Dodo Banana is a creative collaboration between artist Alessandra Olanow and retailer/designer Fiona Montgomery, friends who met over a decade ago and immediately connected over a mutual aesthetic admiration for Alex’s thoughtful, conversational illustrations and Fiona’s beloved NoLIta design shop Thomas Sires.
Their shared dedication to the process of creating something meaningful and sustainable is at the heart of what makes Dodo Banana unique. Together they have merged their talents to create a line of sophisticated yet whimsical pajamas that both children and parents will love, and that inspire sound sleeps and big dreams.
Dodo Banana combines the highest standard of quality—G.O.T.S. certified 100% organic pima cotton that feels like clouds on your child’s skin, with an emphasis on ethical sourcing and manufacturing, all designed with original hand illustrated artwork.
The cotton is sourced and hand picked from the premiere producer of organic pima cotton in Peru. The longer fibers assure higher quality and durability for the pajamas to be washed time and time again without losing their shape or natural elasticity. Organic cotton has the advantage of being produced in soil free of chemical fertilizers and other harsh pesticides, which sets it apart from conventional cotton.
Drawing inspiration from their own lives, Dodo Banana’s prints mix Alex and Fiona’s sensibility of a soft, sophisticated color palette, with the playful imagination of their children- sleepy bananas, dancing fries with smiling shakes, and animals in space. The colors and prints are not gender specific, as Coco, Max, and Elinor love to match.
Additionally, Dodo Banana collaborates with other like-minded artists who focus on quality, detail, and a refined aesthetic. The first collaboration is with Los Angeles based artist Mary Matson who illustrated the Skate Park print. Dodo Banana pajamas can be seen as wearable art for children.
Today, Alessandra lives in Brooklyn with her daughter Coco. Her whimsical and poignant illustrations have graced the pages of The Wall Street Journal, The Oprah Magazine, Vogue and Bon Appetit, to name a few. She is currently working on her first book with Harper Collins hitting the shelves in Fall 2020. Fiona lives in San Francisco with her husband, their son and daughter, Max and Elinor, and their faithful Norwich Terrier, Ivy.