Dresses from Blue Juniper capture the blue-gray color of an evergreen, vivid impressions of red and orange hibiscus flowers on khaki, luau-purple dahlias floating on a creamy pink background, and pale pastels that run the circumference of an artist’s color wheel. These are only a few of the colorful visions and fabric designs that Blue Juniper crafts into a flower garden of stylish and easy-to-wear dresses and accessories ready for spring and fall fashion bouquets! The creations have a home-made character with simple, airy styling that makes them comfortable and practical, with plenty of eye-appeal.
With inspiration drawn from Frank Sinatra’s carefree melody “Do-be-do-be-doo,” the trendy children’s clothing line ToobyDoo strives to challenge children “to be” as they grow up, instead of getting wrapped up in the “to do’s” in life. From this inspirational challenge, a clothing line has emerged that easily boasts being “high on style, easy on play.” ToobyDoo prides itself on providing high-end, preppy clothing pieces that embody playing and exploring. Simple, sophisticated designs are stylish, while keeping comfort and function in mind.
Creating bunches of fun and funky notecards, calendars and T-shirts, Two Sisters Designs touts the unique tagline, “a monkey for the people.” What does it mean? One theory suggests that these two grown-up siblings monkeyed around with art and graphics until they produced a family of products that make people go bananas! There’s a third sister swinging in this family tree too. She confides that before they were drawn to graphic design, one of her two sisters was a curly-haired girl scout while the other was a tomboy bouncing around the basketball court. Monkeyshines run in the family!
See Kai Run, popular manufacturer of the perfect first shoe for new walkers is excited to announce that its Smaller soft-soled baby bootie line for infants 0-24 months has been awarded the PTPA Winner’s Seal of Approval. PTPA Media is North America’s largest parent community, with over 40,000 volunteer parent testers.
Features of the award-winning footwear include:
Quality construction for healthy development of children’s feet – soft, flexible suede soles with non-slip rubber pads, adjustable hook and loop closures, padded collars, and a breathable leather insole and lining.
Each Market will showcase more than 150 artists this January
MMPI leads the way in providing the best in artisanal products, with thriving Beckman’s™ Handcrafted Shows in Los Angeles and Chicago. Each show offers buyers and retailers a great mix of handcrafted products that reflect regional and national trends and tastes.
2 Red Hens, designers of diaper bags and a whole lot more, continue to hatch a henhouse full of color-coordinated bags, totes, bibs, burp cloths and vintage dolls. Bags are available in a range of sizes in eight fabrics with contrasting trims. Lay your plans now to add bags from 2 Red Hens to your retail house, and be sure to check out their new collection of vintage dolls too, made from recycled clothing and sweaters. They won’t be cooped up for long, as they are fast sellers!
Who’s not ready to ring in new business? Let’s get started on a better tomorrow with a hope chest full of great children’s products! Resolve to buy both new and tried-and-true lines. The Giggle Guide® is ringing the bell, sounding off about terrific products to help celebrate new business. Move forward with Best of Chums for gift-ready baby wear, Groovy Holidays for party ware, Tegu for green building blocks, and Sassafras for food and baking goods that little kitchen helpers love. These are just a few of the manufacturers you’ll find in The Guide that can help you attract more attention than noise-makers on New Year’s Eve!
Time to celebrate, it’s the holiday season! Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s Eve parties make the month of December a favorite time for consumers and sellers alike. Retailers can look to The Giggle Guide® to find special yuletide products that stand apart from the rest. Your customers will love dressing their children in luxurious clothing from Australian designer Minihaha and Hiawatha Pty LTD; decorating their gifts and homes with festive wrappings and goods from The Gift Wrap Company; cooking up scrumptious recipes from a Handstand Kids cookbook; and providing lively entertainment with a Box of Questions from The Box Girls.
Come Early and Shop the L.A. Mart Showrooms January 18-24 with Temps at the Los Angeles Convention Center and L.A. Mart
LOS ANGELES, CA (December 15, 2010) – The California Gift Show the destination for world class lines and the latest trends and resources exclusive to the West Coast this January, Tuesday, January 18 – Monday, January 24, 2011. The largest gift show on the West Coast boasts a week of special events, workshops and unparalleled product that West Coast buyers won’t see anywhere else.
By Michelle Armstrong - Wednesday, December 15th 2010
Sean and Tracie Gildea realized they needed to take matters into their own hands when shopping for their baby boy’s room left them uninspired. Despite a diligent search, the couple was disappointed by the limited selection of children’s bedding they saw in stores. “Most of what we found was either dull or too sophisticated,” Sean recalls, “when a baby should be about being whimsical and fun.” And so, like the old saying goes, necessity truly is the mother of invention. The void the Gildeas found in the marketplace inspired the pair to launch Sozo, a charming collection of colorful clothes, blankets, sleepwear and accessories.
The Chicago Market Presents Susan Casey, Editor-In-Chief of O, The Oprah Magazine
CHICAGO (December 13, 2010) –The Chicago Market: Living and Giving® is proud to announce that Susan Casey, Editor-In-Chief of O, The Oprah Magazine will lead the keynote presentation at this year’s January Market, on Monday, January 24, 2011.
CHICAGO (December 14, 2010) – MMPI is pleased to welcome Nancy Michael as Senior Marketing and Strategy Director for the Gift & Home Décor industry, effective January 3, 2011. In her new role, Michael will be based in Chicago working directly with Trisha Schultz, Marketing Director and the entire Chicago Market team, as well as coordinating and leveraging marketing activity across all three locations; Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.