The desire for consumerist luxury versus the ecominded duty to save the planet — what’s a Bay Area parent to do?
Resolve your warring impulses with Luvette clothes, glad rags crafted from recycled cashmere sweaters.
Berkeley’s Kathy Brady launched Luvette after spying a $100 cashmere diaper cover. So cute, she cooed; too expensive, she reasoned. So she picked up an old sweater and a pair of scissors and made her own.
Look closely at the line of socially responsible baby clothes and you can see the origins of the wares: Ribbing becomes suspender straps; arms make perfect little pant legs; and cuffs fit tiny ankles just right. Once washed and shrunk by Brady, the cashmere becomes unbelievably soft and no longer needs dry cleaning.
Riding the Rails
What: Randall Museum’s recently completed, climbable scale model of a caboose.
Why: Get on board with train love.
When: Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 199 Museum Way (415-554-9600). Admission is free.
Bumblebee Ceramic Handprints
What: Memorialize tiny fingers (and toes).
Why: Celebs have the Hollywood Walk of Fame; weebies have these.
When: Sat., noon-3 p.m.
Where: Right Start, 3435 Sacramento St., b/t Walnut & Laurel Sts. (415-202-1901). Cost is $30-$90.
Chinese New Year Parade
What: The largest CNY parade outside of Asia.
Why: Lion dancers, martial arts, and floats, oh my!
When: Sat., 5:15 p.m.
Where: Parade starts at Market & 2nd Sts. (415-986-1370). Adults and children, $30 bleacher seats; standing free.
Photo: Courtesy of Luvette