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By Erica• 30 Mar 2016
Since having kids, I've lost track of the times the hubster and I have muttered the phrase, “I wish that made that in adult size”. When I recently visited Eloquence Boutique, a newly opened children’s store on Lambton Quay, it felt like the voice in my head was saying this very sentence on repeat. It is full of lovely things that will make any lovely little human look well… lovely.
Eloquence Boutique was a pleasant place to meander around. Owned by the same people who own the Hatley store in Johnsonville, they know their market and are always looking for the best and most beautiful stock to bring to us lucky Wellingtonians. It stocks all the usual baby paraphernalia and a whole lot more besides. There are many exclusive brands and lots of lovely new winter stock is currently arriving, ready to keep your little people snug against the inevitable southerlies.
They are stockists of Hatley, which is a Canadian brand that I have known about for a while, largely due to their glorious gumboots and ravishing raincoats. I know, I know… it’s a bit ridiculous to use such adjectives for a pair of rubber shoes and a plastic coat, but believe me, if you have a kid who likes to channel their inner Peppa Pig, and jump up and down in muddy puddles at every opportunity, you will understand the invaluable worth of a good gumboot. As it turns out, Hatley make a lot more than that; a beautifully colourful and high-quality range of clothes, jandals, aprons, lunchboxes and sunhats.
As a lover of puns, I spent much of my time spontaneously giggling under my breath as I clapped eyes on mugs, notepads and aprons that had witty little lines that would have made perfect present for someone somewhere. I sat racking my brains for a friend or relative who was, even mildly, into fishing or golf, so I could have an excuse to buy said witty items.
There are also gifts galore and every item has been thoughtfully chosen for its high quality and pleasing aesthetic value. The fairy doors are so stinking cute that the 5-year-old girl in me wanted to start writing a pretty please note to Santa Claus right there in the store. There are also wonderful wooden toys, tons of teddy bears and children’s books I haven’t seen elsewhere before (and I count myself as a bit of a children’s book fanatic). They also have high-end, designer cots and highchairs, just in case you’re in the market for something a bit more fancy and easy on the eye than the usual, run-of-the-mill stuff you’d find in those baby factory places (which, on another note, has always conjured up weird images in my mind. Anyone else?).
At the check-out they sell ‘monster spray’. That’s right, some clever lady came up with an idea to make a kid-friendly spray that can be used to ward off those pesky, under-the-bed or cupboard-dwelling monsters. She also infused the stuff with sleep-promoting, relaxing floral notes. The woman is clearly a genius… and a long-suffering mother.
And it’s not just the little people that are catered for here. They stock a range of stylish women's wear and menswear and what look to be the comfiest PJ’s in existence (I mean, let’s face it, us sleep-deprived parents need all the comfort we can get whilst in zzzzz land). I even went out on a whim and bought a big person’s size Hatley jersey just for me. I obviously had to counteract this unusually selfish splurge with a little something for the kidlets too. It would have been rude not to.
Eloquence is definitely worth a look. Comment below if, like me, the Hatley gumboots change your life and save you washing multiple pairs of soggy socks on a rainy day.