Parents are willing to buy some items sight unseen, but most want to touch and examine the crib where their little one will rest its head. This can present a challenge for smaller storefronts that don’t have the space required for extensive display. While some boutiques can’t put together an entire nursery in their small spaces, they can set the scene by displaying a smart selection of eye-catching pieces that are sure to make the entire set a must-have. The Giggle Guide® starts you thinking about new ways to display and use furnishings with picks from Martinek BéBé, Arte M, and tinitikes.
Emphasis on Handcrafted and On-Trend California-Centric Products Showcased at Beckman’s Handcrafted Show™ L.A. and California B
MMPI and California Gift Show® (CGS) announce a strong line-up of unique, on-trend products and collections debuting at Market this July. More than 10,000 lines from over 1,200 temporary exhibitors and permanent showrooms will provide buyers a myriad of product offerings with emphasis on the region’s emerging product designers, artists and craftsmen, placing California at the forefront of international design.
For charming clothes and fabrics that literally tell a story, think Poppy. This British, super-eco-friendly company designs fabrics in one hundred percent cotton using contemporary colors and a look that harks back to the 1930s with classic high waists and puffy skirts. Many of the dresses are designed with a “story” about Poppy and her dog, Fred, running around the hem and come with a small storybook so children can follow the adventures of their favorite characters. This summer’s dress collection follows Poppy and Fred as they go to see the sea. Poppy themed storybooks, greeting and thank-you cards, mugs, invitations, and coloring books are also available separately.
As you gear up for a rollicking red-white-and-blue Fourth of July, proudly offer goods made in the United States! When you sell American products, you help keep our economy growing. You do your part to create jobs, as selling U.S.-made wares directly supports American workers and their families. Americans buying American-made products is more than just flag-waving patriotism –– it helps control the nation’s destiny at this important time in our history. Feel good about merchandising quality products made in the U.S.A. like these from Pop & Lolli, Zipfy, belly bump couture, and Channel Craft.
If you like contemporary design, you’ll love OFFI & Company. Launched in 1997, this manufacturer offers beautiful, practical kids’ furnishings with a modern vibe and plenty of pizzazz. OFFI products are the work of a group of independent designers, many of whom have won awards for their creations. Rock on in the OFFI rocker which combines style and practicality in a chair with a lift-up seat that provides a great space to store treasures. The rocker has a handy hole in the back so it’s easy for kids to move around and is crafted in beautiful birch wood.
I just finished attending my third Licensing Expo at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas. I WROTE THIS BLOG in 2009. At this year’s event, I saw more than ever that whatever was old is new - or reimagined - again. So … I thought I would rerun these thoughts. Only thing maybe changed is popularity of Jonas Brothers? What licensed characters do you remember from childhood?
Got me thinking of the licensed characters of my childhood, and those that came and went during the “licensing years” of my three children over 20 years ago.
When a couple finds out that they are expecting twins, their life instantly changes. Looking at those two precious dots on the sonogram screen, initial shock turns to joy, then eventually the realization sets in that the early months of feeding and diapering are going to be extra, extra challenging. Raising twins (and other multiples) takes plenty of patience, helping hands from friends and family, and innovative baby products that make life a little easier. Products by Stroll-Air, TP Toys, TwinTrexx and Toddler Tables are a few such retail recommendations. Check them out on the double!
July 19 – 25: Permanent Showrooms Open, July 22 – 25: Temporary Show Opens
California-centric Theme Defines Focus for Product, Events and Overall Show Experience at L.A. Mart® and Los Angeles Convention Center Destinations
MMPI’s California Gift Show (CGS) is ramping up to a new look and new vision for July 2011 fueling a fresh perspective and enhanced experience for the West Coast’s largest Gift & Home Market. As part of a long-term strategy beginning July 2011, CGS will give greater focus to the region’s emerging product designers, artists and craftsmen that place California at the forefront of international product trend.
Mention the name Berlingot to anyone in France and they know you are talking about a superior line of baby products. Today, many North American retailers and consumers are becoming more familiar with this brand’s fine line of baby fashions, linens, and gift items. Berlingot has created a world of gift giving for babies and toddlers under the age of four. They carry absolutely everything you can think of when it comes to baby clothing, bedroom décor, toys, and plush pals. At Berlingot, they believe the arrival of a new baby is the best reason in the world to celebrate.
MMPI announces its 2011 event dates for The L.A. Mart® and The Chicago Market: Living and Giving®.
THE CALIFORNIA GIFT SHOW
L.A. Mart®: Tuesday, July 19-25
Showrooms: 9a.m. – 6p.m. Friday, July 22 – Monday, July 25
Temporaries and Beckman’s™ Handcrafted Show L.A.: 9a.m. – 6p.m. Friday, July 22 – SHOP LATE NIGHT!
Showrooms: 9a.m. – 8p.m., Temporaries and Beckman’s™ Handcrafted Show L.A: 9a.m. – 8p.m.
LOS ANGELES CONVENTION CENTER Friday, July 22 -Sunday, July 24
Temporaries: 9a.m.-6p.m. Monday, July 25
Temporaries: 9a.m. – 4p.m.
The 2011 catalog is out. Make sure you have your copy. Many new styles are there and ready to ship. We are so excited about the new catalog including new styles. Access it on the web, Go into the back room and click on Download Catalog. You should be receiving yours in the mail soon.