Thursday, April 14, 2011

Amanda Searancke, eco-luxury fashion designer for the kiddos

It's utterly amazing how many cool people are doing cool things that live in Austin, Texas. Sometimes its just the gal down the street.  Maybe you'll see her at the playground, maybe shopping at Whole Foods or having a glass of wine at the favorite neighborhood haunt.

And lucky for us, that's the case for the fabulous Amanda Searancke. Austin is home to one of the top eco-luxury clothing designers out in the universe. She's single-handedly created two of the best-loved organic clothing lines for kids.


Let's take a look at some of her handy-work.

OMG - how freaking cute are these?
Knicker-bockers rule.

And what about these booties??
Sooo delicious. These little baby booties use premium lambskin made from lambs that die of natural causes. No purposely bred animals or synthetic materials go into its shoes, according to Kina, just "recycled" lambskin that would otherwise go to waste. Wow. That's awesome.

My daughter owns this knitted wool bubble dress and it is simply perfect.

And don't be fooled, Texans. Wool is actually an awesome fabric for our kind of climate. Kind of hard to believe, but hear me and the Prince of Wales out... actually he says it a lot better with his Campaign for Wool he launched in January 2010. Way to go!! Help support the local farmers/ranchers!! (But can I just say Amanda's been rocking the wool since 2005. The Prince ought to pick her brain about the stuff.)

In a nutshell, wool is a total a natural wonder. It insulates, is incredibly warm in winter, cool in the summer, and breathes. Every climate can appreciate wool. Oh! And did I mention its fire-resistant? As a parent - what's not to like?

Right then...back to Amanda.  What ye think about life, Ms. Searancke?

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
There is no perfect happiness and I'm ok with that.

What is your greatest fear?
I'm not sure exactly.  I believe the bones of it have something to do with my son and I can never quite bring myself to flesh it out...

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

Joy. And my son. Who is Joy.

If you were to do and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
Me, with most of what I know now at the start. Or nearly start.

What do you value most in your friends?
Their individuality. 

What is your favorite item of clothing?
Things to wrap and throw - scarves, woolen shawls, pieces of cloth. And hats. And a really good bra. New Zealand makes good bras.

Favorite discovery:

Who inspires you: My very clever friends+family, kids before society influences their thoughts and people who against all odds still manage to spread the joy.

Necessary extravagance:

Favorite color: deep mossy green

Favorite gadget: camera

Favorite dessert:  70%+ cacao chocolate if that's considered a dessert...

Favorite ingredient:  fresh greenery

And that concludes today's episode... Celebrating another fabulous person that lives right her in the ATX (via New Zealand, that is.) You can certainly add Amanda to the top of the list of people who make Austin a hub for ultra-talented creative energy.

Amanda lives in the Clarksville neighborhood found in Austin, Texas with her husband Hervé Lapuente (owner of Atelier Hervé) and their fabulous about-to-be three year old son, Tama.

The muse, the model, and the little man who loves diggers.

PS: You can find Amanda's lines in Austin, Texas at Wildflower Organics

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