Friday, January 11, 2013

Feature Friday – Fleur + Dot

Fleur + Dot handmade childhoods etsy shop banner logo

A few weeks have passed since I last posted a Feature Friday. Not that I haven't been inspired. There were gobs of talented creators to showcase! I was just busy, busy, busy and the holidays are for eating pie, not for running myself in the ground! So, that said, I'm going to try and return to featuring shops and items that I love.

Collared bow dress in oversized polka dots and large bow at neck for little girlToday's Feature Friday is the first one I've made in 2013. The birth of a new year makes me think of beginnings and beginnings make me think of childhood and childhood makes me think of cute things and cute things makes me think of....you're almost there, don't worry...Fleur + Dot

Creating vintage inspired, handmade children's apparel, Brianne from Fleur + Dot is based out of the  independent design studios PetalPetal in Portland, Oregon. Brianne, owner, maker, and designer of Fleur + Dot is a wonder to me. She is a one woman business that does all the work herself! The clothing she makes is childlike, but not simple. The detail in her garments is perfect. Her designs remind me of bubblegum, fireflies, and bare feet on grass. A beautiful vintage style pervades her work and there is a Parisian appeal to them as well, in my opinion. Maybe it is the mix of femininity, clean lines, and a general love of polka dots!


Mint blouse with peter pan collar and bow for girl



The Fleur + Dot Philosophy:
- Handmade items have a soul...
- Childhood is beautiful, their clothes should be too...
- The classics are always modern...
- Beauty and functionality should coexist...
- Florals + Polka Dots = LOVE

High waist ruffle top denim trousers with wide leg for children

That isn't the only philosophy they hold though. They also "work hard to ensure our opportunities create opportunities for other women entrepreneurs as well. We source a majority of our materials from local or women-owned businesses. We also use a percentage of all profits to support women entrepreneurs worldwide by contributing to micro loan organizations". I love that they try to use local sources and especially women! Community building at its best!
blue striped ruffle top wide leg trousers with pin stripes and polka dotted blouse for kids


















Also, an extra bit of cuteness is brought to you via her packaging. "Each Fleur + Dot order arrives in brown paper packaging tied up with string and now includes a sweet paper doll designed exclusively for Fleur + Dot by Illustrator Emmeline Pidgen!" What an adorable idea! Sending an old fashioned paper doll along seems like the perfect way to engage a little girl!
handmade denim blouse with gingham detail for children
jean jacket with gingham accent for children


To visit all the lovely apparel of Fleur + Dot and marvel at a true craftswoman, click here.


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100 comments:

  1. The clothing and the models look like it came straight out of a fashion magazine (hey, maybe you should write magazine features!). You did a wonderful job of spotlighting this shop. Love the philosophy!

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    1. Aren't her photos beautiful?! Her little models are quite adorable too, which helps quite a bit too! ;-)

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  2. Awwww...love, love, love the bows and polka dots! These little models are their expressions are soooo precious :) I don't have any little ones myself but will pass this along to a couple of friends who may be interested. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Bows and polka dots are something I never outgrew! I'm quite jealous of these little ladies. ;-)

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  3. New Follower!! Found you through the Aloha Friday Blog Hop! Love your blog.. When you have a minute, stop by and say hi www.kjaggers.com ..and if you like what you see.. follow back! Happy New Year! K Jaggers

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  4. This has so much cuteness going on that one is in the danger of melting, lol:) That kid with the chicken that was adorable. That is what I used to do when I was a kid for some reason, pick chicken and carry them around.

    Now about the clothes...It look really nice and it is appropriate for the kids which is more than it can be said for a lot of clothes that sells in the kids department. Don't you think?

    Have a lovely day:)

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    1. I completely agree! These clothes are just beautiful and really show off the childlike femininity of the wearer instead of an adult style.

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  5. Omg, this is so cute!! ^-^ The girl with red hair is so sweet!

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  6. Super cute and sweet!
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  7. Those little girls look adorable :)

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  8. This is a wonderful feature! The vintage children's clothes are adorable as well as the cute little models! I have smelly, teenage boys but this makes me look forward to grandchildren....waaaaaaaay in the future!
    Sandy

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    1. Hahaha! Well hopefully, way in the future, you will get your wish! ;-)

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  9. The photos are way too cute! Especially the one with the chicken! So adorable!

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  10. WOW!
    Supercute!
    Such a nice pics!
    Your words are really inspiring!
    love!
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  11. So lovely post, dear!

    xxx


    Tatiana

    http://www.bonnie23blog.blogspot.com/

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  12. I have to say those are some of the most elegant and beautiful children's clothing I have ever seen. And the child model is over the top gorgeous! Love that you showcased this designer, very talented.

    xoxo tiffani
    www.tiffanigoff.como

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    1. I was quite taken with these as well! Such pretty details and craftsmanship is unusual to find in children's clothing.

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  13. AW! I love the girl with the mint shirt and big bow. So adorable.

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    Oh and I was informed that in the past people couldn't view my blogger profile. But I've fixed that :)

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    1. Cute, right?!

