4 local manufacturers to discover for sustainable gifts for children
From entertainer to fashionista, shop these Philadelphia-area makers for eco-friendly treats.
Upgrade your little one’s toy box and closet with durable, eco-friendly and timeless products from these four local manufacturers.
For the budding clothes dryer
Although the eponymous owner began designing pieces for adults from the old-school textiles that inspire her, the Nicole Rae Styer boutique now offers a capsule collection of redyed and embellished baby and children’s clothing. Check out Styer’s Passyunk storefront for a range of repurposed vintage clothing and cool sports tees.
Nicole Rae Styer Boutique, 1822 Passyunk Avenue East.
For children who appreciate the classics
Get back to basics at Lapp’s Toys, a Lancaster family toy store dating back to the 70s. Its extensive collection of durable Baltic Birch wood pieces includes creative learning games for toddlers and toddlers. preschoolers, plus furniture and toys for early elementary kids (oh, and that adorable white rocking horse, too).
Lapp’s Toys, 2220 Horseshoe Road, Lancaster.
For the style designer
Gone are the tattered tulle tutus from your childhood wardrobe. Namita Reddy’s Wynnewood-based clothing brand, Samsara Sari (named after the Sanskrit term for “cycle of rebirth”), upcycles vintage sarees straight from their former owners into one-of-a-kind skirts so pretty you’ll wish they came in adult sizes.
$76 each at samsarasari.com.
For the future muralist
From a huge new studio in the Italian market, Margaux DelCollo and the team at Twee deliver eco-friendly reimaginings of childhood classics. Their handmade sidewalk chalks — which use natural minerals like gypsum and contain mica in place of microplastic flakes — come in shapes like sushi, succulents, and doughnuts.
From $12 at tweedade.com.
Published as “Forever Young” in the May 2022 issue of philadelphia cream magazine.