I’m a sucker for unique items. From Etsy to local markets and fairs, I go out of my way to find interesting home decor pieces, jewelry, clothing and more. So it only makes sense that I am a fan of handmade or hard-to-find kids’ items, too.
When researching this month’s featured boutique, I couldn’t help but notice how many cool, unique products I found on their website… stuff I had never seen before. Since I’m a bit obsessed with kids’ stuff, I was intrigued, to say the least.
Lili + Theo, located just north of Mont-Royal in beautiful Montreal, is a veritable treasure trove for parents and parents-to-be, full of items for every stage – from baby to toddler to child. While a self-proclaimed ‘small shop with just a few employees’, customer service is their priority. They take the time to listen to their clients, understand their needs, then offer the best advice possible. They also try to differentiate Lili + Theo from competitors by the diversity of their products. This is no big box store!
Lili + Theo is proud to stock some of the most hip and functional baby gear around. From Lässig diaper bags (shown below; they’re so stylish you’ll want to use them after the diaper stage) and Pura Kiki stainless steel infant bottles to the Quebec-made Moa Poâ weathershield for baby, you’ll find items to fill every need. Some well-known brands that are staples in their store include Aden + Anais, 3Sprouts, SkipHop, ErgoBaby, Boba & Oxo Tot, as well as popular strollers by Bumbleride (they were the first retailer in Quebec to stock. them) and Phil & Teds. They also carry local brands ADZif, a line of high quality wall stickers made in Montreal; and Catsa, whimsical handmade wall art that’s perfect for the nursery (shown below).
And if you’re looking to buy a gift, you’ll love their wonderful selection of toys and games. all of which are meant to stimulate the senses and ignite creativity. My favourites include clean-lined Janod wooden toys (which are so chic they can double as decor items); beautiful, life-like animal hand puppets by Folkmanis; Plus-Plus mini building system sets; Götz dolls from Germany (you can even wash the doll’s hair!); and Bilibo, the toy that has as many uses as a child can conjure up. You’ll find they carry many European toy brands – Haba, Moulin Roty, Djeco, Janod and Hape, to name a few – because they are made to higher quality standards than North American toys.
Despite the ease with which one could get carried away in such a fabulous store, Lili + Theo has a strong ecological mentality – consume less, but better quality, items. And they follow through on this credo by stocking lots of durable wooden toys, high-quality local products, as well as fair trade items whenever possible. Of the many brands they carry from Quebec, some standouts include: Sous une feuille de chou – beautifully designed towels, blankets and bibs; Oko Creations – lovely products made of cotton or organic hemp; Douce Mousse – high quality organic body care products for the whole family; and Kokoala – innovative zip-in coat extensions to accommodate pregnancy and babywearing.
Lili + Theo aims to offer products that are not only functional, but beautiful, durable and eco-conscious as well. If you live in the Montreal area, you are lucky enough to be able to pop in to the store whenever you wish. The rest of us will have to make do with browsing online – although I’d still recommend keeping a tight rein on your credit card because everything on their website is so darn cute!