Bitsy Favorite for the Itsy…VELVETEEN!

You’ve seen Velveteen Clothing here before in previous posts (ONE + TWO), but we love the brand so much we want to share the goods for real this time! Bitsy has been following the brand for a while and we always fall hard for their new collections. Laura, the designer and creator behind Velveteen, shares her global vibe in this children’s wear line so perfectly and she is just as sweet as she is creative. She always seems to create the perfect blend of classic + modern wrapped into one stunning collection. Velveteen cares about the things they should. When designing for children there are so many important details to keep in mind. However, Velveteen does it without sacrificing the best-of-the-best (fabrics, details, heirloom quality). And since it is all in the details, they work with fair trade organizations whenever possible and as well as providing employment to mothers who would otherwise not be able to provide for their children or be able to provide education for their children. This is what makes a brand special.

A lot of thought has gone into Velveteen. You need to head over to Velveteen‘s site to check out their stunning, new Autumn/Winter 2016 Collection. This season Velveteen hit classic out of the park with a beautiful autumn collection focusing on an “autumnal colour palette in soft and floaty fabrics” and their winter spread is a “cool and calm mix” fastened with “soft pink to shake off the winter blues”.

Don’t Miss the Bus! Bitsy’s Back to School Picks Part 2…

We are always thinking ahead of schedule (it’s part of the job) so we’ve been collecting a great little assortment that we think fits the bill for their first-few-days-of-school style file. This was really easy because we’ve seen so much great product for this coming season. Of course we will have more for you to shop in the upcoming weeks for autumn/winter 2016, but for now, we really think this is a great start. All neutrals so these pieces can carry them through as the weather gets chilly you need to start layering…

Aioty Boy Shirt, $30-

Ashira Top Chelsea in Peach, $35-

Mason Dixon Made Derby Boots

Mini Melissa Mini Classic in Caramel, $64.28-

Ashira Short Olivia in Corduroy, $34-

Tiny Cottons Color Block Poncho Knit, $125.53-

Zara Girl’s Check Dress, $35.90-

Zara Boy’s Urban Sneakers, $35.90-

Zara Girl’s Flowing Floral Dress, $35.90-

*Photo Credit to all brands mentioned

Losing Their Marbles…and Their Stuff…

We all have at least one – the child that somehow forgets their “stuff” everywhere. They somehow forget their jacket at school in the dead of winter. They somehow let “Jane” borrow their ballet slippers because “she didn’t have hers”. They somehow just can’t keep track of their personal items. Yup. They exist and then we (their care givers) become human GPS-es. Searching and searching until…well, you know the rest of this story.

SEARCH NO MORE!!!! A wonderful company called KID-E-CALS has arrived to bring some ease to (at least some) of our woes as parents and care givers. Kid-e-cals does a fabulous job of creating a million different personalized labeling options. Their labels are washing machine, microwave and dishwasher safe. They can be adhered to clothing (!!) and will “stick” (ha ha) with your busy bodies for a long, long time. Just what we need. You may even have a child with an allergy and it helps to label the message in obvious places so anyone that comes in contact with your child throughout their day will know all about their specific needs.

You can create your own design, which is super fun. In fact, Kid-e-cals was nice enough to share some of their love with Bitsy and we have created our labels, used them and love, love them! Check out Bitsy’s Instagram feed to see what we chose. And, GUESS WHAT?! Kid-e-cals has offered BITSY READERS a 15% discount on their first purchase. After designing your very own Kid-e-Cals, make sure to pop the promotion code “SUMMERSAVINGS” in at your check out.

*Photo Credit Kid-e-cals

Don’t Miss the Bus! Bitsy’s Back to School Picks…

Bitsy hand-picked some favorite “back to school” items for your kiddos to be in tip-top shape for that first bus ride. We’re sure you will be excited to see the cool new picks for the 2016-17 school year!

State Bags “The Kane Backpack”, $60-

Fun fact – with every purchase of The Kane Backpack, State Bags will hand-deliver a State Bag (loaded with essential tools for success) to one American child in need. (Psst – our personal fave is The Kane “Downtown”…it has a little extra spunk to it’s attitude!)

Hello Apparel Apple T-Shirt, $22-

Milk on the Rocks Baby Sweatshirt School Bus, $25.09-

Code Socks, $8- for one pair, $22- for 3-pack

Anyone wear a uniform growing up?! Well, I did and was always so sad to leave my funky, personality-filled knee highs at home. Let us introduce you to Code Socks, a new company in the children’s wear world that is stealing our kiddos’ hearts and feet. Check out the funkiness on the bottom of these white and navy socks! Genius and oh-so-fun – they can still pass the dress code while adding a little bit of their own expression!

Toosh and Dabush Blue Big Stars Backpack, $47-

Yumbox Lunch Rosa Pink 6-Compartment Lunchbox, $28-

Yumbox Lunch Tango Orange Lunch Bag, $15-

*Photo Credit to all brands listed above

 

gimme gimme GIVEAWAY…DABBAWALLA!

We know what you are thinking – another giveaway?! Yup…and this one is just in time for BACK TO SCHOOL!!!! We’ve recently come across the fabulous DABBAWALLA, a small Seattle-based company that offers adorably-designed and sustainably-made modern bags for kids. The bags are all insulated, eco-friendly and – wait for it – MACHINE WASHABLE! Each is designed with a European simplicity, but will attract likes from the littles for sure. Their collections include lunch bags as well as backpacks that are playful but functional and nicely priced.

