Happy Earth Day! Initially started to call attention to the necessity of protecting the environment and natural resources, Earth Day has evolved into a celebration that highlights the grandeur of nature and the various ways that we can all pull together to make the world a better place. Of course, many children’s companies have strong environmental policies they practice every day of the year. Companies like Prince Lionheart, Simple Nature, BooginHead and Tiny Tater Tees are bringing useful products to families while helping to build a better world.
There’s something special about handmade baby gifts because they’re so often handed down for decades and there’s always a great story. Your store can contribute to multiple generations of joy and warmth with Bunch & Rosa quilts. These quilters live and work in North Carolina and use traditional quilting techniques with a twist: their designs are totally modern. Unlike the delicate quilts of yesteryear that could only be neatly folded on the edge of a bed, Bunch & Rosa quilts use hand-sewn binding, ensuring the quilt can be loved daily and still passed on.
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New York City, New York (2/1/14 - 2/6/14)
NY NOW™, the Market for Home + Lifestyle (formerly NYIGF®) made BizBash’s “New York’s Top 100” list for 2014 — little wonder, considering the strong impact the show has had. The show attracted over 30,000 attendees from more than 80 countries. The February show ran from the 1st through the 6th at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Not all companies with great products took home awards, but both new and veteran retailers did show a stellar uptick in orders. Companies like Anaïs & I, Scentco Inc., EFL Sales (Fiona Walker England and Albetta), and Calisson Inc drew a lot of attention.
Being on-trend and in style are more than just adjectives decorating the “About Us” page: these words form the foundation of successful children’s businesses. Rapidly changing attitudes and tastes mean that companies need to be innovators. Which suits Florian Berger’s Donkey Products just fine, as the company is “always ahead of the curve – always on the hunt for the new and the different.” The German company is known for developing unique pieces that surprise and delight. As a family business, there is a strong focus on fostering the creativity in design that captures the imagination.
Lolli Living is a textile company specializing in nursery gear. It offers parents the best of both worlds when it comes to nursery decoration; it allows them to choose complimentary pieces from various collections in order to create their own look. All the collections are designed to layer so there’s no worry of striking out when choosing a combination. Customers can go subtle and staid or artsy and exotic. Either way, it’s bound to look great and put-together.
It’s a familiar tale with tip-toeing parents, a sleepy baby and a squeaky door. In 2007, Gail Calderon and Darlene Garcia came up with a solution born from necessity while combining their business acumen and sewing skills. The Original Cushy Closer Door Cushion answered the need to close doors without a sound, letting baby sleep. Without turning a doorknob or handle, Cushy Closer allows parents to enter or exit a room while keeping children from locking themselves in or out of their room.
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New York City, New York (2/1/14 - 2/6/14)
NY Now, formerly the New York International Gift Fair, is almost here again! The huge trade show – one of the largest of its kind in the world – is slated to run from February 1-6 at the Jacob Javitz Center in New York City, and will include some of the most successful home and lifestyle businesses in the industry, as well as those making their way to the top. Among the impressive line-up of exhibitors are some promising up-and-coming children’s product sellers, including BeanPatch & Co., Lava Lunch, Free Like Birdie, and Luca & Company
Shropshire-based Funky Feet Fashions Ltd. combines the nostalgic charm of England with all that’s delightful for children. Since all of the company’s products are handcrafted in the United Kingdom, only high-quality designs roll out of the doors. While the company produces clothing, accessories, and other items, it is tops with bottoms — kids’ footwear, that is. FFF footwear is non-slip and designed especially for little feet. Demand for the footwear has been strong, causing the company to bolster its UK team. With phenomenal customer response, it’s easy to see why the company is expanding its footwear designs.
Some pregnant women obsess over chocolate and pickles, but not Johanna Franks. When she was pregnant, her cravings were more about cloth. After leaving her interior design job to stay home with her two children, she was itching for something creative to cling to. Instead of letting her diaper days get her down, Johanna found inspiration in her children. Their ceaseless curiosity and effervescent nature gave her the gumption to create Love Frankie. She took her love of kids and her love of color, mixed it with vintage fabric finds and great Scandinavian design, and founded a line of kids clothing your customers will love.
Fair Trade is basically the practice of paying “fair” or “appropriate” prices for products developed in other countries. It focuses on honoring the work of the laborers. It is not simply a way of doing business — it’s a conscious choice made to reflect business and personal values. Fair Trade is not about a handout: Fair Trade products are high-quality merchandise created with attention to detail. If these goods sound like the kinds of products you would like to provide your customers, then WeAreDAR, Aloetree Kids, 1 of a Kind (Pebble) and Almirah are excellent choices.
When two good friends visited Peru, more than Manchu Pichu awe struck them. Susan Pritchett and Florence Wetterwald stumbled onto entire villages of expert knitters and returned home to found Blabla Kids, a company selling all manner of knitted objects for children. The hand-knit cotton Lion Dream Ring can hang over a bed or anywhere in a kid’s room. For customers seeking dolls, point out that these knit charmers are soft and lovable for tots to teens. Knit dolls come as horses, monkeys, girls, boys, bunnies, owls and a host of other characters.
With kids spending almost 9 hours a day sitting on their rumps, offer ergonomic products that let them hunker down without getting a humpback. Moll desks are designed to encourage healthy posture, aligning legs, arms and spine for the perfect perch. Not only do these desks protect posture, but they also deliver dollar value. One adjustable desk can take a tyke from preschool to high school. The desk height and tilting desk surface are easy to position to just the right fit. It enables the child to work at an angle to reduce eye and neck strain.