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Handmade knitwear from Mouse In The House

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How beautiful are the images above? The gorgeous embroidered knitwear is from a Seattle-based brand called Mouse In The House, which I discovered while I was in the Pacific Northwest earlier this year. The brand was created by husband and wife team, Ashley and Scott Jensen, who aim to create quality heirloom pieces that can be passed down from one generation to the next. Their use of neutral colours means that the pieces can be worn equally by boys and girls and will remain timeless over the years.

What I love most about the brand is that they’re dedicated to bringing economic opportunity to underprivileged women in developing nations. By paying an above-average wage, providing job skills development training and reinvesting 5% of all sales directly into their communities, they help improve the quality of life and self-reliance for underprivileged women. Each piece of clothing comes with a tag which tells you a bit about who knitted and embroidered the piece, and you can also view their website to read about all the makers.

I have a cosy little cardigan tucked away for our baby’s arrival and it was hand-embroidered by Sapana Shrestha, a 24-year-old woman in Kathmandu, Nepal. I loved reading her story and knowing that we’ve helped to support this woman and her family.

Courtney x


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Comments (3)

Nicola
December 21, 2016

I love this brand! I ordered this cardigan online and then got an email a day later to say that the day after I had ordered the cardigan they had discounted it so they refunded me the difference. It is the little things like this that make me want to recommend them to all my friends and continue to support their beautiful business. xx


Natalie
January 6, 2017

I love so many of your brands but find it so disappointing that their sizing is so limited. My tall and leggy 8 year old is already in size 14 clothing and she is not the tallest in her class. Then I have to buy her teen clothing and am very limited in choice because much of what is in her actual size is too grown up or spangly or precocious. If children wear a couple of sizes up than their actual age, and sizing is small or true to size, then they effectively grow out of the majority of ranges at 6-8 years of age. Where would you suggest we shop for cute, practical, simple and charming clothes for those aged 8-13, before kids really become teens? Suggestions very very welcome indeed! Thanks!


Courtney in Australia
January 9, 2017

Dear Natalie,
Thanks for your comment. I totally agree there is a definitely hole in the market for cute, timeless, charming clothes for the pre-teen. It’s something Esther, Emilie and I have been saying for years!
For girls, Marie Puce (https://www.mariepuce.com/en/) is a good option as they have bigger sizes. I have always liked the brand, Bellerose, for my boys. You can find this brand at Elias & Grace: http://www.eliasandgrace.com/designers/b/bellerose. (Elias & Grace is a good shop as they allow you to shop by age and some of their sizes go up quite high.)
Perhaps we should write a blog post about this topic. It’s quite relevant for all of us as our eldest children will turn 12 this year. So big!
xx


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