Leone & Me – not your nana’s knitting

Leone and Me Jumper Booties

Gone are the days when announcing your pregnancy meant every friend and relative would get out their knitting needles or sewing machine to handmake gifts. A few stalwarts of the crafting tradition are left – a young auntie who makes trendy chevron quilts, a surprisingly modern nan who cross-stitches the most poignant of Taylor Swift lyrics – but for the most part, when we need a baby gift, we head to the shops.

Leone and Me Hat Jumper

But what’s old is new, and more brands are returning to the tradition of handmaking garments, like Leone & Me, a French brand whose collection is single-handedly crocheted and knitted by the industrious founder, Nathalie Costes.

Leonie and Me Booties

We never knew baby booties (€34) could come in so many styles. There are little Mary-Janes in powder pink, mint or saffron, all flecked with white, there are periwinkle t-strap sandals, and there are beginner monk-strap style shoes with wooden buttons instead of buckles.

Leonie and Me Hat booties

Baby cardigans (€45) fasten with a simple tie at the neckline, a clever design that anyone who has dressed a squirmy baby will appreciate. These cardigans make beautiful layering pieces and come in the same lovely colourful white flecked yarn as the booties.

Just like adults, babies enjoy a good matching ensemble. OK maybe they don’t care, but a put-together outfit and the semblance of order might be the only thing keeping the chaos at bay for us parents. The sweet knitted bloomers (€45) are the perfect way to complete an outfit by Leone & Me.

Leone & Me ships all over the world, and if you’re happy with your purchase, Nathalie appreciates thank yous in the form of posts to social media, and flowers.

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