Isn't it the cutest when you see a little kiddo that looks like a mini-grown up? Nothing strikes a chord in us like a perfect tiny outfit. Ever wonder were to snag such a cool kid look? Petit Fauve is your spot. Sarah stocks a selection of up-and-coming designers that we constantly wish came a few sizes up. Happily, Petit Fauve is not stocking a handful of winners for all us big kids too! Because let's be honest, none of us really wants to grow up ... so let's just keep shopping in the kids section.
Name: Sarah Thoorens
Business: Petit Fauve
Astrological sign: so very taurus
What you had for breakfast: A perfect Houndstooth cappuccino
For those of us that aren’t Francophiles, tell us what your name, Petit Fauve, translates to.
Petit Fauve means little wildcat, which pretty much sums up my toddler daughter.
You lived abroad in France for sometime, tell us a little bit about it! Sounds like heaven to us.
Paris is a city of extremes for me, and it took a good two years to finally find my place there. Now, it feels like another part of me that I miss terribly when I'm away, but also kind of hate when I'm there. (Does that makes sense?) There's no other city that inspires me more - in fashion, in tradition and in culture, but it's not an easy city to take on as a foreigner. There are lots of unspoken rules that took me many embarrassing moments to understand. There are mountains of paperwork and hours of waiting to have anything official done. And Parisians can be difficult to read. But, Paris is a magical place, and once you've found your sweet spot there, it's so hard to let it go.
It’s not everyday someone decides to open a children’s clothing shop. What inspired you to dive into the world of children’s clothing?
I've kind of always had one foot in the fashion business, but not until my daughter, Avienne was born did I realize my inclination for clothing could translate into a kidswear, too. I wanted to support smaller, ethical brands for Avienne to wear, and eventually decided to compile all my favorites into one, tidy webshop. Thus, Petit Fauve was born.
Your shop is exclusively online at the moment. What do you enjoy about working online? Anything you really dislike about it?
Without a doubt, the flexibility I have working from a home office is unrivaled. All the technical aspects of the shop can be done from pretty much anywhere with an internet connection, and that's pretty fantastic. But, sometimes I feel like I'm always at work, so it's tricky to manage and stick with a strict on/off schedule, too. I also wish I could interact more with my customers - I feel like the clothes I carry have such beautiful stories behind them that just can't always be explained through a screen.
Pro tip time: tell us about an app/hack/website/thing that has made your life easier.
Accept help when it's offered. It's more of a life hack really, but letting go of my stubborn ways (hello, Taurus!) and allowing others to help me out with my business when I need it most has made a world of difference for Petit Fauve and my life in general.