Today in our Little Black Book Spotlight we are so happy to introduce you to Plaid & Paisley, a organic clothing line for baby & toddler! Made in Canada, Plaid & Paisley was created “by three sisters who have a deep rooted appreciation for lush textiles, classic cuts and fine detail. We sisters have developed a sense of nostalgia towards the art of selecting timeless pieces to incorporate into everyday living. Growing up, our mother and grandmother unknowingly imprinted a desire to celebrate every day with your finest china, your most delicate string of pearls and your classic d’Orsay heels. Childhood memories of peering around the corner watching our mother slipping on her sleek black nylons; the final stroke of burgundy lipstick; the signature additional spritz of scent before commencing her day… now inscribed into our daily routine as women, adults, and mothers”.
Join us in Welcoming Plaid & Paisley to our Little Black Book Spotlight today!
1. How did you come up with the name Plaid and Paisley Littles?
It’s ironic actually because our clothing is very unisex but the names were derived from really masculine and feminine counterparts. Since we are located in Rocky Mountain House, Canada, Plaid was a nod to the rugged mountain terrain and woodsy forests. Whereas Paisley is an ode to our mama. She is the epitome of femininity and paisley is her signature pattern. Paisley is all about that extra spritz of perfume in the morning, a classic and timeless charm.
2. What made you want to open an online children’s clothing line?
The three of us sisters had created capsule closets – wardrobe of sustainable, ethical, interchangeable pieces- for ourselves. The effortless simplicity it introduced to our daily routines was an aspect we wanted to bring to our Littles’ lives. When our search harvested nothing, we felt impassioned to create a space where mamas like ourselves, could create capsule wardrobes for their Littles.
3. What is it like working with your sisters?
Because we know each other’s strengths and weaknesses so well, we acquire tasks that are reflective of best abilities. This makes working a dream.
4. You have collaborations on your website, one being Pura Botanicals, tell us about why that is important to you.
Scent evokes nostalgia and moments. It has the power to conjure up forgotten memories and feelings. If we were to create signature scents to embody the masculine and femininity of Plaid & Paisley, it had to be impeccable. PURA is the only all-natural company we could trust to capture the emotions and whimsy of childhood in a bottle – and that they did.
5. Where does your inspiration come from when designing your products?
From our own wardrobes. We look at pieces we couldn’t live without and then create these designs in a practical sense using organic and resilient fabrics.
6. Would you say your brand portrays a certain style?
Our designs are very effortless. They were created so a Little could throw on anything in the morning and it would embody a sort of childhood chic. Not overdone nor undone, just effortlessly simple. Something you don’t often see in children’s clothing.
7. Your brand focuses a lot on ‘Capsule Closets’ – tell us about that.
The French have really honed in on a type of simplicity that is almost intangible. A je ne sais quoi, that is seemingly unachievable. It seems Canada’s fashion has very much so been influenced by the American way. In North America, our closets are gluttonous and the craftsmanship cheap. It isn’t okay for clothing to be made for children by children. We wanted to offer the capsule closet as a solution for parents who want to stay true to their moral compass but don’t know how to provide their Littles with the high cost of ethical garments. By reducing the amount of clothing in our Littles’ closets we are protesting the poor working conditions of women and children in impoverished countries, positively impacting the environment and offering our Littles the type of simplicity our grandparents identified with.
8. Do you have any advice for new entrepreneurial mothers?
Intuition. It is the key to success. If a business transaction or collaboration does not feel organic to you, then you must remind yourself that you know best. You are an expert in your field and you must start viewing yourself in this manner if you want anyone else to.
9. What is your favourite motivational quote?
It is not so much a motivational quote as it is a person. Franca Sozzani, the late editor of Vogue Italia, embodies our views on fashion, feminism and humble honesty.
10. What can we expect from you for your next launch?
Masculine. Not just for the boys but the girls as well. There is something very liberating about dressing a daughter in garments that remind her she is an equal. She can far exceed the expectations society has given her; dress or no dress.
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