Latta approaches design for children the same way she would for adults. “We wanted to take out the preciousness that came with the ready-to-wear offering, and offer garments that kids could play in.” Everything is 100% cotton and comfy.
Latta recognizes that the Eckhaus Latta Bambino line isn’t inexpensive—the prices range from $95-$215–but she wants her clothes to be reworn and doesn’t want the pieces to be tossed if there is a stain or damage. She also notes that there’s a booming secondhand marketplace for kids’ clothing. “People can hold on to things for another generation rather than treating them like a onesie that goes into the trash after getting a stain,” she says.
Like Eckhaus Latta’s ready-to-wear, the clothes aren’t gendered. Unlike for its ready-to-wear line, the team made the pieces a bit bigger and with stretch, something that came from Latta’s own experience when shopping for her son. “I would say ours run a little big because it is devastating to get something [that is too small],” says Latta. “I have this [Jean Paul] Gaultier onesie of Joy’s that is trompe l’oeil overalls, and he only got to wear it three times because he just grew out of it.” That was a recurring challenge with this new collection: growing babies. “Between sample sets, [Joy] would change size!” Talk about growing up before your very eyes.