Our Favorite Independent Kid’s Fashion Brands
We love independent fashion brands, especially for children. We appreciate what they stand for, the quality of their products, how they are made, and who makes them – creative entrepreneurs with a vision! In no particular order, we’d like to introduce you to some of our favorite toddler and kid brands on the market. They are stylish, unique, energetic, and ethically made.
Brand: Thief & Bandit is a line of hand-printed apparel out of Nova Scotia, Canada. Designer and owner Amie Cunningham, mother of three, uses organic fabrics and non-toxic water based ink for her printing. We love Amie’s style of wild, outgoing prints and bright colors.
Currently crushing on: We are digging their Lazy Snake Suspender Shorts. They remind us of a throw-back to the 80’s (one of our favorite times for fun fashion). Can’t you imagine a cute little 4 year old, bopping around in these with a simple little white tank underneath? Loving these!
Brand: Kira Kids: Kira Kids is a fun brand that celebrates whimsy and delight. Popping with bold colors and laid-back designs, this collection is really giving us “Saved by the Bell” and we love it!
Currently crushing on: Banana Rama Raglan: This banana print is so beyond awesome! Loving every piece it comes in, especially this raglan. Silly, cute and fun – what more could a kid want?
Brand: Ultraviolet Kids: This brand is all about fashion-forward clothing for the sophisticated child. Owner and designer, Michelle, is creating clothing that parents will love and that their kids will love to wear, with everything made in Los Angeles.
Currently crushing on: Tropical Circus Jumper: Isn’t this jumper so very Carrie Bradshaw? Throwback designs are on trend right now, and this piece does not disappoint. Toss your girl’s hair in a topknot, whip on a pair of Salt Water sandals, and you’ve got yourself one adorable outfit.
Brand: Emerson Apparel: This brand is all about creating clothing that your children will love to live in. Emerson Apparel is owned and designed by a fellow mama with your child in mind. These are pieces to play in, to explore nature in, to have adventures in. This brand is for the free-spirited child who lives a bohemian lifestyle of ocean swims, nature walks, and sunshine play. Out of Vancouver, BC.
Currently crushing on: Heck Yeah Harem Pants: Man are these pants cool. The fit is perfect: a harem silhouette, with an awesome contrasted cuff – maximizing longevity. Most pieces in the collection are unisex (major score for siblings), bringing fun fashion to boys and girls which is hard to find.
Brand: Popupshop: This brand is like taking a trip to the zoo! Super wild and super fun!
Currently crushing on: Tiger Swimsuit by Popupshop: We’ve never seen a bathing suit so fun and quirky! This tiger-tastic suit is sure to be the hit of any pool party. Summer is right around the corner, and we say – snag this killer suit!
Brand: Whistle & Flute: This brand has a been a favorite of ours for years! Designed and operated by a husband-and-wife team out of Canada, Whistle & Flute is creating stylish and contemporary unisex clothing for children (and adults!). Their graphics are printed on sweatshop-free apparel and feature original artwork by the couple.
Currently crushing on: Kawaii Cloud Sweatshirt: This piece is probably one of the most popular pieces in their collection, and is definitely one of our favorites. It is so adorable, we love it for boys and girls. (We also love the same image printed on their tees!)
Brand: Miki Miette: A brand for kids that focuses on sporty, comfortable threads for every day wear. Miki Miette is designed and owned by mom Sawako Yamaguchi, and made in Los Angeles. We love the assortment of easy pieces for both boys and girls that can be worn to the park and school.
Currently crushing on: James Surf Tee: This retro-inspired tee for boys is fantastic. We love the pop of royal blue with the contrasting heather-grey stripe sleeves. This is definitely a tee that all boys would love to wear. (It can sometimes be a challenge to find cute clothes for boys – luckily Miki Miette has a great assortment!)
Brand: Little Hip Squeaks: A fun collection of dresses, blankets, headbands and more. A mixture of soft and bright fabrics that are darling on little ones, designed and manufactured in Brooklyn, NY.
Currently crushing on: Mint Bow Swing Dress: We love anything that comes in the color mint, especially this swing dress. Anyone with a little girl knows, if it twirls, it’s a keeper! Pair it with a denim jacket and little flats, then take your lady to tea!
Brand: Candy Kirby Designs: A mom of three bringing us beautiful prints and functional designs. Created with high quality materials and non-toxic inks, this brand creates not only lovely clothing but great crib sheets, blankets, quilts, and more. (We love the quilts!)
Currently crushing on: Signature Sweats: We are grooving on these sweats for a rough-and-tumble boy. The fabric looks so soft and comfortable – a must for little dudes. Feeling these would be great for springtime soccer games and shooting hoops with dad.
Everyone can agree that shopping for kids is so much fun. What is more adorable than a little lady in a twirling dress or a little dude rocking some awesome harem pants? Please check out and support these amazing independent shops, who are bringing us the best in kids apparel. Happy shopping!