Fifteen years ago, when organic cotton was difficult to come across, designer Annette Francis launched Australia's first organic clothing line for babies and children - Gaia Organic Cotton. "Back then organic cotton was quite cutting edge so it's been a real journey to educate people and to get to where we are now, where organic cotton is easily accessible to mums and dads," she says. Proud to make every single piece in the collection with 100 per cent GOTS certified organic cotton, her range of basics for babies (0000-2) include sweet spotty rompers, leggings, dresses, classic tees and swaddles. She also makes adorable PJs for kids up to size 4.
Having recently found their village in a beachside suburb on the New South Wales Central Coast (a stones-throw from me), Annette, her artist husband and their three children - Bella, Saffron and Ziggy - are happy to stay put for years to come. As a working mum, Annette admits that early mornings are her normal. "I get up at 5am, sometimes earlier, to get a few hours in before I have to start getting the children ready for school. I work during school hours but consider the afternoon and evening to be precious family time," she says. In-between ferrying the kids to various weekend sports, Annette takes the time to slow down and nurture when she can. "I do love a good coffee - coconut milk latte - and a beautiful meal never goes astray. My favourite? Probably salmon, baked sweet potato and a kale, avocado and cashew salad."
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