August 07, 2015

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Liberty, Tout Petit, how lucky!

I first discovered the exquisite wonder and beauty of Liberty fabric thanks to an old friend and an inspiring baby and children’s wear boutique called Tout Petit. This friend, who is incredibly talented with craft and textiles who I met in Copenhagen at English speaking ante-natal classes, was also about to have her first baby in a foreign country, and when we discovered we both loved quilting, well we bonded for life!

She also has an amazing eye for fabric and through our friendship, as well as discovering Sophie’s store Tout Petit in Frederiksberg, I came to learn the soul satisfying delight of baby and children’s wear made from Liberty fabric. If you stand in front of the window of this shop you will see little mannequins wearing the clothes from within, but your eye is really drawn to the show behind. The interior stuffed full of bolt upon bolt of Liberty fabric stacked high upon one another. The shelves threatening to collapse with the weight above, sheltered crammed racks of the most beautifully made baby and children’s wear.  I just adore this shop and it totally changed my Copenhagen world and my perspective of clothing for babies and children. It is one of the reasons we created Dansk Kids.

Inside Tout Petit I felt all tingly smelling the fabric and feeling the silky lightness of Tana Lawn cotton.The Liberty website best explains what Tana Lawn cotton is: "Taking its name from Lake Tana in East Africa where the original cotton grew, Tana Lawn cotton is unique. Made from specially selected ultra-fine long staple cotton and finished without the use of crease-resisting chemicals or irritating allergens, the result is a famous masterpiece of fabric technology: fine, cool, comfortable and durable, with brilliant reproduction of colours and prints.Tout Petit garments, while designed to delicately adorn little people, are made from fabric that has the power to entrance adults and serves only to accentuate the natural beauty of the child: this is the impact of creative design.

I particularly loved the way Sophie designed jackets and vests with reversible Liberty lining. She created these designs herself from memories of clothing she and her brother wore as children in France. The simplicity and elegance of these garments really were a sight to behold. The versatility of Liberty is timeless. Its classic elegance, its vibrancy and energy offer endless appeal for the design of baby and children’s wear.  I was impressed to see Liberty fabric, such a quintessential piece of Englishness, readily used by Danish designers for cushions, feeding pillows, clothing, and bed linen; always managing to evoke universal images of childhood while creating original pieces.The whimsy, naïveté and innocence of childhood are captured by these Scandinavian kids clothes and we want to provide this at Dansk Kids too. We are so thrilled Tout Petit garments will soon be available here!


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