"If your mom picks your clothes and you don't like them, tell her they don't fit."-Christine, age 6
There is probably no greater time to be a mini-fashionista. Forget Osh Gosh, a baby's first words might be Missoni, Gucci and Zara (all of which have kids lines). Little divas can add even more stylish choices to their wardrobes thanks to sisters Rupa Motwani and Amisha Patel. Hitting just the right balance of toddler with a little bit of tiara and a dash of international chic, the siblings are the founders of kids clothing line, Ode. Combining Indian textiles with modern designs, the duo is getting plenty of blogosphere buzz about their fusion line that they describe as clothes that "evoke faraway places without looking like souvenirs." Pink Rickshaw had a chance to chat with the gals behind Ode about their company and cute collections for tots.
PR: You named your brand for the Indian village of Ode. Tell us why it was so special to you.
ODE: Ode is where our father grew up. And visits there, for a long time, were the closest we could get to a time machine. Things there stood still while the rest of the world marched on. We played at the same places my father did as a child. The fact that it was so far away in distance and time made it seem an exceptionally magical escape. Also, the parrots, monkeys and very cool ice-cream flavors certainly helped make Ode so special..even today.
PR:We love that Ode has coined the term "globetoddler". Describe one.
ODE: A globetoddler knows no boundaries or borders. The world is her playground and the people in it are her friends and family.
PR: What was the inspiration for the Spring 2012 collection?
ODE: Our source of inspiration was the beautiful and lush greens of India's tropical south. We used ikats and block prints, trying to recall the colors of spices, the sea and the lush landscape there.
PR: Tell us a little bit about the Fall/Winter collection.
ODE: For Fall/Winter 2012, we're working with co-ops in Peru to produce accessories and sweaters in alpaca wool as well as pima cotton to complement our core collection made from Indian textiles. We want to tone down a little and use more earth tones.