after much consideration, i have decided to close speesees. the shop will be open for the next month while i *clean shop* & clear out a decade's worth of gems. thank you for your loyal support; it has been so nice getting to know you & your beautiful little ones over all these years. if you might, please indulge me while we take a mini trip down the speesees memory lane...::
ten years ago, i sat down & drew out my ideas for the organic cotton baby clothing line i was inspired to create; i named it “speesees”, a playful take on how a baby might spell species (if a baby could spell), & my first designs were a line of oatmeal onesies featuring illustrations & phonetically-spelled animal species (‘chik, ‘kid, je-'raf). organic cotton clothing was an anomaly at the time (organic produce was just becoming popular!), & it became my mission to create a fun, fair, & organic baby clothing company that produced high-quality, sustainably-manufactured, organic cotton garments. starting such an unusual company would be risky, but at the very least, my friends' children would have something wonderful to wear.
the next thing i knew, i landed in india. here i met an amazing group of people -- my manufacturers. i was able to see, first hand, how a garment comes to life--from the cotton fields to the cotton gin to the knitting, dying, printing, sewing & finishing. i witnessed each garment being made with such love; it was as though each piece was a work of art. & not only was the manufacturing process sustainable & working conditions beautiful, but it was amazing to see how much pride each person took in their work. the first year i visited i believe there were maybe 20 employees. the last year i visited, there were at least 500. when i look at this picture of the cotton farmers' children waving goodbye to us, i still get a lump in my throat.
flash forward ten years: today, i look around & can happily report that my mission has been fulfilled; *organic* products are practically ubiquitous, & i have had the joy being part of speesees’ growth & metamorphosis during an important movement of our decade. & after 10 years of manufacturing, i'm ready to shift gears; i've set up my easel, sharpened my pencils & am back at the drawing board (literally!). this time, i am focusing on children's books, amongst other creative endeavors. i also have a real live little human speesees (aidan gage. 14 mos); he is my inspiration & i have the incredible honor of being his mommy.
& so, the speesees chapter is closing. thank you for the love, photos, & stories you've shared over the years--i am forever grateful. i am also indebted to my fabulous staff who breathed life & creativity into the brand & help me keep things moving as long as we did. i’ve always said that if we were to have one big party, all of us, it would be pretty fabulous. thanks again for making speesees so much fun.
& while i’m closing this chapter, this isn’t bye-bye forever. i am always happy to hear from you while i'm cooking up new projects. in the meantime, please stock up on all the speesees you need (think future. think holidays!)-- it’s the very last super-duper sale & everything is priced to go, including classics & samples! stay tuned & see you soon.
founder & designer ps. time to cash in those gift certificates!
vintage directions on how to make this bunny. seems sorta tricky to us, but for those of you who have a knack for pompoms, maybe you can give it a whirl...! happy easter! xo*
now that we've closed up 1415 valencia shop, we'd like to transfer some of the brick & mortar world into making your online speesees experience extra-special.
remember when artist micheline hegi made a gazillion origami cranes & hung them from our shop window? she made them out of the paper fabric of san francisco; chinese newspapers, muni passes, music sheets, recycled paper from scrap. big & small, each crane is totally unique & has a story, just like all of us speesees.
thousand origami cranes (千羽鶴 Senbazuru ) is a group of one thousand origami paper cranes (鶴 tsuru) held together by strings. An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. this makes them popular gifts for special friends and family. the crane in Japan is one of the mystical or holy, & is said to live for a thousand years.
so, cranes for everyone! all online speesees orders will receive a crane (until they're gone); we'd like to share a ilttle piece of what was & is part of a larger whole.
we've always loved our friends for their soft, snuggly, lavender-filled amorphous selves. we've marketed them as the perfect pal to any child or grown-up...for napping with or telling secrets to.
it wasn't until recently, when owner rachel pearson had her first baby, that we discovered some new (wonderful) uses for our beloved friend:
*bring them to the hospital for birth. in the sterile enviroment, their wonderful scent & soft texture is super soothing for mom & baby. nurses love the friend too! (makes a nice gift for a nice nurse.)
*they make excellent companions in labor--really!
*they are the perfect breastfeeding helper--place under baby's head for a little extra support. mom & baby can relax.
*they are generally a nice creature (neck pillow) to have around a newborn.
more than ever, we love our friend! do you have a special use for your friend? we'd love to hear about it.
we've been busy over here in san francisco at the speesees homebase. with the help of frankie mcgee, our very own senior citizen & super-sewer extraordinaire, we're excited to unveil our new *speesees handmade* line. from baby's first "frankie's bankie" to the adorable speesees weebee stuffed toy, each piece is handmade with the softest fabrics + unique to our store!
we're so excited to share these with you -- stay tuned for more!
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Our new aprons for children & grown-ups, made with organic cotton & hemp, have arrived!
Perfect for any budding artist or workman, our children's apron has many pockets & compartments. It is adjustable, & fits sizes 4-8yrs.
The grown-up apron is great for any busy, crafty grown-up who likes to keep track of things. Perfect for the multi-tasker! Stylish & practical.
The perfect Christmas gift! And ready to be loved...
Earth and child-friendly, this table and matching stool are made from Forestry Service Certified Euro-ply and domestic Poplar, with water, stain and heat resistant finish derived from Whey protein (a byproduct of cheese production). Stool includes a comfortable “butt dimple” in the shape of an egg, a timeless symbol of regeneration. Made one-by-one in San Francisco, California by Kaimade/for Speesees.
Table: 49.5"W x 15"D x 18"H ; Stool: 13.5"W x 12"D x 14"H
$450 for the set. $150 per extra stool.
If interested, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
baby buddha paige in apricot blush*