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Cool Mom Q&A: Christine Visneau

Five questions for a local fashion expert

As the former owner and designer of Baby Bean and founding editor of now-defunct Small Magazine, Christine Visneau knows a thing or two about kid fashion. These days, she’s a freelance fashion stylist and art director working on various children’s style projects. We snagged a few minutes with her to get her take on what to buy, where to buy it, and how to dress your little ones in it this spring.
StrollerTraffic: What's Spring 2014 all about for kids?
Christine Visneau: Large animal photo-screen prints, seventies’ muted colors, tropical-inspired prints, pops of neon, pastel denim, colorful metallic leather, and pastel leather shoes.
ST: And . . . trendy staples?
CV: For boys, a graphic tee, printed cotton shorts, Converse sneaks, and sunnies. Also, a denim jacket, fedora, fitted tapered sweats, and high tops. For girls, a printed cotton dress, Saltwater sandals, and sunnies. A worn-in graphic tee, printed knit harem pants, and moccasins, too.
ST: Alright. We're on the hunt. What are your go-to brands for styling assignments?
CV: Bobo Choses has bright knits adorned with humorous screen prints and patterns. Nico Nico for its simple, soft pieces that are seasonless and essentially unisex. Boy + Girl has a good selection of bright, colorful separates—stripes, solids, and polka dots in simple cuts—shorts, tunics, and dresses that are made for mixing and matching. I love crewcuts since they are always on top of the trends. Winter Water Factory for the brilliant, original silkscreens you will not see anywhere else. Makie has meticulously handcrafted dresses in rich, muted linens, and Liberty fabrics, in a classic European style. And Atsuyo Et Akiko has a vibrant collection of tutus, glittered hair things, dress ups, and all things sparkly.
ST: You're a mom who has to shop for your own kids, too. What are your favorite stores?
CV: Wellness Baby carries all the cool baby brands–Emile & Ida, Go Gently Baby, Bobo Choses, Mini & Maximus, and Makie—with a strong focus on all things organic. miniME has the best selection of modern kids’ clothing and is on top of the trends. And Haute Baby, which has the best layette section, is packed with traditional baby clothing and shoes.
ST: Clearly you know the trends. But we're curious whether you stock your kids' closets accordingly.
CV: I like a mix of trendy and classic in the same outfit. For a girl, styling a classic smocked dress with moccasins; for a boy, seersucker blazer with a graphic tee, jeans, and sneakers.