I've been emailing with Nick, a dad who, with his baby momma, launched Tricky & Titch a very clean and well-done line of baby clothes. They're smile-inducing, but not ROTFLMAO funny, and they've got a very clean, non-fussy design sense. While I still bridle at the pink/blue hardwiring--girls wear blue, too, you know, unless it has "little man" written on it--there are some refreshing gender-neutral options, too, like chocolate. The kind of thing I'm likely to like, and I like liking it.
But an offhand comment threw me: Essentially all their business is from women. Nick said that hardly any men have placed direct orders with them, ever.
I'd never thought of that. I distinctly remember heading out soon after our ultrasound clued us in that we were having a girl, and buying some stuff for "her," and how suddenly odd and concrete it felt to know (with some margin of error, sure) who this kid was going to be, and that I was buying something "for" her. [Of course, I bought her an Appaman bodysuit with Che Guevara and another black one with a Sonic Youth iron-on, so it was obviously a lot more about me, but still.] I have to admit, I buy far less stuff for her than my wife does. [And my wife buys far less than any grandparent--read grandmother-- too, so there you have it.]
Does this make sense to you? Do men buy clothes for their kids? Do they not? Is it a gift/shower/girlfriends-unite kind of thing that men are just missing out on?
Do you know your kid's size? Do you know or notice what your kid needs, clothes-wise, like when the Onesies are getting too tight? Is dressing the kid on the other side of the labor divide in your house? If you don't buy stuff, why not? Have you bought something that turned out badly, either because it blew, or because there was a, um, you know, a negative reaction from other interested parties? I see a lot of clothes stuff because of the ol' blog here, but do you? What factors do you think influence/motivate a man to buy some clothes for his kid?
Tricky & Titch [trickyandtitch.com]