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Bitsybow Baby Clothing

Mar 17, 2016 11:21:42 AM

San Francisco designer Cherry Lao sat down with us over coffee and answered a few questions about her Bitsybow clothing line. We are excited to be carrying her fun bibs and onesies.

Bitsbow Bib

What were your inspirations for creating the line?

Bitsybow was a passion project I started with the idea of cute and playful illustration. With my design background combined with my mother's experience making kids clothes, we decided to create Bitsybow. I get inspiration from my surrounding, things I do and places I visit. The first set of graphics was food related. I love food, so I created fun drawings of meatballs, egg and bacon.  

What is the most rewarding aspect of what you do?

The most rewarding aspect was seeing our customers excitement when buying Bitsybow for their little ones or as gifts for their friends little ones. 

What is the most challenging aspect?

The most difficult aspect was the production. I am a perfectionist and have high expectations, so getting the product exactly the way I wanted is crucial. Despite the challenges I am happy and proud of what we created for our customers.

Why should a customer purchase your products?

Bitsybow was curated and crafted with lots of love and care. We wanted to share our cute and playful designs and spread the smile through comfortable outfits.

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Creative Profile: Kersey Barrett-Tormey

Apr 20, 2014 1:23:40 PM



Originally trained as an animator, artist Kersey Barrett-Tormey accidentally fell in love with illustration after taking a comic book art class in college, creating a fifty-page children’s book about a girl whose daydreams show up in the wool of her pet sheep. A self-confessed compulsive daydreamer, the vigorously talented and fiercely imaginative Barrett-Tormey has a gift for storytelling that is at once enviable, effortless, and undeniably evident from the first moments of meeting her. We were lucky enough to get to visit her studio at Goforaloop in San Francisco and chat with her about her creative past and artistic process. Barrett-Tormey’s latest book, Beaver Away: The Story of Boh Going Solo is out now and she’ll be reading it at the Aldea Baby store on April 27 from 1-3PM.

Did you have a particular theme in mind when you were creating Beaver Away?
The story is about the early twenties…it’s kind of a warning about the early twenties. There’s a lot of warning right when you hit puberty, your parents are like ‘This is going to suck,’ or like ‘This is going to be really hard,’ but nobody really tells you that about your early twenties. So, hopefully kids will read this and then when they get older and they graduate college and they’re kind of confused about where they’re going in life, they’ll have this book. I hand-drew all the pictures and I even printed it out in the studio next door. This is a completely handmade book.

Yeah, you can really tell—even the buckets of hair that come off Boh the Beaver have tons of detail. How did you first get into drawing like this?
I’ve always been into it!

You’ve always drawn, since you were a kid.
Yeah, there was never a point where I decided I wasn’t going to draw. I’ve always been drawing. I don’t even remember how old I was when I first started drawing. I think since I was five I decided I was going to be an artist, since kindergarten.

I think it’s so rare for people to know their profession from such a young age, but also to sti...

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If you've been by the home store lately, you've probably seen the totally rockin' Punk Princess Room Display. The inspiration behind the room is our very own Store Manager at Aldea Baby, Cantwell Muckenfuss III!

The Punk Princess Room

A Punk Princess loves black just as much as she loves pink. A punk rock princess knows how to spice up any room—she's not just frills and lace, pink and poesy. A splash of black behind a skull and crossbones, this sugar and spice princess isn't always nice. This is a girl who knows how to rescue herself, and she makes sure to do it in style! A black tutu and a pink bow, a tiara and combat boots, now we are talking!

Products available at Aldea Baby and Aldea Home.



 

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In a word, Jane Van Cleef's organically-certified friends are magical. Charming and exquisite, each woodland creature is made with the most impeccable detail from the cotton embroidery floss for their noses and eyes, to the lace trim on their adorable outfits. We sat down with Van Cleef to talk about her inspirations and creative process, and found that she is every bit as lovely and delightful as her forest friends.

Where are you from originally and how did the local culture shape you as a designer/maker?
 
I'm from New Jersey, but my mom is from Bucks County, Pennsylvania. When I imagine the animals' woodland world, the landscape and buildings are a lot like the old houses, woods, and fields of that part of the country. 

