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Sweat Proof: Styling Sweat Pants Just Got A Lot More Swagg February 11, 2016 19:30

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Menswear AW 2016 just concluded not too long ago and if there's one thing to take note of, it's that the fashion world just can't seem to get enough of workout clothes, sweats to be precise. Moms look amazing running around town in their freshly worked out attire with body hugging yoga pant without ever having hit the gym. So naturally for our little guys, soft huggable workout sweats make even more fashion sense. They're comfortable, moveable, and easy to style up and down and all around. Almost anywhere skinny jeans can go, sweats can go also but with a lot more ease. 

Here are just a few ideas on styling sweat pants. Of course, our personal favorite is Appaman's uber comfy sweats with soft plush fabric and a super perfect fit.  Shop Appaman Sweats now!

 

1. Styled up with our Appaman Blazer, Cashmere Sweater.style sweat pants, appaman gym sweats, sweat pant styling, boys sweat pants, boys styling, bokubaby

2. Styled street here with our KK Biker Leatherette Jacket

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3. Styled hipster with a Zara Kids Cardigan

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4.  Styled casual hip with a Zara Kids Jean Jacket

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5. Styled Simple with an Appaman Cashmere sweater and BokuBaby Scarfstyle sweat pants, appaman gym sweats, sweat pant styling, boys sweat pants, boys styling, bokubaby


Rockin Around Holiday Styling For Baby Boys December 17, 2015 16:38

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Time to up the game in styling baby boy for holiday dinners. No more dressing to resemble a Christmas tree or wearing more plaid and bowties than grandpa, there's a median we like to call street style chic somewhere between model off duty and baby on duty. Here's a few holiday looks to inspire your baby's wardrobe this season! :)

Shop the look by clicking the photo or links below!

 

 

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1) Appaman Black Mod Suite Pants

2) BokuBaby Geometric Scarf in Ivory

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1) Duffle Coat with Sherpa Lining

2) BokuBaby Hole-Y Tee

3) Appaman Tweed Skinny Pants

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1) BokuBaby Moto Jacket in Gray

2) Denim Skinny Moto Pants

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1) Appaman Cashmere sweater

2) BokuBaby shorts lined with tights

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1) 3Pommes leather puffer jacket with lining

2) 3Pommes heather knit cardigan

 

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1) BokuBaby Boy's bomber jacket

2) Wild Cat Tee by Appaman

 

 


Central California: The Road Less Traveled October 22, 2015 01:18

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10 Shoes Every Trendy Little Street Style Boy Needs September 30, 2015 20:15

Ah shoes, the final touch that can make an otherwise boring outfit stand out. We don't sell shoes at BokuBaby (at least not yet) but that doesn't mean we don't have an opinion. We love shoes, who doesn't? But we also know that when it comes to kids, shoes can be outgrown within a month or two so it's not particularly practical to spend a few hundred bucks on Italian leather booties. So here's what we rated our shoe list by: comfort, style, price, and timelessness (so we can get more wears with little siblings, nephews, and even if we donate).

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1. The Chukka boot or Desert Boots
We particularly love the Florsheim Chukka in blue with red sole, it stands out yet is toned neutral enough to match almost any outfit. Priced under 41$.
2. The Black Chelsea Boot
The one we bought was Blundstone 531 Pull on Chelsea, its soft around the ankles and not too tight around the foot. Many Chelsea boots are hard to wear for kiddos due to its rigid ankle leather but these fit perfectly and doesn't retrain walking or running. A pair in black cost under $42.
3. The white high top Converse Chuck Taylor
If there is an all time most wearable and timelessly stylish shoe, we'd vote the white high top Converse Chuck Taylor. Priced at under $37, this was our favorite shoe that lasted a whole year for my baby boy. It spells model-off-duty, simple and classic.
4. A good pair of canvas slip on's
Every brand practically sells canvas slip-ons these days from Toms to Gap and Old Navy, you can practically pick one up anywhere. However we love these by Sanuk that has a white canvas top and a thicker sole. 
5. Brown Loafers - Umi
Why brown? If we got to pick one color only, black is a little to dress of a color of a dressy shoe. Brown matches both formal and casual and doesn't stick out as much as red. Umi makes amazingly comfortable shoes, if we were to start selling shoes, we'd carry the line. The leather is soft and fit is always great. This pair is $80, a little pricier but for the quality and material its worth it.
6. A Pair of Trendy Brogues
Not too shiny, not too pointy, just round and stout like our little feet. This pair again by Florsheim is super comfortable and is around $36. We love both the off white and the brown, if in doubt, choose brown.
7. Kids Stan Smith Adidas sneakers
The IT shoe of Spring but still going strong. Adult Stan Smiths are being sold for over $200 on second markets due to its long wait list and ability to sell out within an hour on all major retail sites. Kids ones, are a little easier to get their hands on. But nothing spells, we know trendy like a little boy wearing a pair of Stan Smith.
8. Kids' Sneaker New Balance
New Balance was first known for comfort before style until someone decided to spread the New Balance insanity on New York's fashion week street styles. Then the shoe exploded in 2013, no longer the IT shoe as it got replaced by Adidas, its still the shoe of choice for comfort and style in our books. We chose red here but we love navy blue and denim blue as well, priced around $40.
9. Kids Teva Sandals
We can't explain it but somewhere along the line, Norm-Core hit the children's market and now Tevas are in style and they are, in fact making a statement with trendy kids around the world. The trick is not to wear it with something equally casual like cargo shorts and an over sized Tee-shirt but with dressier slim pants and a nautical striped tee or something that spells more chic. You can grab one for as low as $14 and hey, they can go play in the puddle all the want with the sandals.
10. Kids Birkenstocks
These sandals are ultra comfortable and easy to wear. Like the Teva, the Birks speak street style and kids versions are around $48. We've found that these go well with so many outfits, as seen in our capsule wardrobe post.
We hope you've enjoyed our top 10 list, share yours and let us know if there are any others we've missed!

