Children and family are a huge part of my life. I am a mother of five and come from a large Spanish family myself. When my first daughter Flavia was born in 2008, we were showered with beautiful gifts – mainly adorable clothes made by Spanish designers. Whilst in her push chair, out and about in my North London neighbourhood, Flavia and her outfits began attracting attention from passers-by. It turned out she was quite a mini fashionista and people of all ages would ask me where I got her cute shoes, stylish hats and even her tiny tights from! Teenagers described her as ‘super cool’ and grandmothers would become nostalgic about their own childhood, due to Flavia’s vintage inspired style.
“...traditional, timeless fashion for children, that still has a chic and contemporary style...”
Before having children I originally trained as a psychologist, and then fell into a career in headhunting. Eventually I craved a change in my professional life, so I went back to university to continue my studies, taking an MSc in Mental Health Studies, but all the while a passion for children’s fashion was growing. I started bringing back Spanish clothing and accessories for my London friends on my visits home, and also developed relationships with various designers in Spain. While preparing for the birth of my fifth child in 2012, I thought it was time to follow my passion. "Now or never" I thought to myself and La Coqueta was born - my sixth baby you might say!
“La Coqueta is nestled in North London but is Proudly made in Spain.”
I feel there is a need for traditional, timeless fashion for children which also incorporates a chic and contemporary style for our modern world. I have found this with the Spanish designers I work with and can wholeheartedly say all the collection is ‘Proudly made in Spain’. Our clothing and shoes are beautifully made, functional and hard-wearing. As a mother of five, I know how important it is to find easy care clothes that stand the test of time, can be passed on to the next baby and still look great.
La Coqueta’s beginnings are close to home. I opened the first boutique in the heart of Hampstead, my much loved neighbourhood, where I can do something I truly love while still being close to the people who inspired my new business – my family and friends.