Stylemaker - La Coqueta

La Coqueta is a London based children's brand that creates beautifully made, timeless children's clothes. Founder Celia Munoz works with Spanish designers to bring her ideas to life and all the garments are proudly made in Spain...

Celia wanted to build a business that would allow her to spend time with her 5 adorable children as well as fulfil her dream of sharing the beautiful clothes from her Spanish homeland. It all began when she had her first daughter and was showered with comments about her little girl's gorgeous Spanish outfits. She realised there was a real gap in the market to bring these traditional and timeless designs to the UK and so La Coqueta was born...

We asked Celia a few questions about her beautiful brand...
What inspired you to start La Coqueta?
My children, family life and my love for beautiful traditional Spanish children's clothes. I couldn't find the clothes I wanted in a store near home, I felt there was a gap in the market and I wanted to fill it. There is something really beautiful about a very well dressed child. Childhood passes very fast and through my clothes I like to think that children remain children for a little longer...or at least they look like it!

What do you love most about creating children's clothes?
I love having my children wearing La Coqueta's clothes, I love listening to joyful comments from mothers when they come to my store for the first time...

I love helping popularise Spanish clothing particularly now that my country isn't doing that well, I love working with designers who make my ideas come alive, I love the fact that I do something that is so related to my personal life, my children, something that I know so well and is close to my heart.

La Coqueta is about creating traditional, timeless fashion for children. How important is it to you to create clothes that will stand the test of time?
To me this is crucial. My daughters wore clothes that I wore when I was a baby and I love that... because of their vintagy look, they looked so trendy. I would love to think that my daughters will do the same with their own children;-)...

I would love people to look at my clothes in 20 years and think that they look very similar to the ones when I started, so classic but in a fashionable way. I would love my clothes to have no expiry date, reflect a way of life rather than a decade in the 21st century...

What did you love most about being a child?
I loved growing up in the South of Spain in the heart of a very loving family. I loved seeing my parents holding hands and being very affectionate with each other and to my brother and sisters. I loved listening to my mother reading books to me. I loved touching my dad's moustache (I always found it fascinating), I loved going antique shopping with my grandparents, I loved going on holidays to France to my French grandparent's home and play for a whole summer with my 19 first cousins, I loved playing in our treehouse, I loved Saturday mornings when we were allowed to watch a bit of TV, I loved listening to my parents talk when they thought I was in bed (they probably don't know about this one), I loved scaring my sister when in bed and lights were switched off. I loved my grandmas "pollo con salsa de almendras" (chicken with almond sauce). I loved my dog (a beautiful dachshund) and listening to the children's opera Bastien & Bastienne.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a stamp collector, then a forensic doctor.

If La Coqueta were to create the perfect christmas decoration, what would it look like?
I would ask my daughter Flavia to give me a hand and draw one for me. I love her creativity.

28 Dec 2013