This is not the first time I have advised PF readers to shop Canadian. And I try do very hard to be supportive of independent maternity boutiques here in the U.S., especially because we certainly need more of them.
But I am so very impressed with the selections offered this fall by Ottawa maternity boutique Hautemama that I have no choice but to suggest you all head over to the store’s online boutique and start shopping. Fragile, Vanessa Knox, Slacks & Co, Bellybutton–I have written about all of these European maternity lines, lamenting the fact that they are carried in such very limited quantities here in the United States. Hautemama seems to have heeded such complaints and has updated its website and its collections, curating a very impressive online boutique chocked full of New Fall Arrivals from Europe’s luxury maternity designers. Yes, you’ll have to pay shipping from Canada, but this upgraded maternity boutique is the best one-stop maternity shopping destination I’ve seen in a while.
That great new Leather-Trimmed Wool Cape that Slacks & Co did for its Fall 2012 Collection? Hautemama has it. How about Slacks & Co’s recent release of new work-appropriate maternity dresses? Hautemama stocks them. Vanessa Knox’s cozy wool Purple Cableknit Maternity Cardigan? Hautemama has it. A wide selection of high-end nursingwear from Swedish designer Boob? Hautemama has it. And Boob’s hard-to-find cotton leggings in an array of colors? Hautemama has those too.
In the meantime, I’ll be stalking our favorite U.S. maternity boutiques waiting for them to switch it up a bit and offer the discerning maternity shopper a wider selection. I’m all for shopping American whenever you can…except, of course, when there is a Belgian-designed silk couture maternity dress like this one to be ordered directly from Canada.