A Little Muse


A Little Muse

Ilana Anger & Family

Spring has arrived!  To be able to finally shed the layers and dress Tallulah in easy, beautiful cotton dresses!  I can’t think of anything more perfect to put on her then Ilana Anger’s Children’s brand Little Lief.   With it’s floaty playfulness and bursting with beautiful colors Little Lief epitomizes Spring/Summer!   Mother to two beautiful children- Lief (which the line is named after) and her new baby brother Leven we met up with the stylish designer and her husband Leon at their newly renovated Duplex in Brooklyn. The girls played dress up in Little Lief- of course, read Pinkalicious-who looks like she might very well  be dressed in Little Lief too and danced furiously about before jumping on their scooters!  We then headed to the Brooklyn Flea for a vintage scour and some yummy lunch!

What was the inspiration behind Little Lief?

My daughter Lief. Our first summer together in NYC I found it hard to find easy lightweight cotton pieces to dress her in. There were also not many organic options that weren’t onesies so I decided to create a line of easy, simple, floaty garments for babies and toddlers with an emphasis on natural fabrics. All pieces are sustainably made in NYC and I am introducing some hand knits for next fall created by artisans in Peru.

Wife, mother, designer-how do you find time for yourself?

It’s hard. I now have two children which is a new challenge but I enjoy every day with them and I love creating for them. They inspire me. I also have an amazing partner who helps out so much.

If you had more time just for you what would you be doing?

I would be at a flea market.

What’s your favorite thing about being a mother?

Waking up every day and seeing my babies. They surprise me all the time and always put a smile on my face. Sometimes I can’t believe they are mine. I really feel blessed.

Is there anything you can’t say NO to?

It’s hard saying no to the children but I am getting better at it. I guess I can’t say no to an amazing vintage find or a treat from One Lucky Duck.

What are some of your favorite things to do together as a family?

Since our little boy Leven arrived our family dynamic has changed. We used to be outside all the time but now we love spending time at home together cuddling in bed and working on projects. I’m sure come spring that will change but I’m loving this time together right now.

What are your mommy must haves and what can you NOT live without?

Various baby carriers, washable totes, and papaya cream.

What are us some of your must have beauty products?

I love Dr Hauschka lip balm especially in the winter weather.

What are some of your favorite children’s brands?

I don’t really have a favorite because I dress the children in Little Lief but I do love Ewers tights and the multitude of colors they come in. I also adore the classic style of Pepe shoes.

When Lief grows up she wants to be…

“A ballerina, princess, doctor… and fairy too.”

And finally your perfect day would be…

Being able to split the day between New York, Sydney, and Amsterdam.

Ilana is wearing vintage Missoni.  Tallulah and Lief are both wearing Little Lief.


Jerri says: April 14, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Hey there! I’ve been following your site for some time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Lubbock Texas! Just wanted to say keep up the great work!

annemarie says: April 15, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Thank you so much and a shout out to Lubbock Texas!
Annemarie x


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