This past weekend my husband and I attended both Playtime New York and the ENK Children’s Club show in New York City where we were privy to a sneak peek of designers’ fall/winter 2014 collections. It was a treat to visit with old friends and make new ones as we explored the shows. Seeing so many young designers and new lines has only reaffirmed what I learned while preparing to launch SCOUT: a creative renaissance is happening in kidsware! Right now! The upcoming collections feature inspired and playful color palettes, patterns, and materials. Everyone involved clearly put in a lot of time and hard work, and it was an excellent first market trip for SCOUT! I’m now in the process of writing orders and we’re excited to offer these new pieces in the next few months!
The trip wasn’t all work though, and I wanted to share a few small discoveries for anybody heading to NYC soon. These spots weren’t around when we lived there and were happy revelations:
Buvette: The platonic ideal of a cozy West Village café. Très French and adorable! We had a fantastic breakfast, but stop in any time of day for a bite or drink.
The Long Island Bar: A mid-century Brooklyn diner that was converted into a tranquil cocktail lounge. They polished it up a bit, but preserved all of the good parts. A pro bartender and surf rock on the stereo made for a perfect evening.
Parm: Our last meal before we departed was the perfect New York send-off. Classic Italian comfort food standards—meatballs, chicken parm, baked ziti—punched up with just the right amount of contemporary style and attitude.
If you do find yourself at Parm in the Nolita neighborhood, I recommend popping in Warm, a boho-chic clothing and home décor boutique. My favorite part: their impressive selection of super cool surfing photography books.
Now it’s back to work! Check out our great items for the can’t-get-here-soon-enough spring weather. If there’s something you’d like to see in a different size or color, drop us a line.