Christine Koelnberger Mama and founder of Little Borne 

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When my 3rd son was born I started ballet, it was such an amazing experience to get two hours to fully concentrate on myself before heading back to a husband struggling with three kids at bedtime

Tell us about yourself

I'm Christine, a fashion designer originally from Germany and mother to three energetic little boys – Max (8), Leo (5) and Sol (6 months).

We moved back to London almost four years ago after a big adventure in Barcelona where I founded and built my own womenswear label ‘Borne by Elise Berger’. Designed in the sun and sold internationally in stores from San Francisco to Tokyo, and online with the likes of ASOS, we had celebrity fans like Olivia Palermo and Sienna Miller.

My husband and I had an amazing time building our own business but after we had Leo we needed a bit more stability so moved back to London to be closer to his family. It took us a while to get settled, but I knew that I wanted to start my own business again and have been planning the launch of Little Borne for the last two years.

What is Little Borne? 

Little Borne is an easy and affordable kid’s clothing kickstarter project. It features the Sweat/Jog COMBO – a unisex sweater and jogger designed with kids in mind offering fun, practical, unisex staples for kids 3-10 yrs. The COMBO is available to reserve on Kickstarter now and your items will be made and delivered if I receive enough reservations to reach my Kickstarter goal! We have the production and distribution teams ready to go, we just need the money to get it going! So go and reserve a cool jogger/sweatshirt for your little one and help make this dream a reality. 

Where are your three favourite places in London?

1. COLUMBIA ROAD, we lived there for 2 years before Barcelona and where Max was born. The flower market and the cobbled streets take me back to lots of beautiful memories! I even miss the oyster man below our window shouting from 7 am on a Sunday morning, and could easily spend every Sunday eating a roast at the best pub in London the Royal Oak.

2. THE TATE MODERN, I love its architecture! With all its exhibitions and cafes you can spend a whole day there without getting bored, the kids love it too which helps and the views from the café on the top floor are amazing!

3. KINGS ROAD, on the rare occasion I do get time to myself I head straight for the shops and there is everything I need here, with the possibility of popping into the Ivy for brunch if I really want to spoil myself.

Favourite holiday destination and why?

BARCELONA – Having studied there and lived there as a family it is our 2nd home and we try to go as often as possible. I love the fact that the sun shines every day, it is incredibly multi-cultural with a cool vibrant feel to it and amazing architecture. The food is fantastic and the wine is cheap, and if you want to escape the hustle and bustle you can choose between the beach or the mountains – what more could you ask for?!?

Favourite brands for mums?

COS for staples, Bimba and Lola for accessories, and my friend’s Barcelona-based brand "Maria Roch" for dresses!

Favourite fashion kids’ brands

Little Borne? ☺ I try to avoid dressing my kids in anything that has big slogans or commercial characters on it, so I buy a lot in the Smallable sale or JCREW has some stuff, but finding it difficult to get good quality, affordable staples was one of the main reasons I feel so passionate about Little Borne.

What’s your interiors style?

I am a very minimalist person, I love white, blank walls - a bit Scandinavian and try to organize clutter away (but that doesn't always work!). I love HAY for furniture and I could buy the whole range of VITRA. I have also made a few things myself such as using the legs from our cutting table in Barcelona and adding an Ikea kitchen counter on top to make a family-sized kitchen table!

What do you do for me time?

When my 3rd son was born I started ballet, it was such an amazing experience to get two hours to fully concentrate on myself before heading back to a husband struggling with three kids at bedtime ☺

What/who are your sources of inspiration?

Everything! Thinking back to my childhood in Germany was a big thing for the Sweat / Jog COMBO in terms of quality and endurance, as were the colours and relaxed Meditarranean style of Barcelona when it came to the cut. I spent hours on Pinterest capturing the look and feel of how I wanted the clothes to look but then also spent a long time listening to the boys and seeing where there clothes were letting them down!

Aside from motherhood, biggest adventure so far?

Definitely moving to Barcelona aged 27 with my husband and a toddler and setting up our own business. Not only did we have an amazing adventure building a brand, but working closely together with my husband was eye-opening for both of us. Life was busy, hectic, beautiful and chaotic and we learnt a lot about each other and grew-up a lot in this time. We travelled as a family to Hong Kong and Vietnam to source fabrics and meet manufacturers, and New York and Paris to sell to stores – it was incredibly challenging but I wouldn’t change this experience for the world! I just hope Little Borne will become the next big adventure for our family!

If you had to share one thing with LMC, what would it be?

Make the most of every day and motherhood, even on days when it all is challenging, before we know it our kids are so grown up and we will miss exactly all this chaos!

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