First up is Our Generation (brought to you by Battat) and you can check them out here. Their website is actually very nice and shows a pretty impressive range of really cute outfits and accessories! One thing that I really like about this company is that they use eco-friendly packaging and I will talk about that in depth here shortly. But first here is what their clothing display looks like at my neighborhood target:
|Man someone needs to face those shelves!|
They had two rows of hanging spaces for clothes. The top row is for the deluxe fashion sets (which retail at $16.99) and the bottom is for their regular fashion sets ($12.99.) As far as I can tell, the biggest difference seems to be that the deluxe sets have cloth shoes and they seem to be a bit fancier? I'm not sure if that justifies the price jump but since my biggest issue with this company is the plastic shoes that come with the normal fashion sets......it could be. I might have to get one of the deluxe sets just to see what I think.
Anyway, I purchased one of the 12.99 sets! Actually it came down to these two:
|Hubby chose the dress with the hat but I will be back for the red outfit! So cute!|
Let's look at the dress first.
|The front and back of the box|
What I think is really cool about the back is the little pink box there. It says that the box is made from recycled materials, printed with soy based ink and is recyclable. So I checked out the FAQ on their website. Not surprisingly they say the same thing, but they also add that all the plastic is recyclable and that they design their packaging to be reusable. Something that is pretty evident in the shoe box (I'll be keeping that for easy storage) and in the hanger part of the dress box! It is in fact a cute detachable hanger that can be used to store the dress later on. I don't think this is the end all or be all of doll accessory packaging BUT, like their inspirational blub, it can't hurt! I think the recycling angle pretty cool and a nice feature.
The box is also fairly easy to open. It's just taped at the bottom and then you pull the front little panel down and you can lift up the back inside panel of the box (after a little struggling) and everything is just attached with thread. I really should have gotten a picture of that but I was too excited!
Now that I've yammered on about that, here is the dress out of the box:
Speaking of the hat:
The socks are pretty disappointing:
|Straight side on the left, slouchy on the right|
Now I've already said that I don't like the plastic shoes. My main beef with them is just that it seems lazy. Other companies are making decent fabric shoes and selling them for around five dollars so I know they can't be that expensive.
That being said there are a few things I like about these:
So I mentioned earlier that I bought a pair of their better shoes for comparison! There weren't a ton of choices but I picked the pair I thought matched the best and here they are in the box:
|I had to take of the sleeve here to get a good picture|
I really like these shoes. I think they look sturdy and adorable! The double layered uppers are nice and thick, the strap is attached very solidly and I love the soles! My only complaint is that they don't fit quite as tightly as I would like (especially for seven dollars) but I can see where that would be an excellent thing for little fingers! I think I will be checking out their other styles in the very near future.
Now I am a little strange! My dolls don't share clothing for the most part. Each has her own wardrobe and if I can't decide who would wear a certain outfit I don't buy it. This outfit went to Kanani, so let's see how it fits:
|Fun fact! My first try taking this picture there was a giant dead bug I didn't notice till later. I went back and redid this shot.|
So what are my thoughts on Our Generation?
The clothing is well made, the basic shoes and the socks are a disappointment but I'm impressed with the extra shoes you can buy separately and with the hat this dress came with. I will probably buy from them again!
Stay tuned for part two which is going to be all about My Life! Till next time!