Thursday, April 24, 2014

10 Minutes With...

Welcome to another 10 Minutes With interview from the land of online fashion! This time around let's pack the bags and head for Europe, more specifically Holland! Sit back for a new interview with the founder of hip webshop SpringStof, Christel Jansen. With a background in fashion and as an experienced photographer, she has an excellent feel for exciting kids clothes, combining a mature and youthful look. 

Can you tell us a little bit about how SpringStof started? What is your inspiration, and how did you come up with the name?

After working as a freelance photographer I had the chance to work as a product manager in the fashion industry and worked for several labels. When my son Mees was born, I noticed that a lot of children’s wear was so standard, so uncreative. I decided to start selling the labels that do have a specific style, that are fun, bold and original.

Inspiration can be found everywhere. I get my inspiration mostly out of magazines, movies and online. But I find it also in the little things in life, like going outside and spending time with friends.

It took quite some time before the name SpringStof came up. We were looking for an English name but the Dutch word SpringStof was perfect. The English word for SpringStof would be “Explosive”. Besides that in the Dutch language you can find two separate words in it 'Spring' and 'Stof'. 'Spring' means jump and 'stof' means fabric, so we sell fabric made for jumping.

1. Eagle Tee by Finger in the Nose / 2.  Icon slim fit jeans by Finger in the Nose / 3. Jacket by Finger in the Nose / 4. Trainers by  Tip Toey Joey / 5. Backpack by Herschel / 6. Plush/pillow by Lion of Leisure / 7. Belt by Shampoodle.  

The sort of labels a shop carries almost describes the soul of a shop, how would you describe the style of SpringStof?

Springstof is the fun, stylish and a bit artistic webshop for little fashionistas and mini hipsters. Clothing is an important tool to show who you are and what your style is. Children are so imaginative, so original and creative, it is only logical for me that they can express themselves by what they wear, just like grownups do.

When you receive a package from Springstof, it should feel like a special present that is selected and wrapped with lots of attention and care. I want people to experience that when they visit the webshop as well. That’s why we put a lot of effort in the look and feel and do our own photo shoots, design our own posters and postcards. This season we even made a video lookbook, which we are pretty proud of.

1. Dress by Popupshop / 2.  Stockings by Popupshop / 3. Elastic bow by Soft Gallery / 4. Poster by  SpringStof / 5. leopard sandals by Pom d'Api / 6. Swimsuit by Popupshop / 7. Bag by Bobo Choses

What are some of your favourite pieces coming into the shop this season, and is there any specific trends you have spotted?

Some of my favorites are LOUD Apparel Gabs Vampire tee, the Cat dress from BANGBANG Copenhagen and the Thea Ape tee from Soft Gallery.  I’m also happy to have Bobo Choses, Mini Rodini and Mói the shop, I really love these authentic and creative brands.

Prints are still it, you see them in several collections. Especially animal prints are hot. And nowadays you can combine prints and sometimes that might be a little bit over the edge, but mostly it looks fabulous and kids totally love it.

What is the best thing about owning your own children's wear shop?

The luxury of combining three things I love; fashion, photography and graphic design. It also makes my day when I receive e-mails from happy customers.

 I love your new commercial video for the new collections, tell us a little bit about how it came about and the message behind the video?

We always work hard on a lookbook and the presentation of our website. This time we had the chance to make a commercial to present the spring summer collection of 2014. The commercial is called Don’t grow up!

Kids always want to be bigger and do grown up things, as a grown up you sometimes wish to be a kid again and enjoy life without any worries. The commercial is about having fun and enjoying life, being a kid forever and never growing up.

A big thanks to Christel for taking us behind the scenes of her great webshop SpringStof, and letting us find out more about what makes it unique and so popular among both kids and parents.  


Friday, April 18, 2014

Moments | Bowl Days

M wears: Cardigan by Next / Tee by Bonton / Pants by Sudo / Shoes by molo. D wears: Hoodie by Nununu / Tee by Cheap Monday / Pants by molo / Shoes by 10IS.

