This is a Mother of a Deal review of Path + Laftr Clothing‘s hoodies. Read all about it and then ENTER TO WIN a hoodie of your choice! I’ll draw a winner on Monday, February 3rd.
Just before Christmas, Path + Laftr Clothing sent me a package containing two hoodies for my boys, aged 8 1/2 & 7. If you haven’t heard of them, Path + Laftr is a company based out of West Vancouver, specializing in clothing for boys, aged 7-16. The company is run by Michele and was started because, like so many of us with boys, she found there was a serious gap in the Canadian marketplace for good quality boys gear that is durable, yet stylish and affordable. My boys live in hoodies – they honestly wear them every day – so I was really excited for a chance to check out her products, and of course I love that they’re designed in Canada and the company is Mom-run.
My first reaction upon opening the package was, omg – these are gorgeous!! The two hoodies that we received are the Sherpa Lined Hoodie and the Tomato Pullover Hoodie – I loved them immediately for two reasons: the colours were rich and perfect for my boys (my youngest LOVES orange) and they were just so soft. And that’s what hoodies are meant to be, right? Soft and comfy. True, BUT…. they also have to be sturdy enough to withstand everything that boys are going to inflict on them, for as long as they fit. And that’s where the Path + Laftr hoodies do deliver.
Michele sent me her two smallest sizes: a 7-8 for my 7 yo and a 9-10 for my 8 1/2 yo. Sizing is a funny thing when you have kids that are so close in age because both boys should technically fit into the smaller size. And I’m pleased to say that they do both fit into the smaller size, which means that Path + Laftr have their sizing right. Nothing is more frustrating than buying a 7-8 and finding that it’s already too small on an 8-year old, because the 9-10 might be huge, and then you’re stuck. I can’t tell you how often this happens to me. Knowing that the size has a good range is important because it means that it will get tons of use before they grow out of it. In my case, my 8 1/2 yo likes hoodies on the bigger size, so he was fine with the 9-10 size that Michele sent.
The feel of the cotton in these hoodies is really lovely – I wish I had a hoodie so comfy and cosy! But it’s durable too. From the quality of the fabric to the strength of their stitching and seams, it’s clear that Path + Laftr pay attention to the important details of boys’ clothes. The zipper on the Sherpa is easy to use too! The boys have worn these hoodies non-stop since we received them and they are certainly standing up to the daily use. One of my pet peeves with hoodies are the cuffs. When they’re worn constantly, I find that cuffs rapidly lose their shape and get all stretchy. Not so with these. Even with my 8yo “cuff-biter” (why do kids bite their clothes??), the cuffs are maintaining their shape – this is because Path + Laftr puts lycra into the cuffs, something that not many other manufacturers do. Because of all the use, I’ve washed them several times over and so far they haven’t balled up, lost their shape or faded – although I have washed them in cold water (as is recommended), so that’s likely helped with the colouring. Overall, the quality of these hoodies is top-notch and I’m confident that they will last long enough for my sons to outgrow them AND be in good enough shape to be passed on. This is an aim that Michele works to, and it truly shows.
Style & Price
On the style front, we go for more neutral and plain design in our boys’ clothes. While my boys do have the requisite character tshirts that help “keep them cool”, generally we stick to designs that are easy on the eye and not too wild and crazy. The hoodie designs that Path + Laftr feature on their website all fit in to this preference, and would be easy to match with anything in our boys’ wardrobes. They generally cater for styles that aren’t pigeon-holed into a boarder or skater style and are European-influenced, so if you (and your kids) are more in to graphic-oriented designs, this clothing might not be for you. But I’m guessing you’d still find something to love in their range. I’m excited to see what they have in store for Spring!
Lastly, on the price front, the hoodies I was sent are regularly-priced at $60 for the Sherpa and $40 for the Pullover. I might not usually spend that much, but for the quality of garment that Path + Laftr produces, I think I’d be getting my money’s worth. While I appreciate that you might get a similar Sherpa-lined hoodie for $35 at Old Navy, I’m positive that it won’t be as well-made or last as long. As always, spending is dependent on your budget, but often forking out the money up front for really good quality, and even better, doing so when your child is at the bottom of the size range, will mean not having to fork it out again so soon! At Mother of a Deal, I’m always searching for a good bargain, so my advice would be to check out Path + Laftr’s sales (which are up to 50% Off) and maybe grab a size up for next season too while they’re discounted.
Soft cotton feel, awesome quality
Sturdy stitching and reinforced seams
Lycra in the cuffs
Sizes on the larger end
No loss of colour after 5 washes (best to wash cold unless really dirty!)
Sylish design, great colours, not too garish or busy
Designed in Canada
Pricier than I might usually pay, but the quality is so worth it and the sales are great!
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I’m happy to recommend Path + Laftr Clothing to my Mother of a Deal readers and the best news is that Path + Laftr has offered Mother of a Deal a Hoodie to GIVEAWAY ($35-60 value, winner chooses style)! Use the entry form below for your chance to WIN!
Disclosure: Path + Laftr provided Mother of a Deal with the two hoodies to try out their products. The words and opinions expressed in this review are strictly my own.
Path + Laftr Hoodie Giveaway – CLOSED
Enter the Giveaway to win a Hoodie of your choice from Path + Laftr ($35 – $60 value). The Giveaway winner is Nicole from Richmond!