Bilingual is Better

I was recently lucky enough to recieve a Fofos handmade sweater to review for my six-month old baby, Lucia.  Before I sing the praises of the lovely sweater, I’d like to quote from www.fofosbabyboutique.com to highlight one of the things that sets this company apart:

“Fofos Baby Boutique is excited to have partnered with the Obra Social Legaria in Mexico City, a not for profit association that helps low income Mexicans raise themselves out of poverty by giving them the tools and training in new skills to promote their personal and professional development.  Fofos sweaters are hand knitted by a group of women at the Obra Social Legaria with a strong commitment to quality  and attention to detail. By purchasing a Fofos sweater you are not only purchasing an exclusive handmade design, but you are also making a difference in the lives of these women and their families.”

Not only is Fofos baby boutique a mom-owned company, it is a company with a social conscience. For me, that makes their products immediately more attractive.  I like to think that my money will go towards supporting communities that I care about personally.

Now, as for the sweater: It was lovely. That is the perfect word for it.  Everywhere we went, people asked who knitted the sweater, assuming a friend or relative.  It is apparently hand-knit by a very talented knitter.  It is simple and sweet, and very very soft.  It feels exactly like baby clothing should feel–cuddly. The style is classical and not trendy. Their sweaters, like all of the Fofos designs, won’t go out of style and could easily be passed down from one sibling to the next.

Each of their styles is a classic, and many of the “boy” styles could be worn by a girl because they are all made in very soft tones and are absolutely precious.  One of my favorites is the Matteo, even though it is in the boy section.  The delicacy of the yarn and coloring would look adorable on a girl, although they do offer the same style in pink, named the Carolina.

The price point for these handmade sweaters, between 40 and 50 dollars, is certainly not cheap, but it is a bargain considering the price of comparable items in stores like Jacadi or Nordstroms.  Unlike those chain stores, Fofos also accepts custom orders.

If you are shopping for classically-styled baby clothing I recommend Fofos Baby Boutique. 

The Giveaway

We’re giving a way either a Matteo or a Vivianna sweater to one lucky winner. )Sizes subject to availability. Both are currently available in 0-12 mos). To enter this giveaway, please visit Fofos Baby Boutique and come back here to tell us which one was your favorite sweater, who you’d get if for and why.

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Disclosure: We received a sample to facilitate the review. All opinions are our own.

Elsie Rivas Gomez is a mother, wife, teacher, and writer living in Pasadena, CA. She was born in El Salvador and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her first collection of poetry, Swimming in El Rio Sumpul, was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. You can find her blogging over at MamaFeminista.

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