If you’re looking for the perfect companion for your little bub, look no further than the gorgeous creations from Le Train Fantome. With quirky faces, curious shapes and gorgeous colour combinations, we adore every character in her curious little family...
Cute little bunnies wearing spotted suits and bowties, to lovely babettes in geometric rompers and coloured collars. This beautiful range will fill up every spot you ever had for the perfect little side kick.
We have long been fans of the amazing Fanja Ralison, the designer and maker of this wonderful brand. You can even check out The Gathered Store to shop our top picks.
We caught up with Fanja recently to find out what inspires her and makes her tick...
What inspired you to start Le Train Fantome?
Making a little companion for my first child was the start of it all. I hadn't made a stuffed character since my childhood and after making the first one I was hooked. It inspired me to broaden my sewing horizons, revisit my childhood, explore my creativity, and later imagine more little companions. Le Train Fantome ended up being that imaginary place where all the characters would live and interact with one another.
Tell us a little something about yourself?
I was born in France from Madagascan parents, I studied English and American literature in Paris before moving to London. Sewing has always been part of my life, my mum used to make our clothes, my grandmother used to make patchwork blankets so I naturally followed in their steps. The arrival of my first child was the catalyst to start making my characters and creating Le Train Fantome.
What do you love most about designing your beautiful characters?
I just love the way they come to life as if by magic. Of course I have to work on many attempts before I am happy with the results but when I am, the fun can begin as I can then focus on colour and fabric choices.
What inspires your designs?
I get inspired by anything that catches my attention really, it could be something I spot while having a walk in the countryside, watching a film, seeing an exhibition, flicking through art books. Colour combinations are also an important part of the design process so my eyes often wander robotically in search of nice colour combos.
Where are your favourite places to shop for kids in Hertfordshire, England?
The Oak Room (http://oakroomshop.co.uk/) is a lovely shop full of little gifts and treasures for kids. Otherwise as we are very close to London, the Tate Modern shop is always a good place to browse around for nice children books.
What was your favourite thing about being a child?
Making things and making up stories. And daydreaming.
If Le Train Fantome were to make the ultimate cupcake, what flavour would it be and what would it look like?
My sister gave me a jar of salted caramel butter lately which i am totally enjoying so it will have to be a salted caramel and chocolate cupcake. The quick drawing doesn't do it justice, it is heaven in a cupcake.