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Chocolatine’s collections are designed and created by me, Nathalie. I was born and raised in beautiful France but moved to my second home, the US, a while ago. As a young mother, I searched for clothes “with a French touch” to dress my beautiful daughter Elena. Besides French name brands that cost a fortune in the U.S., I couldn’t find what I was looking for: beautiful, high quality, classy yet comfortable and fashionable clothing at a reasonable price.

So I took my sewing machine and started to make the dream clothes for my baby girl. I started embellishing Elena’s basics, such as her onesies, t-shirts, I added appliques on them, some words in French, a song, a poem, a quote... It was an instant hit; and my friends began to ask me to make clothes for their babies too. Chocolatine was born! Now I have a second daughter, Alessandra, and her and her sister Elena are my inspirations,…

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  • Joined October 26, 2008

Favorite materials

Cotton Fabric, Japanese Fabric, Vintage, Embroidery, Terry Cloth, Ribbon, Rubber Stamps, Appliques, Transfers, Beautiful Fabrics, Vegan Wool

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About

Chocolatine’s collections are designed and created by me, Nathalie. I was born and raised in beautiful France but moved to my second home, the US, a while ago. As a young mother, I searched for clothes “with a French touch” to dress my beautiful daughter Elena. Besides French name brands that cost a fortune in the U.S., I couldn’t find what I was looking for: beautiful, high quality, classy yet comfortable and fashionable clothing at a reasonable price.

So I took my sewing machine and started to make the dream clothes for my baby girl. I started embellishing Elena’s basics, such as her onesies, t-shirts, I added appliques on them, some words in French, a song, a poem, a quote... It was an instant hit; and my friends began to ask me to make clothes for their babies too. Chocolatine was born! Now I have a second daughter, Alessandra, and her and her sister Elena are my inspirations, my little muses.

My patterns are simple, which makes them timeless. My designs grow with the children. One of the little "Bonjour" coats was worn by Elena when she was under two. Now her sister wears it, and Elena has one her size!

When I buy fabric, it is because I have a crush on the pattern. Each fabric reminds me of something that I have seen, read, heard, smelled or eaten. It can be a song, a painting, a place, a book, a person, an object, etc... Each piece in my shop tells something that will make your little one look unique. In addition, each piece might teach a French word or two!

At Chocolatine, a strong emphasis is placed on beautiful fabric, handpicked in France and in the United States (where I share my time) natural fibers, good design, and finish. Since all items are handmade, fabric pattern placement may vary slightly.

But what exactly is a Chocolatine?… Chocolatine is the name given to chocolate croissants in Southwest France and in Quebec. Consisting of a cuboid-shaped piece of light and flaky yeast-leavened dough, it contains a strip of “chocolat” that melts in the mouth. French “Mamans” buy them warm at the local “boulangeries” for their little ones, who typically eat them coming back from school as an afternoon snack called “le goûter.”

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