      And, actually, I can view your blogger profile, but I'm still getting those emails saying that my comment failed to send to you permanently after I try to comment on your lovely blog. I'll go try again and keep my fingers crossed! ;-)

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  14. Yes please! I want one in every size for Reagan! SO CUTE!
    The mint top and bow is my favorite!
    (You were right...I DO love this one! Good choice :) )

    xoxo
    Lanaya
    www.raising-reagan.com

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    1. Thank you for linking this to Raising Imperfection. So excited to have you co-hosting with us this week :)

      xoxo
      Lanaya
      www.raising-reagan.com

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  15. I wish I had a lil one because these are just too cute!!!

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  16. Too cute! These clothes are adorable, and the pictures are amazing. I really need some new pictures of my kids. Inspiring in style and photography!

    100lb Countdown

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    1. It would be so lovely to have portraits of your children done in this style! ;-)

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  17. Omigosh, how adorable! Wish I had grandkids right now...but I'd be good with them showing up 5-11 years:O)

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    1. Haha! I hope you get your wish sometime in that time span! ;-)

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  18. OMG soooo cute ^^ love this post, thanks for sharing <3


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  19. I love this post! These picts are soooooooo cute! Also, thanks for the visit to A Geek In Glasses last week! Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad you came for a visit! ;-)

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  20. Adorable photos! Thanks for stopping by, enjoyed your site and followed you through GFC. Be sure to stop back by tomorrow for the SHOW-licious Craft Showcase party! :)

    Happy New Year,
    Marti

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  21. What fantastic clothing and adorable little models! I love the idea of the paper doll in each order! So cute!

    Rebecca
    www.winnipegstyle.ca

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    1. Wasn't that a great idea?! I would love a paper doll as a child!

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  22. HI there! I'm Hanna. I'm your newest follower!!! Lovely space you have here! I hope you have a great weekend! You can find me in my little corner anytime at
    www.bouffeebambini.blogspot.com

    xoxoxo Hanna

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  23. These photos are perfection! I am gonna have to hop over to that site!

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  24. Oh my goodness! These little jewels are utterly amazing. Too cute to keep to myself. I'm sharing this on twitter! Have a wonderful weekend dancing queen. :) xo

    Debra@stylewisebydebra.blogspot.com

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    1. Yay! Thank you Debra! So glad that you are sharing! More people need to know about this shop! ;-)

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  25. Not having children, I can't say as though I spend a lot of time looking at kids clothes, but I came across this brand a few months ago (I'd venture to guess on Pinterest) and instantly fell in love with it. There offerings are so sweet, beautifully tailored and timelessly stylish. Should I ever have wee ones, I'd be thrilled as all get out to dress them in clothes from Fleur + Dot.

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. I completely agree. If a had a little girl, she would be in these beauties in no time flat!

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  26. This is so cute! All these outfits are absolutely adorable.

    If you get a sec, please check out my latest post on my blog. I would love to read your feedback.

    Sofia

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    1. You are more than welcome! Thank you for visiting! ;-)

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  28. I don't know what's more adorable, the little models, the outfits or the photo compositions!

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  29. ooooohhh I just ADORE Flour + Dot.. she's been popping up alot lately and I cant get enough!

    ~Amy
    www.LadyMockingbird.com

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  30. although I have no need for products like these at this time in my life, in the future I would definitely love this brand to dress my kids in. Absolutely gorgeous :D

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  31. Aah, little lovelies :) If I had a daughter I would get her dressed in these clothes :)

    The redhaired girl is a talented model, don't you think so? :)

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    1. Absolutely! She has such a little attitude too! Love it! ;-)

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  32. Such adorable clothes and seriously going to have to check them out for my 2 little girls. Thanks so mud for sharing and happy to following over from Raising Imperfection Link-Up!!:) :) Think it is awesome, we are co-hosting this weekend.

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    1. Yay for co-hosting with you! And lucky you for having two little girls to dress up too! ;-)

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  33. Don't they make the best kids editorials ever?? I love Fleur + dot!
    Best Regards
    Miss Margaret Cruzemark
    http://margaretcruzemark.blogspot.com/

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  34. I like the tennies w/the dress. It's not something I'd have thought to do but it's really sparky!

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  35. What a great shop! The photos are amazing as well. I'm off to go check out more of the shop now. =0)
    ~Kim
    http://2justByou.blogspot.com

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  36. OHHHHH! this kiddie collection is sooo so cute! it's so retro and chic i love it!!

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  37. So incredibly cute! My brother has the only little girl in the family so naturally we are always buying her cute clothes. This is perfect! Thanks for sharing!
    Katie
    http://dysfunctionsjunction.com

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  38. Ridiculously cute

    Please come and check out my latest post if you have a few minutes spare :)

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    Helen

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  39. These pieces are soooo adoarble! Makes me wanna order everything for my nieces :D
    xoxo

    novelstyle.blogspot.com

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    1. Right?! You could spend your savings in a place like that! ;-)

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  40. Nice blog, amazing photos you have here!
    Shall we bloggers help each other out a bit
    and follow each other on gfc?

    Love, A.

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  41. Enjoyed this post thoroughly. Thanks for sharing!

    I'm hosting a $100 Lulus.com gift card giveaway on the blog. Hope you can enter!

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  42. Lovely!

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