The Biz: The Grapevine

Every home needs some ambience; a way for the inhabitants to feel cozy, secure and happy. Aesthetic touches like blankets, pillows, throws and other accessories do more than just provide physical warmth and comfort; they add a distinctive look and help create the right vibe. They also provide a way for the residents to express their unique style sense and show appreciation for the things they love. Scene Weaver describes itself as a “feel-good” company that offers multiple collections with a little something for just about everyone. Pickled is a branch of Scene Weaver that offers lighthearted children’s room décor and clothing collections.

Kissy Kissy launches into bigger sizes with its first sleepwear collection. After a small test for Fall ‘14, the brand’s pajama offering has grown to include a range of prints, sizes and silhouettes. With this move from day to night, the beloved baby outfitter has maintained its signature softness and sweet aesthetic. The line comprises snug-fitting, 2-piece Peruvian Pima cotton sets in more than 15 prints. The spring offering includes both long-sleeve tops and pants sets to get children through those last chilly nights as well as short-sleeve tops and shorts sets for when things heat up.

It’s the never-ending conundrum for shoppers: what baby shower gift is unique enough to be remembered but still something a new parent wants and needs? Endue is ending this dilemma with their beautifully practical layette sets and organic baby clothing. Mostly made of 100% certified organic Peruvian cotton, the silky soft brand will please even the most discriminating parent. As if the quality of their product isn’t enough, Endue donates life-saving meals to a child in need for every product purchased.

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Little Things Mean A Lot

Clothes shopping should be fun for customers. It’s a great feeling to find new looks and fresh pieces that express one’s fashion sense and are perfect for an occasion. Well-fitting maternity clothes can contribute to this body confidence as well. High-quality maternity clothing helps a pregnant woman show off her best assets and gives her the same style benefits she has with everyday clothes. Maternal America is a good example of the quality and style many women look for in maternity wear. This large company is based in Los Angeles but has subsidiaries in New York, Atlanta and Chicago.

Sometimes the simplest ideas become the most successful. When Lori Cohen’s 6-year-old daughter put on a pair of sneakers that were slightly too big she suggested putting something in the eyelets to make them tighter. “That night Shoeglits came to me in my sleep. I woke up and made my first prototype,” states Cohen. Originally the products were designed for girls ages 5-10 who wanted to “jazz up their sneakers.” Now the brand is growing to include boys, teens and moms.

On the evolutionary chain of children’s rain gear, there isn’t exactly a staggering amount of change. If you look at family photos and magazines from the 1950s up to today, you’ll probably notice that children’s rain gear looks very much the same, with a few minor changes and updates. Is there anything new under the sun when it comes to the rain? Maybe. Rain gear from Oil & Water gives new life to these everyday pieces and makes puddle-hopping more fun than ever. Sure, there’s the classic yellow slicker, but shoppers also discover some new wet-weather options like cozy field jackets, haute couture opera coats and pretty ponchos.

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Sado Inc. is a vintage inspired clothing line for girls 12 months to 10 years. It is a mix-and-match line full of unique fabrics, ruffles and trims. It has a natural feel that is still fun and girly. Sado Inc. just released a women’s line too, so now mothers and daughters can dress alike. Owner Samantha Miller speaks on Sado’s success: “I feel like moms have been looking for a casual clothing line that can be worn on a daily basis, but is different from what you find at big box stores. Sado Inc. is unique, comfortable, affordable and lovely on every level.”

There are many reasons why American parents have a romance with European fashions for their kids. There’s the general allure of all things exotic and different, and the idea that European imports represent a chic, affluent lifestyle. The truth is that European clothing for kids is often high quality and stylish in its own unique way. Of course, Europe is a whole continent encompassing many cultures, each with its own particular style sense. Boboli is a company that represents Spain with its fun, colorful children’s clothing.

Empress Arts offers a complete package for the gift industry: high quality, beautiful products, and pricing designed to include anyone who enjoys unique gift gifting. Owner Kathy Tanabe states, “We love kids and feel that there’s not really a lot of time before they are grown and want parents to cherish as many special moments as possible by providing well thought out products that make people smile.” Empress Arts has been able to grow by continuing to do trade shows and use sales reps though the years. They feel it is important to meet customers face to face and hear what they have to say.

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