Ah, Paris in the fall! We traveled to the City of Lights and were inspired by all the beautiful sights-including the iconic Haussmann style architecture. We sat down with our Senior Print Graphic Designer, Corinne Hirano, to talk about how she was inspired to create a Parisian Homes Print and how special it is that she was able to create a design that her daughter loves to wear.
THE PARISIAN HOMES PRINT
Can you tell us a little bit about the inspiration behind this dress?
This dress is inspired by the Haussmann Architecture in Paris. It is the quintessential Parisian Architecture of the 19th Century.
What is your process for creating inspired designs?
We start with researching each destination, we travel and take tons of photos. Then we come back and work together on concept ideas. We had so many great photos of these Parisian buildings. Paris is one of the most beautiful and loved cities. It seems like it would be the perfect print.
Was there a particular location in France that inspired you to create this design?
Rue Crémieux – the Most Colorful Street in Paris!
This dress features colorful houses, did you see a lot of those in France that matched those colors (pink, purple, teal)?
We did see some of those colors in the buildings/houses. But for these colors I was inspired by the sweets from the boulangeries and Patisseries, particularly Macaroons.
What about the houses in France do you like the most? (window boxes full of flowers, the different colors, the overall architecture, etc.)
I love the overall architecture. I love the decorative stone, the large doors, the Dormer windows on the top floor attic rooms and the Iron work.
How would you style this dress? Is there a specific occasion you would suggest others wear this dress to (first day of school, picture day, etc.)?
I would style it with solid leggings in the color cornet blue and ballet flats. It would definitely be a great first day of school dress. Also perfect for fall holiday travel.
How does it feel to make a design that your daughter can wear?
It is really special. She sometimes sees me drawing and painting in the beginning of my process which gets her more excited to get to wear the dress or shirt.
Does your daughter love the dress too?
She does! Lennon had so much fun modeling for Tea in this dress.
On your most recent trip to France, what did you love to do with your daughter?
We spent a little over a week in Paris. One of the things I loved doing was taking her to the Luxembourg Gardens. Aside from it being one of the most beautiful parks in Paris there were so many great things to do with children. She really loved the pony ride through the gardens. Pushing the vintage sailboats around the pond, the carousel ride and of course the playground.
Are there any kid friendly activities you suggest for parents traveling to France with their kids this summer?
We did quite a few kids friendly activities. But we all enjoyed the Musee d’Orsay and The Luxembourg Gardens. But check out my blog post for more kid friendly travel details!
What is your number 1 tip for traveling with kids?
Be patient and bring easy activities that can fit in a bag! She always would enjoy coloring/activity books (especially when we wanted to have a nice leisurely lunch).
Want more French-Inspired clothing? Check out our Fall Collection here.