Thanks to local designers, such as Elizabeth Suzann, Amanda Valentine, Otis James, Emil Erwin and so many more, Nashvillians have grown increasingly supportive of area makers. But the love isn’t just for adults. Now kiddos can also adorn themselves in — and entertain themselves with — locally designed clothing, toys and books. Here, we give you 13 hometown kids’ brands you can source out in town.
Found at Arcade
Approaching their one-year anniversary, Will & Ivey was started by Sandra Ney, originally from the northern California hills. “The mission of Will & Ivey is very simply to weave peace and purpose through fashion,” says Sandra. The mission is translated into baby and children’s apparel, quilts and keepsake bowls. The company takes advantage of local talent and is helping keep the manufacturing industry in Tennessee alive. Will & Ivey began a partnership with ToolLife to establish a sewing microbusiness in Honduras. Below are a few Will & Ivey products you can find at Arcade.
Outfit your babies in clever puns and cute onesies by Simon & Co. Founded by husband and wife team Savannah and Kramer, Simon & Co. is sold online and locally, and their onesies, which are perfect for newborns and toddlers, pack personality. Find Simon & Co. products at The Willow Tree in Sylvan Park or at Rich Hippies in East Nashville.
We adore the retro baby onesies and toddler tees made by this Nashville-based apparel brand, but what we love even more is the clever packaging. All of the infant clothing is individually packaged in a vintage milk bottle, making it a fun, unique gift to give. In addition to being cute, they are unbelievably soft (made of 100 percent cotton). Shop their selection of toddler and infant apparel at White’s Mercantile and Snap Girls.
Found at The Willow Tree
G is for Nugget is named for the company founder’s son, Graden. The short- and long-sleeve infant body suits and toddler shirts sport fun slogans and images, but our favorites showcase the Nashville spirit. We are particularly fond of the Just Got Signed toddler shirt and the I’m Going on Tour bodysuit. Stop by The Willow Tree to see their selection of G is for Nugget apparel (arriving this week!).
Local artist Anna McCoy has created a book that is enjoyable for both parents and children. In her book, The Most, the story of Bianca the giraffe, Ralphie the monkey, Kate the duck, Libby the lamb, Ollie the owl, Betsy the cow, Leroy the lion and Jack the bear teaches kids to celebrate their special purpose and unique differences. You can shop the book at Arcade and White’s Mercantile. Corresponding prints are sold at White’s Mercantile.
Found at The Beveled Edge
Bee Attitudes, a clothing line and lifestyle brand, celebrates the belief that your attitude can make a difference in the world and raises the question: What Attitude Will You Choose Today? The Everyday Collection of T-shirts encourage all of us to be fearless, grateful and happy, while the Infant Collection celebrates “new bees” on cap and gown sets and onesies. Both the cap and gown set and the onesies can be found at The Beveled Edge.
Let your little ones show their Tennessee pride and an early affinity for good music with Little Bits’ baby and toddler onesies, a brand founded by locals Nick and Jill Kirtland. The 100 percent, combed cotton jersey onesies are screen printed in Nashville and are eco-friendly. Ten percent of Little Bits’ profits go to the Nashville Humane Association, Nashville Rescue Mission and Sexual Assault Center — all organizations that are close the Kirtland family’s hearts. They also sell junior/adult apparel, prints, stationery, tea towels, tote bags and decals online and at local retailers.
Found at Arcade
Love & Lion allows a new big bro or big sis to join the celebration of a new family member with its locally made temporary tattoos. Love & Lion is a party and lifestyle blog that expanded its brand to temporary tattoos (for all ages) and party goods. Arcade sells the Big Bro and Big Sis tattoos, as well as a few that read Nashville Y’all.
Found at Oak Nashville
Project 615 has been celebrating Nashville pride for almost six years now, and through their business, they’ve played a tremendous role in helping to restore hope to those on the path of recovery from homelessness, addiction and mental illness. The Made in TN onesies (sold in blue, pink and orange) will start your little one early as a supporter of all things local. Project 615 has its own storefront in East Nashville, but you can also find their kids and baby apparel at a handful of local retailers, including Oak Nashville.
Fresh and imaginative are two words used to describe Milkbarn’s children’s products. The beautiful, playful designs, which include birds, foxes and whales, are sure to kickstart any child’s imagination. Founder Stacy Phillips lives in Franklin, and she collaborates with her 17-year-old daughter on the children’s clothing collection. See for yourself how irresistible these items are by stopping by FABU.
Found at Arcade
Local artist Lindsey Rome sells paintings that are perfect for any nursery or child’s room. The playful designs are both colorful and eye-catching, and while they definitely have a youthful appearance, we aren’t opposed to featuring them in other areas of the home. Find a variety of her paintings at Arcade.
Sold at Rich Hippies
Located in East Nashville, Rich Hippies is a baby and children’s shop that sells curated items alongside their own line of clothing and goods. What started as a line of baby yoga-style pants has grown to feature baby shoes, onesies, bibs, rattles (all pictured below) and more. They are also opening a new (bigger) space in Germantown this spring. Stay tuned for more about that!
Sock monkeys made by The Monkey Project are more than just adorable toys; they are part of a social enterprise that showcases commitment to fair-trade business practices. Founder Nubia Echevarria is based in Nashville, but the sock monkeys are hand crocheted by talented Peruvian women. Keep your eyes out for their new line of children’s books coming soon.