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ZipIt is the brainchild of Israeli Industrial Design student Ishay Halmut. The products range from pencil cases to backpacks to women’s bags. Each bag is unique, playful and practical. ZipIt aims to ignite creativity and inspire its customers to think differently in order to unlock their potential. These products are for the young, and young at heart, who want to enjoy clever design at accessible prices.

KIDShow Las Vegas kicks off on President’s Day, Monday February 16th this year at Bally’s. The three-day event expects to host more new and first-time KIDShow exhibitors than ever before. Show Manager Denise Raeside says, “We are very excited to report that our exhibitor list has grown to over 60 new brands and first-time exhibitors and multi-line rep showrooms, in addition to many loyal brands that have supported our show from the beginning.” KIDShow is known for its welcoming atmosphere, excellent buyer and exhibitor relationships, and range of quality exhibitors with something for every retailer’s price point from mid-tier to high-end.

The age-old adage about teaching man to fish holds universally true, and never more so than at Haiti Babi. Many of the 500,000 children in Haitian orphanages are put there by parents who simply cannot afford to provide for them. Haiti Babi was created with the crucial mission to keep kids with their parents. What does it take to keep kids out of orphanages and with their parents? It sounds so simple: get parents work. Putting moms to work is just one of Haiti Babi’s missions. A job empowers these moms to earn a living while caring for their families. Haiti Babi hires moms in Haiti to knit and crochet high-quality artisan baby goods.

Baby Banz Inc.
Woombie (KB Designs, LLC)

There are a great many kids who feel lonely and think they don’t fit in. Let’s face it, children like to be just like those around them and often don’t have the skills to understand and appreciate what makes them unique and special. In the book A Different Kind of Safari, by Helen C. Hipp, the story is inspired by a real African safari that the author took with her 14-year-old special needs son, Ray. On the trip, Ray spotted a hippo gone solo, standing apart from the herd. This particular hippo was not only alone, she was pink. Ray asked the guide why the hippo was a loner — the answer inspired the book.

Many times the history of a children’s product company is a family story. Juvenile product and fashion entrepreneurs tend to be influenced and inspired by the young people in their lives, or by experiences they had in their own youths. There’s something about two people who grew up with the same influences, but who developed their own unique creative visions that they can merge in a harmonious way. Petit Lucette is one such company. Founders Anais Viel Castel and Clemence Laubier are sisters who grew up in Paris.

When vintage clothing lovers have kids, many of them want to pass down their appreciation to the next generation. After all, who doesn’t love a baby or child in vintage clothing? The softer, more innocent styles suit the spirit of childhood, and these classic garments are usually very well made. Of course, authentic vintage children’s clothing can be difficult to find, so some enterprising clothing makers offer new clothing that’s inspired by vintage style and quality. Sticky Fudge is one of the most successful brands in that category.

SwaddleDesigns®
robinwrendesigns

Barcelona, Spain-based Babyhome, an award-winning manufacturer of high-quality children’s products, introduces the Air Bassinet. Babyhome’s newest bassinet model offers a range of innovative features to meet the practical needs of parents.The Air Bassinet comes complete with a handy changing pad that easily attaches to the bassinet with a zipper to allow for parents to conveniently dress and undress baby. For parents’ complete peace of mind and baby’s comfort, Air also has a practical mesh window hidden on its side under the fabric.

Kissy Kissy’s Fall/Winter 2015 collection showcases the brand’s range with a collection spanning whimsical to sophisticated. The Peruvian Pima cotton clothing brand uses an imaginative mix of colors, prints, accents and fabrics to create a line as diverse as the moms, grandmas and gift-givers who love it. The delightful mix — including hearts and flowers, vikings and cowboys, cupcakes and candy, chicks and bunnies, cars and trucks, crowns and tiaras, ribbons and bows, and stripes and dots — stays true to the brand’s aesthetic, while also creating a look for every day and every baby.

Sometimes, the right gear makes all the difference. When a child is comfortable and organized, he or she is better able to enjoy the experience of being outdoors. LittleLife is a division of Lifemarque, a UK-based company that offers camping and travel gear in grown-up sizes. LittleLife takes that same adventurous vision and high-quality craftsmanship and applies it to gear and accessories for kids. Rather than just making miniature versions of adult gear, LittleLife adds its own kid-friendly style and flair to its line without sacrificing functionality. Even the littlest adventurers can enjoy this company’s products, thanks to the wide array of eye-catching choices.

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