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I'll be the first to admit that I'm no fashionista . . . but my kids? My daughter was born with a love of fancy and twirly clothes and has been "striking poses" in the mirror in outfits since she could walk. Even my son, who usually lives in sweats and tees, likes to occasionally put on his "handsome clothes" and strut around. No doubt about it, mini fashion is a lot of fun and for me, as a parent, it makes it even more appealing when the clothing makers put thought, care, function AND style into their designs - and when they're local? Even more amazing!
Did you know there are businesses in Nova Scotia who create gorgeous clothes out of beautiful soft organic fabrics, design completely recyclable clothing (FROM recycled content), make apparel that adjusts for your kids getting bigger, share their proceeds to feed the less fortunate around the world, and build knee pads right into their cute pants for busy kids? I was thrilled to discover so many innovative and eco-conscious - yet still stylish - apparel for kids being developed right here in our home province.
I've loved working on this guide and learning about all of these businesses and I am excited to share seven of them with you today.
I'm also launching an onsite resource directory for children's fashion (and soon to be many more categories!), linked at the end of this post, so if you're a Nova Scotia based clothing designer/producer, and you'd like to be included in it, please contact me and I'll get your listing up ASAP!
I've included a short description and photo of each business, along with a shout-out to an item or two from each business that particularly caught my eye. I'm curious if you loved the same ones I did, or if something else stole your heart! Take a read through and pop over to each of their websites to browse around and then come back and let me know your favourites in the comments or on social media. I am sure you'll be delighted with all of the options!
The bee’s knees in kid comfort! Neezies is a specialty children’s clothing company focused on comfort and quality. You and your little ones will love their crawling pants featuring built-in kneepads for added comfort as they learn to crawl, walk, run, and play.
From diva leggings to lounge and classic pants you can mix and match their bottoms with their cosy hoodies and tees to have outfits for days! Created by entrepreneur and mother of three, Neezies offers a complete line of cute, practical active wear, perfect for play and made in Nova Scotia.
Itsy Bitsy Crush: The Diva Leggings in navy paired with the Little Miss long sleeved star tee would be perfect for my busy toddler niece!
Faire Child is a children’s outwear company based in Dartmouth. Their line of rain gear is 100% waterproof, made from 100% recycled content and recyclable. Faire Child garments give children the ability to be outdoors in comfort and protected from the elements in the most environmentally responsible way possible.
The line of jackets, pants and suits are chemical free, windproof, waterproof and lightweight so your kids can be outside with total comfort and freedom while staying comfy-cozy-dry, whatever the weather. Products are made with radical transparency and a transformative “Endlessly Reusable” model of environmental and social responsibility in children’s apparel.
Itsy Bitsy Crush: Their raincoat inspired by 1920s French hunting jackets is perfection. My boy would look so dashing in it!
COUTURE KIDS | MONEY PENNY DESIGNS
Money Penny’s biggest design asset is that their clothing adjusts in size! Subtle adjustable features are hidden in plain sight whether it’s straps, multiple button options or a rolled cuff. Their product 'grows' with your child, allowing you to get a lot more wear out of it.
For the items that do not physically adjust, they have been specially designed to have plenty of growing room. Additionally, their products are comfortable. They use the highest quality natural fabrics like cotton, linen and organic chambray. Not only is using natural materials better for the environment, their products are comfy to play in!
Itsy Bitsy Crush: Tie between the Willow Pompom Bunny dress and The Alice in Woodland Creature dress. My girl would adore both of these!
I'M IN THE LOOP
I’m in the Loop was created in 2014 to help nonprofits across the globe. This is still their main goal in everything they do. By providing you and your family with warm and cozy accessories, they are also able to provide meals to the underprivileged around the world.
Whether it’s mommy-and-me hat sets, or sheepskin wool slippers, they’ve got you covered from head to toe. They strive to only use high quality fibres to create timeless products that will last for years to come.
Itsy Bitsy Crush: The cozy bear car seat blanket is a must-have item for chilly mornings, and I'll be needing one of their shark blankets for every baby shower I ever go to again.
MOSSY NOOK CREATIONS
From one piece rompers and play pants to hoodies and beanies you will find customizable items ensuring the perfect fit and print to suit your little one’s personality. These clothes won't wear out or be outgrown in the blink of an eye, they truly stand up to the rigors of childhood!
Their rompers are the perfect one piece clothing item for kids on the go, they don’t have snaps but slip on easily making dressing a breeze and are perfect for layering. Most importantly they are comfortable as well as stylish so your kids will love playing in these clothes.
Itsy Bitsy Crush: The short rompers are so sweet - I thought the grey animal print in the photo was my fave, but then I saw the nautical one ... then the bear! ... and now I can't decide!
LITTLE BOHO APPAREL
Little Boho Apparel is a children's clothing business handmade proudly in Nova Scotia! Although they are mostly known for ther fun & comfortable beanies, they also specialize in booties, hair bows, moccs, sweaters, bow ties, bibs, dresses, leggings & custom orders of all kinds!
Their designs are simple & basic but their prints are vibrant with unique and exciting patterns! Your little minis will look cute & stay comfy all day long in their Little Boho!
Itsy Bitsy Crush: My son would probably never take off the Road Trip beanie in the photo but the Pineapple beanie has stolen my heart, with their Fox Waterproof booties a close second.
Little Wolves is handmade children’s apparel using ultra soft and stretchy bamboo fabric and organic cotton. Rompers, cuff pants and hoodies are stylish but, most importantly, comfortable.
Nicole Blades is the owner and she was born and raised here in the Maritimes. She has a wonderful husband and is mom to 5 year old twin boys and a 2 year old boy as well. She started Little Wolves because she wanted clothing that was comfortable enough to fit with their active lifestyle while staying modern and chic.
Itsy Bitsy Crush: The long organic bamboo romper looks like the coziest thing to slip your baby into, and I know my friend's new daughter would look perfect in that soft pink fabric!
We're sure you'll enjoy all of these designers work and many of them do custom orders!
You can see our full resource directory here, and it will be added to as more local businesses add their information so bookmark the page and check back often!