Color blocking and mod styles are making a big comeback, and not just on the adult runways. There’s nothing cuter on a little girl than a flared dress or a tailored coat. The looks at Lisa Perry are sophisticated but with just the right amount of girlish whimsy, perfectly on trend for the grade school gals. As Lisa began designing clothes mirroring the art of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, people around her began reacting positively to her vintage vibe. With a focus on clean lines, geometric shapes, bold colors and minimalism, Lisa’s styles are chic updates to dated styles.
Do crabs fly? What do dogs think about the secrets kids whisper into their ears? When a little one scribbles wildly colorful lines and circles, is there a hidden meaning? Run these thoughts by your customers and take note –– at first their eyebrows may rise, but once they get their hands on the whimsical clothes from Doodle Do, shopping will move into high gear. Children’s imaginations inspire every garment and accessory this British company produces. Designed to bring out the extraordinary that lurks in every youngster, these are clothes for youngsters who need to play, run and simply hang out in garments that are comfy no matter what.
Shropshire-based Funky Feet Fashions Ltd. combines the nostalgic charm of England with all that’s delightful for children. Since all of the company’s products are handcrafted in the United Kingdom, only high-quality designs roll out of the doors. While the company produces clothing, accessories, and other items, it is tops with bottoms — kids’ footwear, that is. FFF footwear is non-slip and designed especially for little feet. Demand for the footwear has been strong, causing the company to bolster its UK team. With phenomenal customer response, it’s easy to see why the company is expanding its footwear designs.
Kids are dirt magnets. Between dropped pacifiers, chewed-up toys, and snack-time on the floor, parents need to be one-step ahead of babies and germs. This is part of the reason why a growing number of child products are developed from silicone. Already known for its many industrial and medical uses, silicone brings an added dimension of safety and durability to kids’ products. From the innovative teething devices at Mello & Co. and RaZbaby to the products from ChooMee and 5 Oceans International that make mealtime a snap, silicone is helping parents keep kids cleaner and safer than ever before.
For softness, warmth without weight, and the luxe that is inherent to the material, nothing beats cashmere. This much sought-after fabric is what makes up the high quality items produced by LabelLamb, a Yorkshire, England-based company that offers very special clothes for special kids. Not only are the garments crafted from cashmere, but this is recycled cashmere, so it benefits the planet while being kind to the sheep who provide the yarn. Handmade with care and lots of love, items from LabelLamb are all one of a kind so there is never a chance of duplication.
Toddler Tech USA expands into the Australian market with the Dapper Snappers Brand
Port Orange, FL November , 2013- Toddler Tech USA has signed a deal with Australian distributor, Treasures 4 Bubs, which will bring the Dapper Snappers brand to all parts of Australia. While they have always had retailers in Australia, this new relationship will make it easier and more affordable for those children’s stores to carry the Dapper Snappers line of toddler belts.
Port Orange, FL January 2, 2014 - Toddler Tech USA, manufacturer of Dapper Snappers brand toddler belts, is pleased to announce the signing of an exclusive distribution deal with KidCentral Supply in Toronto. KidCentral is a family-based company founded in 2001 that promotes and wholesales innovative products to thousands of retailers in every province and territory throughout Canada.
Swedish company Little Jalo has its eye on developing the finest in children’s products. Started by industry veteran Marie Sammeli, Little Jalo brings the best of kids fashion into line with the finest in materials and design. But Little Jalo’s Euro-style is not only popular on the continent. “We have had a very good consumer response,” Sammeli explains. The mother of four has a strong vision for the company’s products — beautiful, earth-friendly, sustainable creations — and knows how to meld it with the durability and quality that parents need.
Saving water is an important step in conserving our earth’s resources but many find it difficult to do. Low-flow shower heads are one of the most common ways to avoid wasting household water. ConservCo, a Nevada-based plumbing distributor, has taken on the challenge of creating products that save water without diminishing the convenience of everyday life. Their Rubber Duckie & Friends line of shower heads for kids allows youngsters to enjoy bath time even more, while helping keep water usage to a minimum. The shower heads are available in five characters: the classic duck, a rhino, a frog, a hippo and a dolphin.
Some pregnant women obsess over chocolate and pickles, but not Johanna Franks. When she was pregnant, her cravings were more about cloth. After leaving her interior design job to stay home with her two children, she was itching for something creative to cling to. Instead of letting her diaper days get her down, Johanna found inspiration in her children. Their ceaseless curiosity and effervescent nature gave her the gumption to create Love Frankie. She took her love of kids and her love of color, mixed it with vintage fabric finds and great Scandinavian design, and founded a line of kids clothing your customers will love.
Specialization leads to mastery, as evidenced by the designs at Wolf & Rita. The Portuguese company, founded by sisters Sonia and Claudia Rocha, was originally launched in 2013 to provide children with the finest in quality shirts. The influence of tradition cannot be overlooked: after all, the company is based in Guimarães, a UNESCO heritage site recognized for its importance to the country’s national history. The strength and perseverance of the culture are woven into the fabric of the designs.
Artsy types wanting to make money from their creative talents can now jumpstart their ventures with Kickstarter. Getting public funding for mass production allows creators to realize their dreams while allowing retailers to line their shelves with new products. As spring arrives, offer your earthy types the UltraCompact baby carrier from Bitybean. Help families talk directly to kids through their toys with Toymail Co. The designer of the newest plush pocket pals at Poketti is a kid herself, raising money for her animal toy line. MinkeeBlue has taken the weight off women’s shoulders by offering one bag for every situation.