The Swiss Design Files

Let’s Go To Deauville!


Swiss ethical brand L’Asticot have just launched their new 2014 spring/summer collection, inspired by the vintage style and maritime imagery of the French resort of Deauville. Summers in Deauville are all about holidays spent playing on the beach with a backdrop of picturesque lighthouses and Mediterranean woodlands, and these coastal colour tones are reflected in L’Asticot’s new gorgeous prints featuring stripes, fish motifs and vintage suitcases.   The collection’s colour palette has a timeless […]

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Expat Mumpreneurs: Renata & Sara

Sara & Renata © 2013 Pépites SÀRL. Tous droits réservés. Photos par Frederic B. photography et Nora photography

We are very happy to publish the story of expat mumpreneurs Renata Bossetti and Sara Mesquida, the hearts & souls behind Pépit9s, a brand of handmade jewelry founded in 2013. Hope you will enjoy finding out about their flair and commitment as much as we did!   Two women of different cultures, life stories & sensibilities. Renata a blonde Italian, delicate, artistic, curious has been living in Switzerland with her husband and […]

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Boo Merino Giveaway

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We are delighted to announce our first ever giveaway with Luzern-based Boo.Merino, an online store of beautiful kidswear made from 100% Pure New Zealand Merino wool founded by expat mum-of-two Amanda Petrillo. ***THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED – ENTRIES WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTED*** Boo.Merino’s wool is 100% natural and does not contain any synthetic or chemical-based materials, such as viscose or polyester. Since Merino is superfine, it can be worn without itching […]

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Meet Zirkuss


We’re so excited to welcome one of Switzerland’s coolest online kids stores amongst our advertisers, but even more so because the driving & creative forces behind Zirkuss are two busy mums, just like us.       Here’s their story, as co-founder Lucia told Geneva Family Diaries: “At the beginning we started off as a team of three mothers (Patrizia, Petra and Lucia) who wanted to make kids clothes and brands we […]

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L’Asticot in Geneva


The story of Swiss ethical label L’Asticot began in 2009, when young mums Christie and Danièle put their creative pencils to paper and designed L’Asticot’s first collection of original, super-wearable, fun & über cool kids’ clothes. I love their colourful, unique designs that are such a pleasure to wear even for the most active and wriggly little monkeys, and I definitely support their ethical commitment to fair trade standards and sustainable development. For me […]

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Swiss Mumpreneurs at Hiboutique


As you might have guessed, we love to surf the net here at Geneva Family Diaries. A few weeks ago we came across a fab Swiss online shop called Hiboutique, which sells beautifully designed, ethically-sourced and ecological products for babies and young children.   With an array of colourful, eco-friendly products and a very attractive website how could we resist ? We just had to find out more about the Swiss […]

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Les Enfants Terribles

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Les Enfants Terribles in Geneva is one of the city’s coolest design boutiques & bar-cafés. I popped in recently, when my best friend from Barcelona came over for the weekend, and we both agreed this was a great place to look for something special. Housed in a converted body shop in a Plainpalais back-street, this ecletic concept store is heaven-on-earth if you’re on the hunt for minimalist Scandi designs, fair-trade French […]

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A Tribute to Women


Within minutes of meeting Paola Limonta, one half of the Geneva-based Swiss jewellery design team Uzume Spirit, I developed a serious girl crush: funny, warm-hearted, passionate and inspiring (as well as an energetic mum-of-three!), she’s the woman we’d all love to be and the BFF we all wished we had. I had already lusted over the Uzume’s jewellery collections online, but being able to try them on while Paola told me everything about the […]

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Springtime in Carouge

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Part exciting showcase of contemporary street art, part unadulterated fun for all ages, the Festival de Printemps Carougeois is an eclectic spring event covering a multiplicity of creative settings: art installations, theatre, dance, live music and children’s activities. This year, Geneva’s most mediterranean suburb will rouse from the last grip of winter to celebrate its joyful springtime from the 18th to the 28th of April 2013. And the central theme? Well, this […]

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A Swiss Mum Who Blogs

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Pauline is a Swiss mum-of-three and the freelance illustrator behind the enourmously funny Lavipo, a Swiss blog about motherhood and other adventures that always leaves me in stitches! You might recognize yourself (I do!) in one of those IKEA-rages, monumentally bad-hair mornings or kids’ meltdowns she portrays so vividly – so if you’d like to find out more about Pauline scroll down a little to read the interview she’s kindly agreed to […]

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Au Chien Bleu

Au Chien Bleu children's bookshop, Geneva - photo ©

Cozy, colourful and full-to-the-brim with books and educational toys, Au Chien Bleu in Geneva is everything you dream an independent children’s bookstore to be. The choice of books, toys & CDs for 0 to 16 year-olds is infinite, but they also have a very tempting selection of gifts and stationery ranging from washi tape to satchels, gift boxes, pencil cases etc. Artfully arranged on the shelves and tables you’ll find anything from the classics to the most […]

