What does festive really mean?

What does festive really mean?

Every year, when the time comes to rethink and reinspire our holiday collection, we start by asking ourselves, what does festive really mean? This year, more than ever before, we’ve found festivity in the little things: not just the massive Christmas tree in the park, but the special, single ornament that catches our eye. The delicate smell of our favorite holiday candle over the huge display of lights at our local mall. Not the presents, but the glittering bows on top, the perfectly creased paper.
 
Translating this view of festivity in the finer details into our aesthetic was no big deal. That’s because our motto, “A modern approach to classics,” does just this, making a sensibility come to life in little moments where the classic and the contemporary finally come together. Holiday attire is not about over-the-top colors and prints. It’s about highlighting the faces and features of the kids you love—not distracting from them— and including something in their outfit that reminds them this is a time for magic, happiness, and a little sparkle.  The right holiday outfit reminds you of all the holidays that have come before, for you and the family you were born into, and all the holidays that are to come, for the family you have made. It's joyous, but also timeless.
 
With our beautifully constructed leather and our famously flexible soles, we decided that festivity this year would start from the bottom up, in Elephantito footwear.  Shoes are the ideal celebratory note to make any smart outfit holiday-dinner-ready. When it comes to Elephantito, they’re also an opportunity to start the new year with your child’s most comfortably clad foot forward. Metallic shoes, like ballerina flats, slippers, and Mary Janes, add some high-end shine to any look. Patent leather shoes and boots— in red, gold, or sleek black—  do the same. Hand made driver loafers or shined booties turn your little boy into a gentleman right in time for New Year’s Eve. For our extra cool kids, super luxe sneakers can give a cheerful edge to any traditional outfit.  The options at Elephantito are never ending: gold slip-ons, glitter Rockstar high-tops, suede and metallic baby shoes, scalloped baby booties, bright moccasins, and classic golfer shoes.
 
Paired with our delicately made dresses, skirts, trousers, and dress shirts, they’re a must-need for any holiday head-to-toe look. They’re the little thing that makes all the difference.
 
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“Dressing up” for Thanksgiving - a real purpose

“Dressing up” for Thanksgiving - a real purpose

Every year, right around Thanksgiving, we get our gratitude speeches ready. Talking to our children about being thoughtful and appreciative of the gifts they’ve been given is an important tradition, one we hope our families never outgrow. It’s a time to think deeply about togetherness and the qualities this brings out in each of us. While sitting around the table and passing around food, the thing we wish for every year is that our kids see the love we put into this holiday and every day in general. We want them to be grateful because gratitude is a cornerstone of both goodness and happiness, and what more could we ask for them? 
Here’s something, however, that escapes us sometimes. How often do we ask ourselves if we are grateful enough? Do we think about how lucky we are to live our lives and raise the children we have? Thanksgiving is a time for us, too, to reflect on this appreciation and find ways to integrate it into our lives. One way to do this is through what seems like a simple parenting decision— dressing your child in Elephantito, especially on Thanksgiving day. 
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“Dressing up” serves a real purpose, even if our instinct is to think it is superficial. It shows respect for the occasion, marking it as different from other days of the year. It reminds us that it is a day for making memories, because we always like to remember ourselves looking our best. That’s because caring—about anything or anyone, including yourself— is one way to show appreciation for what you have. And the same goes for our children, too. We love their joy, sense of freedom, and all the ways in which they change, grow, and surprise us. We’re grateful to give our lives to them and we show them that by always giving them the best we can (and with Elephantito’s pricing, we make the best accessible to every parent out there). When we dress our child up in quality clothing, we crystallize them one at moment forever, create a memory to hold onto as they grow another inch, age another year. It says to them: you’re worth it. It says to them: we want you to carry this day, this dinner, in your hearts forever. It says: we hope you appreciate us— and everything— too.
 
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If you’re team social media, tag us in your posts pretty please! We’d love to like, comment, and repost.

If you’re team social media, tag us in your posts pretty please! We’d love to like, comment, and repost.