Dabbawalla has been nice enough to team up with Bitsy to offer our readers a chance to WIN (their choice of) either the Penguin Backpack or Miss Mouse Backpack (both pictured above). Details on how to enter are available on BITSY’S INSTAGRAM, so head there now to get yourself on the list!

Giveaway will close on Sunday, August 14th, 2016 at 5 p.m EST. The winner will be announced here on Bitsy’s Instagram on Monday, August 15th, 2016. Entry only valid via Bitsy’s Instagram account. No purchase necessary. Giveaway is open worldwide. This contest is not sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering you agree to Instagram’s terms of use. Void where prohibited by law.

*Photo Credit: Dabbawalla

 

Bitsy Favorite for the Itsy…WOLF + RITA!

Let us introduce you to Wolf + Rita. This is a brand that has continuously stunned us – one that we wish came in adult sizes. Hence, one of Bitsy’s favorite for the Itsy. The intimate detail they take to each piece of clothing every season really makes us want to wrap up something special for all the little ones in our life.

This current season’s (autumn/winter 2016) first drop launched about a week ago and the second drop launches THIS Friday, August 12th. We couldn’t be more in love with it, especially its story. Wolf + Rita’s  designers bring the romance behind designing a collection to such beautiful silhouettes through a story called “The Lost Notebook”. When we first heard + saw their inspiration behind this collection it was love at first sight. The designers of Wolf + Rita discovered an old notebook from the beginning of the twentieth century at a flea market in Paris. In the notebook was a collection of “delicate and poetic sketches believed to have been drawn by an anonymous artist”. It was only fitting that the premise of Wolf + Rita’s aw16/17 collection came from this found,  treasured notebook. The notebook is now said to be from the late Portuguese painter and poet Ana Hatherly.

Cruise through some of our top picks below, but be sure to visit WOLF + RITA‘s site to fully be transformed to a different era and catch the 2nd drop of the collection on the 12th!

Alzira Faces LS Blouse with Shoulder and Back Frill Detail, $72.26-

Bernardo Grey LS Shirt with House Patch, $61.15-

Eva Houses LS Blouse, $72.26-

Tania Jacquard Brocade Short Sleeve Top, $94.50-

Palmira Navy LS Dress with Oversize Collar, $94.50-

Boys Vasco Faces LS Sweater, $41.69-

*Photo Credit: Wolf + Rita

We love ENK Children’s Club!

It was a busy time for the world of children’s apparel design last week. As you know, we hit up PLAYTIME NEW YORK and got super overwhelmed (in a good way!) with creations from the children’s wear designers and what they will be offering in their for spring/summer 2017 collections. We then moseyed on over to the Javitz Center in Manhattan to see what the brands participating in ENK’s Children’s Club market are bringing to 2017. We were wowed once again! To be honest the beautiful collections are incredible and we had a blast catching up with old friends and – as always – meeting new ones! We want you to take a look at our visit below and we hope it gets you excited for what’s to come…

Summer breezes, fun excursions, happy prints + colors – All things to look forward to for 2017! Some of our favorites are pulled from brands such as Lindsey Berns, Velveteen + Elizabeth Cate. More from these designers and many others to come…so continue to style along with BITSY!

gimme gimme GIVEAWAY…Thank YOU! Love, Bitsy

Hello to our most favorite of the fave! Bitsy has been hitting some milestones lately, so in order to celebrate properly and roll out our (up-and-coming) UPDATED NEW WEBSITE to you soon, we thought we’d throw our own GIVEAWAY party for all of our loyals (psst…that’s you!). Listen up…

One lucky winner will snag a $50 gift card to one of our new favorite brick + mortar/online children’s boutiques – CouCou Boston! Since we are anxiously awaiting the launch of our NEW SITE in the upcoming month or so (cut us some slack!) we want as many of you to learn about the launch exclusively. So…

[HOW TO ENTER]

  1. Head to BITSY’s Instagram account for the details on how to enter
  2. Keep your eyes peeled on Instagram for Bitsy to announce the winner

Giveaway will close on Sunday, August 7th, 2016 at 5 p.m EST. The winner will be announced on Bitsy’s Instagram on Monday, August 8th, 2016. Keep watch – that $50 gift certificate can be YOURS!

Entry only valid via Bitsy’s Instagram account. No purchase necessary. Giveaway is open worldwide. This contest is not sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering you agree to Instagram’s terms of use. Void where prohibited by law.

Check out Bitsy’s “have-to-haves” from CouCou below:

*Photo Credit: CouCou

We love PLAYTIME New York!

If you can believe it, it is was time to preview the children’s wear 2017 spring/summer collections at PLAYTIME NEW YORK this week. Bitsy hit the scene eager to meet up with old friends and have them show us their new tricks as well as introduce ourselves to new friends (new finds are a favorite jam!). We left with a FRENZY of excitement…spring/summer 2017 is going to be A-MAZING. Just you wait!

Even though these pieces + collections will not launch until 2017, we’ve got a Bitsy preview of the show for you below. It was difficult to pick favorites since the entire Playtime show inspired the heck out of us, but we think you will appreciate the pieces that really caught our eye. Artistic, thoughtful + colorful fabrics, flouncy, layered + easy silhouettes, rompers, sporty styles, a touch on 70s classics, etc – all creations scream summer vacation! We’ll have full stories + collections in the late winter and early spring 2017, so stay tuned for sure. But for now, enjoy a flavor of what we were able to experience this past weekend…

Playtime New York Children's and Kid's Market and Trade Show