The Biz

After spending over 35 years inspiring and encouraging youth as a teacher, Belinda Daise felt it was time to solidify her mark. She recognized that there were common factors that often prevented students from having a successful social and emotional experience: peers and self-perception. With a love for children and fashion, she created B Ukneeque. The clothing and accessories line is for girls aged 3 to teens. Products range from shirts to accessory kits to iPad covers. Their very popular accessory kit includes a belt, a “BU” buckle, a bow, and socks; all packaged together making it the perfect gift.

Even though it’s worn under clothes and rarely seen in public, underwear has become quite the fashion item. A time traveler from Victorian times would likely be horrified by the way we freely talk about and advertise undergarments, but it’s no shame at all for companies that manufacture these necessities. Houston-Based Fun Boxers lives up to its name by making fun, hip undergarments for men, women and children. Whether they’re for little kids just learning how to dress themselves or older tweens with picky tastes, these comfy, colorful and trendy garments are designed to look and feel great.

Just Bones began when Mompreneur Jennifer Weisman was unable to find bathing trunks for her twin sons. Her guys loved the look of boardshorts, but all the available models slipped down their skinny bodies. Weisman took a long look at what was out there and then invented the adjustable waist, concealing it under a small flap held shut by Velcro. Starting with just a few retailers, Weisman hit it big and now Just Bones boardshorts have become a hot item with lots of love flowing their way.

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Baby Bella Maya

Many families with children understand the struggles of raising a picky eater. Some younger kids may only be interested in one or two dishes, while others will only eat food of specific colors or shapes. In older children, pickiness tends to be more about resistance to change, leading to an unwillingness to try unfamiliar foods. Parents of a picky eater generally want to fix the situation, but find that forcing the issue with threats and punishments is no use; they either have to wait it out or inspire the child to make a change using fun, interactive methods. The latter option is the premise of Joanne Oppenheim’s The Prince’s Breakfast.

Loud, proud, funky and fun –– Hootkid gives off great energy with a spectacular line of edgy streetwear and accessories for kids. Founded in 2011 by savvy Melbourne-based business woman Caroline Marvelli, these handcrafted clothes have been winning wows from buyers. Shoppers looking to dress mini fashion-setters, urban cowboys, little princesses, budding musicians or experimentalists will find the perfect item from this bold and comfortable collection that offers clothes for hanging at home, for action-filled days of play and everywhere in between.

Retailers’ aisles are stocked with back-to-school accessories. The challenge is to find fun and unique styles that will last the year. Big Love got smart and based their collections on ideas that will never go out of style: Love, Peace, Happiness and Freedom. Based on these values recognized from Saint Francis of Assisi, Big Love packs inspiration on the backs of backpacks. Roomy enough to hold lunch, books, a laptop and even extra clothes, the durable backpack in crinkly nylon fits even tiny backs. With front nylon zippered pockets and top handles for easy carrying, this pack will hold up on the bus or on a weekend trip to Grandma’s.

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Bows Arts

In July 2004, in the lavish South of France, Bulle de BB was created by an expectant and fashion forward French mom, Samantha Lenient. She was eager to find quality clothing for her new baby that would be both charming, yet modern and trendy. She loved the idea of discreetly adding tiny, tender messages to make a statement. As Cedric Chauvet, Export Assistant explains, “Bulle de BB” is a play-on-words. “Bulle” means “speech bubble” and “BB” means “baby.” The company has grown at a rapid rate since its creation, and the little messages in French always resonate well with the customers.

In another era, children’s clothes were timeless in design and, accordingly, fewer in number. Many of today’s parents hanker for lovely garments made with care that stand up to wear, along with classic looks that don’t go out of style. Eyes will light up when they see designs from Pennymeade, named with a nod to simpler times when kids were dressed as kids and life flowed at a tranquil pace. This company embraces responsible consumerism with fine craftsmanship and coordinating pieces that last long beyond the season.

Dubai is one of the most popular vacation spots among the rich, famous and influential. Its pristine white sands, striking contemporary skyline and top-notch resorts draw multitudes of tourists each year. Children growing up in Dubai have a fun and unique childhood experience. They’re exposed to sights and activities that most other kids can only dream of, and this proximity to an opulent lifestyle will no doubt shape their future fashion choices. Dubai-based children’s clothing company ShoSho Bella is a good example of the luxurious style frequently found in the Emirates.

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