Ripe in Design and Quality
Tiny Tomatoes Offers Luxurious Childrens Knits for the Infant and Toddler Set
Washington, DC (February 10, 2004) During Jill Mikols pregnancy, there was just one food that she really craved: organic tomatoes. Today, her nearly two-year-old daughter shares her passion, devouring tiny grape tomatoes as fast as mom can feed them to her. Fittingly, Mikols named her childrens knit clothing collection in honor of that craving: Tiny Tomatoes.
Mikols' luxurious hand knit childrens clothing feature super-soft Peruvian cotton and baby alpaca wool, many with embroideries, and bright color ways; all with her signature embroidered tomato. "Every piece has a little tomato on it somewhere, whether it's in an obvious location or somewhere more discreet, like on the boys' one piece, where it sits right above the rear end," says Mikols.
Tomato imagery may add a fun twist to the line, but the real premise is quality. After many years with the high-end women's knitwear line, St. John's Mikols set out to bring the same level of quality to a children's clothing line. Together with her sister, Mikols set out to grow a line that's ripe in design and quality and inspired children to get dressed in the morning.
The Washington, D.C. native was inspired by her own experience as a mother to create luxurious pieces that are also practical for little ones to wear. They chose alpaca yarn, which is not only machine-washable and dryable, but also cleaner and softer than regular sheep's wool. For production, they hired a family of knitters in Lima, Peru.
A signature of Tiny Tomatoes' line is a four-piece accessory set complete with hat, scarf, gloves and socks (pictured right). The set is hand-knit with super-soft baby alpaca wool, which has the feel of cashmere. Each piece is available separately or together as a four-piece set. Suggested retail price for the four-piece set is $52.00. Carried by famed New York retailer, Calypso, the set quickly sold out during the holidays. Charlize Theron snapped one up, as have many celebrity newborns, who will be keeping warm and snug with Tiny Tomatoes this blustery winter.