So happy to be introducing you to Winter Water Factory today. They are a Brooklyn-based company who design and produce screen printed textiles and organic children’s clothing. Designer Stefanie Lynen clearly has an eye for fun graphic prints, and draws her inspiration from vintage wallpaper and children’s books. Winter Water Factory only work with 100% certified organic cotton, and their range is designed, screen printed, and made in the USA.
I just love their ethos of creating high-quality products for a healthy planet. Whilst buying clothes for Bailey, that is at the forefront of my mind. I like to know that what she is putting on her body is ethically made. With lots of high-street shops it’s hard to know the origins of how something was manufactured.
Also I want her to be able to play hard in her clothes, and don’t want to worry about her wearing stuff out. Ideally the only reason she stops wearing something is because it no longer fits. We know lots of other little ones we can pass things on to, and to me it just makes good sense to design, and buy clothes that are made to last.
Of course the organic cotton is super soft, making this sweatshirt one of Bailey’s favourites. Plus, I think the simple graphic boat print is just wonderful, making it one of my favourites too.
I hear through the parenting grapevine that it can be hard to find clothes with cool designs for boys in the UK. My experience when looking for friends, and Bailey’s cousins, is that there is not a lot of choice. Well, Winter Water Factory also have some fantastic prints for boys.
We had a fun hour on the beach playing amongst the boats. Bailey found a fish, which was a fair distance from the water, and was of course dead. She is full of questions about everything at the moment. Sometimes I feel like I can actually see her little mind ticking away as she processes it all. This motionless fish was the gateway to lots of questions about things being alive, and things being dead, and who might eat the fish, people and / or birds, (but not us as we are vegetarian)…
When we get to a point were I think there are no more questions for now, and that she has boxed something away, she always comes back with just one more. I love to see her grasp ideas and concepts and figure them out, it can’t help but make me look at things in a different way too.
Finally, I just wanted to share the story behind the name of the company… Back in the 1980s (in Germany), Stefanie and her sister created the original ‘Winterwasserfabrik’, where they bottled melted snow and sold it to their parents as… “winter water” – such a sweet memory to have, and a great starting point from which to grow an independent company. I am so glad to have discovered Winter Water Factory, and their organic cotton clothes. You can tell they are a team with a lot of affection for what they do, and therefore they can’t help but create things that are designed, printed and made with love.
This post is in collaboration with Winter Water Factory