The morning we met Alberto Bevilacqua was a dark, cold and rainy one. Huddled together under the covered portion of the water taxi as we made our way to Murano and Burano for the morning, our guide listened as we explained to him the reason for our trip. He nodded and smiled, then excused himself to make a phone call. After a few minutes and just before we had exited the Grand Canal, he let us know that before we took off for the day, he wanted to take us to a fabric store for a quick stop.
The next thing we knew we were standing in front of large wooden doors with stained glass windows, ringing the doorbell of a charming Venetian building (aren’t they all that way though?). Alberto Bevilacqua opened the door and welcomed us in — We had no idea what we were getting into.
Every inch of the store was covered in rich, velvety textiles. The Tessitura Luigi Bevilacqua, led by the Bevilacqua family, carries on one of Venice’s most ancient traditions. And it does so by using original 18th-century looms. We’re talking luxurious velvets and neon brocades… damasks, lampasses and satins. All these fabrics are produced with the same quality as those of centuries ago, because they make them using the same techniques and the same looms, with patterns coming from various centuries and corners of the world.
From Dior to Gucci to Valentino, this family isn’t a stranger to high fashion. Their highly sought-after signature velvets and elaborate jacquards are made on looms that were salvaged from one of the artisan academies after Napoleon captured and invaded Venice. They’re old and bulky and totally mesmerizing. In motion, the sound they sing is captivating.
We were so grateful that our guide had taken us off the beaten path and for Alberto allowing us into his family’s space. It’s easy to forget about the important beginnings of textiles and get caught up in the modern techniques, but walking through this space was like walking back in time. You appreciate the true craftsmanship all over again and are inspired to go home and create something with the same standards.
This spring, we’re rolling out many options for perfectly paired dresses and leggings. You can keep it simple with solids or get adventurous with print mixing – there are so many to choose from! We’ve broken down our favorites by outfit – making it even easier for you to get her dressed in the morning.
Italy holds a special place in our hearts for many reasons, and we’d be lying if we said that pizza wasn’t high up on the list. Italy is home to modern day pizza… the pies we know and love evolved from flatbread dishes that were popular in Naples hundreds of years ago. When our co-founder Leigh and her family traveled to Turin, her boys got to try their hand at making their very own pies. A special moment for any pizza-loving little citizen. Do your little citizens love pizza? Read more to download our pizza coloring activity and get our pizza recipe!
You know the saying… Rome wasn’t built in a day. Well, there’s no way you can truly experience all its splendor in just one day. In fact, you might need a few to get through our list of sites, adventures and food! If you happen to find yourself in Rome (or you’re just lusting from afar!), make sure to check out some of our favorite spots, hand-picked and vetted by our our designers, our co-founder and CEO, Leigh, and even kid tested by Leigh’s two boys, Adam and Matthew.
Each season, our in house artists create unique graphics for tees. They paint, sketch, stamp and piece together the graphics you love. We take pride in not only our design process, but in the story behind each graphic. Each destination we travel to, we work to represent a handful of native animals. We love to learn about their behavior and habitats. We know our little citizens love animals, too! Patagonia is a land rich with animals, many of them relatively unknown to our own little citizens. The animals in Patagonia and throughout South America inspired and influenced the design of our newest graphics. Read on to see the graphics up close and learn about the animals behind them.
At the very southern end of South America, spanning all of Argentina and part of Chile, lies a sparsely populated region called Patagonia. To the west you’ll find the Andes mountains and Pacific Ocean, to the east the steppes and grasslands and Atlantic Ocean. We visited Patagonia, trekked the frozen blue wonderland of the Perito Moreno Glacier and explored the wild steppe with an intrepid guide names Julian, who showed us lots of Criollo horses, wild herds of guanaco, super-fast jackrabbits and a gigantic Andean condor. Come on a journey with us as we share stories of trekking a glacier, riding in a jeep over the barren grasslands of the Patagonia steppe and finding inspiration in the smallest details.
Tis the season for family photos! While the task may seem daunting, we’ve got you covered when it comes to the outfits. This holiday season, you’ll find we’ve put together a sibling shop, making holiday photo styling easier than ever. Love a dress for your daughter, but not sure what will work for your son? Not to worry! We’ve put together 5 picture-perfect outfits that you’re going to love!