La Petite Caravane: Vibrant and French
I have been putting together my first set of children’s clothes (girls and boys) for a small Spring-Summer collection, as described in a previous posting.
The journey has been exhilarating, punctuated by mistakes and rebounds.
Design and production are fundamental, but what label do I put in the clothes?
Names, names, names.
Like anyone starting a brand, I have spent many days and nights thinking about what name to use. What story do I want to tell?
On the many scribbled lists, one word kept appearing: Caravane (caravan, in French).
As a globetrotter since a very young age, I have always had a passion for travel and the adventures it brings. From spending the morning on a fisherman’s boat on Inle Lake in Myanmar, to floating down the Mekong in an inner-tube, to experiencing a sleepless night of midsummer on a Finnish island.
The word Caravane speaks to curiosity and travel, from camels crossing the desert to the camper caravans that offer a window on the world. Adventure, explore, experience, spontaneity, curiosity, adaptability, change, the great outdoors.
As a mother, these are all things I would like to transmit to our daughter, and more broadly to other children.
I chose the French spelling Caravane because, as a French designer, I draw my aesthetics from my native Paris, with a touch of Vietnamese sensitivity.
Caravane and Clothes?
Beyond making just beautiful clothes with La Petite Caravane, I want to take children on a creative journey through fresh and vibrant prints, textures and colors.
Childhood is the best time to develop an eye for colors, prints and textures. It is the time when children learn how to mix, name and draw colors.
I also believe in the power of visual prints. How they can spark creativity and imagination. And maybe even be the start to a wonderful story.
There are infinite ways to approach prints.
For me, strong prints and colors do not need to be loud. They can also be vibrant and elegant when associated with the right cut, or mixed and matched with other colors and textures.
I have been handpicking every one of my fabrics. Each has been chosen for the vivid colors, original prints and softness. Pictured above are some of the fabrics I have been working with for my first (small and in the making) spring-summer collection.
As I want to expand the world of prints in children’s wear, I have decided to only create limited editions. This will allow me to offer a wider range of prints, more often.
In a nutshell:
La Petite Caravane is a French brand celebrating childhood through a rich palette of vibrant, handpicked textiles. A French style made in limited edition, La Petite Caravane uses quality cotton, poplin and linen. Vibrant and French.
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