The Minimal Baby Series: A Teeny Tiny Capsule Wardrobe September 14, 2015 17:00

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These days it seems, less is way more. Perhaps a backlash to an era of constant consumption, more and more of us are swinging the pendulum back towards minimalism. It's not so much about owning less than it is about focusing on the essential items that we have in our lives, and decluttering the unnecessary excess. When minimalism took to the closet, the concept of a capsule wardrobe was formed as a means to make more with less, more ensembles less pieces. It's about not buying constantly but saving for higher quality pieces that work for an entire season; that are versatile and simple enough to incorporate into more outfits. If capsule wardrobing is about saving more money, spending less time with excess, and simplifying our daily lives, there's no reason that these concepts can't be taken to our kids closets as well. 
For our capsule, we selected 1 shirt + 1 sweater + 2 bottoms + 1 Jacket.
1. White Hole-y Tee
2. Appaman Mercer Sweater
3. BokuBaby's Heather Gray Dress Shorts
4. Appaman Wool Tailored Tweed Skinny Pants
5. Boku Baby's Knit Blazer (Winter 2015 Preorder)

 

 

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1. This one is perfect for early Autumn. A light tee and dress shorts with a pair of sandals warmed up with a scarf for breezy evenings.

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2. For a little fun, we added a star printed bow tie, suspenders, and a blazer for a whimsical newsboy look. We paired with brown chukka boots.

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3. Ok, someone's having too much fun here. Swap out the blazer for a light sweater for a more classic look.

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4. These tweed pants by Appaman are amazingly well tailored, they fit like slim pants but are ultra comfortable. 

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5. For those in the North where fall is slightly cooler, we love throwing a chunky scarf over our BokuBaby blazer, collars up. 

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Up in The Air: Kids Travel Style August 28, 2015 18:09

OK, let's start out with the fact that we're not oblivious to the fact that when traveling with a young child, the last thing on your mind is how well dressed they look at the airport checkin. We make a lot of international trips with our kid and its not easy. As moms, we have to load an entire daycare's worth of toys, travel food, and smart gadgets to ensure that we'll have a somewhat tolerable travel experience with our children. But let's just say, hypothetically, that we give our kids travel wardrobe the same amount of forethought as our own. It would have to be comfortable, able to adjust to both warm and cold temperature changes as we travel through airports, planes, and taxis, shoes that can be taken off easily, and an outfit that they can easily sleep in, and yes stylish. 

So here's a little formula for what we like to call effortless well traveled chic:

1. Bottoms - Instead of PJ bottoms, opt for some comfy sweats that speak athletic-chic. Stylish enough to wear on the streets and comfortable enough for falling asleep in whatever position he so chooses.

2. Tops - We love thin tees that come in soft materials and neutral tones, they keep him cool and can pair with a variety of colors. 

3. Overshirt - To prepare for cold plane rides, instead of a jacket, a jean shirt that can be wrapped around his waste when warm and worn over his tee is a good option. We especially love how the worn out jean shirt finish adds to the the disheveled well traveled hunk look.  

