Chains and big brands can be wonderfully reliable for baby staples, but it’s just so satisfying to find amazing gear—that no one else has—handcrafted by a designer who’s doing it on her own. We looked from Providence to Portland to find this batch of our current favorites. We’re sure we missed some talent out there, so let us know if there’s a local designer you love, and maybe we’ll pin it to our Shop Local Pinterest board.
Portland, OR: Dandy Lion Clothing Co. stitches up handmade dresses and bibs in refreshingly bright colors and bold patterns.
Boston, MA: Stroll your baby around in a handknit hat by Boston Beanies, and people will gush about the cuteness.
Brooklyn, NY: The organic (and occasionally irreverent) blankies, baby hats, bibs, and burp cloths by Little Hip Squeaks make perfect gifts for hipster babes.
Providence, RI: Looking at illustrator Allison Cole‘s nursery-friendly prints (like the one that says “Find joy in the little things”) makes us happy.
San Francisco, CA: We’re longtime fans of the chic wall art, fabric decals, and mobiles by Petit Collage.
Larchmont, NY: Grass & Clovers uses a mix of vintage and recycled to craft appliqués for stylin’ tees and tanks.
Columbus, OH: We want a whole collection of hand-carved wooden toys by Little Alouette—especially the guitar, mustache, and peace sign.
Austin, TX: Caitlin McLain’s eco-friendly feb10 design studio makes animal and alphabet art (and a few funny cards for moms) that strikes the perfect balance between sweet and modern.
Nashville, TN: Because some babies just need a onesie with Bill Murray’s face on it, there’s Truly Sanctuary.
Easthampton, MA: The wheel-thrown tableware from Abby Berkson Ceramics is all illustrated (adorably) by hand.