The new Urban Smalls and Small Plum catalog is now available to view at www.urbansmalls.com/catalog. Check out best selling Urban Smalls styles in conventional and organic cotton, and the splendidly soft Small Plum line in the viscose of organic bamboo.
Piloting airplanes and running a children’s fashion business are certainly different career paths. Two ambitious ladies, however, have melded these vocations seamlessly to soar to new heights! To take on the challenge of flying, a pilot must be level-headed, a good multi-tasker, trustworthy, detail-oriented, organized, and a team player. These skills also come into play in running a successful business, as Wendi Shaffner of Gigis Apparel and Marta Sala-Rothwell of Baby Bella Maya have shown. Shaffner and Sala-Rothwell fly the skies as pilots, while ascending the mountain of the children’s accessory industry in flawless style.
The Giggle Guide’s inaugural Spotlight shines on gifts for children. Gift is consistently one of the best-selling categories year-round in the children’s business, as consumers are perpetually in need of baby shower, welcome home, recognition, birthday and holiday presents.
Turn back the hands of time to a few decades ago when nearly every household had a sewing machine that was used frequently. Oftentimes, mothers made most of their children’s clothing. A favorite among sewing projects… the classic A-line dress. It was simplistic, timeless, comfortable and practical for active little girls. Children’s clothing has definitely evolved over the years to include a variety of fashion looks, yet the A-line dress remains a staple. Belle ‘N Beaux takes the A-line style to the next level with striking hues, modern patterns and creative embellishments.
In an effort to be more conscious of the needs of Mother Earth, parents often look for ways to “go green” while raising and guiding the next generation. Many caregivers choose cloth diapering as part of their commitment to protecting our planet. In this endeavor, however, they have run into a new problem… finding clothes that fit over the sometimes bulky cloth diapers. Lucy and Kurt Jewson experienced this problem first-hand and decided to attack it head on with their creation of the Frugi clothing line.
“Made in the USA” is a declaration stamped on goods made in America — a hallmark that instills pride in the heart of the manufacturer and confidence in the mind of the consumer… and so it should, because turning a product over in our hands to reveal the “Made in the USA” label sets an expectation that the item represents quality and value. Meet four terrific manufacturers who embrace “Made in the USA”: PAIGELAUREN baby, ROCK ME!, Sara Kety Baby & Kids, and BabyFeet Jewelry.
The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market® opened on Wednesday, January 12, and by Saturday the buyers had packed the halls. Unseasonably cold weather made it snowy and chilly outside, but inside the showrooms, the sales were hot, hot, hot!
As always, the products showcased were fascinating and fun. Enjoy this photo review of the really big snow… I mean show!
With 35,000 attendees, over 85 countries and all 50 states represented, the New York International Gift Fair is the place buyers and sellers will want to be this January 29th through February 3rd. Held twice annually in January and August, the NYIGF showcases the best and newest in gift merchandise. Stationery, candles, seasonal, houseware and kitchenware are among the categories displayed, in addition to, of course, games, puzzles, toys, baby and child products. Today, The Giggle Guide® gives you a sneak peak of GRIMM’S, Kidlandia, Jaxxwear, and BabyBindle to whet your appetite for the big event!
By Lauren Rollheiser - Wednesday, January 19th 2011
In the consumer market, every book is judged by its cover and every product is judged by its packaging. Consumers quickly become accustomed to labels and brand identity, so new products and brands rely on shelf-sell packaging to catch the eye of shoppers. Plain and uninteresting packaging could be costing you significant sales. Packaging from Edoche, Baby Aspen, Huggy Bunny and Bloomers Baby are a few of the many examples in the children’s market which demonstrate that when the package grabs attention, the sale is more certain to follow.