When Freemantle designer Annabel Seward made and sent a celebratory garment to Princess Mary of Denmark after the birth of son Christian, a clothing range was born. "I got a letter back from the royal letter opener but I never saw it in Woman’s Day though so I guess it ended up in the royal incinerator!" she says.
She may not have heard directly from "our" Mary, but Annabel clearly has a talent and an eye for what mums like for their kids and pretty soon, her website Maak en Herstel (Dutch for make and mend) was up and running. The current unisex range of handmade t-shirts ($59), wraps ($45), and gift bundles ($95) is for littlies from newborns to four-year-olds. Inspired by whimsical childhood memories, they are all handmade and feature gorgeous prints such as majestic giraffes and colourful ice-cream. My favourite? I love the love birds wrap. It reminds me of something my grandmother might have had on her dresser – hence the nostalgic childhood memories.
Maak en herstel can be found at Pigeonhole, Urban Records or Remedy in Perth and at Little Bird at Elliot in South Australia. Of course, if you live in another state, you can also order online.