Month: November 2014

Local Label Love: Acorn Kids

Hats off to Acorn Kids. For most of Millie’s young life her little head has been kept warm and cosy or cool and shaded – all while looking incredibly cute in an Acorn hat. Beautiful merino beanies or bright, reversible sunhats are adorning the heads of kiddies all over the country. We chat to the Melbourne mum behind the label.

Acorn SS14 Lily Sunhat and Florin Sunhat
Acorn SS14 Lily Sunhat and Florin Sunhat

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Caring for our foster carers

Speak to any foster carer and they’ll tell you exactly the same thing – it’s not about the money.

These people are a special breed. They put the needs of strangers before their own and take on a job most of us can’t imagine.

Melbourne foster carer Krysia Rozanska is one of those special people. (more…)

Local Label Love: KaPow Kids

Bam! Kapow! Do you love poptastic prints, monochrome or so-hot-right-now slogan tees for children that pack a punch? Good-o! Read on to discover where to find some affordable and funky threads for kids that are made right here in Melbourne.

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Bat Crazy Softie, Wild Child T-shirt, Neon Pink Triangle Leggings & Headband

️Who: Andrea Goulding, KaPow Kids

️Where are you based? Carlton North, Melbourne, Australia

️When was KaPow Kids established? July 2013

️Why did you decide to create a children’s clothing label? It started as a hobby because I was a bit bored on my days off from my part-time job as an architect. I needed a creative outlet on my days home with Flynn (now 3 years old), so started an Etsy shop selling appliqué tees and onesies for babies.

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Rock And/Or Roll T-Shirt & Birds In Flight Leggings

️KaPow has printed clothing and dribs (dribble bibs) in funky easy-to-wear shapes just perfect for busy kiddies. Where do you find your inspiration? Most of it is just in my head. KaPow reflects my own style and love of quirky prints. But I do find inspiration everywhere I look. I’m always on the lookout for cool prints and constantly searching for different and unusual fabrics. Pinterest and Instagram are great for sourcing ideas.

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KaPow Kids clothing is handmade in Melbourne

️There’s a lot of market competition, how do you keep ahead of the pack? When I first stared a year ago, there wasnt too much competition, but I’ve noticed one year on there seems to be lots of little cool handmade labels popping up every day – which can be quite scary. I hope that the name and the brand is strong enough to withstand all the new competition. We are constantly bringing out new things which I think helps. I am always learning and trying to improve things, and also working on creating more of my own fabric designs.

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Golden Hero T-shirt & Thunderstruck Drib

️Is it possible to have a work/life balance? I’m so glad that through doing KaPow, I can work from home. It makes it so much easier to look after Flynn. But having your own business means you are pretty much constantly working, which can be a little stressful, but luckily I love my job.

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Rainbow Connection Leggings & Headband worn with the Rock And/Or Roll T-shirt, Wild Child T-shirt with Fox Harem Shorts & Drib

️Best piece of business advice you’ve received? To be honest I haven’t had anyone really give me any business advice yet! I welcome any advice though, as sometimes I seriously am just winging it!

️How has Instagram changed the way you advertise your brand? I am addicted to Instagram, it’s the perfect platform for me to engage with followers and fellow makers. I really hope now that Facebook has taken over Instagram (Facebook is Instagram’s parent company) that they don’t make it difficult to showcase your brand to followers, like what’s happened to Facebook.

️Favourite KaPow item? How do you like to see it worn? I am loving the girly prints at the moment, especially the fabrics that have a touch of neon in them, like the ice-cream and watermelon prints, they have been so popular.

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Ice Cream Shorties & Drib with Wild Child T-shirt

️What’s next for KaPow? I’m trying to work on the winter range now, sourcing some cute fleecy fabric for harem trackies and hooded vests, slouch hats and snoods (scarves). Some prints include penguins, deers and huge stars.

Shop KaPow Kids online here
KaPow Kids is also on Instagram & Facebook

All photos by Fi Mims Photography

*Millie features in the recent KaPow Kids photo shoot