The majority of Eliza’s clothes I end up getting at H&M (it’s so cheap) or Nordstrom (familiarity is strong), but I love supporting small shops, mostly run my moms, who have the most adorable and well-made kids clothes. Many of our favorite brands are made in the USA, many are made from organic materials that are safe for our little ones and the environment and although they are usually more expensive, I have found that the quality of these small shops is undeniably superior to their big-box competitors. I love having play clothes for Eliza that I don’t care a thing about, but it is also important to me to have things that I am going to be able to pass down and then keep stored away as memories and keepsakes. This list is of our favorite small shops, all of which we have purchased from and have absolutely loved.
The first couple of months of Eliza’s life I hadn’t heard of L’oved Baby and struggled to find onesies and pajamas that I loved and that held up well in the wash. When I discovered these organic basics I was hooked. Eliza has been wearing their pajamas since then. The fabric is organic and such good quality. It is thick but breathable and holds up incredibly well.
This cute mama-owned shop has the cutest basics for babies and toddlers. When Eliza was still a babe I always wanted comfy separates for her that weren’t generic and were fashionable without being fussy. Their leggings became a staple. They have the coolest patterns for both boys and girls. Eliza wore the floral patterned ones religiously for months.
These are some of the best basics we have found. They hold up great. The shapes are modern and fun and their colors are vibrant. This is also a mama-owned shop that has grown to having a handful of employees, all moms that want flexibility while raising their young kids.
Crew and Lu is one of our favorites now that Eliza is a little bit older. Their sizing starts at 6 months on most items and most everything is for girls, although there are a few unisex pieces. This brand is all about individuality and wearable art. Each piece is interesting and whimsical, while also being practical and made with incredible quality. The clothes are made in Arizona by designer and mama Uyen Carlson. I have been extremely impressed with this brand and the hand written thank you note that came with Eliza’s haul made me a return shopper.
This is another awesome collection of basic pieces with a twist. They have dresses, bloomers, leggings and tops that are adorable shapes and the softest fabric. Their patterns are really what set them apart and make their clothes special. This shop grew from an Etsy shop, is mama-owned and is made in the USA.
- Alice and Ames
Alice and Ames is the maker of our favorite dresses. The colors, the shape, the quality are all perfect. Eliza has a few of these dresses and will definitely have more in the future. I love the fact that the long and short dresses are made to go from dance class to everyday wear. Alice and Ames is another US based company and another mama-owned business.
One of my first favorite outfits for Eliza was a little fringe romper from Remie Girl. It was mint green and I took hundreds of pictures of her in that romper. After the romper we bought fringe dresses that were so comfy and sweet. It was something a bit different and still practical enough for a babe. Now they have the same fringe pieces as well as the sweetest ruffle dresses.
Mabo is a bigger brand than the others but I included them because they have the small brand feel, they grew from a small brand and they have very small seasonal collections that are unique and special. This brand has clothes for both girls and boys as well as unisex organic cotton basics. Everything is designed and manufactured in the USA in small quantities but the variety and availability can’t be beat.
Good kids clothes can be so hard to find, especially ones that are good quality and unique. All of these brands fit the bill and as a bonus are mostly mom-owned and US made. I love supporting small businesses and other moms that are creative, talented, and are working hard to be able to be with their babies. MEM