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Stuff We Love

How Two Designers Kit Out Their Extremely Cute Kid

Stuff We Love BY olivia martin 12/07/2017

 

When husband and wife Kofi and Kristin Essel started their striking, textural jewelry line, they dubbed it Third Crown to represent their shared creative vision. Now, there is a third member of group IRL: the couple’s two-year-old son Gareth. We’ve long admired Kofi and Kristin’s super covetable style, so it’s no surprise that Gareth’s looks are too cool for (pre)school. More on their go-to kid gear and tips below…

 

HOT TO TODDLE

 

“He loves his jacket and shoes. We usually get Vans, but he has a boar-hair pair by Brother Vellies for special occasions.” –Kristin

“He loves wearing hats and sunglasses in particular. He sees us wearing them, so he knows how to put them on.” –Kofi

 

COOL AND CONTAINED

 

“Everything kid-related generally stays in his room unless he brings it out, but he is very good about taking it back. When we say it’s time to go to bed, he runs out into the living room and gets his truck or whatever was left in there to put it away. The one exception is the jumper, which stays in the living room unless there is a meeting—but all of our friends have that same jumper, so we are used to it.”—Kofi

“We kept the nursery simple—like Ikea shelving—but there are some things that I really love, like the cloud mobile and wall decor from Baby Jives and Aden and Anais bed sheets and blankets.”—Kristin

 

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TOY STORY

 

“He loves to read, and we make time where either Kofi or I read to him. Sometimes, it will be quiet and we are like ‘Where is he?’ and he is in the room reading. One of his favorite books, Every Little Thing by Cedella Marley, is an adaptation of the Bob Marley song “Three Little Birds.” We are potty training him, so Sesame Street’s P is for Potty comes out a lot.” —Kristin

“He is also really into mobile things like cars, trucks, airplanes, busses. One thing I would like to get him is a Radio Flyer scooter.” —Kofi

 

STROLLER COASTER

 

“We picked a stroller, the Uppbaby Vista, that was built to last for a pretty long age range. It’s one of the bigger, heavier strollers, but it definitely does the job in New York when the seasons change.” –Kofi

“When he was smaller, I put him in a moby wrap, but now that he is older and a lot heavier, we have the Ergo baby carrier, which is more like a backpack.” –Kristin

 

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