There are a plethora of choices when it comes to dressing the kids, but let’s be honest; most are made fast and cheap somewhere far, far away. In the spirit of Small Business Saturday (Nov. 28), we nailed down some of our favorite local designers who create chic, timeless pieces for pint-sized fashion plates.


Creative Hands Corner
Sonja Gogic-Jones aims to make clothes that are unrestricted and free flowing allowing infants and toddlers to be the bundles of boundless energy they strive to be. Born and raised in Montenegro, she brings a European flare and sophistication to her handmade pieces. Creative Hands features vivid prints and soft, pliable fabrics. Each piece is lovingly made in Sonja’s home. You can find her collection on Etsy.



The La La Circuit
For over a decade, Leann Trowbridge was a co-owner of the Adams Morgan vintage shop, Meeps. She brings her yesteryear sensibility to her love of textiles and design with a sweet collection of dresses made from vintage fabrics and updated with Trowbridge original patterns. Her designs are avail online on Etsy and in Front Royal, Va at Gathered.



Aashumi Shah, from India, traveled to Mumbai to study woven design before becoming a graduate of FIT. Mirasa reflects her niece and son’s penchant for bright colors and bold designs. Using soft, organic cottons, Aashumi mixes fun, bold colors like orange, teal, purple and blue in her whimsical patterns. Her collection includes onesies, hoodies, blankets and toys. She can often be spotted at Eastern Market. She is also on Etsy.



Ankara Streets
Jessica Thomas makes modern silhouettes out of classic, African wax prints. She fuses the boldness of Ankara with hip, street-inspired styles and “urban American flare.” Her designs can be found on Etsy.


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Yellow House Knits
Stefanie Doebler’s heirloom-quality cardigans and pullovers come in fun, vibrant hues. She aims to create pieces that will be treasured for years to come. Inspired by her regional landscape, each knit bears the name of a local D.C. street. Yellow House Knits can be found at Gala in Kensington, Maryland or online at Etsy.


Do you have a favorite local kids designer? Tell us in the comments section below. 

–Meghan Meyers