By Jordan Rhodes
(Originally published on our old site in October 2016)
Growing up in Arkansas, I was constantly surrounded by gorgeous smocked outfits, and everything was monogrammed. Just like most of my fellow Southerners, I feel like a bit of an expert on classic childrenswear, so when a Greenwich friend introduced me to two local businesses – CPC Childrenswear and Monogram Mary – I immediately fell in love with both and was transported back to my childhood.
Based in the picturesque, coastal town of Rowayton, Connecticut, CPC Childrenswear focuses on modernizing traditional pieces for boys and girls, ages newborn to 12 years old. New owner and designer Ginger Drysdale (who recently took over the brand from the three founders) has a strong background in New York’s fashion industry and has brought that knowledge to the gorgeous line. Fabrics are made up of corduroy and 100% Pima cotton, and the timeless pieces are designed in fresh colors with elegant detailing.
While the clothes are of course beautiful on their own, there’s nothing better than a great monogram or personalization, and that’s where Monogram Mary comes in (website currently being updated.) Located in Greenwich, CT, also on the east coast of the Long Island Sound, founder Brooke Labriola Shepard works with CPC Childrenswear, among many other well-known brands, to create the ultimate partnership for all of your child’s clothing and monogramming needs. Specializing in traditional as well as contemporary fonts in a large array of colors, Brooke brings perfection to any piece.
For the holidays, there’s nothing better than personalized outfits from the two brands, and since we’re approaching Thanksgiving, now is the perfect time to place orders for upcoming parties, family get-together’s and photo sessions. Girls will love the corduroy dresses in greens, reds and blues, or choose the adorable plaid pants and colorful longalls paired with a preppy roll neck sweater for your little boys. Your kids will definitely be the best dressed in the room, and your attempts at capturing the perfect family photo will be all the easier.
To order, head to www.cpcchildrenswear.com or Wiggles and Giggles in Darien, CT