One of my favourite online kids' stores is Elephant Shoe based in Winnipeg. When my son was born in 2005, it seemed there was a major void in the market when it came to cute boys clothes. Most stores at the mall seemed hell-bent on making him look like a tiny frat boy. Look, I’m all over preppy but you can only buy so many tiny varsity jackets.
Enter Elephant Shoe. A Canadian online retailer based in Winnipeg, they offered fabulous brands like Tea Collection and Appaman. Never heard of them? Neither had I.
Straight from their Facebook wall, the company explains:
“The labels that we have chosen to sell you are not ones that you will see the girl or boy next door wearing (unless their parents have impeccable taste) but clothes that will make your child really stand out from the rest. They are high quality, wash and wear, and wear, and wear, and wear...you get the picture”.
Appaman Hat for Fall
Fans of Appaman include Kingston and Zuma Rossdale, Honor Warren, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Moses Martin and Ryder Robinson (major celeb gossip props if you know who all those kids are)! Tea Collection has been seen on Alyson Hannigan’s daughter, Satyana, and Jennifer Garner’s daughter, Seraphina.
Little Zuma Rockin' The Appaman Hat
I’ve given both Appaman and Tea Collection as gifts and I find them both to be excellent quality and know that they wash and wear so well. The clothes I bought for my son I loved so much I passed them down to my daughter. Hey, if it’s good enough for Shiloh...
Even more impressive is that after some struggles following the recession, Elephant Shoe closed up shop in 2010 only to reopen in July of this year! Congratulations, ladies!
It’s true, my son has now grown out of their size range and my daughter has one foot out the door but this is one of those companies that you just want to see succeed. You know that they care about their products and their customers and really deserve it. If you have a little one between 0 - 4 years of age, I hope you’ll check them out. Even more reason? This Labour Day weekend (today until Monday, September 5th), the shipping is free!
PS - and just to work a little Stella & Dot in here, flip on over to the corporate Facebook fan page where they have announced a little combo contest to win a $500 shopping spree from Stella & Dot *and* a $500 shopping spree from Tea Collection. You can have a cute kid and be a cute mom, too!