Mother Essentials: Grace Na of Pistola
Written by Katie Hintz-Zambrano
We love today’s Mother Essentials list for the way it combines the very fashionable (the most killer jumpsuit) with the very functional (a go-to hand-held vacuum for the family car). The mama behind it all is Grace Na, founder and creative director of Pistola, a denim-centric womenswear brand she launched 10 years ago. The Los Angeles-based talent is juggling her business alongside raising her three young kiddos—Oliva, 9, Taylor, 8, and Liam, 4. Perhaps it’s no surprise that her Mother Essentials include list-making, versatile wares, and a few splashes of wine and caffeine. Check ’em all out below!
Pistola Jumpsuit. “I’m biased, but this is the best weekend run-around-all day, one-and-done outfit. My daughters have been begging me to make it in their sizes. Maybe for Spring ‘24?” Grover Short-Sleeve Field Suit, $168, Pisotla.
Yoshitomo Nara Prints. “I love this artist’s prints and have this skateboard hanging in the kids’ play space. I love the idea of getting them interested and appreciative of art at a young age.” Yoshitomo Nara Miss Margaret Skateboard Triptych, $600, MoMA Design Store.
Work Week Deskpad. “Between three kids in school—all with different activities and different lunch needs—and my non-negotiable travel schedule for work, it’s key that we have a place to write down all the weekly happenings. We are lucky to have support from grandparents and nannies. This pad makes it simple to share a quick snapshot with them and stay connected.” Work Week Deskpad, $23, Ink + Volt.
Pistola Shacket. “I find myself wearing this all the time. It’s so easy to throw on, and the oversized look makes any outfit feel cool and pulled together. My 9-year-old always tries to steal mine and she already has great style, so I know it’s a good piece.” Mandy Shacket in Skylark, $198, Pistola.
Animal Observatory. “Hands down our favorite clothing brand at the moment for all three of my kids. It’s so bright and fun. When my kids put it on they get this attitude like they know they look good. Added bonus is the soft fabrics.” Animal Observatory via Maisonette.
Bobo Choses. “Another great kids’ clothes option. The prints are so vibrant and cozy.” Bobo Choses via Maisonette.
Boba Tea at Din Tai Fung. “On the weekends, as a family, we treat ourselves to a boba tea. It’s become a bit of a tradition for us. Din Tai Fung milk tea boba is arguably the best–we all love it.” DinTaiFungUSA.com.
Family Days. “We’ve made a point to call weekends ‘family days.’ We prioritize spending time together–either eating a good meal, being at home doing nothing, or climbing at Sender One Climbing in L.A. It’s really made the weekends something to look forward to as a family.”
Avaline Wine. “We all need a way to unwind. For me, a nice glass of wine helps. I love Avaline because there’s no junk so you can enjoy it (somewhat) guilt-free.” Rosé, $24, Avaline.
Blue Bottle Coffee, New Orleans Style. “This seems self-explanatory. The afternoon pick-me-up is very necessary, so my refrigerator at work is always stocked with Blue Bottle.” BlueBottleCoffee.com.
Design Books. “We’re in the long process of re-designing our house. My interior style has changed so much over the years, it’s been so fun figuring out what I’m drawn to now and what will work for a household of five people–function is everything.” Herman Miller: A Way Of Living, $89.95, DWR.
Portable Car Vacuum. “Again, not something I ever thought I’d be seeking out, but as a mom of three our cars tend to get messy. This is perfect for cleaning up cereal spills and keeping things somewhat tidy when we’re on the move.” BISSELL® AeroSlim™ Cordless Handheld Vacuum, $41.19, Amazon.
Yoto Player. “This is such a fun toy to keep the kids entertained and off their tablets.” Yoto Player, $119.99, Amazon.
Maisonette. “This is such a well-curated one-stop shop for all of my kid’s needs. Whenever we have a birthday coming up, I know I can count on finding something unique. Halloween is just around the corner. They have a really fun selection of costumes for kids that will last year after year. Hand-me-downs are essential in our household.” Maisonette.com.
L.L. Bean Boat and Tote. “It feels like a rite of passage to have a boat tote once you become a mom. They last forever and you can throw them in the laundry when spills inevitably happen. I love that you can get creative with the monogram with a cute phrase of sorts—@ironicboatandtote has some great thought-starters for inspiration.” Boat and Tote, $34.95, L.L. Bean.
Hatch Alarm Clock and Sound Machine. “Good sleep is essential in our house! Hatch calms my kids after a long day and helps them feel a sense of independence with the alarm clock function.” Rest+ 2nd Gen, $89.99, Hatch.
Noodle & Boo Extra Gentle Shampoo. “This lathers nicely for a clean wash and smells divine—baby divine!” Noodle & Boo Extra Gentle Shampoo, $16, Saks.
Esme Underwear + PJs. “Something I never thought I’d care so much about is kids’ underwear, but Esme is truly the best. It’s soft and natural fabrics, and it’s ended up being the only underwear and pajamas they wear.” Esmewear.com.
Alaïa Flats. “These are an investment piece, but completely worth it. I wear them almost every day. They’re casual enough to throw on running around with the kids and dress up an otherwise boring outfit of jeans and a tee.” Fishnet Ballet Flats, $850, Alaïa.
Springfree Trampoline. “My kids love to jump on this any chance they get. After school, on playdates that we host, and on the weekends. This guarantees to keep them busy, which means I get a little break. Plus, staying off the tablets makes me a happy momma.” Medium Round Springfree Trampoline, $1129, Springfree Trampoline.
For more MOTHER ESSENTIALS, peep our recent features on the designers behind Milk Teeth, photographer NICKI SEBASTIAN, Duster co-founder MELISSA MAGSAYSAY, Herman Miller creative director KELSEY KEITH, chef VALERIE GORDON, artist ERIN JANG, Chicago party mom KRISTEN KAZA, Hedley & Bennett founder ELLEN MARIE BENNETT, Mochi Kids founder AMANDA STEWART, chef CRISTINA KISNER, chef CAMILLA MARCUS, artist CAROLINE Z HURLEY, Just Date founder SYLVIE CHARLES, food icon AMANDA HESSER, Prickly Pear founder MONA BAHRAINI, Solace Summer founder MEGAN BRE CAMP, Wonder Valley co-founder ALISON CARROLL, OZMA designer HEIDI BAKER, author TIFFANY ROSE SMITH, HEIDI BAKER of OZMA, and PHOEBE SUNG of Cold Picnic.
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