Come discover Copacabana, our latest collection next Thursday and Friday at our showroom!
My dog-eared sketchbooks and photo albums from traveling in Brazil inspired me for this season’s Copacabana collection.
Colors reflect Rio’s vibrant intensity, from candomble bead necklaces to the iconic canary yellow telephone booths. Some prints echo the mosaics on Copacabana beach and others pay homage to the recently departed Oscar Niemeyer, Brazil’s master architect who embraced unexpected curves and striking structures.
To launch our Copacabana collection, we are hosting an event at our showroom on Wednesday and Friday April 25-26.
If you can’t make it come to the collection launch, we are also hosting a “Goûter” where we will serve traditional French treats and Open studio days in the coming weeks.
Collection launch: Thursday and Friday, April 25-26
From 10am to 7pm
“Goûter chez La Petite Caravane”: Thursday, May 2
From 2pm to 7pm
With homemade French cakes and treats @3pm
Friday, May 3 - From 10am to 7pm
Thursday-Friday May 9-10th - Fron 10am to 7pm
3/F Yu Yuet Lai Building
43-55 Wyndham Street, Central.
If none of these works, you can also just let me know when you want to come by or check our online shop.
See you there!
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We are gearing up to the launch of our new Copacabana collection next week!
To immerse you into Brazilian aesthetics, here is a photo I took of a woman in Salvador de Bahia, dressed in her traditional costume.
I love the costume’s celebration of lace, vibrant colors, stacks of bangles, layers of bead necklaces and turban.
Salvador de Bahia was the first colonial capital of Brazil and is renowned for its Portuguese colonial architecture. Full colors, baroque details and cobble stones.
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Monday cartwheel for our exciting new adventure!
La Petite Caravane is thrilled to announce our partnership with Quintessentially, the private members’ club and concierge service.
Quintessentially has a great eye for findings for its members hidden treasures around the world. We are thrilled to be part of their journey!
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In France, the post office no longer uses stamps. When you bring in an envelope or package, they will print out a sticker simply showing the cost of postage, a glorified receipt. In Hong Kong, they give the same stamp for every valuation.
For these reasons, I often make the extra effort to go to the Philatelic counter of post offices in Paris or Hong Kong, to get beautiful stamps.
Proper stamps bring color to snail mail along with a touch of human imperfection (slanted or upside down stamps when you are in a rush!). Stamps also offer interesting themes associated with the country you are living in or traveling through. It is surprising how much effort it takes these days to the artistic stamps we used when growing up.
I came across these gorgeous illustrative stamps of a rabbit, a dog, a turtle and a cat at the Hong Kong Post office last week – and got a whole batch.
Although animals are a recurring theme on stamps, it was the first time I saw animals designed to appeal to children.
The moment I saw the stamps, I knew our daughter would be inspired to sit at her desk and write thank you notes (ie. practice spelling her name!) to all of her friends who came to her birthday party, but also “write” letters to her grandparents and godparents.
Each animal stamp is associated with a different value. It was great to explain to our daughter that she could only use the Dog stamps to send letters to her friends living in Hong Kong, Rabbit stamps for her friends and family living in Europe or America, Turtle stamps for friends and family living in Asia. As for the Cat stamps, we need to start learning about Maths and how to add up stamps, or write longer letters to her Hong Kong friends.
Parents living in Hong Kong, rush to the post office to get your stamps!
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Zara, one of our favorite models, takes our Caroline Bay skirt for a test jump!
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La Petite Caravane’s upcoming Copacabana collection came from idle hours spent paging through dog-eared drawings and old photo albums of my trips to Brazil.
Here is a glimpse of one of my drawing sketchbooks I kept while traveling to Brazil a few years ago.
I was in Ouro Preto, an colonial-era mining town in Brazil famed for its stunning Baroque architecture. My friend Xavier and I were sitting in a small cafe and saw this beautiful cash machine on the counter, dating from the 1920s.
Old sketchbooks bring back the story behind the drawings: Where you sat; how the sun warmed your back while you were sketching. Details of the object and the pen strokes required to capture the scene return.
When traveling, I always bring along a sketchbook, a few black pens, and – depending on my mood – color pencils or markers. Sketches are a great addition to photos I take. They give you a sensorial memory of a trip.
Traveling with two children now, it’s a little harder to find time to draw. But I still do!
I always travel with a sketchbook for each of child, and try to draw in them when I find time. Funnily enough, I have many drawings of our children sleeping in all sorts of traveling context – in an Indian train, on the beaches of Normandie or at a cafe in Hanoi. I guess when they are asleep is the most propitious time to draw!
Do you keep a traveling diary?
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Prepare for Easter’s tree climbing and egg hunts!
Gorgeous Zari is wearing:
Our Caroline Blush Brocade skirt. Limited edition of 25 pieces
Our Clemence Snowdrop Blouse. Limited edition of 25 pieces.
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Lots of running around, shaking bushes, scrutinizing tree roots and sharing our bountiful bags full of chocolate eggs with friends.
Here are some photos!
Have a great week preparing for Easter Monday!
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We were inspired this season by Brazil’s vibrant colors, Copacabana’s mosaics, palm trees swaying in the wind, Rio’s deep blue sky, colorful candomble necklaces, the iconic canary yellow telephone booths. We also wanted to pay homage to Oscar Niemeyer.
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Old family trunks are always full of wonders.
While going through our Irish family trunks, I came across this knitting notebook which belonged to our children’s great-paternal grandmother, Peggy Butler (born Guthrie and sister of the great theater director, Tyrone Guthrie).
Peggy deserves more than one post. She was vibrant, colorful character and an incredible artist. Among her many achievements, she was the founder of the Kilkenny Art Gallery Society and instigator behind the Kilkenny Arts Festival in Ireland – a festival that celebrates every summer Irish culture from literature, to music, to arts.
We will keep her story and contribution to culture in Ireland for another post.
In the meantime, here is a glimpse of one her knitting notebooks – written in an immaculate handwriting and full of models ranging from a stocking top, to a liege helmet, to a shaped undervest. The details of instruction and construction are incredible and makes you appreciate the time it took to create every piece.
I found a postcard of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in the notebook which gives an illustrated indication of the period when the notebook was kept.
Living in rural Ireland in the 1940s-1950s, fashion was mostly home made and handmade. Peggy, known for her originality and creativity, designed all of her clothes and drew her influence from the many places she travelled, including the Balkans.
Here is one of one of her creations I inherited and certainly inspired by Peggy’s time in the Balkans: A headband she made out of braided wool and covered with a floral silk fabric, tied with an elastic band.
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