It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Lifestyle Accessories

The Ottawa Citizen (Saturday, Sept. 10) quotes the Calgary Herald:

In a recent interview, Holt [Renfrew’s] president, Caryn Lerner, noted the upscale retailer is back in kids’ clothing because, “Kids are becoming accessories, and I don’t mean that in a negative way, but they are a reflection of their parents.”

Children as mere additions to one’s lifestyle, like Gucci handbags, or Prada wallets? Good grief. Let’s hope not.

The Herald is touching in its naivete. It’s been that way for some while now: Holt Renfrew is merely hopping on a very lucrative bandwagon.

September 11, 2005 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Well…the media have been branding children for years (Baby Gap, Old Navy etc). Its best they be up front with it. I suspect this is in response to the fact that having a baby is the IN thing to do in LA.


    Comment by Heather | September 12, 2005 | Reply

  2. Nothing says well-turned-out like a toddler with a stinky diaper and runny nose!

    If that was all it took, I would be in the pages of Vogue by now . . .

    Comment by Susan | September 12, 2005 | Reply

  3. Heather: Oh, that’s right. I’d been vaguely aware that those fairy-folk out in LA have suddenly become aware of procreation. You’re probably quite right. Someone gave me an article recently that showed Imam (the model) with her baby, dressed all in Gucci and other labels so high-end I didn’t even recognize the names. Sheesh…

    Susan: Well, that’s it, isn’t it? They’re taking care of the surface of the child and of parenting with panache and tons of money – but even the surface of a toddler, no matter how cute, is often somewhat less than catwalk material.

    Hey, you two: I just had an awful thought! You know what we’re in for next? Parenting books by the Stars. Celebrity parenting. When will the public at large realize that while these people may look really good (due in large part to having millions to spend on bodily renovations), they are only people doing a job, a certain, specific job, that does not make them role models for every aspect of life.

    Hmmm… I’m ranting again. My cycle is off. Last week, my PMs week, I was sunny and calm. Yesterday and today, in the middle of a visit from Aunt Flo (as a friend calls it, to my great amusement) I rant. Very strange.

    Comment by Mary P. | September 12, 2005 | Reply

  4. Well, Madonna, Maria Shriver, & Billy Crystal are writing children’s books. I’m sure there are more- that’s off the top of my head. Parenting books would be the next logical step. Perhaps Britney Spears’ next project?

    Comment by Cheryl | September 12, 2005 | Reply

  5. Hey heh. Britney was the first thing that popped in my head when I saw “Kids are becoming accessories.” It’s all good until they throw a public hissy fit, then nobody wants to claim them.

    Comment by ieatcrayonz | September 12, 2005 | Reply

  6. Oh, jesus, can you IMAGINE a parenting book from Britney? Oh dear god I think I need drink.

    And Jenny McCarthy (remember her?) actually HAS written a ‘parenting’ book. No, really.

    Comment by Susan | September 12, 2005 | Reply

  7. Cheryl: The (former) Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson wrote a book about Budgie the Helicopter, back when she was married to Andrew. That’s the only one I can think of.

    Crayonz: Right now her belly is her accessory, for sure. Thank goodness, for the child’s sake, that it will undoubtedly have a nanny or two.

    Susan: I’ll join you in that drink, if I may… No recollection of Jenny McCarthy at all. Who is she? What’s the book called?

    Comment by Mary P. | September 12, 2005 | Reply

  8. I’m not sure what the book is called, but really, be thankful you don’t remember her. Really.

    Comment by Susan | September 12, 2005 | Reply

  9. Well, how about we beat them to the punch? Mary, I have a full publishing setup at home (it’s for the church newsletter I produce for the state of Wisconsin) so if we can gather together all of the parenting advice we’d like to give people, then I can turn it into a real book.

    Now that would be a fun project. 🙂

    We could intersperse it with tales of daycare kids, princesses and others. Then we just need to get Instapundit to endorse it and we’re made in the shade. Well, we might make a couple of monetary units.

    Comment by Simon P. Chappell | September 14, 2005 | Reply

  10. Don’t think it’s not something I haven’t thought of. I like writing, and I seem to be able to churn it out every day, blogging! Where does one start – and then I wonder: do I have anything new to say, really?

    You’re on the inside track with Instapundit, are you? Hmmm…

    Comment by Mary P. | September 14, 2005 | Reply

  11. I have contacts! 🙂

    I also think that it could be a fun project. Of course, writing a book or other publishable material is hard work, so we may all fall out and start hating each other before its finished. A chance you take.

    Comment by Simon P. Chappell | September 14, 2005 | Reply

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