“Everyone Loves An American Girl” and “Proud To Be American” are just two of the fabulous bling sayings that you will find at Moxie Couture! With their new line of patriotic clothing debuting this month, Moxie Couture is giving girls all over the country a hip and trendy twist to their attire this summer.
Connected, trendy, style-conscious — these are just a few of the adjectives that describe tweens these days. They’re after style that’s eye-catching but not outlandish, and accessories that let them express their individuality while still fitting in with their peers. Kids in the tween years can be fickle and hard to please, so retailers will want to check out these on-trend products that are popular in the tween scene: Cool, colorful, changeable watches by Popochos, Minifix apparel and accessories adorned with licensed characters, comfy training bras with coordinating hipsters by Sally Miller, and stylish iPhone cases from Glam.
Like moths to a flame, tweens and teens go crazy for “flashy” gear that attracts attention to itself and the wearer. Dazzle your young customers, and brighten up sales, with rockin’ products that let kids pile on the glitz and glam! Bejeweled earbuds by chicBuds; illuminated building sets from Laser Pegs; twinkling Laser Laces; and modern music accessories from Zumreed all provide a hefty dose of sparkle, light, and style. Kids love products with attitude to spare, so these are bound to attract their attention. Here’s how to light up your store’s life, literally!
What’s one of the fastest-growing sectors in the children’s market today? Organics! Not only do organic products hold the promise of being toxin-free, but they also make our world a better place to live. While some buy organic products for their environmental impact, the vast majority of families do it to protect the most innocent — their children. Concerned parents take great pains to ensure that the environment for their kids is as clean as possible. Unfortunately, most household cleaners are brimming with harmful chemicals. Enter BabyGanics, the brainchild of Kevin and Keith, two fathers on the cutting-edge of organic cleaning products.
“I’m me and you’re not!” is the resounding teenager’s anthem. One way tweens and teens play up their sense of individuality is to wear a temporary tattoo — or several. Tattoos are a fun way to stand out and “speak out with ink art.” However, real tattoos are an adult decision, expensive, difficult to remove and can lead to an allergic reaction or scarring. The alternative that’s sweeping the land is temporary tattoos: a mega hit with tweens, teens and even younger kids. There are lots of harmless options from several suppliers, including Fan Stamp, All That Glitters, Fun Tats for Kids and Savvi.
Over winter, we tend to bury ourselves in wool coats, knit bonnets and wraparound scarves to keep warm. But spring is here so shed away those bulky layers in favor of light, vibrant outfits! It’s time to stock up your Hair Accessories and No Slippy Hair Clippy has just the line up to finish off new outfits with these flower-themed hair accessories from No Slippy Hair Clippy:
The Layla clip has a two tone felt design and studded with sparkling acrylic gemstones. It comes in various orchid color pairings from french blue and sand yellow to lime green and mandarin orange (in picture).
Spring is bursting forth, bringing with it excited children eagerly anticipating one of its most glorious outdoor activities — the Easter egg hunt! From the White House lawn to the tiniest backyard, the Easter Bunny will soon be distributing his colorful eggs filled with goodies. Only one cloud is darkening this bright day… what exactly is in those eggs? The unfortunate truth about those pastel ovals is that a great many of them are plastic, which is not eco-appropriate. Happily, an environmentally friendly alternative is now hopping down the bunny trail to stores everywhere: Eco Eggs!
The time for spring cleaning is here! For many families, each year brings a new heap of toys, gadgets, books, and puzzles. When it comes to organizing children’s items, storage containers need to be easy to use, yet strong enough to stand up to piles of heavy, oddly shaped items. Whether parents are looking to round up an ever-growing collection of stuffed animals, or need a central place for all those Legos and crayons, The Giggle Guide® likes these neat solutions from 3 Sprouts, Resource International, Jonti-Craft and Little Zookeepers that are durable, kid-friendly, and fit beautifully into any home décor.
Choose Your Own Adventure, a successful book series first published in the 1980s and then re-released with updated elements, captures the attention and imagination of even the most reluctant young reader. Incredibly popular, the secret to the series’ success lies in letting the reader play the leading role as the main character in each story, choosing from many possible outcomes at different points along the way. Making choices empowers readers to become involved and encourages ownership of the tales, through decision-making fun!
Produced four times a year, the ENK International Children’s Club in NYC in early March was a great success and positive spirits ran high. Both Stanley Kaye, Show Director for the Children’s Club, and Elyse Kroll, chairwoman and founder of ENK International, took it as a sign that the market is “bouncing back.” Floor traffic was steady and the variety of sellers both nationally and globally offered a lot to consider. March’s event included a runway fashion show sponsored by Vogue Bambini, with the models sporting back-to-school trends. The show introduced many newer players including: Malibu Sugar, Babysoy, Knitoes & Co., and Tuff Cookie.
All over the world, companies create products that make children’s lives more convenient, enriching, and fun. When companies come together in one place to display their best, they create a symbiotic buying experience for children’s retailers. Playtime New York is a trade show that presents a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere where buyers can get up close and personal with mainly European-based or inspired apparel, gifts and accessories. In March, Playtime New York unveiled unique and useful offerings from both established and emerging stars including jack & salma, kicokids, Sono Vaso, Noel France S.A.S. and Easy Peasy Shoes.
The children’s industry today moves at a feverish pace. Our endeavor to stay on top of all the latest trends keeps The Giggle Guide® in perpetual motion. Maybe that’s why we’re finding the new lines for autumn so refreshing! After attending recent trade events across the country, it appears that Fall 2011 fashions are reminiscent of a simpler time. Retailers have welcomed back-to-basics for back-to-school, with traditional clothing and quality construction made to last. Organic fabrics satisfy the desire for sustainability without sacrificing style, and beautifully muted tones provide a warm color palette. Fall for new fashions from Pale Cloud, Little Esop, Blu Pony Vintage, and Kiwi Industries.