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Featured Shop :: Cox & Cox

February 3rd, 2013

Indian Teepee, Cox & Cox | Camille StylesEven before I became a mom last year, I’ve always been drawn to kids’ crafts, games & clothing that capture the whimsy and magic of childhood – those items that take you back to what it really felt like to be a kid. I stumbled upon UK-based Cox & Cox a few weeks ago and couldn’t believe I was so late to the game – their product selection and styling is pitch perfect and strikes the perfect balance between childlike fun and contemporary design…all with a bohemian-global flair that is so my style. Keep reading for a few of the items on my wishlist…

(above) indian teepee.

create your own crayon puzzles, Cox & Cox | Camille Styles

create your own crayon puzzles.giant wall map, cox & cox | Camille Styles

giant wall map.

picture frame bright bus bookends, cox & cox | Camille Styles

picture frame bright bus bookends.

retro silver ride on car, cox & cox | Camille Styles

retro silver ride on car.ultimate wooden alphabeth blocks, cox & Cox | Camille Styles

ultimate wooden alphabet blocks.

tree coat hanger, cox & cox | Camille Styles

tree coat hanger.

Hope y’all are all having a great Sunday morning. And if you’re looking for a little last-minute inspiration for tonight’s Super Bowl parties, don’t forget to hop on over to the game-watching chili potluck we threw with Cooking Channel!

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8 Comments under :: Featured Shop :: Cox & Cox
  1. such a cute shop! thanks for sharing.

  2. Ros says:

    This is such a cute shop!

    Except that, um, the “indian teepee” thing is a kind of cultural exploitation, and really not cool, so perhaps highlighting a different product would be more relevant?

    • Thanks for your thoughts Ros – I know that there are others who view all teepees as exploitation, and I’d really like to understand where you’re coming from… I know there is of course a lot of darkness in the history of treatment of native americans, but I can’t help but feel that teepees are really beautiful structures that were dwelling places constructed by the plains indians for centuries. It’s so cool that they stayed cool in the summer and warm in the winter, and each was painted in a different style that had meaning for that tribe. So is it exploitation to celebrate that by teaching kids about the rich history surrounding them?

      • Ros says:

        Thanks for your answer! If you’re interested, there are loads of people who can probably explain this better than I can, but I think the main points are:

        1) “Teaching kids about the rich history surrounding them” = what is your answer to “what happened to the teepees” or “where are the native americans now?” Because unless you’re willing to explain colonialism, the Trail of Tears, unkept treaties, starvation, smallpox, Manifest Destiny, the extinction of the buffalo runs, and the current state of most reservations (the argument has been made that there was a systematic genocide, so…), you’re not going to be explaining “the rich history” of anything. To draw a parallel: it’s like taking African American quilting traditions and saying “slave art was so cool and pretty!” (which, for the record: it was) without actually addressing the social issues that led to the production of the art (for example: slaves made quilts to tell stories because they weren’t allowed to write), which I think is an iffy message to send to children.

        2) Native Americans can and do produce “cultural” art; they have a right to make a living from their culture if they so choose. A British company charging the equivalent of 300$ for what basically amounts to a reproduction of a culture that Britain, specifically, has spent 300 of the past 400 years extracting (/stealing) every bit of wealth from is… questionable, at best. Teaching children about Native culture is a great idea; buying this seems like it kinda misses the point?

        3) … the kid in the picture is wearing a cowboy hat. Look, I know they’re going for the 1950s cowboys-and-indians thing, but… Come on. In that story, the cowboy basically killed the indian to take over his land. Is that really what we’re trying to highlight to our kids??

        I mean, I’m not disagreeing that the teepee in question is cute. It is! But using the “it’s pretty, and it’s art” to basically erase the history and culture of people who are still living today in order to give money to people who are profiting from that culture is just really problematic, and it’s popping up everywhere on design blogs, so…

        • I think those are all really good points – and I really appreciate your thoughtful response. Regarding point 1 – I do actually think it’s super important to teach kids about all of those issues you mentioned, of course in appropriate doses and complexity as they reach stages of maturity where they can understand. I think it’s for this very reason that I want to expose my daughter to art from MANY different cultures – there’s no better way to start a conversation and develop a foundation of appreciation for the cultures and traditions of others. Sometimes I feel that by leaving these images and symbols out of the equation entirely, we run the risk of them being forgotten.

          • Ros says:

            “I feel that by leaving these images and symbols out of the equation entirely, we run the risk of them being forgotten.”

            I think that’s an excellent point, and it’s a bit of a balancing act… I think you’ve also pinned it down with the phrase “expose my daughter to art from MANY different cultures” – I think it’s important that the symbols and cultures not be forgotten, but the art should be from that culture, not a representation of an idealized version by someone trying to make money off that culture… which is what happens a lot with native american art (ex: “dream catchers”, feathered headdresses on white women as a fashion statement, etc), so people are pretty sensitive about it.

  3. classiq says:

    Such a lovely shop! An incredible collection of beautiful things and games.

  4. Ruchis says:

    The number one thing in my “mommy” bucket list is: Creating an “official” play room rather than toys all over the living room. Love the idea about the giant map with the velcro pictures and words. A great way to teach my son not only about geography but diversity and his roots.

    By the way, I have been dying to know if you have started planning your daughter’s first birthday. Your style is so inspiring that I would to get some tips for my son’s upcoming first birthday too!

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