It’s a joy to watch babies grow up, but sometimes you still want to hang onto a treasured blankie, knit hat or adorable onesie. Phinney Ridge mom Louma El-Khoury will turn your kids’ favorites into beautiful keepsakes to display all over your home.
Born in Lebanon, El-Khoury studied fashion design in Montreal, preparing for a career as a professional fashion illustrator. She used these skills to start her company, Pokidots, a little over two years ago after her two young daughters, Laurie and Leina, outgrew their baby items.
“I wanted to keep a lot of my children’s things as memories of their baby days, but at the same time, I would rather not store things that do not serve an actual purpose,” says El-Khoury. She decided to create a beautiful way to keep the most cherished pieces of her daughters’ baby clothes as displayed artwork in her home.
PHOTO COURTESY OF POKIDOTS
“I drew the faces like I imagined my daughters’ faces when they grow up, and used outfits I really liked and didn’t want to part with,” she says. “So it’s a memory, and at the same time, a reminder that they will be grown-ups one day.”
Customers have chosen an illustration of a young woman, a sailboat, or a hot-air balloon to showcase the baby clothes in the form of dresses, sails or balloon folds. Many of her clients have told her that the beautiful keepsakes make it easier to part with the rest of their children’s baby clothes and donate them to other families. This repurposing makes for a practical and meaningful addition to her work.
Even the name of her company evokes the playful tone of the artwork: “I like polka-dot patterns and I used to say ‘pokidots!’ when I saw them. It’s short and sweet, and represents a part of me.”
El-Khoury’s personal touch guarantees exceptional quality for these timeless pieces of art.
“What I didn’t expect was the way my clients used the custom keepsakes to tell their beautiful and personal stories,” she says. “Each family has a unique story, and it’s rewarding to see how my keepsakes helped them capture it forever, let go of clutter, and in some cases, even helped them heal.”