Sweet vintage: Zoé de las Cases let’s you travel back in time

The essence of a beautiful childhood and past, happy memories are bottled up in French designer Zoé de las Cases‘ beautiful products. This French brand combines vintage photos with colorful drawing and children’s handwriting, and the result is extremely adorable and extremely French! Check out these cardboard gift boxes, postcards, paper dolls, adhesive cardboard characters and magnets:


Available at Mes habits chéris. Magnets €25.00, cardboard characters €10.00, paper dolls €13.00, cardboard boxes €8.75.



Vintage book bags by Miniséri
June 25, 2008, 10:30 pm
Filed under: Accessories, Decor, Picks for Grown-ups, Toys and games | Tags: , , ,

I know it’s only summer now, but back to school sales start much earlier than fall. So if you want to spice up your kids’ school supplies and are looking for some really out of the ordinary bags with a French vintage feel to them, I have the perfect items for you here. And even better: there are also great totes, satchels and other items for adults, not just for kids! I bet the bigger ones would make great diaper bags, too!


Miniséri is a very young company, whose first collection was only presented in January 2007. They produce a range of children’s accessories, mainly bags of all kinds and sizes, from book bags to lunch bags, handbags, shoulder bags… They are all beautifully crafted, most are in leather, and many also have French prints on the top flap.


Available at Mes habits chéris. Big bookbag (grand cartable) €90.00, small bookbag (petit cartable) €65.00, mini bookbag/purse (mini cartable) €80.00 (leather) €49.00 (fabric)



Wonderful Asian vintage kitsch by Dumpling Dynasty

I will end today’s edition with the wonderful, whimsical items by Wu and Wu’s Dumpling Dynasty. For example, check out this beautiful pigtail set filled with a mirror and comb, as well as vintage hair accessories.

Or take a look at these charming explorer and baking kits, that come with a vintage-style metal torch, magnifying glass, metal compass, string with knot-guide and notebook and pencil, or in the case of the baking kit, with a set of celebration candles, rolling pin, wooden spoon, three metal star cookie cutters, cupcake cases and recipes.

But Dumpling Dynasty also has beautiful Chinese inspired bags and mugs, along with some other great vintage kits, they even have a first aid one!

Available from Dumpling Dynasty, kits and bag for £14.00, teapot and mugs set for £20.00.



Nostalgic alphabet poster by Binth

My last alphabet pick comes from design studio Binth. It’s alphabet poster is inspired by mid-century Danish animal toys and will look great in any modern nursery with its simple design and muted colors. What makes this artwork so great is that even though the vintage toy designs are very much suited for little children, it is not childish and in fact so classy and modern at the same time, that it will be a beautiful decoration for many years to come. The beautiful letters are also available individually, so you can also spell out your child’s name, e.g. The poster is screen-printed, 24×40” and can be bought either framed or unframed:


Binth also has several other great children’s items in classical modern style worth taking a look, e.g a precious babybook, a colorful number print and a gorgeous memory game:


Check out their website for more great designs, they have gorgeous prints for adults as well!
Available at Binth , unframed $85.00, framed $375.00, babybook $110.00, number print unframed $55.00, framed $225.00, memory game $44.00.



Beds, dolls and more from Mies en Moos
June 20, 2008, 9:52 pm
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OK, I guess I am sort of stuck on Dutch design right now, so here comes another one! Actually, I do feel a little bad providing you that link, as the Mies en Moos website is only available in Dutch and oh so ‘smartly’ designed that their webpresence merely consists of screen-size jpgs, so the google translator won’t work. But their products are beautiful, so I just could not keep them to myself.


Aren’t these dolls called Lijsje (Caucasian girl), Gijs (boy) and Lin (Asian girl) adorable? Lijsje is available in several haircolors and hairstyles, and always wears a unique dress. All dolls are 73cm tall. Custom-made dolls are also available, e.g. to resemble your child; it is even possible to ask for a handicapped doll.


There are even two doll beds available for Lijsje and her friends. What’s even better, the beautiful bedding can be bought, too.


The beautiful wooden bed you see is called Ella’s bed and is available in toddler and twin size. Custom-made cribs and cradles are also available in the Ella design.


I think this girls closet called Ella’s kast (kast=closet) is simply beautiful and works very well in a country style interior, and of course in combination with the matching bed. Standard closet: 200cmx100cmx60cm, one side clothes rail, other side shelves, but it can also be custom-made, and there’s also a Chinese style closet available.

Mies and Moos do not offer a real webshop, but you can order via email (info@miesenmoos.com). Ella’s kast starting from € 595.00, Ella’s bed: toddler size € 299.00, twin size € 349.00, dolls €34.95 each, cast-iron doll bed € 74.95, wooden doll bed € 49.95, doll bedding € 19.95. Unfortunately though, I have to curb your enthusiasm, because they say furniture can only be picked up and will not be delivered by mail (this of course does not include the doll beds).



Cuteness packed into crochet and polka dots: Franck & Fischer

We continue our Danish tour by moving further along to Franck & Fischer‘s adorable creations.  The company was founded in 2004 by fashion designer Annemarie Franck and businesswoman Charlotte Fischer.  Due to their wonderful child-friendly designs, inspired by vintage images and childhood-memories, in addition to the fair-trade production Franck and Fischer uses, the company has been able to estalish a wide reputation in such a short period of time.  Among others, the product range includes soft toys, bags and pillows.

And now, before I rattle on even further, just take a look, because you really have to see these charming faces.  They do create vintage and child-hood souvenir items to perfection, don’t they?  Just so precious and absolutely adorable, each and every one of them!

Available at Scandezign, e.g. crochet rattle$23.00.



It’s all about the patterns: Eliza Gran’s vintage fashion
June 11, 2008, 12:30 pm
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…and of course about the timeless vintage cuts as well, and the gorgeous vintage fabrics, and overall, do I have to mention that vintage is written all over these clothes? 😉
OK, I suppose I’ve let the cat out of the bag again! It’s vintage day! 🙂 I’ve come up with some pretty sweet things again, and I just had to start the day with Eliza Gran. Funny enough, some time ago I read this great interview of Eliza Gran on B:Kids, Irene Hoofs’ children’s design blog (check it out for yourselves, it’s really great, a lot of Dutch and vintage inspired design), and at about the same time, there was also a post on the Celebrity Baby Blog about a sighting of Cindy Crawford and her daughter Kaia, and the whole blog went crazy about Kaia’s dress. To make it short, I really knew I had found something great, something that had to be shared with you.  So voilà, here are some pictures of the current collection:

Available in the Eliza Gran online store, e.g. Kaia’s dress (1st picture) for $76.00, however only infant sizes 3 and 6 months still available.  But check out the fall 2007 collection, there are some great discounts available, and Eliza’s designs are truly timeless, so you can well buy your winter collection ahead of time and let the kids wear them later.