Items tagged “Footwear”

KidShow - Las Vegas, Nevada (2/15/10 - 2/17/10)

In February, KidShow Las Vegas showcased adorable children’s apparel and accessories from preemie and newborn to tween, in all price ranges and styles from promising new designers to the leading brands. KidShow has a well-deserved reputation as a fantastic event that is filled to the brim with interesting items, and February’s show did not disappoint! The Giggle Guide® presents a few of the many innovative, eye-catching products from KidShow, including offerings from Weboo, Tiny Ducky, Button-Caps, Popsie Organics and Kanga-Ganga.

When it comes to finding a path to help children in need, many shoe manufacturers are stepping in the right direction. Several children’s shoe companies have taken giant leaps to support their favorite charities and programs. pediped, See Kai Run, and MooShu Trainers are perfect examples of companies who give back in a way that helps kids and families, and also builds the quality reputation of their brands.

Sales reps and their showrooms are an important and valuable service link between manufacturers and retailers. In the children’s industry, sales reps often hold the key to open the right retail doors for manufacturers to succeed and boost sales. Many of the best reps work their trade in permanent showrooms designed to showcase multiple lines to their best advantage. These showrooms are the ideal venue for wholesale buyers to shop efficiently and do business with trusted sales professionals. The Giggle Guide® regularly features sales reps and showrooms throughout the country that play a valuable role in the distribution chain. Today, our spotlight is shining brightly on Two’s Company, The Klein Group, Accentrics, The Rose Garden and Ali’s Market.

Woombie (KB Designs, LLC)
No Slippy Hair Clippy, Inc.
HALO® Innovations

While it’s vital to take care of your own backyard, it’s also important to remember your backyard connects with the rest of the world. At The Giggle Guide®, we applaud organizations who make it their business to reach out to those in need. K.I.D.S., Soles4Souls, First Candle and Dignity U Wear take the adage, “love thy neighbor,” seriously. Together with many volunteers and donating companies, these organizations work hard to make the world a better place, and provide wonderful opportunities for the children’s industry to lend a helping hand.

According to Milk Money Boutique’s store owner, Rita Thomas, her children’s specialty store in North Carolina is “for the child who has everything but deserves more. At Milk Money, every day is a special occasion.” Rita shares how she went from marketing for the federal government to marketing her own store and its assorted collections of quality apparel and gifts for boys and girls. Inspired by a move to North Carolina, her own sense of style and how she wanted to dress her son, Rita is successfully showing everyone that a little “milk money” can go a long way in making children and moms feel special.

Spring 2010 Gift & Home Market™ at the L.A. Mart® March 14-16, 2010

The Spring 2010 Gift & Home Market at the L.A. Mart, March 14-16, 2010, buyers and retailers will discover fresh, new product from a multitude of categories and will shop some of the most exclusive product, much of which can only be found in Los Angeles.

“The Spring Market is shaping up to be the best yet, with new and exciting product offerings in every category,” said Peggy Coleman, vice president marketing, L.A. Mart and California Gift Show. “Our buyers will see some of the hottest, most innovative lines available today.”

Contact: LA Mart / (213) 763-5817
J. Austin Ryan Designs
Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc. (K.I.D.S)
Emily Press Labels

Preview the Fall/Winter Collection 2010 from See Kai Run®

Highlights include collection expansion with more multiple colorways

Seattle, WA, January 2010 – Remember the excitement of youthful days spent at the amusement park? See Kai Run, popular manufacturer of the perfect first shoe for new walkers, has captured that feeling in its new 2010 Fall/Winter Collection. Filled with vibrant colors and shapes, this new collection aims to bring fun back into fall.

Contact: Julie Dodobara / (888) 524-7463
Hillary Frei to Drive Global Branding Efforts

Henderson, NV - - (February 2010) - - pediped®, a category leader in children’s footwear announces the appointment of Hillary Frei as Director of Marketing. Frei will work to drive pediped® footwear’s global branding efforts.

Contact: pediped footwear / (702) 567-0311

Is your business ‘Social’ enough?

JP Lizzy
Teeny Tiny Optics
Wiggy Studio / Angel Toes

Henderson, NV - - (February 2010) - - Ethan Kilmer has joined pediped® as a sales representative in charge of the Southeast region. This region includes Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, Florida and the Carolinas. Ethan takes over this position from Chris Rogers who has transitioned to the West Coast region, which comprises California, Oregon, Nevada and Arizona.

Prior to joining pediped®, Ethan spent three years playing in the NFL for both the Miami Dolphins and the Cincinnati Bengals. Ethan attended Penn State University.

Contact: pediped footwear / (702) 567-0311

7 W New York Winter Gift and Home Textiles Market Week was a great kick off to the New Year, with attendance up 25% and all signs pointing to a prosperous 2010. The success of the first ever NYC Baby & Kids Fair was yet another indicator of good business ahead. The two shows attracted a varied and notably enthusiastic group of attendees who checked out the trove of new and cutting edge wares in a variety of categories. In contrast to the city’s winter chill, inside 7 W, a feeling of spring was in the air.

Contact: 7 W New York / (212) 279-6063

I have been attending the KidShow in Las Vegas for the past 7 years. I was there at the first windy tent event at the Rio, through many seasons at the Riviera, and for the past few years at the convenient and comfortable Bally’s. KidShow, under the welcoming and efficient direction of show maestro Denise Raeside, is one of my favorite children’s business events. I talked to a trio of reps to find out how they continue their lucky streak with this Vegas show: 4 Kids on 6, Bob Parrish and 2-2 Hot.