Summer is all about bright and bold, so step into the season in style with Little Miss Galia. With a focus on cool clothes for girls ages 2-12, the goal of the brand is to interpret adult fashion for little bodies. To give little fashionistas sassy and trendy gear, start sophisticated with silk! The Silk Open Back Blouse looks like something out of Project Runway with its floral print and sweet bows on the back to keep the open back look modest enough for the mini set.
It’s amazing how childhood experiences can shape a person’s artistic passions. Most often it’s not the major events that make the biggest impact, but the small details — the magical combinations of scents, colors, sounds and touch — that create strongest and most lasting impressions. This is true for Elizabeth Cross, the founder of the Fiametta Toy Company and the creator of Stork Babies. When Elizabeth was a child, she was captivated by the colorful, charming miniature dolls she came across while in Greece. Fast forward to 2012; Elizabeth is running her own business selling dolls based on these childhood memories, and loving every minute of it.
Founded in 2012, William + Leora capitalized on a profitable growth market, the tweens. Owners Elizabeth Hoye and Kat Swick set out to create a modest but fashion forward line that is appropriate and hip. Swick and Hoye spent a good year researching how to make a fashion line, and what is needed to be successful before launching any sort of prototype, ensuring their business model was sound. Every season they have been hitting the wholesale markets reaching out to potential buyers and retailers. Their planning and perseverance have paid off for the brand.
The year was 1980, and robots were emerging as the new trend. The first of a flood of robot-related movies and TV shows had begun to appear, and the possibility of building, programming and even living side by side with robots was seen as a fantastic dream that might just come true. At the time, California-based company OWI was only 2 years young but already seeking out ways to expand their line of inventory and widen their customer base. OWI was ahead of its time in introducing kids to alternative energy through various solar-powered building projects. Products of this kind are still among their best sellers today.
Cool and cute things come in all kinds of packages, some big and some small. Shoppers delight in merchandise that serves a need while offering a great look. The Giggle Guide® introduces the best of current coolness, including items from Beatrix, B-Sensible, okiedog, MK Global and Naaya by Moonlight. The newest offerings from Beatrix are micro-cuddlies — cute little squeeze toys that can go with kids wherever they want via a chain and clip. Backpacks provide plenty of space to hold everything a child needs for a day, and are available in many of the same designs as the micro-cuddlies.
Water, water everywhere but how many of us drink enough? Very few, what with a distaste for buying plastic bottles that clutter up the landscape or just not having access to enough of the cool, clear stuff. That’s where Reduce comes in. This brand makes great looking, innovative, eco-friendly products to help consumers turn over a green leaf every day with many different designs and shapes. Reduce is part of Base Brands and was founded in 2006 in Atlanta, GA. Products adhere to strict quality standards so customers feel safe buying them.
Irwin Snackcracker is a fun kid with a wacky sense of humor, but he’s pretty normal for the cartoon world in which he lives. Like most kids, he loves ice cream, and tries to get his hands on the frozen treat whenever he can. Little does he know that his pursuit of the frozen delicacy will change his life forever and set him on the road to an epic adventure. Author Todd Clark’s illustrations for The Ice Cream Kid: Brain Freeze! help the book to come alive for kids and make them want to keep turning pages to watch the story unfold.
Who do you ask about high-quality wooden toys? Wise Owl Toys, of course. Wise Owl has been developing entertaining, educational toys for over twenty years and is a symbol of enduring fun. For the very young set, show Learning House with options for bead sorting, shape and number recognition, all in bright colors with shapes that are just the right size for little hands. The Butterfly Sequencing Puzzle offers shapes to sharpen fine motor skills, in a fun butterfly shape.
The ABC Spring Conference is an event that brings together a cross section of children’s specialty product retailers. The conference is unique because it’s not just a trade show; it’s an educational opportunity. This year, the ABC Conference took place at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida. Retailers who participated enjoyed beautiful surroundings as they expanded their entrepreneurial experience. There were some standout participants at this year’s conference. I Can Tie Shoelaces, Rhoost, Happy Kidz and Snuggy Baby presented products to enhance the health and well-being of babies and young children.
There’s a huge industry geared toward parents who want to start teaching their children reading and math skills even before they can walk, and many of these products and programs really do yield results, helping kids go into preschool well ahead of their peers. Art is often part of these learning programs. Wee Gallery offers a wide selection of toys, mobiles, wall graphics, books and more, all featuring artwork designed to stimulate and enhance the minds of babies and young children.
Who doesn’t want a baby’s toy to be as smooth and silky as baby’s skin? natureZOO of Denmark entered the market in 2011 and has grown into 16 countries. natureZOO’s fame is blossoming for hand crocheted baby and kid accessories made from soft bamboo yarn. Because natureZOO items are all handmade, each of their creations is unique. Your customers can confidently shop for any gift knowing there won’t be another one like it. They can also rest easy knowing the high-quality bamboo yarn has received multiple certifications and has even been given the FSC approval for Responsible Forest Management.
The ABC Spring Educational Conference will be held “Where Dreams Come True” at Disney World Resorts on May 20-22. The ABC annual spring event allows juvenile stores, manufacturers, reps and media to get to know more about each other and their industry. The juvenile industry has been built on dreams, and continues to serve and be inspired by families with new dreams. That’s why I asked several exhibitors these questions: “What are your dreams that have come true, or that you still have?” and “What dream product are you showing at the ABC spring trade show?” I received replies from Duux, MD Moms, Reflo, pello, and oogaa.