kimono

The Creative Mind

Alice and Bart draw inspiration from many sources including illustration, design, art, music, different cultures and nature. Alice was a Biologist for 7 years, and although she doesn’t work in that field anymore, it still holds her interest. She explains, “The colours, the patterns, and the strange yet amazing creatures are a never ending source of inspiration”. Alice also acknowledges her two little misters, for “their playfulness, their curiosity, and their humour”.

Swearhouse wishes for every child (and grown up) to stay curious and playful. Therefore, all of their clothing and accessories are made to be soft and comfortable. Swearhouse works with GOTS certified organic cotton knits, not only because of their ecological and social responsibility, but because it results in high quality products. Alice says, “All our designs are gender neutral, so they can easily be passed on to brothers and sisters and enjoyed again”.

Swearhouse Handmade Kids Clothing, Unisex, T-shirts, Kimono

The Whimsical Spirit

Here’s three fun facts about Alice & Bart:

  1. Alice loves to draw and is addicted to the computer game “Plants vs Zombies”.

  2. Bart loves to design and make music.

  3. They love to run Swearhouse together, but most off all they love family time.

The Handmade Collection

You can check out the complete Swearhouse collection online, shop for your favourites via Etsy, or visit Swearhouse on Facebook for all the latest news!

Swearhouse Handmade Kids Clothing, Unisex, T-shirts, Kimono

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