I love Art Deco – I have an Art Deco dining room, and I used to collect Louis Icart prints. So I was thrilled to see Vaquero Wovens taking inspiration from the movement for its latest wrap design, aptly named Gatsby. The crisp lines and geometric patterns perfectly evoke the jazz age, and it’s an aesthetic we really haven’t seen used before in wrap design. For all those reasons, Gatsby is unique. The motiff echoes both the Empire State Building and Frank Lloyd Wright.
Basically: the pointy-spiky arrow things in the cruciform designs make people think of the jazz age and having lots of beautiful shirts. You probably read The Great Gatsby in high school (and if you hate it unlike this blog immediately) or saw the recent movie, and recall a lot of excess and hard edges. This is that aesthetic.
Not exactly what you think of when you think of newborn baby, which is probably why no one’s used it before. This wrap is definitely part of mama’s wardrobe and less a piece of baby equipment.
Gatsby is thick. It’s not beastly, but I definitely don’t want to wear in a multi-layer carry once the thermometer tops 90. The pattern gives the wrap plenty of stretch, but that surprisingly didn’t translate into a whole lot of bounce. I’d say it had bounce, but not as much as I was expecting.
I didn’t have to wrestle too hard to get it wrapped, despite its thickness. The grip was only medium. I did, however, have to carefully tighten and place passes, because otherwise I ended up with a loose, sloppy carry. The wrap tightened easily, another function of the stretch, giving it medium moldability.
The white part scared me.
Once wrapped, it gave me plenty of shoulder cush. I found this best in carries with ruck straps, which tend to hold their tension better than carries that rely on rebozo passes (Jordan’s back carry). Maybe Gatsby just needs more tightening than I’m giving it, but those carries always seemed to slip down down down until Sunny could barely see over my shoulder.
The mint color was gorgeous and hard to photograph. The hems are reversed, so there’s no right or wrong side – an innovation I liked a lot, and I suggest more manufacturers follow. The pattern shows well when wrapped.
I preferred this for a bigger kid, because of the weight, than I would for a newbie. A new baby would get overwhelmed in the fabric, and teensy legs could get lost in a FWCC. It would make a good ruck wrap for an older kid, and despite its delicate pattern, this isn’t a delicate wrap. You could use this as a beater without worry, if it weren’t for the white color.
I liked this wrap a lot. Because I tend to prefer thinner wraps, I’m glad I got a 6, though this would really shine in a size 4. It dresses up or down easily, and the mint color is really TDF.