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Featured Shop: Des Enfantillages

Feb 27, 2015

by Genevieve Lugaz

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

We are Christian and Genevieve, the designers behind Des Enfantillages. In addition to creating objects for children, we are also parents. We live and work in Montreal, and we love our city.

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Ever since I was very little, my mother instilled in me a curiosity to learn and the desire to touch everything. She taught me the pleasures of creating something with my own two hands, and the lesson that it’s okay to be wrong and laugh at failed attempts. Today, I still love the challenge that designing and making implies.

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Christian and I are graphic designers by profession, and together we co-founded a graphic design studio. Des Enfantillages started out as a weekend project, but after we shared the objects in our collection, we got an extremely positive response. This transformed our little side project to one that involves the whole family. We are strong believers in slow design: we try to focus on quality rather than quantity, and all of our toys are handmade one-by-one.

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In French, enfantillages is a word that’s most often associated with kids – it implies a certain lack of maturity. We often play off that idea and create products that are fun, first and foremost. Our children are certainly a great source of inspiration, as is our nostalgia and shared love for design in all its forms. We profoundly believe in simple beauty, and that’s been our driving force aesthetically.

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Christian and I were already Etsy customers when we started this project, so seemed like a natural choice to share our products here and meet like-minded shoppers. Etsy is truly a magnificent tool that empowers us to pursue our passion. This year, our goal is to continue creating new products – we have many ideas in mind, and we hope to have the time to bring them all to life.

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Paddle ball - red and blue
Paddle ball - red and blue
desEnfantillages
$46.41 USD
Foot bag - blue and yellow
Foot bag - blue and yellow
desEnfantillages
$7.59 USD
Horseshoe game set - pink and green
Horseshoe game set - pink and green
desEnfantillages
$46.41 USD
Foot bag - orange and blue
Foot bag - orange and blue
desEnfantillages
$7.59 USD
Foot bag - pink and green
Foot bag - pink and green
desEnfantillages
$7.59 USD
Horseshoe game set - red and blue
Horseshoe game set - red and blue
desEnfantillages
$46.41 USD
Paddle ball - blue and yellow
Paddle ball - blue and yellow
desEnfantillages
$46.41 USD
Paddle ball - pink and green
Paddle ball - pink and green
desEnfantillages
$46.41 USD
Horseshoe game set - blue and yellow
Horseshoe game set - blue and yellow
desEnfantillages
$46.41 USD
Special Order - Nicole
Special Order - Nicole
desEnfantillages
$50.63 USD
Swinger green
Swinger green
desEnfantillages
$54.85 USD
Pom Pom Extra
Pom Pom Extra
desEnfantillages
$4.22 USD
Pom Pom Slingshot Gradient
Pom Pom Slingshot Gradient
desEnfantillages
$25.32 USD
Jump Rope Pop's Banana
Jump Rope Pop's Banana
desEnfantillages
$16.88 USD
Mini Hockey Stick (J.N.B.M.)
Mini Hockey Stick (J.N.B.M.)
desEnfantillages
$28.69 USD
Felted ball (4cm) - Extra
Felted ball (4cm) - Extra
desEnfantillages
$2.53 USD
Wood Balancing Game
Wood Balancing Game
desEnfantillages
$57.38 USD
Mini Hockey Stick (Lumberjack)
Mini Hockey Stick (Lumberjack)
desEnfantillages
$28.69 USD
Family and furniture / Family and furniture
Family and furniture / Family and furniture
desEnfantillages
$35.44 USD
Flower Sling
Flower Sling
desEnfantillages
$25.32 USD
Tattoo animals
Tattoo animals
desEnfantillages
$1.69 USD
Ice cream truck
Ice cream truck
desEnfantillages
$33.76 USD
House in a bag
House in a bag
desEnfantillages
$84.39 USD
Swinger peach
Swinger peach
desEnfantillages
$54.85 USD
Rattle Pink Spotted
Rattle Pink Spotted
desEnfantillages
$18.57 USD
Creative book - I love secrets.
Creative book - I love secrets.
desEnfantillages
$10.13 USD
Pom Pom Slingshot Dots
Pom Pom Slingshot Dots
desEnfantillages
$25.32 USD
Jump Rope Blueberry
Jump Rope Blueberry
desEnfantillages
$16.88 USD
Creative book - I smell like a marshmallow.
Creative book - I smell like a marshmallow.
desEnfantillages
$10.13 USD
Flower Bombs (8)
Flower Bombs (8)
desEnfantillages
$4.22 USD
Recycling truck
Recycling truck
desEnfantillages
$33.76 USD
Puzzle
Puzzle
desEnfantillages
$27.00 USD
Jump Rope White xo
Jump Rope White xo
desEnfantillages
$16.88 USD
Pick-up truck
Pick-up truck
desEnfantillages
$33.76 USD
Delivery truck
Delivery truck
desEnfantillages
$33.76 USD
Pom pom slingshot shapes
Pom pom slingshot shapes
desEnfantillages
$25.32 USD
Rattle Blue Dotted
Rattle Blue Dotted
desEnfantillages
$18.57 USD
Pom Pom Slingshot Triangles
Pom Pom Slingshot Triangles
desEnfantillages
$25.32 USD
Jump Rope Mint
Jump Rope Mint
desEnfantillages
$16.88 USD
Rattle Purple Hairy
Rattle Purple Hairy
desEnfantillages
$18.57 USD
Hockey Stick (M.S.)
Hockey Stick (M.S.)
desEnfantillages
$28.69 USD
Mini Hockey Stick (G.V.B.B.)
Mini Hockey Stick (G.V.B.B.)
desEnfantillages
$28.69 USD
Mini Hockey Stick (N.B.)
Mini Hockey Stick (N.B.)
desEnfantillages
$28.69 USD
Creative book - I wriggle and make funny faces.
Creative book - I wriggle and make funny faces.
desEnfantillages
$10.13 USD
Jump Rope Black xo
Jump Rope Black xo
desEnfantillages
$16.88 USD
Jump Rope Salmon
Jump Rope Salmon
desEnfantillages
$16.88 USD
Tattoo faces
Tattoo faces
desEnfantillages
$1.69 USD
Jump Rope Pop's Grape
Jump Rope Pop's Grape
desEnfantillages
$16.88 USD
Swinger yellow
Swinger yellow
desEnfantillages
$54.85 USD
Creative book - i'm living on an island
Creative book - i'm living on an island
desEnfantillages
$10.13 USD

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