Also, when I was growing up there was a historical reenactment farm called Waterloo Village, up in the hills of northwestern New Jersey. It's closed now, but I took a lot of field trips and summer day trips there as a child. I loved watching people do arts and crafts like weaving and blacksmithing.

What initially inspired to make your product? 
I really just set out to make the exact thing I would want for myself, or that I would make for my little sister or another special baby—the animals are soft, cute, a fun size to play with, and all their clothes 'work,' i.e., nothing permanently stuck on, no fake bows that don't really tie.

What is your favorite step in the creation of your product? 
When I've been concentrating really hard on getting a design right, and I suddenly realize, 'Awwww...that's a mouse, and its belly is really chubby and its hat is pointy!' Basically I crack myself up, and then I know I've gotten it right.

What hobbies inspire your designs/products? 
I love doing elaborate embroidery. If I had a couple clones of myself, the first two or three clones would help me with business tasks. And then the other clone could do embroidered fine art projects.

What is your favorite color? 
Vermilion red that often gets confused with orange. It's the c...
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Creative Profile: Robert Minervini

Sep 22, 2013 9:05:41 PM

If you've never had the chance to see one of Robert Minervini's gorgeous murals, you're in for a treat. Based out of San Francisco, Minervini's work is both sublime and inventive, mesmerizing in his use of colors and landscapes. We're lucky enough to have him create an original mural for Aldea, and got a chance to sit down and chat with Minervini about his work and inspirations—check out our interview with him below.

Where are you from originally and how did the local culture shape you as a designer/maker? 
I grew up in North Jersey and the Philadelphia suburbs until college, then in Philadelphia for 8 years before moving to SF. I'm a first generation Italian American, so living in different places and crossing cultures has definitely shaped my taste in art. 
 
What initially inspired to make your product? 
I've been making murals for almost 10 years now. I was approached to make this mural for Aldea from a friend who is a designer for the company. It was a nice way to try and translate my painting style into a kid-friendly mural. 
 
What is your favorite step in the creation of your product? 
I love starting projects, when the possibilities seem endless. It's fun to see where projects end up creatively and how people interact with them.  

What hobbies inspire your designs/products? 
Photography and reading mostly. 
 
What is your favorite color? 
Normally I'd say blue-green, but recently I've been using a lot of semi-neon yellow orange and it's really growing on me. 

What is your favorite shape and why? 
The shape that comes out of making something unintentionally. 
 
What is your favorite texture this season? 
Flannel. 
 
What did you see of interest today?
Some great cloud formations over the bay.
 
What is your motto?
Find beauty in the everyday.
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Creative Profile: Deric Carner

Sep 16, 2013 9:03:11 PM

Aldea Sutro Onsies and Tees

Today we bring you an interview with a designer and artist who works out of both Brooklyn and San Francisco, Deric Carner. Carner is the creator of unique and timeless onesies based on iconic San Francisco landmarks, perfect for your infants and toddlers.

Where are you from originally and how did the local culture shape you as a designer/maker?
I lived in many places as a youth including Switzerland, Holland, Spain and California. These places have strong modernist histories which I absorbed alongside the counterculture styles of punk, graffiti, agitprop and board culture. I was drawn to design as a universal language that is both rational and expressive. In my work I strive for clarity, but also a certain texture and whimsy to move beyond formula.

What initially inspired to make your product?
Visitors and locals are always asking for product sthat show Bay Area pride. The normal tourist fodder is hard to relate to other than ironically. We wanted to make our own fun designs. Justin Godar's Sutro Coat Rack was the initial inspiration. Mission locals know the Sutro Tower as an icon of their neighborhood experience. West Oakland's freight cranes are equally recognizable to anyone who has commuted to the East Bay or gone to art and music shows there. 

What is your favorite step in the creation of your product?
I always get excited when I finally get to see something physical come back from a printer—AND there are no print errors. 

What hobbies inspire your designs/products?
I have an active studio art practice which informs and complements my design practice. Also I collect vintage advertisements and printed matter—especially Deco era perfume ads.

What is your favorite color?
Indigo

What is your favorite shape and why?
The donut, because it is all surface, with no edges and yet has an inside.

What is your favorite texture this season? 
Muddied halftone. For spring I am working with crinkled mylar.

What did you see of interest today?
A antique New York City pull-lever voting machi...

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