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Pants (from L to R) - Appaman blue sweats, Appaman black sweats, Appaman Parker sweats in black, Star Harems (Black), Star Harems (White)

Tops: Butter tee (olive), Astronaut T by 3 Pommes

Outershirt - Appaman jean shirt

In our case, the bowl cut completed our look.

Travel safe! :)

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Northern California Baby Model Search August 24, 2015 17:59

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Attention all handsome little baby boy models ages 1-7, we're looking for our new faces!

If you live in the bay area or tri-valley and central California, we're looking for new faces to represent our brand.

What you get:

- A free commercial photoshoot with all high resolution images given to you for comp card, look books, or just for fun!

- 100$ in BokuBaby merchandise for every shoot.

- Your baby as the face of our brand!

Instructions:

If you're interested, please email us with subject: Boku Baby Model Search to customercare@bokubaby.com.

Include: photo of baby, age, location.

That's it! Questions? Email us customercare@bokubaby.com. :)


5 Ways to Wear the Black Suit August 18, 2015 18:16

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There aren't many companies that cater towards men's tailoring for little boys. That's why Appaman's fine tailored suits are such a rare commodity and seen all over the red carpet. Sure its not our first choice of attire for daycare but for weekends out, brunches, and events; this is a luxury investment piece with a wardrobe mileage that can easily prove its worth. The Mod Suite is tailored to fit like men's slim suits with a contemporary cut yet an adjustable waist for comfort. We loved styling this into so many different looks but here's 5 of our favorites that we wanted to share with you!

Look 1 : City Stroll

Casual for early fall and a slight breeze. We paired the suit with Appaman's thin Mercer Sweater and our White Holey-T for a casual look.

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Look 2 : Timeless Formal

The black suit and white button up is probably one of the most timeless looks that any man can pull off. They key is the silhouette of the suit and we love the clean modern lines with this look. Our model likes to demonstrate wearing his suit on his head unfortunately.
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Look 3 : Black on Black

From classic to a slight air of rebellion, black on black really is the new black. It's cool with just the right amount of attitude. We paired this look with ankle Chelsea boots and a perfectly groomed mushroom head. :)
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Look 4 : Casual Brunch

We really love how tees go so well with suits, just about any tee can make a statement. By rolling up the pant hems to ankle length and pairing with a brighter pair of socks, we chose red and blue stripped, rolled up sleeves, and a pair of white sneakers. This completes a casual look fit for any brunch or lunch with mommy.
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Look 5 : Sharp Shooter

Sharp, Smart, Swag. That's what this look says, a pocket handkerchief paired with a polka-dotted button up shirt. We love polka dots because it softens up this look and makes it a lot more approachable and fun. We pair this with a white slip on sneakers to keep this look young.

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Want to share how your baby wears the black suit? Tag #bokusuitestyle on Instagram to feature your slick little man!


Boys Wear Skinny Suits?? : A Change in Perspective August 11, 2015 18:26

I love when sharing the concept of a baby boy's fashion store, I often get is a polite but befuddled reaction and the question we'd all like to answer, "Boys wear skinny suits?". We never hear that about girls and tulle dresses or skinny jeans and miniskirts but somehow its a hard concept to wrap our minds around when we shift our topic to boys. Fashion is a direct mirror of the time and age of our society and what we wear reflects our cultural norms. In the early twentieth century, toddlers used to wear breeches and boots and younger boys even wore gowns that we may  mistakenly take for a dress. That's probably a trend we're glad to have gotten rid of.

Today more than ever, more and more men are starting to care about the way they dress leading to an onslaught of men's styling websites like Mrporter, realmenrealstyle, and the Urbangentlemen as well as men's subscription styling services for guys who are too lazy to pick out what they want but have the desire to look trendy: bombfell, trunkclub, etc.

The trend towards men's beauty and fashion is an upward movement and with it comes the styling of younger men and little boys. However, like the way we adapt women's fashion for little girls, we need to take the same approach for little boys, and adapt it to fit their age and personality. A suit for a boy dressed casually to go to brunch with mom is the equivalent of a little girl in a princess dress, a crown, and some cute kitten heels.

The other two questions we'd like to take a look at is price and comfort. For price I'd really like to point out the concept of a capsule wardrobe. Not sure what that is? Read this. In a few words, capsule wardrobe is pulling out a few pieces of clothing that you can wear in many different ways to unclutter your closet and put more mileage into more quality pieces. Too often, we buy tons of tee shirts and shorts on sale that end up being worn once or twice and then donated. We'd much rather prefer a nice tee that doesn't lose shape in a style and color that can be worn with many different looks. That can be a whole topic in its own and we'll tackle that topic in detail some other day. On the topic of comfort, we somehow assume that boys dressed nice automatically entails their wearing too tight pieces in rough scratchy textures. Fit and comfort should are not be minimized when it comes to dressing stylishly hence we always pick fabrics that are soft and gentle to the touch and pieces that are stretchable and adjustable to our little boy's growth. It comes down to a change in perspective of what we assume and expect our little boys to look like.

