Posts Tagged ‘le top fall collection’

Yee-haw! We couldn’t help but wrangle in this sweet 3 year old cow gal – Davae – posing for her Western-themed birthday shindig. Our lovely lady of the West is wearing a shirt and faux suede skirt from le•top’s Round ‘Em Up collection from a past season. Giddy up!

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We recently sent our favorite Miranda, Jamee’s five year old daughter, some dresses from our new le•top Fall 2009 collection. Jamee just had to share with me how this little drama unfolded as Miranda opened the box containing the new clothes:


Miranda Gardening in Style Wearing her Kaleidoscope Drop Waist Dress

She had just come home from day camp and was overly dramatic when she saw the box with her name on it.  She proceeded to open it up (with my help of course) and said ‘Oh, mommy! These are all for me? Oh, I love them! I love them ALL!!!’ (You can insert eye rolling mother here.)

Her favorite is the Kaleidoscope drop waist dress. Her exact words were ‘My favorite is the green one. I’ve been wanting this one for a long time!’ Of course I was just looking at her askance, because where would she have seen this dress?

I know she must get it from her daddy! She is watching Cinderella 2 right now and probably memorizing new lines to try out on me…”

I got a laugh from visualizing this little drama unfold and could not resist sharing this with you. Do you have any little actresses in the making?  What fun they are! Clearly we have an entertainer on our hands!

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Ruth showing of vive les fleurs overalls from this season

Ruth showing off Fall 2009 vive les fleurs overalls

Ruth Hickman wanted to create something special…so eleven years ago, after realizing that her two daughters could not find the clothing they sought for their children, she decided to open a very unique children’s clothing store.  The store was located in a quaint little cottage that was over 100 years old – beautiful, but too small to house the vast array of merchandise for which the The Little Cottage is now known.

One of the things that Ruth loves about her thriving boutique is where the store is now located – The Factory – a unique retail environment with strong historical roots in the community.  Built in 1929, The Factory has been home to Dortch Stove Works, Magic Chef and Jamison Bedding. Calvin Lehew, a unique individual, bought the sprawling complex seven years ago and, after an environmental clean-up, began opening the facility in sections. Today, The Factory at Franklin has 83 tenants.  Calvin’s philosophy is simple: “The Factory is for artists and creative folks. What I want to do is bring out more of the artist in people. I want an environment here that is conducive to creativity. To be able to open a place in The Factory it either has to be creative, unique, artistic, musical or food.”  The Little Cottage Children’s Shoppe fits the bill!

Little Cottage FrontThis beautiful store is a family business, known for the extensive selection of top drawer merchandise, and excellent service.  Ruth’s two daughters, Julie Craig and Elizabeth Martin are there in the store to be sure that everyone has a positive experience while shopping.  Customers love spreading the word about Little Cottage’s attributes:

“This is a great store! …The staff is very friendly and helpful in both stores. If you are looking for upscale children’s clothing I highly recommend The Little Cottage!”

“This is a wonderful, wonderful store! …Very friendly staff. I can’t wait to go back after I know if I’m having a boy or a girl.”

Located near The Grand Ole Opry the store has attracted many celebrity customers, including Billy Ray Cyrus and his daughter Miley (a customer since she was a baby,) Reese Witherspoon and Brad and Kimberly Williams-Paisley.  Ruth says it doesn’t matter if they are celebrities, because everyone gets the best service!

The Little Cottage is open 7 days a week.  They have an informational website and love taking phone orders!

The Little Cottage Children’s Shoppe
230 Franklin Rd # 11R
Franklin, TN 37064-2278
(615) 595-7874

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Adornment is never anything except a reflection of the heart.”  ~Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel

Quinlin_Zoo_2948Children’s hearts – pure and innocent – are the inspiration for Le Top clothing.  The whimsical designs we create here bring smiles to our faces – but children cannot live on clothes alone…they must have shoes to go out in the world!  When preparing for our Fall 2009 photo shoot we looked around the market and came up with the idea of collaborating with a children’s shoe company, hopefully one with the same design esthetic as ours – the choice was easy, pediped™!  We love the shoes – and knew them first hand, since they had been the choice for many le•top and rabbitmoon outfits for Chris’s grandsons.  Anna Carpio (our Design Room manager and Technical Designer) planned everything with Penny Redlin and Lauren McGlynn at pediped™ footwear over the course of three months to find the perfect accompaniment to each outfit in our collection.  Anna says, “They were so easy to work with. They are very family-oriented like we are and have a fun, quality product. It was a pleasure working with them on this project.” 

For the current season each company will feature the other’s products in their catalogs and marketing materials. “It seemed a natural fit for pediped™ and le•top to share our collections with each other from a styling standpoint. Our collections complement each other well. I think that the result has been fantastic! Congratulations to le•top on another fabulous collection,” says Angela Edgeworth, co-founder and president of pediped™ footwear. Find the style that goes with your little ones outfit at www.pediped.com.

 Theo_Dog0955About pediped™ footwear:
pediped™ footwear was launched in 2004 by Angela and Brian Edgeworth in their quest for the perfect soft-soled shoe for their first daughter. Exceptional quality, unsurpassed comfort and distinctive styling have made the award winning company one of the fastest-growing children’s footwear brands in the United States. pediped™ footwear is sold in over 2500 stores in the United States and 40 countries worldwide with an offering of more than 120 designs for boys and girls between their two lines, Originals and Flex. Originals (soft-soled shoes for newborns to age 2+) and Flex (rubber-soled shoes for children 1-6 years) are available in EU sizes ranging from 17 to 29.

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zoo_collageIt’s fun… It’s uproarious… It’s like going to the circus! This bright and fashionable Zoo-rific line from le•top’s fall collection is definitely something to smile about. The whimsical and brightly colored zoo animals playfully turn frowns upside down. C’mon, let’s all get happy!

Zoo-rific is still available in stores (or use our convenient online shopping options) in sizes 3 month to 4T for girls and boys. Our store locator will show you how to make tracks to your nearest le•top retailer!

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