I first discovered French children’s clothing label Eponime while I was pregnant with Amelia, and it was love at first sight. I knew I was having a girl, and there wasn’t a single piece in their collection that I didn’t wish I had in her wardrobe ready for her arrival. And now that Amelia is here, nothing has changed – I am still madly in love with every piece in the Eponime collection. With the use of beautiful soft fabrics (like cotton liberty prints) there is a definite feel of luxury while still being practical enough to wear everyday.
Eponime was in fact one of four labels discovered during my pregnancy that inspired the Millie Abroad venture. And so it is with great pleasure that my first ‘Meet the Maker’ interview is with Fanny Chretien, the talented woman behind Eponime.
Can you tell us a little bit about Eponime for those readers who haven’t yet discovered you? Eponime is a range of clothes for the little baby and birth gifts which grew like the babies who wore Eponime clothes. Parents wanting to see their child grow in the same world: comfortable, sweet, aesthetic and practical
When did you get started and what was your inspiration?/ How did you get interested in fashion, in particular children’s fashion? Eponime was born in 2006 like my first child! I couldn’t find colorful and stylish clothes for his birth, so I wanted to make his wardrobe, and why not share it with other children. So I abandoned my clothing line for women to concentrate my time for kids. Children’s fashion attracted me already for a long time, especially during my artistic studies, I draw print fabric for child.
What do you most enjoy about what you do? I love to create little pieces with details and I love to see parents happy with their baby.
What do you feel makes your work unique? I try to translate joy and innocence of the child in my work.
Do you have a favourite item of clothing to design? I love to design dresses and tops for children and associate them with other ranges, to complete the basic wardrobe.
What is your favourite ‘indulgence’ that is just for you? Try to give little pleasures to others.
Do you have a favourite city for shopping ? Paris is a good city for shopping with different style depending on the neightbourhood, especially 17ème arrondissement for kids.
I asked Fanny if she would be happy to share with us some pictures from her workspace. I think it is nice to see where some of the ‘magic’ happens. Thank you Fanny for giving us some insight into your world.
The Eponime collection is now available in store here at Millie Abroad.