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Mother Love: Bacabuche

Written by James Kicinski-McCoy

Photography by Photography by Sabrina Bot

Good friends Valerie Welebir and Dana Sobota sought to create a contemporary baby clothing line that shares their love for natural and organic fabrics, minimalist design, neutral color palettes, and practical cuts—alas, Bacabuche was born. Pronounced bah-kah-boo-chee, the name translates to “little rascal,” which was the nickname given to owner Welebir as a child by her grandmother. The moniker effortlessly ties into the brand with its free-spirited, refreshing, and even a bit mischievous approach to clothing.

Made in California, the brand strictly uses materials sourced from the U.S. The pieces are relaxed, comfortable, and straight-forward, which makes for easy, fuss-free dressing for both baby and parent. The soft neutral colors and simple design allows one to mix-and-match outfits, creating endless pairings. The line goes up to 24 months and features unisex pieces, from tanks to linen trousers, pocket tees to tiny jumpsuits. The spring collection is out now, and we can say first hand that we’re hooked—our kids and all. Below, we sat down with Welebir for a little Q&A to learn more about one of our fave new brands. Plus, peep the clothing in action on some S.F. kiddies.

What is your inspiration for the line?
“Having worked in fashion for over ten years, I identified a white space in the baby market during my peak time of baby gifting. I found it hard to find pieces that resembled my own aesthetic and provide key pieces that a mom could use with everything. That’s how I started pulling together a team to bring Bacabuche to life.”

Who designs the collections?
“Dana is our creative director who has brought Bacabuche to life. We started the brand together and soon after, found out she was pregnant. It seemed like perfect timing. Dana was able to use Harper (her daughter) as our fit model from day one and it provided new insights into fit and needs of mothers. Dana says, ‘For the aesthetics, I focus on creating gender neutral styles because the quality is such that we hope you will keep the pieces for future babies, cousins, etc. Same goes for the styling—I want to create something sophisticated that is trend-conscious, but not trend-driven and will still be fashionable in five years.'”

What were you doing before Bacabuche?
“I was working in women’s fashion in New York on the buying side of things for over ten years and that experience afforded me the foundation to start something on my own. Dana has been designing, pattern making, managing production, and sourcing for over ten years. In the past, she has worked on both men’s and women’s contemporary lines, which has afforded her a wide range of experience.”

The brand’s name means Little Rascal. In what language?
“My grandmother is Bolivian and it was slang from her dialect Quechua. Coming from a very large family with over 30 nieces and nephews, my grandmother had her share of bacabuches!”

How would you describe the brand?
“Bacabuche has a very sophisticated color palette and is tightly curated to offer key pieces, in essence a capsule wardrobe, for babies that mimic the modern style of chic mothers around the globe.”

How about the latest collection?
“The Spring 2015 collection was designed-focused on clean geometric shapes while utilizing pops of color to bring those shapes to life. Keeping true to our minimalist styling and using the softest fabrics from our organic cotton terry, washed linen, and silky soft core jersey. The spring dress has the cutest bubble-shaped skirt, which is echoed in the silhouette of the pullover bubble top and punctuated by the streamlined cut of the shorts and leggings. Designed to be layered and mixed and matched, the range of bottoms from the high-waisted shorts to the linen trouser, all coordinate with the tops. This way, you can create fun color-blocked or monochromatic outfits.”

What can we expect this Fall?
“For our upcoming Fall 2015 collection, we expanded our knitwear with luxurious sweaters and beautiful baby giftables knit from the silkiest fine-gauge baby alpaca. All the knits can be mixed and matched. The leggings come in a rich camel, black, and cream alpaca with a contrast triangle detail at the cuff. Each legging has a coordinating pullover sweater with a dropped hem and gorgeous rib detailing along the sides. The cut and sew portion of the collection includes the softest bamboo play dresses and our classic wide-body tees, and we even added our unique print this season! Lastly, we also introduced some light outerwear with this collection, which includes a hand-twisted triple-ply knit wrap cardigan that is luxuriously warm and incredibly cute! And, a bubble-hem car coat cut from gorgeous Japanese boucle wool.”

Anything else exciting coming up that you can share?
“We are excited to be attending our first international market in Paris in July!”

Visit Bacabuche to see the entire collection.

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