RUKUSfx is a motion-controlled device that provides young ones with a fun and approachable entry into music making and mixing. Moving the hand-held gadget (which also comes in custom tie-dye skins) creates sound effects that are unique to each type of movement. The 80 different effects can be combined with RUKUSfx’s 120 built-in tracks or any uploaded songs, with mixes recorded and played back right on the device. Prompting creativity and activity, RUKUSfx encourages kids to DJ, dance and play.
Laura K Zimmermann’s magical children’s book Mushroom Rain glows with dazzling fungi illustrations by Jamie Green. The fascinating, informative work includes insight on the mysterious power of mushrooms, from helping to create rain to smelling like bubblegum. With lyrical descriptions as well as additional facts and activities in the back matter, the book is an enchanting and educational tour of ecology.
The Winding Road is a platform founded by Marla Showfer, who traverses the globe to partner with and present small fair trade artisans. For the Magic Mushroom Playhouse, Showfer worked with a family-owned workshop in Kathmandu, Nepal to create a pastoral felt world, replete with a mushroom-shaped cottage and mouse finger puppet. With a design evoking fairytale art, the playhouse inspires whimsy and imagination.
Jan Andreu had been a fan of Laia Aguilar’s work at Bobo Choses, and was thrilled when the two collaborated on The Animal Observatory—a children’s apparel brand centered on play and curiosity. Their yellow bucket hat features a minimalist flower print and pink interior and evokes cheerful and bright days under the sun. Floral and endearing, the 100% cotton hat is available in sizes medium and large. Price is in Euros.
Lalo makes some of our favorite furniture and accessories for kids and babies. The brand just teamed up with West Elm on a small collection that sends 50% of proceeds to No Kid Hungry—an organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger in the US. The Chair is both a high chair and a play chair that’s sleek and stylish thanks to its acorn finish. There are two sets of legs and a five-point safety harness to keep your bub out of harm’s way. Of course the tray is non-toxic, and the cushion is machine-washable.
When it comes to bikes for kids, woom’s purpose-built designs set an impressive standard. The new NOW model for ages six to 14 features a smaller front wheel combined with an innovative, lightweight frame that lowers the front rack’s center of gravity for easier maneuverability. Plus, the eight-speed bike’s integrated front and rear lights, wide handlebars and tires, double fenders and child-sized grips add comfort.
Safe, functional and adorably designed, the coral-hued Heart Swim Vest for kids features an adjustable safety strap, a front zip and velcro tab for additional security. Its durable neoprene improves buoyancy and warmth. Not only practical, the vest features a polka-dot design and a 3D heart on the back. Available in sizes small, medium and large, this vest is intended for kids aged from one to six.
Blok’s innovative debut collection includes six colorful analog timepieces designed for children with quality, durability, practicality and fun in mind. These water-resistant quartz watches feature a Swiss-made movement and incorporate a functional clicking bezel that’s divided into blocks of time, ranging from five to 30 minutes, to help kids learn about time management. The design-forward brand utilizes sustainable components throughout: a biopolymer derived from the caster plant composes the case, vegan Japanese alta-nappa leather is transformed into the strap and shredded denim is upcycled into the packaging.
Stockholm-based Stutterheim is adored the world over for their effective rain gear and its connection to Swedish weather and Sweden’s natural surroundings. One raincoat from the brand, the Lightweight Dog Raincoat, might be intended for canines but it boasts the same protection as Stutterheim’s garments for people. This bright yellow colorway (exclusive to SSENSE) also means your dog will be more easily seen in low light and on nighttime walks.
Made in adults’ and children’s sizes, these indoor slippers are part of a capsule collection by artisanal footwear and accessories brand FEIT and Northern Irish artist and author Oliver Jeffers. The super-soft leather slippers are crafted from a single piece vegetable-tanned calfskin and feature a natural latex-padded insole and a suede outsole. The subtly hued leather has been illustrated by Jeffers with symbols (campfires, hammers, storm clouds and more) from his art book All That We Need, which was made exclusively for FEIT. Printed by Brooklyn-based Small Editions, the book will be sent along with the first 100 adult-sized pairs of slippers sold.
Made from 100% recycled fabrics and materials, Dog Ear’s pet toys are each entirely unique and crafted by hand. Founded by Lu Williams and Emma Edmondson during the beginning of the pandemic, the brand aims to not only encourage dog owners to enjoy being outside with their pooches, but also to combine “contemporary art publishing and sculptural dog toys.” Available in three sizes, every ball features different colors, patterns and textures to keep your dog entertained. Price is in Pounds.
Asha teamed up with Sanrio to add some extra joy to their products, care of Hello Kitty. Inside the playful packaging are the same vegan noodles and flavor, which have 25% less sodium than many other cup noodles. Price is for a pack of six.
Faith Ringgold’s 1996 work “The Sunflower Quilting Bee at Arles” depicts eight iconic Black American women (Madam CJ Walker, Sojourner Truth, Ida Wells, Fannie Lou Hamer, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Mary McLeod Bethune and Ella Baker) as well as Vincent van Gogh and a fictional character named Willia Marie Simone (a frequent heroine of Ringgold’s quilt works, and perhaps her alter-ego). This piece honors and celebrates Black women, their achievements and traditions with bright colors and glorious shapes and patterns. The significant work has been made into a puzzle for those who want to spend time admiring it piece by piece.
Pet brand Fantastical Creatures Club creates luxury accessories for posh pooches. Their premium ball keeper set comprises a vibrant red rubber tennis ball (made in England) that offers extra bounce for increased durability and entertainment, and a keeper (made in Italy) that’s crafted from matching, plastic-free and biodegradable leather with a design that recalls vintage boule carriers. This elegant set isn’t just eye-catching, it also means owners don’t have to hold a saliva-covered toy. Price is in Pounds.
Resplendent in a vibrant emerald and navy pattern, the Nice Grill cat collar from New Orleans-based See Scout Sleep is a thoughtful, design-forward pet accessory. Made from a light hemp webbing that’s non-allergenic and full of anti-bacterial properties, the collar is equipped with a safety release buckle that’s designed to snap open easily if a cat is uncomfortable. Crafted with easygoing felines in mind, the Nice Grill is stylish yet safe.
Manufactured two blocks from the Mediterranean Sea, Bobo Choses produces clothing for kids. With a focus on activity rather than gender, their designs are comfortable and colorful. The brand’s Strawberry All Over jogging pants are made from 100% organic cotton and feature an elasticated waistband and cuffs. Available for kids aged three/six months through 24/36 months, this lavender-colored garment draws inspiration from nature.