When it comes to apparel for adults, we’ve gotten accustomed to the idea that the dresses, blouses, and suits we covet will always look a little more crisp and perfect on display than they will when we put them on before the mirror in the morning. That’s because most of the clothing out there for adults is designed with mannequins in mind. When it comes to Elephantito, we have a different ethos: our clothing is inspired by living, breathing children, with all their liveliness and personality. We believe that no matter how many hours we spend sketching silhouettes and looking at samples, our products will only ever be “finished” when they’re loved by a child who has made them their own. We invest in classic, timeless cuts and styles because we know that this aesthetic leaves more room for individuality than any other. It’s a bit of a running joke between us founders. We can put two lovely children in identical dresses or pants and the pieces will end up looking completely different, though united still by an aura of love, confidence, and quality.
 
We have a favor to ask of you, our favorite (all of you!) customers. It’s a fun one. Show us our finished pieces, please! Nothing makes our day more than seeing a picture of your special little someone dressed in Elephantito. On an artistic level, it means more than we can say to see our visions and designs come to fruition. And as mothers ourselves, we love to know that we are in some way part of the lives of your beautiful, bright children, facilitating their fun and their growth.
 
If you’re team social media, tag us in your posts pretty please! We’d love to like, comment, and repost. And if you’re more of a personal photographer, we’d love to see the role that Elephantito plays in your camera roll and photo feed and maybe share your snapshots with our own loyal clientele.
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It’s pretty simple. Elephantito is a family, and developing a shared family album is the next item on our to do list.
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It's time for the Holiday Card Photo Shoot

It's time for the Holiday Card Photo Shoot

This week’s blog starts out with an image we’re pretty sure comes to mind for every parent when we say the holidays are approaching: the half-exciting, half-dreaded holiday card photo shoot. We’re pretty confident that you remember the squirming, the blurry shots, or the many, many times you begged your children to “say cheese!” We’re also pretty sure that you remember just how beautiful the final product is— a picture of the most important little people in your lives, a picture you are going to share with all of your close friends and loved ones, a capstone of another wonderful year of raising a family. Elephantito is here to make sure that this time around your children are not only adorable and well-dressed, but also comfortable enough to look at ease, to look like their wonderful, natural selves.
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The Holidays arrive every year, but when they do, they always manage to feel like a bit of a surprise. First there is fall, with all the back to school chaos, and then the candy craze of Halloween, and then Thanksgiving, with family in town and turkeys to baste- and then it’s December, and we hardly know how we’re going to get everything done before the holidays arrive!
 
Elephantito makes it all a little easier. This is because we make shopping for your children’s holiday clothes a simple, joyful process. We put it all together for you, from head to toe. From perfect little loafers and preppy sweaters to chic sneakers paired with a classic Christmas dress, trust us: we understand exactly what your child needs when it comes to this special season of style.
 
The Holidays are multipurpose. They’re about family time, having fun, enjoying a break from work and school, and also making memories that are deeply tied to our cultures and belief systems . This means that our holiday clothing— especially when it comes to our children— needs to be multipurpose too. They need to be more than just stylish. They need to be comfortable, and flexible, made for both crawling around the Christmas tree and sitting to light the menorah. The holidays are about giving, and the gift of comfort and confidence is a priceless one.
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Growing Up with Elephantito

Growing Up with Elephantito

From the start of Elephantito, we couldn’t have imagined a more perfect scenario. We were two women, passionate in the same way about quality clothing and ethical business, pouring over sample leathers and launching a factory in Peru, we were—and are—teammates united by something even greater than our ambitions: our two daughters. Marialex and Vicky, both the same age, classmates in our local school, and best friends since they were three years old. 

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We knew early on they would be our muses. The well-made, comfortable, and stylish dresses, boots, and ballerina flats we were constantly seeking out for their closets became our mission statement. We watched them run outside and asked ourselves how to balance fashion and function. As they became tweens, we followed their changing style and designed head to toe outfits that were both age-appropriate and chic.

Using our imagination, hard work, and business sense to dress our daughters well will always be something we are proud of. At every birthday party, school play, or picnic, we smiled when we saw how our daughters stood out —not because their clothing was expensive or flashy, but because it was tasteful, timeless, and elegant.