We have hanged a lot at the skate park this school break. Both kids seems to be thrilled to go and either bring their scooter or skateboard. D has used his scooter so much that his back wheel has gone flat from all the skidding. I think its time to update his 3 wheeler Micro to a 2 wheel scooter like his big sister. There seem to be no problem with balance any more so perhaps when his birthday is coming up there will be a visit to the scooter shop.

I can see how much fun they have in the bowls and on the slopes so even mum here had to try and give it a go. It's heaps of fun and even though driving down the steep slope into the bowl certainly put some adrenaline into the bloodstream I can see how infectious the thrill feeling is.

We are signing off for a few days, its time to enjoy the time away from the computer and I hope you all have a great Easter out there and enjoy the outdoors and eat a few chocolate eggs while you are at it!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

New In | Ten Mid Quilt by 10IS

M wears: Sweater by Finger In the Nose / Pants by Nico Nico / Shoes by 10IS.

These hi tops from 10IS (Ten-is) was my girls number 1 pick. Straight out of their new SS14 collection the Ten Mid Quilt is the perfect all around sneakers. I am not exactly sure what it was that M fell for but personally I think its their best yet. I love the quilted pattern and the nice little studs that gives the shoes so much texture. The simple step in zip is also a nice feature which makes the laces an option to practice on or if you are in a hurry (which you normally are) you can simply just zip up and step in without untying the laces. I took a few shots of them in action on the board and something tells me they are going to well used this winter!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hipp Hipp Hooray @ Fourmonkeys

Our good friends over at Fourmonkeys is celebrating their 1st birthday! As a thank you for all the love and support over the year they are offering a birthday discount with 25% OFF. Use code HAPPYFIRST at checkout to redeem. You can find labels like, Soft Gallery, Nununu, I Dig Denim, 10IS, Bisgaard etc in their wonderful range. Happy birthday Fourmonkeys!

:: GO TO SHOP ::

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Brand Watch | Quinn + Fox

Californian label Quinn and Fox is coming out with a new collection entitled Protect My Youth. The new label was born in 2013 by a husband and wife duo with two curly girls by their side. They utilize organic materials in all their designs and make sure they create some unique bold prints by collaborating with interesting artists each season. I love the earthy tones and colour choices in their collection and especially in the photos above.

Right now you can pre-order some of these tees over at A Little Bit of Cheek, but be quick since the stock is limited and the label has gotten very popular it might be gone in a hurry.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Moments | After the Rain

D wears: Knitted top by Katvig / Pants by Katvig / Shoes by 10IS / Sunglasses by Fred Bare. M wears: Cardigan by NEXT / Dress by NEXT / Shoes by Molo / Stockings by Bonds.

... Comes the sun! Finally! After a week of rain our weekend have been a sunny one, with a lot of oppurtunities to go out and just enjoy the warm rays of the sun again. It was good to let the kids just run on the thick, green grass (who obviously had enjoyed the rain immensely after a dry summer) and climb some trees. Plenty of fresh air and a chance for some lunch and coffee by the lake.

We also had time to visit a great playground close to Albert Lake and build some sandcastles in the fresh supplied sand in the sandpit. Sometimes the sun is worth waiting for!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

New In | Slippers & Snakes

A parcel with slippers and snakes arrived the other day from Minibots. The snake print from Mini Rodini's drop 3 was my favorite and since my boy have always had a lot of use of their leggings these green python leggings were a  simple choice! For the last 3 years we have always stocked up on the best slippers around from Collégien. The super flexible sock slippers have been so good on my kids feet and since they have a proper sole underneath, they are also OK to do some short outdoor visits in.

They recently did a collaboration with Israel clothing label NUNUNU and the famous stars, skulls and letters are now available on the lovely Collégien slippers. My girl picked the star slippers and they will be perfect for those cold winter morning floors.