Eden and Zoe are the names of my two daughters. They are my inspiration and motivation.
eden & zoe was started with a wish to keep my daughters comfortable, cozy and stylish. My girls decided that their knitwear was too “itchy”, so I started looking into natural materials like cashmere, merino wool and pure cotton for them. I found it hard to find quality knitwear in styles that I/my girls liked, so I decided to create the clothes myself.
My aim is to make knitwear for children that is sophisticated and understated. I believe in classic styling with a modern twist. I like to think about the details that make a garment unique yet timeless. Most importantly, it is about your child feeling comfortable and confident in what she/he is wearing.
Each collection is made in small quantities to ensure quality and exclusivity. Our pieces are created using a hand-operated knitting loom and finished by hand. Many pieces are entirely hand knitted and sewn.
eden & zoe knitwear is made to be worn, enjoyed and shared.
INSPIRATION - SPRING/SUMMER 2018 COLLECTION
“In harmony with nature” is the inspiration for this spring/summer collection. I have visited numerous Japanese gardens throughout the years, both in Japan and in other countries, and I am always struck by the serenity and precise balance of the landscape. Central to the design of a Japanese garden is the appreciation and respect for nature, and the wish to live in harmony with one’s surroundings.
In designing this collection, I was inspired by the intricate and intense planning that goes into creating a Japanese garden. Every element of the garden has a purpose, and every detail is contemplated. Attention to detail is key, and the beauty is in the details. Likewise for my designs, every button, zip and seam is thoughtfully placed, and every design feature on the clothing is carefully considered.
I combined classic knit patterns with floral and nature inspired cotton fabrics to design flowing summer dresses and skirts, as well as playful outfits for both boys and girls. This collection includes “couture” requests from my daughters, which include the drop waist floral Christy dress (Eden’s request), the twirl-worthy Gisele dress (Zoe’s idea) and the multi-layered Cara tutu skirt (Elise’s favorite).
In addition to the classic eden & zoe palette of grey, pink and white, this collection adds bold new colors such as bright purple and magenta for girls, and military green for boys. These spring/summer pieces are made from 100% cotton for comfort and versatility. Our sizing runs from newborn up to size 12.
As always, I hope that your little ones love this collection as much as mine do. They are the reason for what we do.
PHOTO SHOOT - THE JAPANESE GARDEN, SAN MATEO, CALIFORNIA
The location for our photo shoot was the Japanese Garden in San Mateo Central Park. It was designed by landscape architect, Nagao Sakurai of the Imperial Palace of Tokyo, and created in 1966. The garden is the epitome of serenity and beauty, and has a granite pagoda, tea house, koi pond and bamboo grove among other picturesque features.
We had a fantastic shoot with our photographer, Rory Earnshaw, and our models. The weather was lovely on the day of our shoot, and the Japanese garden was truly resplendent. Rory captured the spirit and mood of the garden, the models and our clothes perfectly.
Cashmere is like no other. Here are some of the reasons why:Ideal for children
It is natural, soft and breathable. Cashmere knitwear is lightweight and the ultimate in comfort and warmth. You can wear cashmere in all climates because it has a high moisture content, which allows its insulation properties to change with the relative humidity in the air.
Cashmere is long-lasting and actually becomes softer with age. The more you wear a cashmere garment, the more comfortable it becomes. It makes the perfect hand-me-down which can be shared with other little ones.
Our cashmere is sourced from the native goats of the Mongolian highlands. We use cashmere yarns made from the fine undercoat fibers of the cashmere goats. These fibers are collected by combing or shearing the goat during each molting season. After collection, the long fibers are carefully hand picked and washed before being spun into yarns to produce high quality knitwear.