Call me pedantic but I can't condone bare baby shoulders during the day in height of summer; the bite of the Aussie sun is far too harsh. My ideals put me in a bit of a predicament; there aren't many brands out there that make lightweight clothing with sleeves. So when French-born Verane from June - Fine Baby Clothing contacted me, I was delighted by her range of tunics - the Gaston and Vinoo shirts are beautifully made and perfect for protecting sensitive, pure baby skin. In preparation for this post she sent me her most recent collection; inspired by the colours of the Mediterranean and the ambiance of Capri, it's fresh and beautiful and made entirely from natural fabrics (including a delightful range of Liberty of London prints).
She's always adored fashion (she credits her French roots) but when her daughter was born Verane discovered the fabulous world of children's clothing. "I wanted to carve out a new career path and while I was overwhelmed with the beautiful products out there I just couldn't let my ideas go to waste," she says. So she set about designing a brand for babies inspired by timeless and classic European clothing. Indeed, she's created a harmonious blend of pretty and practical. "When I started out I wanted to combine my three nationalities; French, Australian and Vietnamese (my husband's heritage). Manufacturing in Vietnam made the most sense so I sought out a family-run manufacturer who didn't compromise on social or ethical responsibility. When I visited I immediately felt like it was the right place to produce my collections. Biche, the owner, has created a respectful and comfortable work environment and has been making children's clothes for 25 years - it ticked all the boxes! I work closely with the pattern making team and the seamstresses and I have much admiration for their work...for bringing my dream designs to life."
Verane lives in Bondi with her husband and young daughter and most days are brimming with play, work, mothering and designing. "I may be busy but it's what I've always wanted. I feel quite privileged to be making these beautiful clothes for babies around Australia and the world."
Verane would love to give a $100 voucher to one of my readers. To enter just leave a comment tell us what caught your eye in the current June collection - what's your favourite piece and why? The comment that resonates most, wins. Competition closes Wednesday 14th October at 5pm and winner will be announced shortly afterward. Open to international readers.
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