The Biz: Feature Articles

Beautiful fabric, internationally inspired design, and eco-friendly clothing create the perfect blend of quality children’s clothing. Paper Cloudz is the model place for retailers to stock their shelves year-round with products that have a positive impact on consumers. Lively prints and durable, soft fabrics help children forget about their wardrobe and focus on being a kid. All materials and processes are chosen for less global impact, from the cotton and bamboo plants to the final product. Every sale earns a donation to a charity for causes in need of funding, making Paper Cloudz a leader in globally-aware fashion.

Turkish towels have long been a staple in the most well-appointed homes and hotels. Turkey’s long history of loom-woven textiles, combined with its history of luxurious bath houses make it the perfect birthplace for towels that are soft, absorbent, and beautiful. The best-known type of Turkish towel, the pestemel, was a favorite that, along with other towel styles, made its way from the baths of Istanbul to the bathrooms of millions of Americans in the last century. Today, the Turkish textile legacy carries on to the next generation in towels, clothing and other materials made by Little Ashkim.

Doesn’t it seem like there are more pregnant mamas this year than usual? Good thing there are more maternity and nursing shopping prospects than ever before. Gone are the days of frumpy maternity clothes, sub-par therapy products, and unappealing style options. Now new moms and pregnant ladies can look as good as ever, but more importantly, feel beautiful. Stores can compile multiple products together to create the ultimate gift basket for baby showers or hospital care packages. These four remarkable brands help empower and support pregnant and postpartum women with their innovative products: Bamboobies, Pelv-Ice, You! Lingerie, and Milky Way.

Baby Banz Inc.

Finding an inviting place to get away from it all can be as close as one’s back yard – if that back yard comes equipped with hammocks where you can read and relax. La Siesta not only provides this luxury for adults, but has a line for children and babies as well. These quality products are sustainably made with only the finest materials. Hammocks for children may be just the unusual, novelty item your customers would love to see in your store.

If children are our future, then focus needs to extend beyond just what they eat to what they use to eat it. Get past the plastic with alternative eco-friendly materials like stainless steel, bamboo and chemical-free plastic substitutes. Dining out or dining in, The Giggle Guide® recommends these environmentally-safe products that are portable, safe and stylish: ZoLi, Innobaby, ANYWhere by Untangled Living, and Bambooware by Bamboo Studio.

It should come as no surprise that more and more vendors are implementing MAP (Minimum Advertised Price) policies as a way of protecting their brand’s image and encouraging retailers to present their products in clean, comfortable and professional environments where customers can view and touch the items, see demonstrations, personally interact with knowledgeable employees, and receive superior customer service. But what some vendors do not realize is that by merely implementing a MAP policy, without doing anything to make sure retailers comply with it, they may completely fail to achieve these goals.

Republic of Pigtails, LLC

Moms who have really done their homework know that one of the most important things they can do for their child’s development is breastfeed if they are able, and then start the child on a high-quality diet with vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. This dietary transition can be a tough. Many commercially-made baby foods are not organic, thus running the risk of exposing a child to pesticides, or contain additives. That is why many mothers make their own baby foods at home, and Ruth Yaron’s book, Super Baby Food, gives great guidance on making baby purees and on what and when to feed babies to keep them healthy and support their growth.

America is such a diverse country with so many points of view and traditions to draw on, it’s almost impossible to pin down one look and label it “American Style”. While we don’t have one standard look, we do have a set of ideals we’re known for, and these can be seen in the products we wear and use. Our love for wide open spaces is apparent in western wear like you’ll find at Cuddlestar. Our innovation is seen in the “Why didn’t I think of that?” simplicity of the The Little Lasso. Our respect for the innocence and beauty of childhood shines through in fashions from companies like Malley & Co. and A Little Annafaith.

In today’s world, many daily interactions are quick-paced and short-lived. As electronics and screen time take over lives, occasionally kids forget the most basic, natural part of childhood: play. Germany takes us back to the basics with wonderful, traditional toys that rely on brains, not batteries. HABA has branched out from its classic wooden toys to create modern versions with heirloom quality. sigikid takes its cue from children’s need for cuddling, and creates developmentally appropriate toys. Ravensburger produces puzzles that will forever change how people think of putting pieces together. Hape Toys focuses on wood toys made from natural materials.

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