Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Bootie Call

Love+Monsters' handmade keiki booties


Your little man has countless needs. The latest: slipping his precious piggly wigglies into some seriously adorable handmade booties.

Time to scoot over to Baby Awearness for the debut of Love+Monsters, a line of soft, colorful keiki shoes by Kalihi designer Richie Calizar, inspired by her own 20-month-old "monster."

The University of Hawaii graduate crafts each pair by hand, stitching together vintage fabrics in playful print and color combos - think red-and-blue giraffe print with brown suede, or pink-and-blue floral and mint green - with her own vibrant, yarn-based textiles woven on a floor loom in tribal-inspired stripes and zigzags.

The result? Eye-catching lace-up and buttoned shoes that are, in the words of three wise and stylish women, totally bootie-licious. Each pair comes in a drawstring bag labeled with a heart for girls' styles or a smiling monster for boys' and unisex styles.

Ask nicely and Calizar can even make you a matching personalized, hand-embroidered monster doll that fits snugly in the palm of your hand, or in the loving arms of your little one.

Just for kicks.

$32 vintage fabric booties, $47 handwoven yarn booties, sizes 0-4 months and 4-8 months, available at Baby Awearness, Manoa Marketplace, (808) 988-0010. For more information or custom orders, email richiecalizar@yahoo.com.

Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 in Permalink

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Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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