Tortoise & the Hare – because incredible kids’ fashion doesn’t have to be fast

Brightly coloured, exuberant clothing can be so much fun, and the abundance of it is what makes the quiet simplicity of clothes by makers like Tortoise & the Hare extra special.

Tortoise & the Hare Gingham Dress
Tortoise & the Hare is a designer of beautiful handmade garments for boys and girls, from bubbas to kindy aged kids. Every piece is made in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, a largely Amish community where things are still made by hand.

The women who sew the range all learned their craft from their mums, and the designs are a touch old fashioned, inspired by the simplicity of Amish children’s clothes.

Tortoise & the Hare Group shots

The colours are inspired by the designer Rosina’s favourite colours: the blue of a big prairie sky and nearly ripened wheat. I’ll be honest, this city mouse has no idea what colour nearly ripened wheat is, but doesn’t it sound heavenly? Tortoise & the Hare’s collection is all flecked natural linen, faded chambray with pops of jewel toned green and burgundy velveteen and cuorduroy.

Tortoise & the Hare 2 bubs

There are sweet, empire waist dresses ($120) with matching bloomers ($40) for girls, grandpa collared button down shirts ($120) and vests for boys, and adorable wide striped dungarees ($74) for everyone.

Tortoise & the Hare Cape and Dress

The collection doesn’t completely flout modernity though. In the yet-to-be-released collection, we spied a cute little high low hem dress and linen pants which, if they were in a fluoro print, would look right at home in a Bonds lookbook. There are also little bonnets ($40) that give a nod to Amish girls’ head coverings, but not a very serious nod; atop the bonnets proudly sit pairs of floppy bunny ears.

Tortoise & the Hare’s collection is in their online shop, and international shipping is $18.

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