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Creaviva Children’s Museum


Paul Klee is without a doubt one of Switzerland’s best loved artists of all times. His distinctive use of colour and simple shapes, at times geometrical or abstract, make him immediately recognizable and also very appealing for children. This is why I jumped for joy when I found out about the Creaviva Children’s Museum, located on the lower ground floor of the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern – less than 2 hour’s drive from Geneva. As you approach the […]

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Le Royaume Melazic


Once upon a time, in the middle of Switzerland, there lived two sisters in an enchanted kingdom. One day, they started to sketch their dream clothes and – a few spells later – they had created t-shirts, buttons and shopping bags under the label Le Royaume Melazic. Sisters Soizic and Melanie’s story is the stuff of (Swiss) design dreams: from the launch of their Lausanne-based label in 2006, their creative juices haven’t stopped […]

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Discover Plainpalais

Neon Parallax, Geneva Ann Veronica Janssens installation in Plainpalais (photo © Geneva Family Diaries)

You might have guessed by now that we have a very soft spot for Plainpalais, one of Geneva’s most vibrant neighbourhoods. Around ‘la plaine’ of Plainpalais you will find some great museums, Europe’s largest skatepark, a host of hip restaurants, bars and boutiques, as well as all the art galleries of Le Quartier des Bains. However, our absolute favourite at the moment is the Neon Parallax series of light installations that you can see on the rooftops of […]

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Lyli Meets the Stone-Muncher

"The Sky Dreamer" © Céline Eimann

Swiss-born illustrator and children author Céline Eimann will be launching her latest book “Lily meets the Stone-Muncher” on Thursday 20th of December 2012 from 5pm to 8pm at the family café-restaurant “Un R de famille” in Geneva, so if you’re looking for a special book for your little ones this Xmas make sure you pop round !     “Lily meets the Stone-Muncher” tells the story of Lyli, a brave […]

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Share the Neighbourly Love !

© Maria Jaramillo for Association Tako, Geneva

Do you remember last summer’s “Jouez, je suis à vous!” public art event in Geneva, where a number of pianos located throughout the city were available for everyone to enjoy ? If you thought that was a good idea, be prepared for something even better: Geneva’s Association Tako – in collaboration with the Ville de Genève – is launching on the 20th of December 2012 “Boîtes d’échange entre voisins” a community art project designed to invite the public […]

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Fave Stocking-Fillers from Little Home


Now it’s the time to start thinking about little presents for the kids’ teachers and stocking-fillers for my nearest & dearest. Luckily, our new sponsor is a treasure trove of cute and stylish little finds (& very reasonably priced too!) Here’s a selection of our favourite Xmas stocking-fillers – what are yours ?                             Last, but by no means […]

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L’Asticot Sale in Geneva


The story of Swiss ethical label L’Asticot began in 2009, when young mums Christie and Danièle put their creative pencils to paper and designed L’Asticot’s first collection of original, super-wearable, fun & very, very cool kids clothes. I love their colourful, unique designs that are such a pleasure to wear even for the most active and wriggly little monkeys, and I definitely support their ethical commitment to fair trade standards and sustainable […]

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The Desalpes Company

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Expat mum-of-three Mikée Westerling is the founder of The Desalpes Company, an online store of gorgeous home products made using authentic Swiss Army blankets. We immediately fell in love with her collection when we saw her website and we’re over the moon that she agreed to contribute this article to tell us more about her designs (& share some of her expat tips too !).   Mikée is offering our readers a free Desalpes […]

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Meet “Atila 4 Child”

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Our community of expat mums is such a treasure trove of amazing talent that there is more to be found every day. Our star mumpreneur this week has launched a fabulous fashion label for children aged 0 to 8 years-old, her style is so individual and cool we can’t wait to share it with you ! Marie is a French expat mum who moved to Bursins (Canton Vaud) in 2007. A fashion designer […]

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Swiss Fashion Event in Geneva

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A girl will always love fashion, even when most of her wardrobe is covered in dried-up Play-doh and finger paint. In my case, most outfit ideas and trends take place in my head rather than in the real world, as I grab my usual jeans, battered old tops and dash out the door for the boys’ school-run. But I shall be making amends and find out more about contemporary Swiss fashion […]

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Meet La Maison de Colette


La Maison de Colette is definitely one of my favourite Geneva blogs. Created by Marion, a French mother-of-one and design consultant, it’s packed with fantastic style and design inspiration for mums living in Geneva. Last week we met up with Marion to learn more about her family life in Geneva and her stylish blog, here’s what she said: My family & I I am French, originally from Nantes, but I studied in Paris. […]

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