Last week I had a wonderful conversation with Saurette‘s designer, Lisa Kanouse. The children’s clothing designer recently participated in The Boom Boom Room gifting suite at the Golden Globes this year and was greeted with much praise from celebrities like Kathy Hilton, Tim Allen, Ali Landry, Jake Busey, Kevin Dillon, Scott Baio, Joey Lawrence, Jodi Sweeten and many more.
Saurette debuted in March 2008 with the mission to provide “stylish, high-quality clothes for kids who seek unique expression,” explained Kanouse. Every piece is a cotton/silk blend, which lends an incredibly soft hand to the fabric. Saurette is also machine and/or hand washable providing an easy clean for all those busy parents.
Invited to the Golden Globes by Jayneoni Moore, celebrity fashion stylist and commentator on shows such as Entertainment Tonight, Vh1 and Access Hollywood, Saurette’s most sought after pieces were the tree embroidered baby doll top in charcoal, the cabbage floral skirt in fuchsia and the embroidered skirt in white and pink.
Kanouse sums up her experience at the Golden Globes into one word: “fantastic.” Small and new start-up brands as well as more established brands such as Graco and Robeez were featured at the gifting suite. “The group of vendors in my section quickly became friends by sharing stories and exchanging business cards,” explained Kanouse.
When asked what her most memorable moment was during the Golden Globes, Kanouse chose her meeting with Kathy Hilton. “She told me how much she loved the collection. Kathy Hilton asked for the blue embroidered baby doll top for her niece…It was so exciting, but mostly, Kathy was very nice and genuine—that made the show for me.”
Saurette plans to continue to build its boutique base and relationships with key specialty department stores such as Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom. Kanouse also plans to approach stores like Lisa Kline and Kitson Kids in L.A.
Kanouse has also finished putting together Saurette’s fall collection, which is now in New York, L.A. and Dallas. The collection offers sweaters in a cotton yarn that have a cashmere hand. ”[It] makes you want to cuddle up with them,” described Kanouse.
Also, look out for Kanouse at Citibabes in the NYC area. She has been invited to instruct a special fashion design class for their CitiSchool master’s program sometime in March or April.