Merino wool is famed for its softness and warmth and is highly regarded as being one of the finest wools on the market. Our Merino comes from a sheep farmer based in the North West of Spain and was handpicked due to its quality and practicality - as a mother of five, Celia felt that it is important that all of our knitwear is machine washable.
"When I started La Coqueta I was a mother to five children all under five years, there was no way I would have been able to hand wash all my children’s knitwear... I know I am not alone in thinking this way and I felt it was essential to bring our customers a product that was easy to wear and wash, that stands the test of time and can be passed on from one child to the next, just like I do with my own family."
All of our Merino wool is knitted in small, family run workshops who specialise in hand knitting and every piece is finished exquisitely. Each item is washed twice (first hand washed, and then in the machine) and dried flat in order to ensure they will remain in perfect condition when they are used and worn by our customer on a regular basis. Comfort and fit is also very important. For babies, our workshops employ techniques that factor in the delicate needs of an infant, such as extra room around a babies sensitive waist area.
La Coqueta is known for the quality of its knitwear and the choice of colour and style. It is rare in childrenswear to find a product which is finished and designed with such care.
Celia has always felt that it was vital to work with organic materials such as cotton, linen and wool. Not only for environmental reasons but also because of the practical implications for active children with delicate skin. Our cotton is grown in Peru and traded with Spain (as it has done for many centuries), workshops in Spain then refine the cotton to create the softest and most breathable cloth that is then worn by our customer’s children.
Our mother of pearl buttons are made of an organic material that is produced from the inner layer of a pearl shell. As well as being extremely strong and resilient they are also incredibly beautiful and have an iridescent shimmer adding that extra touch of quality and design.
All of our dresses and baby sets are fully lined, making them extremely comfortable and breathable next to the skin. The lining is made of 100% white cotton and is finished with a pretty row of vintage lace or embroidery along the edge.
All of our leather products are made of 100% Spanish leather. These skins are grown and manufactured in Southern Spain and are renowned for their soft, supple condition and durability. At La Coqueta we ensure the best leathers are selected to adapt to the feet of children and ensure that they stand the test of time.
"Our shoes are timeless and are made from really beautiful leather that is soft and durable and adapts to the wearer. They can withstand hours of play, my own children live in their La Coqueta shoes and boots and I listen to all of their feedback on comfort and fit, I believe it is vital that our footwear not only looks beautiful but can accommodate the everyday needs of children."
Our hair accessories are handmade by a charming Spanish family who have been producing pieces together since the 1970’s. The grandfather still works on the accessories our customers purchase and you can feel that sense of history, love and devotion that has gone into each piece. Sometimes it can take up to a week to produce just one hairband. It is a privilege to work with families who take so much pride in what they do. The brand’s story is based around sharing a passion for what we design and sell and that touches all aspects of the business, from the suppliers we work with to the staff on the shop floor.
"I fondly remember my first visit to the factory, I was welcomed by the ‘pater familias’ who came to pick me up from the airport, showed me the village where they were based and took me into their homes. He spent hours showing me every product and describing the techniques behind making each one. I even got to make my own hairband, which allowed me to remember, even to this day, every step of the manufacturing process."
We have an exquisite range of hair garlands for our special occasion collection which are produced from mini bunches of gypsophila (Baby’s-Breath) that have been grown and dried out during Easter in Spain and delicately woven and intertwined with pretty miniature fabric flowers.
"This is such a nice story... The very same man, took me to a field of wild flowers and showed me where they were picked from, it is this pretty floral landscape that I think back to every time I look at these beautiful hairbands in our store."
"It is the memories I have such as these that remind me every day of why I opened La Coqueta; being able to able to support and promote the work that goes into the production of these precious pieces and draw attention to the craftsmanship and skill, which has existed for centuries and still feels as fresh and relevant today is the realisation of a personal dream. I am so happy to play my part in exposing my country’s creativity and art to new markets."