Lovelane

For one of her holiday gift picks this past December, Libbie Summers (via Salted & Styled) chose the work of Lane Huerta of Lovelane in Savannah, Georgia. From the very first glance at Lane's colorful capes, hats and superhero cuffs for kids, it's easy to see why...

Offered in various bright colors and playful designs, these moto helmets are as adorable as it gets. I think it's my new favorite kid gift cuz I'd want to wear it too.

If you believe your babe is a little superhero, upgrade their wardrobe options at the Lovelane shop. You'll find the perfect collection of goods to let a child's imagination fly...

 

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Dedicate Brand

With America on my mind this weekend, this cool trucker hat caught my eye, by Dedicate Brand. 

This company has great intentions. As stated on their site, "We make functional gear for those who like classic style and who don't want to be walking billboards for the corporations." They've design each item to be used and abused- lived in, thrown in backpacks and back pockets. 

Although based in Wyoming, they have some quality options for the diehard Texan. See the entirety of their manly wares, here.

 

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willaby

I love a good looking shirt, especially on a tiny tot. Atlantan, Kim Woods does too, which is why she has created willaby, a clothing and accessories line with a modern touch. Kim, "I believe in dressing children in a way that is simple and quiet, yet current. I think that small people deserve demure prints and streamlined design." 

Kim has been sewing and designing since she was 12 years old and loves executing everything at willaby from concept and design to overseeing all the local production. As comfort is paramount, all of the pieces are made with 100% natural fibers and meant to be versatile and unisex, which I really love. The dotted and checkered bloomers are just the sweetest....

 

Kim finds inspiration through a myriad of experiences. As she shared, "I tend to look at vintage baby clothing and old family pictures. Both of my parents come from farming families. And although I'm not sure if it's apparent in the designs, I often think about those homemade, simple, functional pieces of clothing they wore as kids. At the same time, I love Japanese design and I think that influences me as well."  

Check out the entirety of Kim's shop, here. And if you live in Georgia, Kim now sells at six fantastic kid shops that you'll want to visit if you have a child- or need a gift. Kim is also teaching a Sewing Craft Camp in Atlanta next month, which is a really incredible idea. Find out more, here.

 

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Rattles, Mobiles, Hats and Booties.... (And a Giveaway!)

Once you touch and see a Blabla Kids creation, your heart can't help but melt a bit. This company began when two friends, Flo Wetterwald and Susan Pritchett, took a trip to Peru. They fell in love with a group of community knitters they just happened to meet and decided to launch their own line of cuddly creations. Their goods are all made with the finest natural fibers and handknit by Peruvian artists. I love this Owl Dream Ring, which makes such a great gift for a new babe. 

Earlier this year, I blogged about their very popular knit dolls. Since then, they've expanded their offerings to include these adorable rattles.

 


Flo and Susan also expanded their line of clothing. Their hats and booties are just too sweet. They are many creatures and colors to choose from. If you're going to keep 'em warm this winter, may as well make 'em stylish...

Their line also includes blankets and pillows. (Rattles also featured here) What's great about Blabla is they are a no brainer for a kid gift. The quality is high, the design is top notch and the receivers are all too happy to receive...

Pop into their shop if you're in Atlanta or peruse their entire shop online here.

 

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Magar Hatworks

 

A man in a hat exudes a confident swagger; comfortable in his skin, a care and affinity for style. And I like that. Leigh Magar, a Southern girl from Spartanburg, South Carolina has always loved what a hat can do for an outfit and one's personality. Which is why, after studying hatmaking at the Fashion Institute in NYC, she began her hat business, Magar Hatworks, in the charming sea town of Charleston, South Carolina. 

 

As stated on her site, "Leigh embraces the ancient millinery techniques while adorning hats with whimsical, sculptural embellishments. She uses the technique of blocking to make and stitch hats by hand. Her trims include hand dyed and vintage materials so that they are unique and one of a kind." Featured here, the Cashmere Johnny and the Johnny Slate from her 2010 Autumn/Winter collection. 

The secret to finding the right hat is to be open to different looks, keeping in mind that a Fedora is always a classic. Leigh shared with me, "I always tell people to try on all the styles so that you can find the right shape for your stature, face shape, style and spirit." She adds, "A man should feel like he will never want to take it off and start to walk with a little strut." 

Leigh's collections have been inspired by various Southerners including Vic Chestnut, Edna Lewis and her grandmother to name a few. She believes that "A hat is sculpture for the body. A stylish hat on a man is sophisticated and romantic." Women, it's fair to say, look twice at a man in a hat...

I look forward to the day, sometime this year, that I meet Leigh in person at her Charleston studio. It's an 1825 Southern abode, "laden with original wooden floors, fireplaces, porches and a blooming garden." Leigh mentioned she has tea parties and fashion shows in the space so I look foward to experiencing that first hand. Her mantle, adorned in accessories and materials, new and vintage, is reason enough to pop in for a visit. See all of her lovely work, including women's hats, here. And may I encourage all men to be a little more manly today...and buy a winter hat. 

 

Photos: Magar Hatworks   Content: Sweet Peach