The shoe in the left is just your typical basic pull on boot or something that might cover a dress show, right? Actually, it isn’t going to show up on the morning commute anytime soon, unless its the commute to preschool. Yes, it’s a pint-sized version of a pretty standard classic. Recently I stumbled across Tea Collection, a clothing line that has a fair share of boys clothing that boasts an international influence. Rather than being full of exotic prints and silhouettes very unlikely to appeal to American boys, the line has more of the feel of a look that is not country or region specific. Yes, there are a few graphic T-shirts, but for the most part, you’ll see cargo pants, non-sneaker casual shoes in a variety of textures and colors, button-down shirts and more.
I don’t normally gush over baby and toddler clothes…but look at the pinstriped pocketed onesie, at right. It could be worn with a smart pair of flat-front pants, jeans, or….just as a onesie. The pockets and lay-down collar show signs that the Mini-Gent might just have the makings of the bigger, tailored VintageGent to come many years down the line. A nice departure from ironic Che Guevera or KISS onesies, no?
Vintage children’s clothing is so hard to find. Kids just wore the heck out of it, and the only things parents or collectors seemed to have held onto is frilly little girl dresses that don’t really scream a particular time frame, or of course, christening gowns and boy’s suits. The every day clothes is something that parents who like to dress in vintage clothing can’t really find for their kids, unless its something that is from the 80s. Some of the items here have some styling that would definitely appeal to this demographic of parent who are tired of baggy pants (except those that are baggy to cover up a diaper). If the boy on the right was wearing a white instead of a tan/ecru shirt, I would say it is a bit guyabara inspired in a way.
The Tea Collection can be ordered online directly from the manufacturer. Also look for shoes, coordinated outfits and separates for boys, girls at children’s boutiques, such as Giggle, with locations in several major cities, Hip Baby Gear in Salem and Marblehead, Massachusetts. Also spy them at Bloomingdales, Nordstroms and Saks.modern fashion | Comment (0)