Llum Girls Clothes — Our Girls Fashion Designer of the Week

If one is searching for a fashion forward American children’s clothing manufacturer, Llum is one of my personal favorites. And oh, the name is pronounced, “loom”, not to by rhymed with any fruit, and yet often times as colorful.

Llum is the work of apparel designer Amanda Reichert and her team. The company began producing its stylish collections in 2010. All of their clothes are made in the USA. Fabrics are of soft cottons and easy care. The fit runs true to size to slightly small.

I had the opportunity to work with the Llum team in creating merchandise exclusively for llbd shop. Llum was able to take our focus on black and incorporate the color with the stylings of their dresses. Take a look at the Black and White Bertoia Halter Dress, available in sizes 2T-6, and the Black and Purple Bertoia Halter Dress, available in sizes 2T-8.

 

Should you wish a lot-a lot of color to add to your little-little black wardrobe, the Degas dress is for pirouetting in lilac. The large floral sash allows for making an individual self-tie bow fashion statement.

Visit our Llum page at llbd shop to see more Llum clothes. And as our Designer of the Week get 15% off any Llum item with coupon code LLUM15. (Coupon code expires May 31, 2012.)

Why Little Black Dresses for Little Girls?

For the love of little black dresses, little-little black dresses.

Some may ask, so why little black dresses for little girls? REALLY?  Black for little girls?

Yes, absolutely.  I have been in love with all things black since I was a little girl. It is not that I am a morbid person, I am just drawn to the simplicity and the sophistication of black.

As a child my mother would suggest a tan camel hair winter coat. I preferred the navy one. Red patent shoes, I selected the black pair.  A floral print dress? Not for me, I wanted the navy jumper with a simple white turtleneck. No Peter Pan collars, definitely not. No button trims down the front of a dress. You guessed it, I was a 1960’s little girl, with pure Florence Eiseman taste.

Over the years I became quite known for my mostly black wardrobe.  It suited me.  I was a jewelry designer and craftsman. The black clothing was always a great backdrop for the jewelry. And of course, my favorites were and are my little black dresses.

llbdshop.com was developed from that love of the little black dress. It occurred to me that there was a wealth of black dresses for women available, but not necessarily a place to shop for “little-little” black dresses. It seemed to me that every little girl should have a little black dress and all things to go with it in her closet. My definition of a little-little black dress is really one’s very favorite dress, not necessarily black, we do offer other colors. I though, recommend the black.

Curious? Visit our little-little black dress page.

-The Creative Director, llbdshop.com

Girls Fashion Favorite Designer of the Week — Sophie Catalou

Versatile and chic are the Spring Summer 2012 collections from Sophie Catalou, our featured Designer of the Week.  There are dresses for a stroll in the park, a skip to school, or a special event. In addition, find the most adorable romper dresses for the fashion forward little-little ones.   

Sophie Catalou combines unique fabric selections with attention to the little details.  The edges of dresses often have a colored piping to just give a little pop to the design. Embellishments such as a floral appliqué and sequins are added for a dash of flair and fashion.

Little girls love the look and feel of these Barcelona designed dresses, and moms love the price and ease of care. 

You may view the full selection at our Sophie Catalou page, but here are two of our picks.

Anya Dress

The White and Gray Anya Dress is available in sizes 2 – 6. This sleeveless dress is light gray with white and silver polka dots. The Fuchsia draw strings at the neck tie into a big bow in the back.

Sophie Catalou Ollie Dress

The Ollie dress, available in sizes 12M -5, is black with white piping and has a fun flower appliqué.

 All Sophie Catalou dresses are made of 100% premium cotton and jersey knits, using innovative prints and dyeing techniques. The dresses are comfy soft and machine washable.

As llbd shop’s Designer of the Week, all Sophie Catalou items, including sale merchandise, is available at 15% off with coupon code SOPHIE15. Visit our Sophie Catalou page and take a look.