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.
Sado Inc. is a vintage inspired clothing line for girls 12 months to 10 years. It is a mix-and-match line full of unique fabrics, ruffles and trims. It has a natural feel that is still fun and girly. Sado Inc. just released a women’s line too, so now mothers and daughters can dress alike. Owner Samantha Miller speaks on Sado’s success: “I feel like moms have been looking for a casual clothing line that can be worn on a daily basis, but is different from what you find at big box stores. Sado Inc. is unique, comfortable, affordable and lovely on every level.”
There are many reasons why American parents have a romance with European fashions for their kids. There’s the general allure of all things exotic and different, and the idea that European imports represent a chic, affluent lifestyle. The truth is that European clothing for kids is often high quality and stylish in its own unique way. Of course, Europe is a whole continent encompassing many cultures, each with its own particular style sense. Boboli is a company that represents Spain with its fun, colorful children’s clothing.
Empress Arts offers a complete package for the gift industry: high quality, beautiful products, and pricing designed to include anyone who enjoys unique gift gifting. Owner Kathy Tanabe states, “We love kids and feel that there’s not really a lot of time before they are grown and want parents to cherish as many special moments as possible by providing well thought out products that make people smile.” Empress Arts has been able to grow by continuing to do trade shows and use sales reps though the years. They feel it is important to meet customers face to face and hear what they have to say.