Despite being an actual princess (crown princess of Greece), Marie-Chantal Claire is far from a lady of leisure. The Manhattan-based founder and creative director of childrenswear brand Marie-Chantal (mariechantal.com) founded the line when pregnant with her third child in 2000. “I felt so empowered, and it gave me all the inspiration I needed to get my little business going,” she says. “I decided to design and create a children’s line because I wanted to have a brand that could offer everything from pretty party dresses, everyday pieces, sweaters, tops and bottoms, but I really wanted a collection that would offer a parent a complete children’s wardrobe.” Here, she shares her posh, parenting picks.
“When all of my children were babies, I used the Mustela shampoo, cream and body wash. Every now and then when I spot the cream in a shop, I’ll put the body cream on my hands, and it brings me right back to when they were little!” Stelatopia emollient face cream, $14, mustelausa.com
“My favorite pieces from the collections are the Marie-Chantal hand-painted print dresses and, of course, what I designed when I started my business, the Marie-Chantal angel wing onesie, as it’s so pretty.” Angel wing onesie and bear suit set, $229, mariechantal.com
“There is this beautiful toy brand from Denmark called Maileg. They have these tiny kitchen stoves with tiny pots and pans and dolls that I am crazy about.” Metal stove, $40, maileg.com
“My go-to fitness routine is SoulCycle, sometimes a run through the park, and when I find the time, I’ll mix it up with Pilates.” 5 Bryant Park, soul-cycle.com
“Dyptique is so perfect, as all the smells blend so well.” Eau de Minthé, $175, Diptyque, 971 Madison Ave.
ART FROM THE HEART
“When my children were little, I had them all sit for an artist called Julia Condon. I think her paintings are very special as she captures something magical in the eyes of the children she paints.” juliacondon.com
Photography by: portrait by Andy Lo Pò; painting courtesy of julia condon; soulcycle photo courtesy of soulcycle