Designer of the Week - The Little Hummingbird

Happy Wednesday everyone! Today I have the pleasure of introducing creative duo from Los Angeles, Archna and Olivia, and their delightful label, the little hummingbird. In review today, we have the lillian top from the fall/winter 2012 collection.

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The Product Review

The little hummingbird lillian top is made from 100% cotton indigo chambray, with plaid detailing and pocket on the front and etched buttons on the reverse. In the photos below, you can see how lovely it looks with the funky red riley pant. However, as we’re coming into spring here in Australia, we decided test out the top with some retro bloomer shorts and a pair of Mary Janes for a cute, preppy look. The use of light weight fabric makes this the perfect trans-seasonal garment.

Here’s a few things that I liked about the lillian top. 1. I adore the etched buttons, as I’m sucker for charming details. 2. The A-line silhouette and angled sleeves give this top a stylish, laid-back feel, whilst also providing comfort for the wearer. 3. The plaid pocket provides a cute little home for found treasures and secret stashes!

The Verdict… Charming and versatile; with attention to detail.

The little hummingbird, handmade girls clothing, tops, dresses

The Indie Label

In late 2010, Archna sent Olivia an email asking if she knew of anyone who would want to partner up to start a children’s clothing line. Olivia said, “Me!” and the rest is history! Together they decided to follow their dreams of creating a children’s line while building a company that believes in social responsibility and making a positive impact on the world we live in.

The name “the little hummingbird” was chosen after many hours of research and thesaurus hopping. Olivia explains, “We fell in love with the idea of using “hummingbird” in our name.  Hummingbirds have been known in different cultures to be symbols of life, joy, wonder, and happiness, which is exactly how we feel about children. We also wanted to incorporate a bit of us into the label which is how we came up with using red in our logo, which is a colour that represents good luck in both the Indian and Chinese culture”.

The Creative Mind

The creation of the little hummingbird collections is very much a team effort, with lots of communication and ideas bouncing back-and-forth.

“We start by coming up with a loose theme which then evolves as we both begin sketching and sharing our ideas and the details, colours, and fabrications we’d like to use.  We then pick out our favourites and continue to edit them until we feel the line is what we envisioned, a cohesive balance of both of our ideas.  Once the silhouettes are solidified, we shop for fabrics and trim and finalise prints, patterns, and colourways.  We name the pieces last, which involves going through many names (especially of friends, family members, and our models) until the right one comes along and it feels like it’s a good fit!”

The Whimsical Spirit

Here’s three fascinating facts about Archna (in her own words):

  1. I love to sing.

  2. I have an african grey, whose favourite song is ‘happy birthday’.

  3. I have been skydiving, and absolutely LOVED it!

Here’s three fascinating facts about Olivia (in her own words):

  1. I am obsessed with taking jumping photos, they are so much fun!

  2. I always take spiders, bugs, and ants out in a cup.

  3. I am a huge animal lover, and have 3 adopted pups and tried to rescue a crow with a broken wing once, which resulted in it hiding under her bed the whole night!

The Handmade Collection

The little hummingbird is inspired by the free-spirited nature of children, the unaffected way they see the world, and the love and magic they bring while laughing, playing, and growing! The line is created with love in Southern California in small volumes with quality fabrics and a portion of proceeds is donated to a different charity each year.

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