IF EVER there was a collection that made us want to trade our grown-up (ish) life for that of a fabulously stylish four-year-old, this is surely it. Created by luxury Spanish childrenswear label La Coqueta and ethically minded online retailer Muzungu Sisters, the collaborative offering is as colourful and beautiful as it is wearable.
Melding the traditional craftsmanship that Muzungu Sisters founders Dana Alikhani and Tatiana Santo Domingo are obsessed with in their own line, with the sweet, vintage aesthetic of La Coqueta resulted in a wardrobe of neat embroidered shirts and dresses, cute shorts and bloomers and even miniscule handbags.
“We initially discussed shapes and fabrics; we then went on to the type of embroidery we would do,” La Coqueta founder Celia Muñoz told us. “The Muzungu embroidery style is originally from Hungary however this had to be adapted to Spanish style and the result I think is very beautiful and a true reflection of what both brands are. Both businesses love supporting local artisans who have been passing on their art from one generation to another. We very much admire and respect the way these craftsmen and women ensure their trade does not die, and for us, in turn, we must educate our customers on the importance of keeping these traditions alive.”
The likelihood of seeing these pieces on the chicest of toddlers very soon is high. Santo Domingo - whose husband Andrea Casiraghi is Princess Caroline of Monaco’s son - has two children, and her stylish mother friends – including Margherita Missoni and Elisa Sednaoui – are sure to be supportive. La Coqueta, meanwhile, is already a favourite of stars including Keira Knightley – and the Muzungu girls approached the Spanish brand because they already dress their little ones in the pieces.
“We absolutely love the brand and the respect Celia has for traditional craftsmanship,” Santo Domingo told us. “Just like Muzungu Sisters, every La Coqueta piece is timeless and can be worn for generations to come.”
The collection is available to shop from tomorrow at Lacoquetakids.com priced from £45 to £89