Totems tell a story about an important event or person, favourite fable, lesson learned, belief or origin of a tribe, clan or particular family. They usually represent an idea or act as a symbol for a family. Paint for a totem comes from natural pigments and like the animals used, colours are also symbolic. These poles are a means of communication, similar to a poem.
Totem is an eco, fair trade, non gender specific kid’s wear label for ages 2 – 10 years old. It seeks to engage through simple story telling. Naturally collaborative, working with different artists each collection. Performing to the child’s prospective whilst answering a parent’s practical brief.
Totem is the next venture of Kate Bonhôte, who after graduating from Fashion Design from Central St Martins worked as a stylist and costume designer. She then went on to set up an award winning London based brand and concept store Beyond the Valley for a happy decade, whose main focus was supporting emerging artists.
After planet mother hood landed, Kate took time out to raise her 2 sons, Phoenix and Quinn. A year was spent in Mexico where Totem was first thought about. Having had two adventurous parents and growing up in the Middle East, travel remains a big source of inspiration as well as much loved local life in Hackney, East London.
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