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When Spanish designer Maloles Miracosta-Antignac decided to create baby-size versions of her chic women’s shoes, she didn’t skimp on the details.
“The inspiration for Petite Maloles comes directly from my Maloles line,” she said. “I want the shoes to be very stylish and different — not the typical baby shoes.”
For Petite Maloles, introduced in 2007, she uses the same high-end materials, including buttery soft leathers, patents and Liberty-print fabrics. The designer also incorporates exquisite trims and finishes, such as lacquered wood buckles, crystals and hand embroideries. The silhouettes and color palettes are equally sophisticated.
Of course, such a high-end collection comes with high-end prices. The shoes, which are hand-crafted in Spain using sachetto construction techniques and packaged in keepsake cloth bags, retail for $122 to $212. Despite the steep prices, which could be off-putting in today’s economy, the Paris-based designer and mother of two young daughters, Anna and Olympia (above), believes parents are looking for something special for their kids. “These are real luxury for babies,” she said.
Now heading into its fifth season, Petite Maloles is attracting a small but growing audience of retailers that includes Scoop Kids in New York, Isetan in Japan and Littlefashiongallery.com. This spring, the collection will expand beyond the infant category to include styles for toddlers.