Last summer, when my fair-skinned infant spent the bulk of her time lying about on blankets in the grass, I spent the bulk of my time searching for shade. Or, in the event none could be found, channeling my inner MacGyver in attempts to jerry-rig a small sun shelter using only a stroller and a burp cloth. If only the Tent in a Bag from Mommy Toolbox had been around then.
Smart, but sassy, Ju-Ju-Be fuses technology, style and attitude into the hottest bags on the market. With a focus on the current crop of hip new moms, teens, tweens and more, Ju-Ju-Be shows that bags can be intensely intelligent while still being fashionable and fun. The brand was founded after an exhaustive search showed that current competitive products always left ladies searching for a better blend of features. Some had style, some had function. Very few had both, and even the most functional brands missed out on the latest innovations in textile technology.
By Lauren Rollheiser - Thursday, November 11th 2010
Fair Trade is an organized social movement that focuses on exporting original goods from developing countries around the world to larger markets through fair treatment of producers. Quite often, the artisans are disabled, widowed, or ill. In many cases, income to these workers and their families is double the local average. In addition to providing individuals with the opportunity for a quality life, several Fair Trade companies donate to worldwide charities and orphanages. By purchasing Fair Trade products, consumers enjoy beautifully-crafted merchandise while making a real difference in the world!
As the primary trade show for independent retailers and manufacturers of juvenile products, ABC Kids Expo is growing as quickly as the children who use the products it showcases. With over 900 exhibitors, Expo’s October 2010 show in Las Vegas was testimony for the power of partnership that drove domestic and international attendance and fostered new business relationships. Among the numerous exhibitors whose innovative products intrigued The Giggle Guide® were Straw-Lution™, The Juno Company, Spuds, Inc., and ViveVita.
Four times a year, ENK Children’s Club in NYC features the best in children’s apparel and accessories. The Children’s Club show is a premier destination for both established and up-and-coming brands to present their newest products to retailers. During its October show last month, The Children’s Club included a fashion show sponsored by Vogue Bambini, hundreds of vendors and lots of business networking. fiveloaves twofish, ROCK ME!, Kai Bean, and PureLime Kids are a few of the fantastic brands that caught the attention of The Giggle Guide® editors.
Oh, mama! Mixing cute and functional is no problem for little girls and their mamas when “Lillibands™” or “LilliWear™” is printed on their clothing tags…not that anyone needs to look at the tags, because the products speak for themselves! Lillibands and LilliWear are ingenious products created by a mother who has solved the daily dilemma of dressing a little girl and keeping her cute, clean, and comfortable for any occasion. That mother is Jen Newman. Using her appreciation of folk art, and passion for fashion and sewing as raw materials, Jen invented Lillibands, the headbands with an elastic underside that stay in place.
For several years now, many designers have taken the mod vibe from a trend to a well-established apparel category. Hip, edge-driven designs are at the forefront of fashion for the littlest customers, and while these kiddos are too young for a driver’s license or credit card, it doesn’t stop them from wearing fashion-forward apparel in the crib and to the playground! With tattoo-inspired graphics such as flaming guitars, toned-down colors and high-quality fabrics, trendy apparel from no added sugar, Pink Axle and Rock Star Baby makes an up-to-the minute, sophisticated statement.
ICANTOO is a line of resort wear that focuses on inspiring people through its lighthearted, one-of-a-kind designs. ICANTOO was born out of the desire to raise spirits with clothing that is cheerful, affordable, and fun: upbeat apparel that perfectly captures the wonderful memories created on special vacations and family getaways. Each unique ICANTOO design offers a playful glimpse of something whimsical and unexpected!
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When children discover there’s a day set aside to dress up like Shrek or a Disney Princess out in public and collect gallons of candy from strangers, it’s hardly a surprise that glorious day becomes every little monster’s favorite! Halloween often requires retailers to stock their shelves a bit more creatively than other celebrations, and The Giggle Guide® has found just the right mix from La Vie New York, International Playthings LLC, Surprise Balls, and Paper Magic Group to guarantee every trick-or-treater has a safe and spook-tacular time!