Our girls looked loved. It is only now that they are getting older (teenagers!) that we understand how impactful that was for them. They carry themselves with a special confidence; they know how to invest their time and energy and make lasting choices. They also don’t compromise on their comfort and happiness for the sake of looking a certain way, because while wearing Elephantito, they had it all. 

 

 

 

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What does classic mean to us?

What does classic mean to us?

Give the little ones you love a product that has been lovingly made. It’s as simple as that.

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Back to School with Elephantito: Living Lessons

Back to School with Elephantito: Living Lessons

Back to school style is more than just a marketing ploy. It’s a chance for children to reevaluate who they are, what sort of colors and cuts  they like, and most importantly, how they want to represent themselves to classmates and teachers in the year ahead. It’s the sartorial version of a fresh-start.
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Sandals for summer

Sandals for summer

For most of us summer is synonymous with sandals. They are the most versatile and comfortable shoe for both adults and children during the hot summer months.

The important thing to keep in mind during hot months is that our children's feet sweat. If the shoe is not made of a natural material, like leather or cotton, this sweat will pool in the shoe and can cause irritation and blisters. 

Elephantito shoes are made with the smoothest leather on the outside and the lining is made with the best sheep leather, which is very soft and let's the foot breath.

 Keep your little one's feet safe, free of blisters, in style and celebrate summer with us!

 

 

 

 

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This is how to take care of your Elephantito leather shoes

This is how to take care of your Elephantito leather shoes

We've all been there, you find the perfect leather shoe. You look for the occasion to dress up your little one with them and suddenly... disaster. 

It's only natural. Children aren't particularly careful with their clothes or shoes, even if their mommy's new favorites. But don't fret, we've got some tips for you about cleaning, restoring and taking care of your new leather shoes. 

First thing to consider, leather is a natural material. It's porous and absorbs elements that it's exposed to. That means it's susceptible to stains and scratches, but therein lies the beauty. Leather tells the story of our lives and wears it like a proud badge. 

When you buy leather shoes you are buying them for the look the have today; clean, crisp, elegant. You are also getting another pair of shoes that will come later, a weathered, earthy, stressed look that is also very much in style. 

Taking all of this into account, we all want to give our new shoes a long life. Here are some tips to achieve that.

  1.  Protect your shoes. When you first buy leather shoes, before your little one gets a chance to run through the grass and mud, you may want to weatherproof them. This will help protect them from water, dirt and other natural elements that will wear and stain shoes. Protectants come in creams, oils, waxes and sprays. Be careful regarding when choosing your product and consider what is made of, as they can alter the look of your shoe. Suede shoes, for example, are particularly delicate to weatherproof. Silicone sprays work well to protect suede. In general, we like protectants that are made with all-natural elements. 
  2. Treat, condition and polish. For all leather shoes it's always a good thing to give them a good cleaning every so often. First remove laces, if the shoes have them. Second, use a natural bristle brush to remove loose dirt. Now you can clean them with a microfiber cloth dipped a bit of soap and water. Saddle soap and smooth leather cleaners that contain all-natural ingredients work well. After the shoes dry it's best to condition or moisturize them using leather creams. This helps prevent cracking and drying out. You can also choose to polish your shoes. If you use traditional shoe polish, the color must match the shoe color EXACTLY or it will change the original color of your shoes. Another option for polishing patent leather is using mineral oil with cotton.
  3. Treat stains quickly. Not all stains are created equal. Water, grass and dirt stains can be removed with leather cleaners. There are some homemade recipes on the internet, but we recommend spot testing before trying them out. Oil and grease are on another playing field. Here is a good way to deal with these:
    • Oil or grease stains require immediate action. The best way to treat these is to blot the excess grease. Do not rub, as it will make the stain bigger and harder to remove. Use baby powder or cornstarch to draw out the grease. Gently brush the excess powder off. Now you can clean the stain with a little bit of dish soap and distilled water. Apply it with a microfiber cloth and then dry with another dry cloth.
  • ** Pro tips:
    • Baby wipes are great to quickly spot clean. They're gentle enough that they will not hurt the leather and the moisturizing properties they have also help to condition.
    • Hand sanitizer is also a great way to remove scuffs from patent leather.

