I often get asked where I find my son Kai's stylish clothes. So I figured I should do a feature on one of my favorite Canadian lines, mini souls, created by my lovely friends in Toronto! They have mastered the CUTEST harem pants, both cozy and stylish! Also in their collection is extremely adorable screen printed tees and onesies, and headbands and infinity scarves that are handcrafted with love.
I should start by mentioning that they currently have a partnership running until September 30th with Ebay Canada! Ebay is featuring their fox tee and feather sweatshirt both at a very reasonable price, and it includes FREE shipping within canada (YES I SAID FREE)! Head over to Boutiques on Ebay to take advantage of the limited time offer!
I had a chance to ask Melanie and Emily (two beautiful sisters) some questions about their business! (stick around for the GIVEAWAY!)
What was the draw for you to start making kids clothes?
In 2009 we took a silk screening workshop at a store in Toronto called Peach Berserk. We fell in love with the art form of screen-printing. Within that same week we had transformed a room in our mom’s basement into our studio space, built a light table and started investing in inks and blank apparel. We began with an adult line under the name Note To Soul. We were super proud of the collection we created but could never seem to find the right spaces to sell and spread the word about our brand. As we became parents we had such an appreciation for products for our children that were handmade and unique and that inspired us to start creating pieces that our own children could wear. We participated in a number of local markets and our children’s products sold so well that we put the adult line on hold to focus on Mini Souls.
What was the very first article you made and sold with mini souls?
The animals in our Canadian Wilderness Collection (giveaway hint!) were the first designs we printed on onesies and tees. We wanted to have a mini collection that represented Canada. The first three animals in the collection were the Wolf, Beaver and Moose- all strong Canadian symbols. The Wolf was the first design we sold and continues to be a popular design in the collection. The collection has since grown to include a squirrel, owl, rabbit, fox, and bear.
Who came up with the name mini souls?
We started creating pieces for a children’s line while we were still working on our adult collections. We wanted a name that tied both companies together but reflected a line that would be for babies and children. We played around with a few names but we kept coming back to Mini Souls. A child’s soul is so pure and happy and full of potential. We really try to celebrate that with our line.
How do you manage the workload between family?
We all work full time jobs in addition to the time we invest in Mini Souls. It can be very challenging finding the time to complete orders but we truly love what we do. So in between naps and once we get the kids to bed at night we screen print, sew, answer emails and pack and ship orders. We love seeing pictures of children wearing our clothing and we feel so blessed and grateful for all of the support we have received and so it makes it all worth it.
Where are you based? Does your location have any influence on your designs?
We are based in Toronto, Canada. We are very proud to be Canadian and to be able to offer our customers unique products that we make with love and care. Our Canadian Wilderness Collection is definitely a celebration of where we are from. We also have lots of cozy pieces that are perfect for the cold Canadian winters!
What is your best seller?
Right now our best seller is our “Licorice” harem pant. They are a black and white marble print harem that is lightweight and super comfy. With everything we make we try to find a balance between comfort and style.
Where can we purchase?
We are selling world wide through Etsy. Our complete collection can be seen here: minisouls
as well as our limited time offer with Boutiques on Ebay is running for one more week until September 30th!
......on to our GIVEAWAY!!!!
Since the wilderness tees were the first designs when mini souls started, we have decided to give away a 3 pack of the Wilderness tees ($38 value)! If you win, you choose your fav 3 animals from the pic above and which size you would like.
- Go follow @minisouls on instagram or like Mini Souls on Facebook (or both -even better)
- Follow @ourcollectivemuse on instagram and/or like Our Collective Muse on facebook.
- share this post with your friends!
- Comment below (once you have followed and shared) on which 3 animals you would pick if you won!
- cross your fingers! (winner will be announced on ourcollectivemuse.com on Sept 29th!)