Hi! I Am Kendra Francis, Founder and Creative Director of Petits Genoux.
Petits Genoux began as a happy accident in between drop off and pick up at preschool, between another mom and I. A super stylish travel writer and myself, creating pieces for our #newprojects. In a few months we had a line and a few weeks later, an order and then voila, Petits Genoux was born. No plan, no bank account, no website, but we pulled it together and had an opening in our first vendors boutique and I was right back into the swing of things. A vast new, shiny space called Childrens Clothing was breathing a new vibrant energy into me.
The entrepreneurial spirit is a bit of a phenomenon to some. They question the struggle, the inconsistencies, the highs and deep lows. Those are the things that keep me in it, it’s like survivor or the amazing race, non-stop and never ending. I am a creator, and and don’t think I will ever stop. I pride myself in the quality and integrity of my work and hope when it goes out into the world that it’s received that way because, it really is in my blood...
I hope you these pieces bring you joy.
Petits Genoux / puh-tee . jUH-nu was created for the littlest ones in our lives. Eco-conscious, socially-conscious, and gender-neutral, Petits Genoux is great gifting for any child.
An accomplished designer, creative director, stylist, and entertaining expert, Kendra began her multifaceted journey in fashion design. Her designs are characterized by impeccable craftsmanship and attention to detail. Her distinctive approach, rooted in simplicity and thoughtful execution, has now expanded to all facets of life and the art of living.
Drawing inspiration from her Caribbean and African heritage, as well as her experiences travelling around the world, Francis infuses her designs with a fusion of global aesthetics for her 20-plus years in the industry she was honoured with a Black Designers of Canada award.
Kendra has been featured in publications such as Vogue, Elle, Fashion, HELLO!, The New York Times, FASHION, House and Home, The Globe and Mail and many others.