WELCOME TO CURIOUS STORIES
Hi, my name is Kris and I started Curious Stories in 2019. Before that, I worked as a children’s book illustrator for a long time. I have always been fascinated by how colourful painted stories touch a child’s imagination. Gradually I came to the idea of combining clothing and illustrations: I wanted to give children the opportunity to always have stories with them. I wanted to create collections that were fun to wear and evoked emotions. When my daughter Olivia was born, it was the perfect time for me to start the label. Like every mother, I wanted nothing but the best for my baby. I knew from the beginning that only the best quality fabrics would be considered for the children and babies. Only that which is good for the particularly delicate and sensitive skin. Organic cotton, sustainable production free of harmful substances and a design that is full of life were and remain the most important criteria for me.
As founder of a sustainable Children’s Fashion label, I believe in the transparency and fairness of the Fashion industry. With Curious Stories I want to bring my share in normalizing this transparency, and social responsibility in the Fashion industry of today. I am dedicated in creating products that are not only environmentally friendly but also created by people who are treated with the same social respect and fairness that I stand by.
– Kristina Mostovaia,
Curious Stories Founder
Every child is different. Every child is unique! And that is exactly what Curious Stories is all about. Our label is full of character, distinctive and diverse.
We love it colorful and our wish for all children is that their life be filled with color and imagination for a long time. Therefore, we strive in creating designs that are fun to wear and always in trend so that they become a permanent companion to all children.
We thrive on creating out clothes as sustainable and social responsible as pos- sible, and that is why our clothes are produced under recognized GOTS standard.
All our designs are created and hand-painted with watercolors, in Germany. We love this authenticity and the warmth of the real hand drawing. It is very important to us to create designs that are not only cool and child friendly, but also will never risk of being unfashionable or out of trend.
It is of upmost importance to
us that our children grow up free from the gender stereo- types of today’s world. We pay most attention, when designing our prints, that all our clothes be fun for both girls and boys.
G O T S
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is recognised as the world’s leading standard for the processing of textiles made from organically produced natural fibres. It defines environmental requirements at a high level along the entire textile production chain and at the same time requires compliance with social criteria. Only textile products that consist of at least 70% organically produced natural fibres can be certified according to GOTS. All chemical additives used, such as dyes and auxiliaries, must meet certain environmentally relevant and toxicological criteria.
P R O D U K T I O N
I would like to take you with me and give you a little insight into where Curious Stories clothes are made. Curious Stories has its production facility in a GOTS certified factory in the city of Izmir in Turkey. The factory has specialised in processing organic cotton for over 20 years and in children’s clothing for 15 years.
We have a close personal contact with the factory and are in constant exchange. So working and communicating with the team is fun and you can be sure that you have an open and reliable partner. The doors of the factory are open for visits. Last autumn, a trip to Izmir was planned. Unfortunately, due to Corona, it cannot take place at the moment. But as soon as flights are allowed again, I am looking forward to a factory visit and will definitely report about it with photos and videos!
The specification on organic cotton includes the fabric production as well as the printing and sewing processes. Since the whole thing takes place under one roof, the individual stations can be better controlled. During production, only certain substances and processes are used that are as environmentally friendly as possible. No harmful chemicals are allowed in production.
All employees at the factory are paid a much higher wage than usual in the industry. The core working hours are from 9 to 5, and they do not work in high heat. Other important labour criteria are:
-Providing health, hygiene and safety protection in the workplace.
-Social security / employment contracts
-Prohibition of child labour and forced labour
-Right to collective bargaining and freedom of organisation