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Finger in the nose

Launched in 2004 by French and Norwegian natives Jean Yves Campion and Siv Tone Kverneland, Paris-based brand Finger in the nose has gained a cult following with its authentic, rock‘n’roll-inspired but functional children’s clothing. Offering a timeless range of high-quality essentials, the brand is known for its graphic tees, ultra-comfy denim available in a number of washes, and long-lasting knit and outerwear. Not just great to look at, Finger in the nose pieces are made from premium materials to stand the test of time. Easy to wear, bold and full of attitude, Finger in the nose designs are as popular among kids as they are among parents.
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INTERVIEW WITH JEAN YVES CAMPION 
FOUNDER OF FINGER IN THE NOSE
 
 

How did Finger in the nose come about?

This project was brought about like many others, from wants, needs, new people and new opportunities. We did not have a direct connection with the world of kids, but we had participated in the creation of the kids’ fashion magazine, MilK. We had in the heart of our studio a team capable of creating a great kids fashion brand and we all wanted a more personal project that did not revolve around a client.  Life had given us kids to clothe, but we had a hard time finding pieces that were both durable and elegant.  We liked jeans, and the idea of creating a jeans brand for kids came to us after a trip to Japan.
At first we only had one model, the NORTON, an excellent pair faded with two washes.  It was probably the world’s first, smallest skinny jeans.  It had a better cut and higher quality than other jeans on offer at the time.  The look was more rock and authentic than others. Everything started there, and six years later the collection has almost 200 different styles.
 

Finger in the nose has quite a recognisable style. Where did this style come from and how would you define it?

Our NORTON jeans set the tone for the brand: authentic, rock, superior cuts and fits, solid and comfortable, but elegant and similar to the look of young adults. By nature, this pair of jeans was transgenerational, so the brand followed suit.  Our clothes, for kids aged one to 16 years old, all have the same range of designs and models.
Jeans are something people wear everyday, that become even better with wear and washing. We loved this idea, and it motivated and inspired us to create the rest of the collection. As for style, it has to appeal to kids and parents alike.  We like the idea that a strong emotional connection is woven between the clothes and the person.
 

What inspires you?

The worlds of music, North America, Scandinavia, London, the adult fashion world, of course, the working world and even the army sometimes. Also, our childhood memories, skateboarders from the 70s, the outdoors culture of the 80s, the motorcycle look in the 50s, and lots of other things.  All of these universes inspire us, we like to recycle them and create contemporary versions. 
 

If you could only keep one piece from the brand, what would it be and why?

The NORTON jeans, a jean button-down shirt, a durable peacoat, a down jacket… OK, that’s a lot more than one piece, I know, but we love these pieces like they were our own kids. How can we choose?
 

If Finger in the nose was a fashion brand for adults, what would it be like and why? 

We like to make children’s clothes that parents would be comfortable wearing. Our tastes come from the world of fashion for adults, and if we look closely, Finger in the Nose is a mix and match of brands for adults currently or previously available. If Finger in the nose were a brand for adults, it would be an assortment of old American brands, iconic English rock brands, army suppliers, sports brands, and the fashion brands of retirement communities in Florida and California who seem to wear clothes from America’s golden years.
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