Kate Quinn Organics tells a story with clean lines, saturated colors and modern styling. We are consistently designing fresh and fun apparel, bedding and accessories for baby and child. For the modern mom, easy to wear pieces showcase clean sophistication. Our essentials styles are the foundation of our brand which will be offered all year long to merchandise with our seasonal collections. These beloved prints and silhouettes are selected from our best sellers.
‘I wanted to create a line that encompassed all the wishes and dreams of new parents: the softest, most natural materials to surround your baby, the highest quality design and construction, and most importantly, the hope of a cleaner kinder earth.’
- Kate McIntosh Quinn
about our 100% organic cotton line
At Kate Quinn Organics we pride ourselves on our commitment to fair trade and the earth. We use certified organic cotton on whatever elements possible, whenever possible, that is grown using sustainable farming practices which maintain and replenish soil fertility without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers. Each certified organic cotton piece is made of ultra-soft, all-natural, organically produced cotton certified by GOTS and colored using low environmentally impact dyes. We also use fair trade practices under the global organic textile standards (GOTS). Every little garment makes a difference with the unprecedented opportunity to positively impact lives. It is important for us to strive to care for the earth and its community while providing clothing for our growing children at a price point that can compete with conventional brands.
about our bamboo line and FAQ
What is Bamboo Fabric?
Bamboo fabric is a textile made from the pulp of bamboo grass. The Bamboo used to produce fabrics (not the same as Panda food) is easily replenished and requires no pesticides to grow. Bamboo is considered one of the most sustainable plants because it grows quickly and does not require chemicals or irrigation, and biodegrades more quickly than oil-based synthetics.
Bamboo is a powerhouse when it comes to protecting the planet’s resources. Maturing in only two years, it doesn’t require fertilizer or pesticides to grow quickly and strongly.
Built in Temperature Control
In textile form bamboo retains many of the properties it has as a plant. Bamboo is highly water absorbent, able to take up to three times its weight in water. In bamboo fabric, this translates to an excellent wicking ability that will pull moisture away from the skin so that it can evaporate. This makes it great for both hot and cool climates, bamboo clothing offers built-in temperature control. It traps warm air in its cross-sectional fibers to keep you warm in the winter, while its breathable nature and wicking properties keep moisture at bay for greater comfort in hot times.
Our Bamboo clothing has been tested by SGS a CPSIA certified testing agency for harmful phthalates, lead and other safety issues.
Bamboo can look like silk and have an extraordinarily soft hand-feel.
What is your bamboo clothing made from?
We use a blend of 96% bamboo viscose and 4% Lycra that creates a super silky and easy to wear textile.
Where does bamboo come from?
There are over 1,000 species of bamboo growing throughout the world. You can find wild bamboo growing in Central America, South America, South Africa, India, East Asia, Japan and the north of Australia. Globally, bamboo covers approximately 49 million acres of the world’s surface. We source and produce our bamboo line in India.
Is the process used to manufacture bamboo textiles harmful to the environment?
Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plant on earth with a growth rate of over 12 inches per day. It is tremendously strong and pest resistant. No fertilizers, pesticides or irrigation is required. Bamboo does not require replanting. The shoots are cut to their base and the bamboo re-grows from new shoots.
How should I wash my bamboo clothing?
Please wash in cold water and tumble dry on low. Also, take care to not wash or dry with zippers, velcro or other adornments. Woolite, Dreft or Free and Clear are recommended as is using hang drying and flat drying when possible.
about our beechwood modal line
Our Beechwood fabric is buttery soft and composed of 96% Modal and 4% Lycra. It allows for extra stretch.
Although they are manufactured fibers, rayon, modal and lyocell are not considered synthetic. ... However, their properties and characteristics are more similar to those of natural cellulosic fibers, such as cotton, flax (linen), hemp and jute, than those of petroleum-based synthetic fibers such as nylon or polyester.
