If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve already seen this quote, “The customer doesn’t care.” I wish I could take credit for having uttered this phrase but alas it was actually Gary Wassner of the factoring firm Hilldun who made this proclamation at an event I attended recently. Out of all the insightful things he said, this was the one that really jumped out at me because it’s true: The customer really doesn’t care.
RED BANK, N.J. (January 11, 2013)—Kissy Kissy by Tatiana and Company enters Fall ’13 with a collection ranging from sweet to sophisticated for every day, special days and everything in between. The line is designed with distinctive flourishes and whimsical themes that moms, grands and gift-givers will love and the ultra-soft Peruvian Pima cotton babies adore.
HUDSON, MA (April 30, 2013)—One year after launching its flagship Zen Swaddle at the ABC Spring Conference, Nested Bean returns to the show May 7th – 9th with four new proprietary patterns, each featuring a lovable cast of characters. The brand will be showcasing its new products in booth #222. The company will also offer enticing at-show specials for opening orders as well as reorder incentives.
Earth Day isn’t all about singing and turning off lights; it’s also about buying earth-friendly products all year long. Help the world and clean your shelves with these natural items. Want to offer diaper bags as hot as handbags? Evie Bett bags are cool in croc while being vegan-friendly. With the green start® line by innovativeKids, parents can make good decisions without sacrificing fun. Say an earthy “heyyy” to Hello Kitty muslin swaddles, towels, blankets and bibs through a joint effort of aden + anais and Sanrio. Never has “batteries not included” been as welcome as it is with Pure Play toys. Kids can make their own fun while parents can bask in noise-free sun.
Every year on April 22, more than one billion people take part in celebrating Earth Day. Across the globe, individuals, communities, organizations, and governments acknowledge our planet and take action to protect it. Earth Day gets many thinking about their carbon footprint, and no footprint seems bigger than clothing, shoes and beauty products. Upcycled fashion goes upscale with Kallio, where vintage clothing is collected and repurposed into chic children’s clothing; better beauty is a matter of herbs and essential oils at Matter Company; Bento licenses the newest in ecowear with Carta Vetrata; and Oh Baby! provides oh-so-sweet organic cotton outfits and accessories for kids of all ages.
American Blanket Company is proud of what it produces and uses only the highest quality products and finest materials in the makings of its bedding blankets, throw blankets, baby blankets and gift blankets. American Blanket Company’s Basic Baby Blanket line provides little ones with the warmth, security and comfort they need, while creating a lifetime of memories of reading just one more story or singing one more lullaby wrapped up in plush, luxuriously soft, easy care fabrics that are guaranteed for life. The new Hand-Stitched Collection contains baby blankets and quilts individually hand-stitched in the U.S.A.
With Spring in the air, it’s time to have a little fun. Get creative and give your window or in-store displays a makeover!
Try a new theme. Check out this retail spotlight!
We love Urba Baby’s Chicago Cubs set-up with a Snack Happens™ Reusable Snack & Everything Bag. They did such a great job pulling together a variety of products and brands to make one interesting and engaging display.
Get inspired and use Itzy Ritzy products to tie together other themes to make an on-trend and fresh display statement:
New York City’s Javits Center was the site of the 2013 ENK Children’s Club, held March 10-12. Gorgeous color and elaborate details abounded in over seven hundred collections with international exhibitors from countries including Israel, Japan, Italy, Peru, Brazil, The UK, Belgium, Holland, France, Spain, Portugal, Chile, Canada, Sweden, and Finland. Birds were at the forefront in design trends, with many vendors showing merchandise featuring swans, flamingos, peacocks and chicks. Super-hero themes made a big splash as did pleather and leather, snakeskin and other reptile motifs, and all things biker. The Giggle Guide’s eye was caught by many exhibitors, including Masala Baby, Bizzy Beeginnerz, Siaomimi and Peaches ‘n Cream.
Upon retirement from military careers, Susan and David Rabern were looking for a way to bring something of value to their community. Susan had a strong family heritage of knitting, and pairing that with their social conscience, they purchased Oak Tree Farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and started raising alpacas. One of their businesses, Shenandoah Fiber, brings the finest fibers to the spinning and knitting community. Their sister business, Provenance Mill Clothiers, allows them to witness these fibers being transformed into the softest, most luxurious garments for children.
For a very young man’s look that is both stylish and slightly retro, check out sweaters from Loop Collection. The company was founded by two knit designers from Brooklyn who adore vintage looks combined with top-quality workmanship. Styles are reminiscent of days gone by, but the materials and fabrication are strictly of the present time. Many of the items offered by Loop are knit with recycled cotton, eliminating harsh chemical dyeing processes and greatly reducing land use which, in turn, cuts way back on the need for fertilizers and pesticides.
Nursing smocks and covers are a great way to preserve privacy while breastfeeding. These covers provide a way to take care of business without everyone seeing your business. The problem with many nursing covers — in addition to being one more baby item to carry — is that they are often unattractive and some fabrics can overheat both mother and infant. L’ovedbaby is a company that offers useful and stylish products for new moms and their babies. The 4-in-1 Nursing Shawl is their most popular product, as well as the company’s flagship creation. L’ovedbaby has expanded its product line to include baby gift baskets as well a line of 100% cotton clothing.