From the heart of Paris's 6th arrondissement, hails a childrenswear brand with an allure that can only be matched by Jardin du Luxembourg, (the Luxembourg Gardens) which flank its location. Monique Ramahay has introduced the world to the traditional embroidery and smocking of Madagascar within the walls of her Parisian boutique, L'Île aux Fées, internationally known as Charlotte sy Dimby. With recent growth overseas, these lovely garments are quickly finding their way into the closets and hearts of our American friends.
With over three decades of dedication to the craft, Monique has redefined the aura of smocked garments, setting them free from the rigid formality of times past. Her work with some of the most tasteful labels in the industry (Bonpoint, Baby Dior, and Jacadi to name a few) has dubbed her the well-deserved title, "Queen of the Smocks." While we're on the topic of royalty, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge donned a dress by the brand's atelier during her overseas trip to Canada last fall.
Together with her daughter, Korally Ramahay, Monique brings the magic of Malagasy handmade garments to the hands of her discerning clientele. And much like them, we're captivated by the quality and sophistication of the line. The details delight us from the inside out where you'll find a handmade petticoat that is just as meticulously crafted as the outer garment itself.