ilana opener

A couple of weeks ago we went met Ilana, founder of the adorable kids line Little Lief, at a children’s trade show. We loved her look and asked her to tell us about it:

“Now that I am a mum getting dressed needs to be easy. I typically mix up vintage and basic cotton pieces. I like dresses and rompers because it’s an outfit in one and you don’t need to mix and match (although I was wearing a top and skirt on the day we met, which is unusual).

I was wearing NDC sandals and a vintage skirt which has 2 labels one of 45rpm and the other of Universal Studios Entertainment Costume Department. I think the skirt was altered with paint and shredded. I love it! The t-shirt is from American Apparel.

I am originally from Australia but have lived in NYC since 2000. Before Little Lief I worked as a design director (HarperCollins) on illustrated books (from pop culture to art and architecture). My first summer together with my daughter (Lief) in NYC was a hot one. I couldn’t find simple, easy and super lightweight cotton pieces to dress her in (that weren’t onsies) so I decided to make them.”

Editor’s note: That’s a skirt from Little Lief in the background!


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Comments (2)


  1. Posted by: Yoli

    I love her look and that little in the background is adorable. It is so inspiring to see Moms being so creative. I wish her the best.

  2. Posted by: Maia

    I remember Llana from last year’s NYC Playtime! I loved her Little Lief designs, and her own style as well. It’s good to see her here!

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