- When I was pregnant with my first child, I looked for him
- When I couldn’t find anything, I decided to create my own.
I was shopping for baby clothes when I was pregnant with my first child when I noticed there were no sustainable baby clothing brands. In 2018, several brands started using organic cotton, and this was a good start towards sustainability, but not a complete solution to that.
There has been a gap in the market for a sustainable children’s clothing line, which not only puts the environment first but also uses landfill materials. Mon Coeur – French for my heart – To meet this need and give a second life to discarded materials.
I grew up traveling a lot
My childhood began in the south of France in a small town called Mougins located between the mountain and the Mediterranean Sea. I have always appreciated the sounds and sights of nature. It was inspiring and a perfect contrast to the hours I spent in the studio doing ballet until I returned to New York City at the age of 18.
From studying in Washington DC to moving between Paris, Dubai, Hong Kong and back to New York, I was continuing my studies in business and hospitality, not realizing how much of the world I saw.
I’ve seen for myself the beauty that nature provides to pristine lands and the disastrous effect that global warming has had on crowded cities.
When it came to the launch of Mon Coeur, I drew inspiration and knowledge from my experience and made it my mission to create a comprehensive, traceable source of children’s fashion for the modern, eco-friendly and stylish baby.
I wanted to keep the materials out of the landfills
When I launched the brand, I treated it similar to my education. I spent three years researching technology and how to turn existing materials from landfills into clothing.
Through my research, I’ve discovered that we can turn plastic bottles into polyester for use in outerwear and raincoats — by melting PET bottles that create yarn — or use landfill cotton scraps and use in our yarns to avoid using any virgin. fabrics.
I was intrigued to discover every day that I could use anything that was already made and give it a second life.
We also want to venture into new territories and seek new sustainable materials that we can make clothes from. For the first time ever, we launched swimwear made from recycled fishing nets.
While designing our spring and summer collection, I watched this documentary about sea animals trapped in fishing nets on the ocean floor. Next, I looked at how to find a way to get those final nets out of the ocean and give them a target.
The future of sustainability and our planet is in the hands of younger generations as they make more conscious choices when it comes to their purchasing decisions. It is important that along with sustainable practices, we continue to educate about why it is important to preserve Mother Earth but also to provide a sense of community – we are in this together.
Since launching Mon Coeur, I have learned a lot, my family has grown with the birth of my daughter and most importantly I have realized that parents want better options for themselves and their children, and this fills my heart.