Have a little boy? We'd love to hear your thoughts!

 


Moto Moto: The Soft and Gentle July 27, 2015 23:44

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Here's another staple piece fit for your kid's capsule wardrobe - a moto jacket made of soft knit cotton, thick but soft to the touch. Our favorite thing about this jacket is the choice of breathable, comfortable fabric that is gentle yet hold its form so well. With a unique overlaying collar and a sturdy side zipper, this jacket is the epitome of cool and edgy without being overgrown. This is part of our Concept Korea collections so comes in very limited quantities, chances of wearing the same jacket on the first day of school? Slight to slim.

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From sheets to the streets: Star Crossed Harems July 20, 2015 17:17

 

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When we sourced our Star Harems in Seoul, it was pretty much love at first buy. Once again, a small designer with small productions using fabric that we've never seen used in the US. Double layered cotton with patches of distressed detailing. With its tapered quarter length leg, its perfect for pairing with slip ons or sneakers for some fabletic street style. At home, the harem design's wide bum and drop crotch leaves room for diapers so babies can easily sleep or lounge around comfortably in them. Dress them up with a button up oxford or a simple tee, either way you'll get mileage out of a pair of these.

Buy now: Star Harems(Black) | Star Harems (White)

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Hole-Y Tee: An Ode to a Classic Essential July 13, 2015 16:39

Some fabrics are so substantial on their own that they don't complex designs. We introduce to you the hole-y tee, 100% cotton, crisp and soft, perforated with small organic holes, designed and made in Korea. This tee is an essential to pair with any cardigan or blazer yet timelessly classic to be worn on its own. It's like the upper body salute to our ripped jeans, versatile and classic but a little purposely disheveled for a punch of character. These come in small productions so grab yours before we run out.

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Styling Notes: From Boys to Men June 11, 2015 20:12

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Having styled men and celebrities for magazine shoots, it becomes apparent early on that the same golden rules for styling men don’t always apply to styling boys. Take pant hemlines for example, the amount of time used to achieve the perfect right-above-the-ankle fit fastened by tape, clips, and pins would hardly make sense for boys. Baby boys from age 1 to 7 grow at such different rates and differ dramatically when it comes to height, weight, and roundness. Tailored pants that fit one day might be outgrown the next not to mention the practicality of little chubby legs and diapers squirming around in a pair of skinny’s.

Styling often comes down to silhouettes achieved through proportions and textures (colors/patterns) customized to the body type that we’re styling. We love to mirror men’s style but we can’t forget that our subject is proportionately smaller and rounder so what looks good on an adult may not always work for our babies. Proportionally if we divide the body by 8 parts, head sizes from babies to adults go from taking up 2 parts to 1, and legs from 3 to 4.

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With that in mind, here are a few notes we’ve noticed on adopting men's styling trends for baby boys. 

  1. Pants: Waist, hemline, and fit are what we typically consider when fitting men into a pair of trousers. Today’s silhouette is skinny but try keeping your little monster in a pair of fitted trousers for 5 minutes and all hell may break loose. That’ why elasticity is key. Most baby boy pants come with an adjustable waistline. We love full on stretchy fabrics even more but if not fully stretchable, even an elastic hemline around the ankle can create the illusion of fit without discomfort. 
  2. Suits: We love boys in suits! But let’s face it; they don’t keep them on for long so stretchable suits are a good option. BokuBaby created a knit suit jacket in our debut line that will soon be available. Knit fabrics enable a snug but expandable fit without being too large. Oversized suits are great but the sleeve still shouldn’t cover baby’s hands. Stretchy fabrics allows for rolled up sleeves that stay put.
  3. Colors and Patterns: Let men be men and kids be kids. There are colors and patterns that baby boys can pull off that may be a wee bit difficult when they get older. A boy in a Disney Cars ensemble --> cute, a grown man in a Disney anything --> maybe not? We love to mix and match. Sometimes that character tee fits perfect with a more toned down blazer. While not a fan of full on Sponge Bob, we love that kids can pull off bright colors, pastel tones, and baby animal prints.
  4. Shirts: To tuck or not to tuck, that is the question. In 1991 Stephany Greene, assistant designer at Calvin Klein, was asked to tuck in shirts and sweaters at the front and leave the back hanging. The rest is history. 24 years later, we're still debating whats the perfect amount of tuck. Some argue that knit shirts or those that are straight at the bottom are left untucked while button shirts and those with tails are tucked. We think it depends on the shape of the shirt. Large boxy tops with loose pants can look better with a slight tuck in the front to create a little shape. With tighter bottoms or leggings, can remain untucked. Buttoned and tailed shirts should be tucked as much as possible, although achieving a military taut tuck may be mission impossible.
  5. Socks: These have really become the accessory of everyman, a cheap but exciting thrill to spice up any attire. Socks have come a long way from black and white and can rival any tie when it comes to livening up an ensemble. Even more so for kids. Knee length socks with shorts is no longer saved for the English countryman or Boy Scouts uniforms. An interesting pair of socks in an eye popping color can make an otherwise mundane outfit pop.

