Giving the gift of imagination…
When it comes to filling your child’s toy box or buying the perfect lovey for your baby to be, the options are seemingly endless. But if you care about keeping these playthings natural and non-toxic — and supporting a small business owner wanting to make things better for other caregivers — you’ve come to the right place. That’s what we do best and what we believe.
WE MAKE EVERYTHING CAREFULLY
All of our products are carefully designed and handmade in Europe. We’re lucky to have found the most dedicated small-business manufacturers that help bring our vision to life – brilliant craftspeople who relate professionally and personally to what we do here at A Matter Of Style.
Our goal is to find partners that don’t place limitations on play, but inspire children to imagine, to create and to engage and in today’s globally high-consuming environment, we find it extra important to preserve this kind of treasure. So now you know: when you buy any of our handcrafted items, they’re made with great attention by people who are committed to create something unique.
KEEPING YOUR CHILD’S ENVIRONMENT SAFE
We’re all about simplifying the early stages of parenthood and making this new adventure as straightforward as possible. We know that keeping baby feeling safe & comfortable is a constant worry for you, so we’ve discovered products that help to welcome a baby into the world and beyond, with a gentle touch from small businesses across the Europe.
The impact of our actions will be the legacy that we will leave them tomorrow. For this reason, we work in a traditional way, with small productions, which respond to the demand of each moment. Using certified materials that respect the environment and the people who make them.
But, in addition, the fact of working with organic fabrics is not only beneficial for the planet. These materials also have qualities that make them perfect for children. Most of the products we sell are made with GOTS certified Organic cotton and Oeko-Tex Standard 100, and are suitable for babies from 0 months free of dyes and toxic substances with great softness, durability and quality.
TOYS TO FIRE THE IMAGINATION
In an industry awash with electronic toys we see the beauty in simple traditionally based toys, that have the ability to capture a child’s imagination and encourage exploratory play. Our goal is to find toys that don’t place limitations on play, but inspire children to imagine, to create and to engage.
In our opinion, children’s toys are not just about kids being busy, that is, having something to do. Above all, it is important to us that they receive toys that are appropriate to their age and development. The imagination of the children should be stimulated and this will help develop the creative potential that can be available to a person throughout their entire life. Beautiful, artistically crafted, quality toys, made of natural materials also promote a sense of beauty and an understanding of quality. We consider this important in our disposable society.
That’s why all of our products have carefully considered features that stimulate and encourage free play, rather than dictate it. Our values are firmly rooted in play, we believe that all children should be able to express themselves freely through play and it’s our role to provide them with the best equipment and the best environment to do so.
TOYS WITH EDUCATIONAL PURPOSE
Children can start benefiting from educational toys as early as one month old. For young infants, sensory play will help stimulate your child’s senses. Mobiles, soothers and infant play gyms are great first toys for children as they focus on sensory play through sound, sight and touch. As your child continues to grow and develops hand-eye coordination, families can begin introducing toys that encourage more interaction such as portable toys which will continue to inspire visual and hearing senses with flashing lights and different sounds.
As your child gets older, introducing age appropriate toys will help them continue to learn and hit their milestones. Problem solving toys such as stackers or blocks will help your children work through conflicts and develop an understanding of cause and effect.
ALTERNATIVE PEDAGOGICAL THEORIES
In doing so, we are guided by Montessori education and other alternative pedagogical approaches, such as Waldorf, which are deeply rooted in our corporate DNA. Small and big builders of the world will find everything they need to create new worlds and games … so the same components may become a farm and later a hospital. On another occasion, a doll’s house or part of a fantasy land might be created. With their progressive development, children are always finding new ways to play with our wooden toys. The minimalist, open design make them permanent companions on their way through childhood.
And this is precisely the point of childlike play. When we provide our children with ready-made play and adventure worlds, which are worked out to the smallest detail, we take away the opportunity for them to develop their own creativity. From the design point of view, we make sure to keep the playing possibilities as open as possible, so that creativity is not restricted, and can develop in new directions.