For many families, the holidays are a time to celebrate in style! Children love to dress up in their finest clothes and enjoy the yuletide season with family and friends. Parents, grandparents, or other family members who are searching for the perfect holiday outfit—or Christmas gift—for the wee ones in their lives can find some terrific options right here on the Coast.
Designed for babies and children up to age six, Boské Kids wear is beautiful, cozy and durable. The classic, timeless designs are ideal for everyday use, but several of the outfits are also fabulous as holiday wear and gifts for the very young set. The Boské Kids collection includes baby dresses and sweaters with matching booties; beautiful red, pink, or purple dresses trimmed with elegant ribbon detailing; and cozy cardigans and pullover sweaters for little boys. Check out the styles at Boskékids.com.
Boské Kids wear has a special Coastal connection through former Gibsons resident Jenny Chavarri, owner/designer of Boské Kids clothing. During a visit to her husband’s native country of Peru, Chavarri marvelled at the soft, luxurious, yet durable fabrics the locals created. She was inspired to develop partnerships with small-scale, family-owned suppliers that use fair-trade, environmentally friendly practices. It’s a win-win situation, as her business promotes fair wages and good working conditions for Peruvian families and their employees.
Chavarri explains that “the word Boské comes from the Spanish word bosque, which means forest.” This name reflects Chavarri’s desire to keep her products as earth-friendly as possible, by using organic, healthy, chemical-free materials such as hypoallergenic baby alpaca wool (warmer and less prickly than sheep’s wool), super-soft and stain-resistant Peruvian pima cotton, and vegetable-based dyes—and it also celebrates the magic and beauty of our West Coast forests, where our young people (and the young at heart!) love to explore, imagine, and grow. Chavarri’s vision is to create “natural-fibre clothing for babies and toddlers that is practical, simple, yet elegant in style, allowing children to be happy, playful, and comfortable while providing parents, grandparents, and family with the confidence that their little ones are wearing natural and safe clothing.”
The fair trade, eco-conscious and stylish Boské Kids wear line is available at Peggy Sue’s in Gibson’s Landing. Peggy Sue’s carries holiday outfits for girls up to age 14 and boys up to age 10, including elegant formal attire by Montreal companies Blu and Deux par Deux, as well as popular brands such as Isabella & Chloe.
A favourite source for children’s gifts and holiday accessories, Giggle ‘n’ Bloom in Gibsons Park Plaza offers matching “onesie” pyjamas for the whole family—perfect for that cheesy but memorable family photo! Also available are BabyLegs leg warmers in fun holiday styles, beautiful hair clips for girls (including locally made Little Bits), bow ties for boys, and a variety of dressy baby booties and shoes, including sparkly Toms and Pedipeds.
There’s no need to battle the crowds in the big city this holiday season. From sleepwear to dress clothes, there are lots of options for those special little loved ones right here on the Coast.
Submitted by Christine Savage