HAND ME DOWNS
It occurred to me, after I had a ten year break from having children and then went back for more, (yes there is a chance I'm a little crazy) that no one gives hand me downs anymore. I mean where are the big green garbage bags, full of clothes that have been through 5 kids already and still have enough life in them to hand down to five more?
WHEN I WAS A KID
I grew up with 3 older sisters. So basically, I am the hand me down queen. I am unsure if I was ever gifted a single brand new outfit.
We had family friends with 6 girls who were quite a bit older. I remember every season change, another big green garbage bag would arrive from these friends full of amazing clothes that we always felt so privileged and super excited to be receiving. We would parade around as if they had been purchased brand new from the shop. They were still all, nonetheless, just hand me downs (recycled), created more slowly, and with more care than we do today.
MY FIRST TWO
My Emily, now 15, was the first grandchild on both sides of the family. The first niece, the first everything (the first really big shock to my system), and she was gifted some seriously awesome outfits. Some Burberry, some Ralph Lauren. A little Bon Point, right down to the good old ‘go to’ Country Road.
Connor, my second born and now 13 year old boy, got pretty much the same treatment, in between wearing a whole heap of pink handed down from his sister.
After quite a traumatic birth involving some fairly serious complications, I had decided that my perfect pigeon pair was enough children for me. So, as they grew older and out of all their beautiful clothes, I handed them to my sisters, one who had two girls and the other who had a boy and a girl.
These beautiful clothes were traded between my sisters and their kids and back. Lent to a few outsiders and then returned. Then one day (after a little divorce and massive remarry) I made this crazy decision to have more children. Two in fact. And one bag at a time, all these clothes that I had handed around, were on their way back to me, and all in perfect condition, looking barely worn.
SO CAME THE BIRTH OF MY FIFTH BABY, EMCO + PORO LINEN KIDS
I don’t know about you, but I don’t seem to be able to hand many clothes down now by comparison to 10 years ago. I have purchased plenty of new items for Polly and Rosie ( the two little ones). Fast fashion seems to have it though, that it will only last a season. EmCo + PoRo Linen Kids is trying to bring back clothes that last. Clothes that can be handed down. Clothes that are classic, and no matter what the current trends, they are a cut that keep on keeping up.
Our beautiful pieces are made using entirely natural fibres that include Luxury European linen (that actually comes from Europe), Organic cotton, and cotton. That way, if they can’t be recycled from child to child, family to family and from friend to friend, they can at least be used to compost back into our beautiful planet!