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Before Aude Le Dubé started to play with dollmaking, she was playing with words. She wrote and translated all kinds of books, novels and advertising material. Now, she tells stories with fabric and wool.

Each one of her doll is inspired by real people, some of them she knows personally, others she just met for a brief moment or were just passing by.

Her modern and stylish dolls reflect her love of fashion. They represent people of our times with all their diversity and differences.

Our dolls are handmade in Montreal by a tiny team of passionate professionals who believe that is is with simplicity and love that the best stories are told.

 

To us, fashion is art. No designer is more touching than Yohji Yamamoto. He turns fabric into poetry.

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We put all our time and care into making our dolls truly unique. Here, you'll discover how the Petites come to life.

A few words (actually more than a few) on the Petite Dolls. Above all, they are handmade. That isn't to say that we don’t use sewing machines - we do. Rather, it means  that they are made one at a time. That's what makes them all different, all unique. The eyes and the mouth are embroidered with cotton floss, according to the embroiderer's mood that day  (which, it tuns out, is always pretty cheerful). Tomboy, princess, bookworm -  each doll has a personality of her own. We are not sure just how this little miracle happens but we are not trying too hard to figure it out. Some smile, others don’t, but they are all guaranteed to be entirely made of tenderness and poetry.

It takes (at least) three experts to make a doll.

 

First, we cut the 100% coton fabric according tour own exclusive doll patten. Our fabric comes in four shades: ivory, copper, amber and ebony. Then Jyoti, our doll body specialist, sews and stuffs each part of the doll before hand-stitching it together.

Meanwhile, Aude is busy designing clothes and picking fabrics. Every new outfit we design requires a different pattern, just like in the full-size world of fashion. Then, Tauts cuts and sews the clothes. His studio is located 40 feet away fron coton mouton's.

Finally, Aude embroiders the dolls’ faces before hand-stiching and styling the hair.

Each doll, including her clothes, takes over 4 hours to come to life (a lot more for the designers' dolls).

As a finishing touch, we check every part of the cloth doll to ensure she is as perfect as possible, we play with her a little bit and we take lots of pictures.

The hair on our Petites is made of natural yarn  (merino, mohair, alpaca) or of a mohair blend. First, the hair is hand-stitched directly onto the doll’s head, one layer at a time. The, we play hairdresser cutting and styling it.

This is the most fragile part of the doll. It can be torn away. Human hair tends to grows back. Doll hair doesn’t. All it takes is a little explaining to the playing child: dolls represent people, so it is important to treat them with care. Trust them, children  understand this and will likely apply the same principle to other living beings around them. .

That being said, a doll is a doll, and we will gladly fix it for free if it has been loved a little to vigorously (although postage is at your expense). Send us a picture first and we will tell you whether the damage can be repaired. We promise to break the news as gently as we can.

Hair apart, our dolls are strong. They are machine-washable on low temperature if you put a stocking's foot over the head (avoid fishnet!). Air drying is recommended.  Clothes are little bit more complicated. We recommend hand-washing linen and cotton items in cold water and we disapprove of dryers. We really do.

When it comes to silk, wool, embroidered outfits or anything with feathers and such (as will happen) spot cleaning is best. Baby powder works wonderfully on grease stains.

 

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+1 514-566-2956

160, Saint-Viateur Street East

Studio 200 H

Montreal (Quebec) H2T 1A8

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