Newport Cottages crafts fine furniture for babies and children, ranging from traditional to modern styles. The high quality, exclusive collections of cribs, changing tables, beds, desks, chairs, dressers, armoires and more are favorites of Project Nursery, the ultimate children’s design resource, and we love them, too. With the help of his wife Cristina, Pockets Alvarez lovingly designs each piece which is then handcrafted in Southern California. Pockets recently shared the who, what, and why behind the business with Celebrity Baby Trends.
CBT: When did you launch Newport Cottages?
Pockets: My wife Cristy and I started our business in our garage over 15 years ago. We originally started with adult furniture that was imported. Soon after, we decided that we wanted more control of the quality and safety of our furniture. That was when we decided to start manufacturing our own furniture right here in California. We are still very active in all aspects of the business. We have great relationships with our retailers, and we consider them friends and business partners.
Pockets: Each piece is individually handcrafted using solid hard woods. We don’t use MDF or particle board, which is unfortunately a staple in most furniture in the market today. We believe in creating heirloom quality products, which can be passed down from generation to generation. Our best seller at the moment is our Beverly line. It has a timeless design with an opulent glam look.
CBT: Why are you so impassioned about high quality baby furniture?
Pockets: Baby furniture evokes a wonderful emotion. It’s a time when you’re creating the nursery for your new arrival. Our customers are filled with hope and excitement, and it is an honor to share that joy with each one of them. I attended USC and majored in Business-Entrepreneurial Studies, and I had a strong passion for sketching and architecture. The furniture business gave me the chance to combine my entrepreneurial spirit with my love of design.
Pockets: The Country Bed and Taylor six-drawer dresser were some of the first pieces we crafted. The Country Bed was such a big seller in the queen and king sizes, we created it in twin and targeted it to children. Both of these pieces are still part of our line and are some of our best sellers.
CBT: What celebrities use your furniture?
Pockets: Our customers include Halle Berry, Minnie Driver, Tori Spelling, Victoria Beckham, Philip Rivers and Brett Favre’s daughter. We also sent a crib to Saudi Arabia for a Royal Princess.
CBT: How did you come up with the name Newport Cottages?
Pockets: Whether you’re on the East or West Coast, Newport is a great place to live. I have visited both Rhode Island and California, and fell in love with the relaxed atmosphere the beach provides. Our cottage-style furniture fits the beach like lifestyle.
CBT: What’s ahead for Newport Cottages?
Pockets: We are always looking to expand and add new looks and colors. Our customers are a major contributor in creating new pieces for our collection.
CBT: Where can people purchase your products?
Pockets: Our furniture is sold on our website as well as nationwide through specialty shops, boutiques and interior designers.
We are totally in love with Newport Cottages’ innovative and functional designs. Check out their fantastic Conversion Cribs that grow with your child. They begin as a crib and through the use of conversion kits, can be transformed into a toddler bed and then into a full-size bed. Whether you’re shopping for a newborn or a big girl or boy, now is the time to invest in furnishings your family will treasure for years to come. Newport Cottages is offering a 15% discount to CBT readers. Simply enter the code CBT15 at checkout on their website to receive the discount!