This February, Peregrine Kidswear is coming up on its two-year anniversary of making gender neutral children’s pajamas for the masses. Owner Kristie Case discovered the need when she was running her other business, the toy and clothing boutique for babies and little ones called Teeny Bee (est. 2013).
“I go to the (wholesale) market about four times a year, and every single season I’m hoping for something that works for boys and girls both,” Case says. “Every season there’s, like, one thing, and then it sells out, and the next season, it’s like, ‘Noooo, it’s not here again!’ I was perpetually searching for the gender neutral—and sort of gender ambivalent where both boys and girls will like it.”
So Case started her own line, teaming up with her close friend Austin West, who had prior connections to a factory in China through his own entrepreneurial ventures. He handles many of the operations (he lived in China for years, speaks Chinese, and knows people at the factory personally) and helps make Case’s creative vision come to life. They named the clothing line Peregrine Kidswear first and foremost after Peregrine White, West’s ancestor who was the first baby born when the Mayflower came to America. Its shared name with the peregrine falcon, also a symbol of adventure and spirit, is a happy coincidence.
Case hand draws all of her designs, and at least in the beginning, what she found was her love for black and white. It made for a cohesive collection with its colors, and black had a practicality she liked. When she created a paper airplanes print that both her daughters (now 5 and 8) and her nephew (now 4 with a brother who recently turned 1) and followed it up with white star pattern on black pajamas that received equal praise, she knew she found the sweet spot.
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