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Review – Levate Wraps Leaves of Ginko Bench

Levate Leaves of Ginko Bench

November 2017

Blend: 47% Combed Cotton 45% Giza Cotton 8% Cashmere
Wrappee: 22 months, 9,5kg

Size: 6

The new danish brand Levate is releasing their third wrap this week and I am allowed to give you a little impression of this wrap.
I already shew you the yellow friend of this wrap when it visited us in summer this year. While I really loved that mustardy colour I think I prefer this pattern in such an edgy contrast like in Bench. You probably noticed that I have a huge crush on this Ginko pattern. There are really just a handful of floral patterns I like and this is definitely on top of that list. My parents have a Ginko tree in their garden and I still remember how funny I found these special leaves as a kid. This wrap pattern is a perfect mix of natural forms and a graphical style that makes it timeless and chic. The contrast between the ecru and dark green is a total win for Bench. And did you know that this wrap has it’s name because of the benches in Copenhagen that are painted in this dark forest green? What a nice hommage!

When Bench arrives at your doorstep and you pull it out of the box you will instantly know that you have a high end wrap in front of you. The packaging is designed with so much care and passion and unpacking was a pleasure. The wrap itself was a bit flat and stiff right out of the box so that I just made some photos and washed it right after.

After it was dry we wrapped with it for a few days and it happened what I already experienced with other densely woven wraps: the fabric began to fluff up. It got softer with every use in the last few weeks although it’s still a wrap that I wouldn’t describe with „kitten belly soft“. The pattern creates a lovely grip that you can feel when it glides through your hands. The Gize cotton gives the wrap a gentle silky feeling. You can feel the lines of the leaves, some more thin and subtle, others strong and standing out. This grip makes it a perfect toddler wrap for me. It’s medium thick but totally fine in a one layer carry. It doesn’t have much cush on the shoulders but makes very nice and flat chest passes in a double hammock. Sometimes you have to pay some more attention to get the slack out and tighten it strand by strand. But when it’s once finished, the carry won’t change anymore and will make you and your little one happy and comfortable for many hours.

The yellow Leaves of Ginko Au was made of 100% Combed Cotton and it’s not so easy for me to compare these two as it’s already some time ago since it was here. But from my memory I can’t feel a big difference between them and I doubt that the 8% of Cashmere make a big difference. I think I would prefer either an easy care wrap without any cashmere at all or a higher percentage of cashmere for more cush and warmth.

Anyway, this is a high quality wrap for every season and not prone to pulls or stains so that it ads a little luxury feeling to your daily life with kids. I have a size 6 here as we often wrap in a Front Wrap Cross Carry or Double Hammock but I think this would also perform excellent as a shorty or even ring sling. Did I already mention that I really really love the pattern? I wish I would have a dress made out of it #ginkoeverywhere

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