Let me first start off by saying I wasn’t sure I’d ever dive into the world of kid-brand collaborations. I think I was hesitant because I didn’t want to put Parker out into the online world without her consent and a small part of me was also afraid of being judged for doing so. But then Art & Eden reached out after I tagged them in a recent Instagram post and the decision to collaborate was felt right.
I was first introduced to Art & Eden after picking up the cutest rose-pink sweatshirt for Parker at a local boutique back in I think it was actually the first piece of pink I’d let creep into Parker’s wardrobe…but I digress. Today, I’m only scratching the surface with Art & Eden on who they are and what they do as a brand in terms of sustainability, the use of safe materials and their generosity in giving back. These areas deserve a post of their own in next week’s Brand Spotlight, so today I’ll be sharing more on my personal experience with the brand and some super cute pieces from their spring line!
Before Parker was born, I was well on my way to becoming a more mindful consumer and embracing a minimal wardrobe. With Parker, I’ve really tried to keep her clothing to a minimum too, as I know first hand how clothes can get out of control and consume much more in one’s life than just the closet. We were generously given some hand-me-downs from friends and family and anything beyond that I’ve been pretty strict and strategic about, mostly buying from smaller, ethical and sustainable brands. After seeing documentaries like True Cost and reading unsettling articles about the fast-fashion industry, I’d like to think Parker will be okay with the less is more and quality over quality approach. **While her whole wardrobe is not completely organic and sustainable, we make and effort to make it the majority.**
In addition to adjusting my style choices pre-Parker, I was also overhauling my health. Since I was about 10 years old, I struggled with a slew of mental health issues including anxiety, depression, ADD and eating disorders that continued well into adulthood. It wasn’t until about 6 years ago that I started piecing together the impact the environment and what I put on and in my body has on our health. I had no clue the dangerous levels of toxins and chemicals lurking in products and clothing we use and wear everyday. I’m talking chemicals like formaldehyde, glyphosate, flame retardants and phthalates that contribute to a slew of health concerns including asthma, respiratory problems, reproductive damage, carcinogenes and neurotoxicity, the list goes on. Not to mention the negative impact these chemicals have on the environment and the people that make our clothes.
With this in mind, it’s been a top priority to clothe Parker in safe and organic fabrics where we can. I know that there’s only so much within our control, and I also understand organic clothing comes at a higher price, but we try and balance it with buying fewer pieces, sticking to quality basics that we can mix and match all week long. Yes, we probably do more laundry than your average fam, but we’re able to run small loads and we line dry most of her stuff to save on energy and moolah in that department.
So where does Art & Eden fit in with all of this? They’re a brand I feel safe and confident investing in and dressing Parker in. They engage in safe and fair business practices, use low impact dyes along with recycled and organic materials, and they give back to social and environmental causes across the globe. Oh, and did I mention they have adorable clothes?! Since Parker has a lot of basics, I try to find pieces that have a different silhouette or versatile print to keep her clothes still fun and interesting. Art & Eden also checks definitely checks this box. They even commission artists from around the world to come up with their unique prints, including this humming bird one Parker’s wearing.
Finally, can we talk about quality? Parker’s had her pink sweatshirt since October (we sized up so she could grow into it) and wore it at least once/week over the past 8 months!!! I was so sad to retire it this May, but our little lady has finally grown out of it. Needless to say, their clothes last.
While the two pink tops were previous purchases, the hummingbird print pants and top were generously gifted to us by Art & Eden for this collaboration, along with a few other fun pieces you can see in my unboxing video. All opinions are 150% my own and I’m excited to have this platform to spread the word about a brand I’ve grown to love and hope you will too.
If you’re interested in learning more about Art & Eden, you can check out their website. Otherwise, stay tuned for next their feature in next week’s Brand Spotlight!
Hope you have an awesome week and feel free to reach out with any questions about the brand or how I shop for Parker!
Mini Emily Tee / $22
Mini Lucy Legging / $29