Moms and their fashionable ‘Little Globetrotters’

L’indochine’s Leona Panutat and Char Carlos with daughter Martie

L’indochine’s Leona Panutat and Char Carlos with daughter Martie

We all know how their traveling adventures have been the touchstone of inspiration seekers Char Carlos and Leona Panutat in selecting their wonderful artisanal finds at L’ Indochine stores.

With that, L’Indochine has become a store known for its eclectic modern Asian finds and interiors. These include fashion items, furniture, and home accents, which are handmade by skilled craftsmen and local artisans from Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam and other Asian countries.

Right now, C&L, as they like to be called, are also looking at local artists, designers, and artisans to bring in new products that L’Indochine customers will love.

Two young moms who love to travel the globe have made sure their little ones who tag along with them all the time are well dressed. They are Lucien Lao Villaruz and Monica Manzano who just launched a collection of stylish, functional pieces of clothes for babies and kids, Little Luli X My Little Globetrotters, named after their respective endeavors.

Villaruz is the founder of Little Luli, a line of comfortable, stylish, and playful clothing for babies and kids; while Manzano is known for her travel blog My Little Globetrotters, which documents her travels with her family.

The pair of jet-setting moms have chosen to feature their line at Char Carlos and Leona Panutat’s L’Indochine in SM Megamall, whose range of finds are likewise products from their extensive travels.

Villaruz and Manzano’s No. 1 rule in designing pieces for Little Luli X My Little Globetrotters are clothes that are understated and refreshingly simple and chic, and more importantly a collection that will allow children to play, explore, and be adventurers.

Both hands-on moms, Villaruz and Manzano have similar parenting styles, and prefer to take their kids everywhere with them.

Little Luli X My Little Globetrotters founders Lucien Villaruz (extreme left) and Monica Manzano (extreme right) with celebrity mom Rica Peralejo-Bonifacio

Little Luli X My Little Globetrotters founders Lucien Villaruz (extreme left) and Monica Manzano (extreme right) with celebrity mom Rica Peralejo-Bonifacio

Carlos and Panutat, on the other hand met Villaruz at one of L’Indochine’s workshops. “We’re big fans of her children’s line and when we found out that she was collaborating with Monica who is also a friend of ours for My Little Globetrotters we knew we wanted the collection at our stores right away,” they chimed. “Not only are the clothes beautifully made, but they are easy, stylish and absolutely perfect for traveling. These pieces are exactly what we need while toting our kids all over the world.”

Villaruz loved the idea as “L’Indochine is known to house wonderful pieces curated by Leona and Char’s traveling experiences.”

She added, “This is a perfect place to launch.”

For the collection, she designed dresses that are reversible with two different looks – plain on one side and printed on the other. There are crop tops and pants sets so moms will not need to dwell on what pieces would go together. For boys there are chambray shorts and super soft tees. Some pieces are in wash and wear fabrics, so no need for ironing either.

The pieces incorporate Little Luli’s brand philosophy – comfortable clothing with looser cuts that can grow with the kids, as well as details like big buttons, exposed zippers, pockets, and tassels – and with L’Indochine touches. The latter include the use of tassels, floral prints, and of course, “the continuous passion to seek inspiration, where it may be in places we visit, our kids and families, or things around us that that may seem simple.

“We find beauty in all things–big and small,” ended Villaruz.


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