Even though my own children are basically too big for fripperies from chic and delightful kids’ stuff shops, and would far rather have hard cash or an Xbox, I’m a sucker for them and Brussels has plenty: there’s Collégram, Boucle d’Or, Piou Piou and Claude Hontoir, all of which I love and will come back to on these pages, doubtless.
Pépin is dreamy. It was opened by lovely Valérie – whose enthusiasm is infectious – five months ago on the sinuous, curvy Rue Lebeau that slides down from the Sablon towards the Grand Place in a jumble of stuffed zebras and Elvis Pompilio hats. Pépin sells vintage children’s furniture, a small but beautiful selection of baby clothes and bedding, plenty of good local design and precisely the kind of Lovely Shiny Things that make my ancient, shrivelled ovaries sigh.
I especially loved:
A great selection of Japanese sticky tape.
These sweet notebooks where you can draw clothes on a variety of woodland animals that I totally coveted (yes, I’m thirty eight tomorrow WHAT OF IT?).
There was the sweetest make your own ukelele kit that I wish someone would get me for my birthday (which is tomorrow, so you know..).
Oh. I got these too:
What do you mean, this is the reason I am poor? SHUT UP.
Pépin la Lune. Catnip for ladies who like Lovely Things. Perfect for presents. Highly recommended. Might make you as poor as me.
Pépin la Lune, 25 Rue Lebeau