Modal is a type of rayon, a cellulose fiber made by spinning reconstituted cellulose, in this case often from beech trees. Modal is used alone or with other fibers (often cotton or spandex or lycra) in clothing.
Modal is a wood pulp based cellulosic fiber, made out of pure wooden chips from the beech tree, technically as the European Schneider Zelkova tree. While viscose rayon can be obtained from the wood pulp from a number of different trees, modal uses only beech wood, thus it is essentially a variety of viscose rayon; a generic name for modified viscose rayon fiber that has high tenacity and high wet modulus.
Modal was first developed by Austria based Lenzing AG Company who trademarked the fabrics name, but now many manufacturers make their own versions. It was initially imported from Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Germany; but now for Indian market, it is catered to by Lenzing, Austria.
Modal fibers are defined in International Standard ISO 206: 999 (E) as high wet modulus, high breaking strength regenerated cellulose fibers produced by using particular viscose rayon, and regeneration bath compositions which allows greater molecular orientation during stretch and coagulation of the fibers. Modal as defined by the International Bureau for Standardization of Manmade Fibers (BISFA) is a distinct viscose rayon fiber genre, which has a higher wet modulus and satisfies a minimum value of tenacity in the wet stage at 5% elongation.
Q: How did Kate Quinn Organics start?
A: Originally I wanted to create a brand that would make choosing clothing that is gentle on the earth and humanity easy for the consumer. Earth Organic Baby Basics launched in 2005, which received such a great response that I added different styles and colors that lead to Kate Quinn Organics in 2006. It has been quite the continuing adventure.
Q: What is your favorite part of contributing to the industry?
A: We believe that the quality of the interactions we have with our customers is as important as the quality of our products. Part of our commitment to the welfare of the earth is our dedication to positive and personal communication. At Kate Quinn Organics each email or online transaction is not just another customer but a person of the global community and a member of our own community.
Q: Where do you gather your inspiration?
A: I am inspired by all sorts of things from interiors, literature and architecture to everything that makes up this beautiful world we live in. My children are such an inspiration! I love things that can inspire them and I love trying to impress them both by creating pieces they like that spark a conversation. I strive to make clothing that allows movement but has a sophistication to it that these little ones deserve. What excites me the most is I am able to tell a story each season, making every collection different and unique, constantly reinventing ourselves in tandem with offering the familiar and beloved essentials.
Q: What do you love:
A: Armloads of casablanca lilies. My two babies. Pinot. My little family business. A monochromatic story. The smell of rain on hot pavement. Persian rugs as neutrals. Palm green. Fern green. Pear green. Boutique hotels. The forest floor. Nectarines and ginger. The texture of India. The color of Uganda. Brass. Fresh cut grass. Everyone together around the dinner table.
Q: What is the story behind with love from Africa?
A: When Siamanda from www.beberavi.com and I met at a show in NYC a few years back, we were instantly inspired to collaborate on making a difference together. Creating a startup cut and sew project in Kenya, our mission is to provide jobs and job training for these amazing and talented women in Nakuru, Kenya - an area with unemployment rates as high as 40%, many of these women have been widowed by the aids epidemic, thus becoming the only source of income for their entire families. By giving them access to revenue, not only are the lives of their children significantly improved, but the entire community is propelled forward. This project pays above average wage to its workers and provides them with meals. Siamanda Chege is also the founder of the Patrick Chege Memorial Orphanage which provides shelter, food, healthcare, psychological and emotional support, as well as education up to college for over 25 Kenyan children. A percentage of the projects revenue goes back into the community through the Patrick Chege Orphanage. Please go visit her page to explore more about the Patrick Chege Orphanage, donate or just send a hello email of your support.
By far the most rewarding professional experience of my career, we continue to evolve and grow this project. Thank you for supporting this project with every adorable little piece that you purchase and accepting it into our Kate Quinn family of products. Please reach out through our contact page if you have any feedback, suggestions, questions or partnership opportunities for this project.