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.
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.
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.
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.
When customers look for kids’ clothing, style and fit are high on their lists. But the material used to make the garments is also important. Organic growing practices employ approaches and materials that lessen the impact on our environment. This translates into clothing that is totally natural and toxic-free to farmers, workers, the eco-system and consumers. Doodle Do, Sapling Child, Little Gabies and NOCH are companies that are setting a precedent with organic products that are soft, stylish and eco-friendly.
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.