Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Shop Spotlight: tinymack

Meet Kaci White of tinymack and see her handmade creations for the wee ones. "I'm a transplant to New England. Born and raised in Texas, I have happily called New England home for the past decade. A lawyer by training, I’ve spent the last couple of years getting to know Connecticut and playing art director with my daughter. My shop, tinymack, is an extension of our creative playtimes. I've had an eye for kidswear ever since my daughter was born. I scoured secondhand stores for vintage finds and picked out bright Scandinavian babywear for her. But eventually I wanted to make the clothes my own. Armed with a hand-me-down sewing machine, I got swept up in the handmade clothing movement. And for good reason -- handmade clothes have a special comfort and feel to them that everyone should experience.

My first priority for all tinymack clothes is sourcing the softest, cuddliest fabric. Sometimes this means I carefully select high-quality secondhand garments to repurpose; often it means I’m using premium organic fabric made with the highest environmental and labor standards.

My materials also have to be colorful. I like to pair colors that aren’t necessarily what you’d expect in the baby aisle. Babies and their caregivers often have monotonous, tiring days (and nights), so the clothes getting worn and washed and snuggled in should be cheery and beautiful.

I also take the time to add extra functionality to tinymack clothing. My baby gowns have foldover mitts to keep newborns from scratching their faces. And my pants and tops often sport extra long cuffs that extend their life through growth spurts. Designing for details like these allows my handmade clothes to be used and loved as long as possible.

The more I learn about the clothing industry, the more I’m happy to help wrap precious babies and toddlers in clothing that was made gently, with good conditions and with the end product as a priority. Because handmade clothing is labor-intensive, it will never be the cheapest item in the marketplace. But handmade clothes are super high quality and incredibly special. I think of tinymack items as functional art pieces for little ones.

See more of Kaci's work in her Etsy shop, tinymack.
or connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.


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1 comment:

  1. three cheers for handmade playwear! thanks for the feature.


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