Last fall I was wandering around the One of a Kind Show in Toronto when I came across the Patouche booth. Patouche is a children's clothing line that is handmade by the very talented, Kessa Laxton, right in my own neighborhood. I admit that the moment I saw her girl's clothing line a very small,teeny-tiny, very miniscule part of me was sad that I have son!
I mean, come one, it's like these girls just stepped out of a childrens fable complete with little duffel coats, aprons and clogs! (And if you think this is cute, you should check out the little red riding-hood cape she makes.) Kessa started Patouche by making clothes for her own two kids after a career as a designer and scenic artist in the theatre world. She is committed to running a sustainable company and uses natural fibres like cotton and linen, wool blends that are milled in Quebec, vintage fabric trims, and limited-run styles that use end-of-the-roll fabrics from select Toronto woman's wear designers. Lucky for me and mom's of boys everywhere her boy's line is equally enchanting referencing swashbuckling pirates and roving scallywags. (Henry has one of the pirate hats and a pair of shorts complete with a pouch for his pirate booty!)
Back at the booth I struck up a conversation with Kessa about how much I loved her sophisticated yet whimsical children's line. After a few minutes of talking, I realized we lived in the same neighborhood and had some mutual friends in common. Always, on the lookout for new homes in my vicinity, I asked her if she would be willing to open her doors for a Hello! Neighbor house tour. She happily obliged and has us over. Tomorrow, I will back here with the complete tour of her house which believe me, is as charming as her clothing line.
But before we do that Kessa has kindly donated one of her Patouche smock tops as a giveaway! The reversible smock top is one of her most popular items and can be worn by 8 month olds to 3-4 year olds. It works on its own or transitions into fall layered with another long sleeve top.
She is giving away is the orange and brown version seen in the photo below.
In order to enter just leave a comment below telling me what item you like best from the Patouche store. The giveaway ends Sunday, May 22nd at midnight EST. I'll announce the winner next Monday. Enter away and don't forget to come back tomorrow to see inside Kessa's lovely, creative home.Image Credits: Lisa Kannakko for Patouche