Too cool for school

My six year-old god-daughter and her twin sister are, if I am honest, far cooler than I am. Their mum is a stylish vintage-loving Swede who has lived in New York, Paris and London, and whilst their father favours a casual shabby chic, his days working as a set-dresser in Hollywood means he knows how to put an outfit together.

Grey stars sweat top in organic cotton, £24 by Boys & GirlsSo my dilemma – what to buy those two girls? When they turned four I gave them each a Vivienne Westwood for TK Maxx organic cotton t-shirt, the proceeds of which went to comic relief. I thought I had it covered – cute and cool enough for them and with the ethics taken care of too. The first t-shirt, featuring William Shakespeare wearing a red nose, was quite a success. For reasons totally unknown to me the second t-shirt - sporting a mother and baby elephant - did not go down so well (this is Vivienne Westwood - what more can a girl want??) Instead of a hug of thanks, I received a look of utter disapproval from the trend-setting, globe-trotting tot.

Jade and purple vest dress in organic cotton, £22 by Boys & GirlsSo I was very impressed and more than a little relieved when I discovered POP. Founded in March by mum of two Susie Philips, POP is a ‘multi-brand online boutique’ which offers a carefully sourced selection of clothing and accessories for 4-10 year old boys and girls. The focus is on good-quality brands with a quirky, playful vibe at affordable prices - nothing on the site at the moment is over £30 (though that may change for Winter as they start to offer knits and outwear). The accessories include hand-made jewellery in bright sorbet shades, whilst the clothing brands use organic cotton in some, if not all of their bold, unique collections.

Holiday chinos, £25 by Anive for the minorsI am told this is the first press coverage POP has received, but with styles that are sure to be embraced by adults and kids alike, I am certain there will be far more to follow. In fact, so taken was I with their blend of style, quality and comfort, that when I first browsed the site, and spotted the Anive for the minors grey chinos, I actually caught myself thinking “if only they had them in my size...”


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Jewellery hand-made in Paris and inspired by India, from £12 by Louise Misha

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