Somewhere, each of us has a box of baby clothes saved by our mothers. These tiny smocked dresses and exquisite little sweaters represent the pure beauty of childhood.
When today’s children grow up, their box of heirlooms will most likely hold some treasures from Odile, luxury children’s boutique which resides in the Gold Coast, founded by Camille Cozzini in 2009.
Odile carries classic clothing, shoes, and gifts for boys and girls, newborns through age 12. Some of the world’s most covetable designers are here. “For spring, we have some wonderful Lanvin Petite, Oscar de la Renta, Marni, and Missoni Kids,” says Camille. Not only will you will be able to outfit your daughter in soft ballet flats that complement your own, but you will also most certainly find yourself wishing that a perfectly charming dress or beautifully cut trench coat was available in your size. While clothes for little girls will always garner more “oohs” and “ahs” than those for boys, and Odile was, in fact, inspired by the dresses Camille and her sister wore as children, it is worth noting that Odile stocks everything a young man needs to develop an enduring sense of style, from desert boots to sweaters, and the outerwear selection is outstanding in any season.
Camille, who grew up shopping the most prestigious boulevards in the most glamorous cities in the world, speaks Italian and French, which is an enormous help when working with centuries-old European houses to develop an assortment for the store that honors the craftsmanship of the timeless styles while feeling completely right for the lifestyle of today’s families.
Camille personally selects each item for the store, creating a cohesive collection from which each family may outfit their children’s entire wardrobe or choose a few standout pieces to honor a special occasion. Odile’s own private label, il Completo, is named for “the complete” outfit and designed with this holistic approach to dressing in mind. Each piece in the collection can be endlessly mixed with others, giving babies and children an endless array of classic good looks.
Il Completo clothes are crafted in a traditional color palette and imbued with the subtle details that define Camille’s refined aesthetic. The il Completo line of clothes and shoes is crafted by Italian artisans with an eye toward bringing the luxury of rarified European design to knowledgeable American parents and grandparents.
For those who perhaps aren’t quite so knowledgeable about baby or children’s clothing—the well-meaning distant relative or former coworker who isn’t quite sure what to give a new baby—the staff at Odile is well-versed in what’s appropriate, what will fit and what is sure to delight.
As children grow to enjoy choosing their own ensembles each day, they will surely enjoy visiting the store themselves to select the items they’ll be wearing. These visits will likely become treasured memories of time spent with their mother or grandmother. There is a small chance these outings will inspire a career as her own childhood shopping trips did for Camille, but there is an overwhelming probability that the items chosen will become family heirlooms with a place of honor in that treasured box of saved children’s clothing.
Odile is located at 710 N. Wabash Avenue in Chicago. To learn more, call 855-845-0800 or visit shopodile.com.