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When longtime equestrian (and owner and publisher of Horse & Style Magazine) Sarah Appel had her first child, she soon realized that the available horse-related outfits for the three-and-under crowd didn't properly represent the lifestyle sport. As chance would have it, she then met Carlie DeCesare—a designer and product developer with brands like Levi's and Koret on her resume— at a baby music class. A few conversations later and the two decided to join forces to launch Mini Britches, an equestrian-inspired baby and toddler clothing line based in SF.
The starting point for the brand began with both women believing in the importance of producing the line both domestically and locally. They chose a mill in Los Angeles to knit and print the fabric and a factory in San Francisco to sew the garments. They also use local Bay Area companies for the screen-printing and embroidery. There were literal bumps in the road to launching the brand when both Sarah and Carlie were expecting. Nonetheless, the horseshoe-studded onesies and little plaid jodhpurs are here to shop before the holidays. Load up the cart for all the new littles in your life— equestrian wear is timeless, and these outfits are destined to be handed down for years to come.
Disclosure: Esther Hahn is also a contributor for Horse & Style.
· Mini Britches [Official Site]
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