Whichever method you use, we hope you enjoy the life of your Elephantine shoes. Is there any particular method you use to take care of your leather shoes? Share with us in the comments. 

 

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Our Spring #MyElephantito Favorites

Our Spring #MyElephantito Favorites

We are passionate about style and love to see when our clients wear our Elephantito shoes. These are some of our favorite Spring looks. 

**To be featured on next month's blog tag us on your Instagram posts and use #MyElephantito

 Marina Sofia shared this gorgeous picture with her equally gorgeous mini-me and it's giving us all the feels. Her little one is wearing a summer favorite, the Nicole Sandal in white.

 

We love Elijah Jai's look! His mommy, Tiffany Nicole, shared this dapper pic on Instagram and we are swooning.  Elijah is wearing our Driver Loafer in Racing Red

 

 

Roxy Sheffield's little boy is wearing a pair Logans loafers in Natural and we are in love with the color combination. Neutrals make bright colors pop. 

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Brittney J. Fusilier shared this beautiful and nostalgic post of her sweet daughter standing on the steps of the church where she and her husband married years before. Maddy is wearing TBar for toddlers in Patent Blush

 

 

Tara R. Lacayo shared this great picture of her son in our white and navy Golfers and daughter in red Mary Janes. Happy Feet in deed! 

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Remember to follow us, tag us and use #MyElephantito to be featured on our website and Instagram. 

To shop for these looks and many more check out our shop

 

 

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Elephantito Gives Back, "Celebrating Childhood: One Shoe at a Time"

Elephantito Gives Back, "Celebrating Childhood: One Shoe at a Time"

Philanthropy and giving back to the community is not just something important for us at Elephantito, it's part of the way we live. Coming together, supporting others and finding a way to help children in need, keeps us grounded. 

It is a value we instill in our children and that they have taken to heart, so much so that both of our co-founders' children -Andrea, Martin, Victoria and Marialex- came together to create a program called "Celebrating Childhood, One Shoe at a Time". This initiative donates brand new Elephantito shoes and clothing to kids in their hometown of Miami.

various images of Elephantine giving

Childhood is supposed to be a wonderful and magical time, and yet it's also so fragile. Not everyone has access to basic needs and so we wanted to do our part in order to give those children a little bit of happiness and to make a positive impact in their lives.

We believe that being a part of a community means having social consciousness and it's a principle we have weaved into our business from it's inception in 2004.

Since the "Celebrating Childhood: One Shoe at a Time" program launched in 2013, Andrea, Martin, Victoria and Marialex have led it's efforts, with the support of their parents. They spend a lot of time in the warehouse, they take inventory of the merchandise that will be donated, they select the specific pieces, packed them and give them to local charities. They are passionate about this work, as are we.

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The Elephantito Fit: What to look for when buying kids shoes

The Elephantito Fit: What to look for when buying kids shoes

Buying shoes for our little ones can be a bit overwhelming. You're in the store and there are a lot of choices, not to mention your little one running around looking to try on anything in bright colors with his favorite super hero or princess. Not exactly what you had in mind for your daughters first communion or your sons Sunday best. Since we've been in your shoes, we thought we'd help you out with an Elephantito fit guide, something that comes in handy when buying your kids' shoes online.
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Welcome to Elephantito, a luxury childrenswear brand known for tailored and wearable collections, top-quality fabrics, distinguished clothing, and impeccable all-leather shoes. Every step your child takes will be stylish and comfortable when they are dressed head to toe in our collections. Whether you are searching for clothing and shoes for your little one or upcoming baby showers and birthdays, you can find modern baby girl dresses and high-end kids’ shoes that will not disappoint.

Dress the little one in your life fashionably year-round when you shop Elephantito’s collection of luxury clothing and shoes for babies and toddlers. Here at Elephantito, we are known in the fashion industry for high-quality leather shoes and sandals for boys and girls. Our upscale, fine leather shoes are 100% real leather, so every step your child takes will be with polished. We do not stop there either because we have expanded to carry dapper boys’ clothing and classic girls’ clothing, so your child will look their best, whether they are going on a playdate or a family outing.

Register for an account and start shopping for high-end children’s shoes and luxury toddler clothes for your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and other growing ones in your life.

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