Biarritz Baby Gear by Kate Spade

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We've never been to Biarritz, a French resort town on the Basque coast, but we'll take Kate Spade's word for it that this collection evokes its essence and aesthetic. She also compares the Biarritz collection to a striped boatneck tee - a reference more closely aligned with our own experience and pocketbook.

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Compared to one of her handbags, the four items in the Biarritz line are not outrageously expensive - the stroller (in collaboration with MacClaren) for $300, the baby rocker for $120, the carrier for $100 and the diaper bag with changing pad for $225 (okay, the bag is pretty spendy). Each item has classy black and white stripes with red accents typical of Spade's clean lines and preppy feel. You can read more details about the line here.

We're particularly interested to know if anyone has tried the carrier? We appreciate how streamlined it looks compared to all the straps hanging off the Bjorns, but we wonder if it's less comfortable and adjustable. Anyone?

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.