Celebrating a new arrival? We’ve found just the thing. Forget baby blankets & snuggly sleep suits, mark this special occasion with something they’ll cherish through the toddler years & beyond. Say hello to Anne-Claire Petit, the Netherlands based designer who specialises in handcrafted children’s toys. Cheerful, colourful and, most importantly, made with love; this brand’s unique production methods helps to support other mothers balance a working schedule that fits around their families. Here’s to new baby gifts that’ll really make a difference…
A Colorful Approach to Life
Anne-Claire Petit has an optimistic view of the world. Originally starting life as a fashion accessories brand, the designer was drawn to children’s and home accessories because of the freedom they gave outside the restraints of seasonal fashion cycles. By focusing on children’s and home accessories, Anne-Claire Petit was able to translate her love for colour and natural materials across an ever-growing collection.
Thoughtful Production Methods
Hand-crocheted to impeccable detail, most of the work of Anne-Claire Petit accessories is undertaken by women living in villages of Northern China. Crocheting is a part of their cultural craft and heritage, and the women have been taught these vital skills by many generations before them.
Each Anne-Claire Petit product is 100% handmade with love. The craftswomen work at home, often together or with their neighbours, and they determine their own work schedule so they can spend time with their children after school, or take care of the harvest whenever it’s required.
A meticulous process resulting in the highest quality finish, a 30cm dachshund will take a craftswoman roughly 3 days of work to produce. And thanks to their crochet work from Anne-Claire Petit, these women have paid work for most of the year – something from which the entire village benefits from.
Distinctively Anne-Claire Petit
Anyone who is given an Anne-Claire Petit gift will recognise it immediately. The authenticity, the attention to detail, the precise handiwork and the vibrant pops of colour are unmatched in a market that’s oversaturated with throwaway children’s toys. Life’s special moments deserve something extraordinary, why settle for anything less?