We’re sure there’s plenty more and would love to hear from you. Share with us how you make a manly outfit fit for your baby boy or tag your baby boy #bokubabystyle on Instagram!

 


Concept Korea: Why Source in Seoul? June 02, 2015 18:06

Sitting in a cozy coffee shop corner in the middle of a Hanok (traditional Korean home) village was probably the epiphany of what Korean style has become. Eliciting a laid back European atmosphere within a historical exterior yet serving fresh and new coffee concoctions like purple yam lattes (delicious). It seems Korea really has hit the bulls eye when it comes to creating new out of the old. Among the top fashion trending cities in the world, Seoul has been creeping up into the mainstream spotlight. Last year's New York Fashion Week featured a government sponsored program called Concept Korea to feature a host of emerging Korean fashion designers to showcase their talent to the world. Seoul Fashion Week itself has only been around for 5 short years yet the country has taken the world's fashion scene by storm. Korea has long been known for its production of unique and innovative textiles but wasn't until recently that designers were starting to receive world wide recognition creating a 30 billion dollar fashion and textile industry.

The hype of Korea did not disappoint. As BokuBaby trekked to Seoul's center of fashion distribution to source from local Korean designers, our goal was simple: small factories, made in Korea, unique, trendy, and 100% wearable. These pieces although more delicate than its mass production counterparts (i.e. washing machine OK, dryer not) had all the qualities that we love at BokuBaby. It mirrored what Korean's call the "soft look" for children. Soft to the touch, soft to cuddle, and drapes softly on baby. The styles and prints were one of a kind and casual enough for everyday cuddle-wear. This summer the color palette is muted. Natural off whites with soft shades of gray and olive like the warm sun through a glass paned window in a cozy coffee shop. We can't wait to discuss and show off some of the best designers that we found. Share in the adventure and shop our Concept Korea collection this July!


BokuBaby born of a Fashion Photographer, Stylist, Editor, and Mom February 03, 2015 16:02

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Very much like the birth of my son, is the current ongoing 9 months of pregnancy for BokuBaby filled with occasional morning sickness and nausea from the excitement and anxiety of not knowing what is to come. Here we are at the tail end of April at week 20 and BokuBaby is due in a mere 4 months. I can say that it is the product of blood, sweat, and tears but its more like the product of 9 years of fashion photography coupled with working as a fashion editor in NYC mixed with styling celebrities for magazine shoots. All of this of course induced by the real blood, sweat, and tears of giving birth to a baby boy and subsequently realizing that all my years of fashion passion have now channeled into making this little screaming monster look halfway decent. The dilemma all new mothers of boy's soon face:  Where does one shop for stylish baby boy clothes? 

All stores are stocked with about a 80/20 rule it seems, 80% girls clothes, 20% boys. Mommy blogs agree. It almost seemed like a fact of life to just accept the fact that little boy's must grow up in oversized cargo pants, cartoon tees, and sports sandals. Meanwhile in Instagram land, a revolt was growing, a very stylish toddler Alonso Mateo gained over 500K followers that prompted a heap of moms to start sharing their boy's fashion. Men's fashion magazines this year started publishing articles on dressing little men and fashion trade shows are starting to focus specific showrooms just for kids fashion, albeit still girl centric.

So what does mommy do? When you see a need, fill it. BokuBaby wants to serve as Boy Styling Central. We seek out stylish brands all across the world including very classic European and French brands as well as stylish asian trends from Korea and Japan. Our aesthetics are simple, classy, and modern. We don't want little man to look like an old man per se but we want to be a part of your revolution on redefining baby boy style. BokuBaby will also debut its own line this year! Lot's to look forward to! 

So here we are, busy working away towards a good third trimester. We hope you'll follow us and join us on Instagram!