Wrap 'Em in Cashmere Baby Clothes by Luvette

Recycled Threads That Do It Again

luvette recycled cashmere baby clothes!

The desire for consumerist luxury versus the ecominded duty to save the planet — what’s a Bay Area parent to do?

Resolve your warring impulses with Luvette clothes, glad rags crafted from recycled cashmere sweaters.

Berkeley’s Kathy Brady launched Luvette after spying a $100 cashmere diaper cover. So cute, she cooed; too expensive, she reasoned. So she picked up an old sweater and a pair of scissors and made her own.

Look closely at the line of socially responsible baby clothes and you can see the origins of the wares: Ribbing becomes suspender straps; arms make perfect little pant legs; and cuffs fit tiny ankles just right. Once washed and shrunk by Brady, the cashmere becomes unbelievably soft and no longer needs dry cleaning.

Conflict averted.

Available at Carmel Blue, 1418 Grant Avenue, between Green and Union Streets (415-362-2583 or carmelblue.com); online at luvette.com, $25-$100.

this week in san francisco!

Riding the Rails
Randall Museum’s recently completed, climbable scale model of a caboose.
Why: Get on board with train love.
When: Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 199 Museum Way (415-554-9600). Admission is free.

Bumblebee Ceramic Handprints
Memorialize tiny fingers (and toes).
Why: Celebs have the Hollywood Walk of Fame; weebies have these.
When: Sat., noon-3 p.m.
Where: Right Start, 3435 Sacramento St., b/t Walnut & Laurel Sts. (415-202-1901). Cost is $30-$90.

Chinese New Year Parade
The largest CNY parade outside of Asia.
Why: Lion dancers, martial arts, and floats, oh my!
When: Sat., 5:15 p.m.
Where: Parade starts at Market & 2nd Sts. (415-986-1370). Adults and children, $30 bleacher seats; standing free.

Photo: Courtesy of Luvette

Carmel Blue
1418 Grant Ave
bt Green & Union Sts
San Francisco, CA 94133
Right Start Presidio Heights
3435 Sacramento St
bt Walnut & Laurel Sts
San Francisco, CA 94118
199 Museum Way
San Francisco, CA 94114