The Biz: The Grapevine

When you’re young, you are vaguely aware of the strong influences binding your family together. When you get older, you understand the vital role each family member plays. As the definitions of family change and evolve in modern society, the ties that bind families together remain strong. What family wouldn’t want to boast about its bonds? Companies like Hip Together are filling a need to promote the love and strength that exists in the bonds of family relationships.

Imagine for a moment a village in Nepal with lullabies lilting in the background, crooned by mothers to their children. Clothing is loose and constructed of exotic prints that evoke a far away culture. Inspiration for children’s clothing can come in many forms. In the case of Ketiketa, a traditional Nepalese fabric was the jumping off point. Starting with “dumbar kumara”, the designers of Ketiketa turned their love of this block printed fabric into a collection of clothes and decorative accessories for boys and girls under 10. Even the label’s name has Nepalese roots with the combined “keti” (girl) and “keta” (boy) making up its presentation.

When it comes to design, most infant and toddler bottles tend more towards the utilitarian. They may consist of a clear, smooth plastic cylinder or be constructed of a lightweight glass, but a bottle is usually a bottle. And while there is nothing wrong with getting the job done, why not make mealtimes a little more enjoyable? Bottle Pets, developed by two mompreneurs who wanted to make feeding time a fun time, bring together two things that babies really like: milk and toys. They also bring together what families crave: convenience and peace of mind.

Little Things Mean A Lot
Teeny Tiny Optics

American Blanket Company is proud of what it produces and uses only the highest quality products and finest materials in the makings of its bedding blankets, throw blankets, baby blankets and gift blankets. American Blanket Company’s Basic Baby Blanket line provides little ones with the warmth, security and comfort they need, while creating a lifetime of memories of reading just one more story or singing one more lullaby wrapped up in plush, luxuriously soft, easy care fabrics that are guaranteed for life. The new Hand-Stitched Collection contains baby blankets and quilts individually hand-stitched in the U.S.A.

When you walk into a classroom, you’re likely to notice many things: the way the children and teacher interact, class artwork on the walls, the books and materials available to the kids. In most cases, the classroom furniture and equipment tend to blend into the background, but they play an important role in the education process, particularly in the early school years. ECR4Kids produces high-quality classroom furniture and school supplies geared to children in preschool and elementary school. They offer a wide variety of products to choose from, most of which come in bright, kid-friendly, primary colors.

Organization seems to top the list of things most people feel they could use improvement on. This quest leads to a search for products that will make their lives easier, more efficient and save time. When kids are involved, it adds an even greater urgency in finding methods and products to simplify storage and cleanup, especially of toys. Neat-Oh! ZipBins were born out of necessity, the brain child of a mom and her 10-year-old son Max. The ZipBin is a unique container that holds building blocks or other small play toys and unzips to form a play mat or other play surface.

Satsuma Designs
Playtime New York

It’s what every fashion-conscious person craves. It speaks every language known to man. It becomes screamingly obvious by its absence, enticingly difficult to name when encountered. “Sprezzatura” — even the word is romantic and invitingly chic. It’s that careless grace that gives the impression that even the most difficult task comes effortlessly. Sprezzatura is what defines high quality clothing, too. Effortless, beautiful, something that defies the complex motions that went into its production. Think of natural fabrics that drape over the form without clinging, allowing for movement. Sew Lati Couture focuses on creating this perfect fusion of children’s clothing and style.

An educated populace is better prepared to make decisions. Who better to help than businesses that promote a fun way to understand the electoral process? And how about creating a product that adds in a healthy dose of fun that sidesteps any partisan bickering and goes right to the heart of the process? Companies like Regina Glocker’s are bringing engaging activities like the Presidential Game to homes, classrooms, libraries and store shelves, creating a brand new generation of informed future voters.

Nursing smocks and covers are a great way to preserve privacy while breastfeeding. These covers provide a way to take care of business without everyone seeing your business. The problem with many nursing covers — in addition to being one more baby item to carry — is that they are often unattractive and some fabrics can overheat both mother and infant. L’ovedbaby is a company that offers useful and stylish products for new moms and their babies. The 4-in-1 Nursing Shawl is their most popular product, as well as the company’s flagship creation. L’ovedbaby has expanded its product line to include baby gift baskets as well a line of 100% cotton clothing.