With our upcoming trip to Japan (read my post here), I am currently having some sort of sensor for everything related to Japanse culture. During one of my scrolling sessions on Instagram, I bumped into the profile of the label TINY MODERNISM. It was actually the Tadao & Kenzo & Shigeru & Toyo tee that caught my eye, a simple but modern black and white tee for toddlers. Who could have the idea to print his favorite Japanese architect’s names on a toddler tee? Right, someone who has a thing for architecture and design. In this case, it’s Alex and Kaori Walter, a German-Japanese couple. With both holding degrees from renomated design universities, they know what they are talking about.
The various toddler tees and baby onesies made of quality organic cotton feature screen prints of their favorite things when it comes to modern architecture and design. Whether its architects, their favorite type face or movement, TINY MODERNISM has it. Sounds nerdy to you? It does, but being a little nerd myself I know that I am not the only one who would let my son wear such a shirt to go out and play.
However, it does not end here. The designers do also have a quirkier side which they live through their second label called BELLY SESAME. Inspired by the Japanese language, these toddler tees and onesies feature minimalistic design interpretations of various words’ meanings, with the SU-PA tee (SU-PA means super in Japanese) being my favorite one. I also love the fact that I am already learning a couple of Japanese words thanks to this line.
Both labels sell the tees and onesies through their own web-shop (average price 25 USD per piece) but if you are based in Europe you can also buy them exclusively from the cool heads, an Amsterdam based webshop specialized in contemporary boys clothing and accessories, that holds a selection of these products.
Pictures by TINY MODERNISM and BELLY SESAME