NY NOW, the Market for Home & Lifestyle (formerly the NY International Gift Fair), ran from August 17 to August 21 in typical grand style at the Javits Center. New companies as well as seasoned veterans basked in the updated venue. The LIFESTYLE Collection featured the Baby + Child category, where over 100 companies congregated to show the freshest ideas in the market. The Wind & the Sail, Hickies, PishPosh Mommy, and Fluf were just a few of the in-demand product providers that exhibited at the show.
More retailers than ever rely on immediate buys to stock their shelves in an effort to stretch their budgets and reduce risk. To meet this shift in buying cycles, more manufacturers are offering specials on remaining goods. However, time’s running out to promptly plan to attend major trade events to survey and strategize for a profitable future.
ENK International is one of the world’s biggest trade show producers. Four times each year, ENK presents the Children’s Club Show, a trade event that highlights popular and up-and-coming fashion brands for kids. The best part about the Children’s Club Show is the diversity. Both domestic and international brands arrive to show their wares, allowing for a variety of style perspectives, as well as a sneak peek into what’s new and trending around the globe Brands that captured our attention this time around include Craftholic, Chach, Sweet Marcel and Dagmar Daley.
By Carolyn Kavarnos - Tuesday, September 17th 2013
It seems like it’s harder to find companies who are still manufacturing their goods in the U.S.A. So many companies have made the decision to take their manufacturing overseas. While they realize less expense, it comes at a cost for those in the United States. There still are companies that are committed to manufacturing in the U.S.A. The Matching Dots, Paty, Inc., Papersalt and Sugarbug’s Closet are four companies that are proud to be manufacturing their product lines in the U.S.A.
The 7th edition of Playtime New York took place August 3-5, 2013 with ninety-plus international brands proudly showcasing their Spring-Summer 2014 collections. This was the first appearance at Playtime for more than one-third of the exhibitors. 51% of the exhibitors were U.S. companies; the other 49% were from other countries. Buyers were aided by three trend spaces: Supergraphic, with hypnotic geometry and flashy colors that included work by artist Melissa Godoy Nieto; Starfish with sailor motifs and work by Dana Haim; and Green Carpet featuring natural tones and materials with art by Ritsuko Hirai. 1,412 visitors attended. Liberty London, Dizzy Dress, Little Italy and Merino Kids were brands that captured our attention.
RED BANK, N.J. (June 3, 2013)—Kissy Kissy by Tatiana and Company is set to woo moms and gift-givers with the seasonal colors and themes they fancy along with a few surprises to keep them smitten. As always, the Spring ’14 collection is wedded to the brand’s signature Peruvian Pima cotton. The vast assortment—which spans preemie through size 4T—captures every aspect of baby’s life from sweet looks in the Kissy Kissy line, and bolder statements from Kissy Kissy’s Qt-Qt, to keepsake-quality christening apparel in Besos by Kissy Kissy and embroidered and smocked garments from Kissy Kissy Premier.
For the month of October, Pails & Posies offers 15% off your total order when you add one or more items from the Pink Chicken Fall/Winter 2013 Collection. You save, we donate a portion of proceeds to the RI Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation. XO
“Itty bitty” brings to mind the tiny little feet of newborns and the sweet smiles from satisfied toddlers. It probably doesn’t bring to mind the grandness of an established company, but it should. Pavilion Gift Company is exactly that: dedicated to bringing evocative treasures to families and friends. Its Itty Bitty & Pretty (for girls) and Itty Bitty & Handsome (for boys) collections are studies in comfort and old-fashioned sweetness. From the coordinating bibs to the boxers and wearable blankets, Itty Bitty is targeted at grabbing attention and tugging at the heart.
The ever-popular Snack Happens™ Reusable Snack & Everything Bag is a must-have for back to school shoppers. Stock up on customer favorite fabrics like Hoot, Dino-Mite!, Cupcake Couture, and Whale Watching Blue, perfect for lunch bags, stowing supplies in desks or backpacks, and keeping snacks prepared for after-school activities. With zippered closures and lining sewn separately, these eco-friendly carriers make cleaning and reusing simple for busy families. No messy, noisy Velcro, plus they’re machine washable!
When a new parent brings home baby for the first time, they dream of a little body dressed in something sweet and soft. They imagine that tiny head nestled in something beautiful, practical and unique. Baby Bandar dreams those same dreams, using fun colors, patterns and designs to create baby essentials that are pure, natural and durable. The name Bandar is a nod to the East: Meaning “monkey,” babies are often called this with love in India. These essentials will bring happy color and sassy style to a nursery.
When checking out lines for your shop, do you ever wish many items could be found in one showroom for your buying convenience? Now, at the Summer Place Showroom at the AmericasMart, Atlanta, the existing space has been doubled, offering twice the space for display. Buyers can view and select everything from layette and accessory items to toddler and tween apparel, shoes and gifts in one spacious showroom that gives growing lines more opportunity to display their complete offerings, as well as space to introduce new brands.
Time magazine’s “Curious Capitalist” Rana Foroohar penned these words that always seem to elicit sighs of relief from some quarters and cheers from others: “Made in the USA is making a comeback.” Having products made in The States not only supports local communities, but also provides other tangible benefits. Quality control is high on that list: a quick walk down to the factory floor can straighten out an issue. Small quantities of well-made products can be created without trouble. Plus, more customers are interested in purchasing US goods. Companies that continue to provide goods made in the USA, like Alex Marshall Studios, Little Korboose, Connor’s Kits for Kids, and Harrisville Designs, are staying strong.