Cindy Cohn understands how much one meaningful gift can affect someone’s life. When she was 11 years old, Cindy received a gift of a shirt with her name spelled out in cute, colorful characters across the front. It quickly became one of her favorite possessions. Decades later, she still owns that shirt, and cites it as the inspiration for her company, Poseys People in Poses. The company, casually known as Poseys, offers a wide selection of keepsake apparel and accessories with unique, personalized touches. These t-shirts, pullover shirts, pillow cases and canvas bags are meant to reflect the hobbies and interests of the owner.
The understanding of waste in our garments is growing, and customers are starting to ask about the origin of their wardrobe. Kallio started as a consciously-minded kidswear brand out of Brooklyn, NY. After working in the fashion industry, Karina Kallio saw firsthand how much waste there was. Roughly 85% of textile waste ends up in landfills, enough material to recreate the Rocky Mountains. Kallio offers a respite from that reality by repurposing men’s shirts into unexpected modern classics that are wearable and delightful. Kallio is all about local, including sourcing high-quality fabrics that are hand cut in their Brooklyn studio.
Looking for that unique children’s gift that will be a favorite for years to come? How about a Butterscotch Blankee? While the monogram design trend is hot at the moment, Butterscotch Blankees’ founder Jodie Roth has always believed that a monogram is a timeless, classic feature, which is why she decided to make it the cornerstone of Butterscotch’s design offerings. Each product is available for the customer to choose between numerous design, color and monogramming choices. All products are handmade in the USA and wrapped for gifting like a Butterscotch candy.
If you are the mom of a tween-aged daughter, you will appreciate how difficult it can be to shop for clothing. The changes that take place in a girl’s body at this important age can make beachwear in particular a challenge, especially with the self-consciousness and awkwardness that can be hallmarks of these transitional years. If this is an issue, for your retail customers, check out the Squirtini Bikini swimwear line. This line can take the stress out of choosing swimsuits for both parent and daughter.
Families have so many occasions to celebrate, from birthdays to holidays to weddings. Each milestone is a chance to get together with loved ones and observe rich traditions. Many times this means putting your best foot forward, wearing clothing that suits the day and fits just right. When there are kids involved, this can be a bit of a challenge. Most stores usually carry only a small selection of special occasion wear for children, and the choices don’t always have the style and quality that parents are seeking to find. Enter Mini Treasure Kids, also known as MTK, a line of eye-catching, quality upscale clothing for girls and boys.
By Stephanie Hanlon - Tuesday, September 30th 2014
“Here in my car, I feel safest of all!” It’s not just a song, it’s a way of life for parents. Safety starts with eyes on the road, and the Prince Lionheart backseat organizer allows everything to remain in its place so the driver is not distracted. Seat belts don’t have to be a chafing proposition with BenBat Seat Belt Pals. Britax has 70 years of experience bringing a safe rides to families, and their USA-made products are revolutionizing the industry while making installation a breeze. Cardiff Products supports their buddies in boosters with a mountable head rest to ensure snoozing sweethearts are safe.
When Paul Barton’s sister got pregnant, he and his wife, Sandy, discovered a gap in the children’s market. They searched for baby clothes that were both fashionable and sustainable, but couldn’t find anything that they liked. Clothes produced in an ethical manner all seemed to be frumpy and boring, whereas the cutest baby clothes were in no way sustainable. When the couple discovered they had a baby of their own on the way, they decided to take on the challenge themselves. Spence Baby was born, named after their new little girl, Spencer Grace.
By Laura Vaillancourt - Friday, September 26th 2014
A few years ago, Majorie Labrèque Lepage was asked to sew a stuffed toy for a friend’s new arrival. At once, she received copious praise from everyone for her furry creation. She soon realized the joy she felt for creating these unique creatures. As a daughter of an entrepreneur, she could not help but start her own business –– Velvet Moustache. The brand has a number of lines, including cushions, soft toys and fashion. The cushions are square-shaped animal and people-like characters with wide eyes and over-sized ears. Their furry fabric makes them a great accessory for beds and playrooms.
By Stephanie Hanlon - Thursday, September 25th 2014
School is back in session and some of that summer brain drain is showing up in full force. As kids struggle to adjust to new schedules and schools, your store can help bring them back to basics with NumbersAlive! After more than 30 years of working with and teaching about numbers, Dr. Rebecca Klemm founded NumbersAlive!, an innovative framework for demystifying numbers and math. Presented as fun and friendly characters rather than complicated facts and figures, numbers come alive outside of math in areas like art, science, architecture, sports, nature, culture, and folklore.
By The Giggle Guide - Wednesday, September 24th 2014
Frazzled, overloaded, and out of breath. You’ve either seen or been this type of traveler at the airport, trying to carry a stroller, luggage, car seat, plus a child across a crowded airport to catch a flight. End the chaos with a Phoondi Car Seat Trolley. Put everything onto it, securely — yes even a child can safely ride on it too. Now getting to the next terminal will actually be an enjoyable experience for everyone. This is a must-have product for traveling families, especially around the holiday and vacation seasons. It will revolutionize how people travel with children.
There’s a new way to look at diaper bags. Up to now, no company had delved into the world of microbes (aka icky germs) or anti-stick coatings, but that’s changed due to this dynamic duo of new licensed diaper bags: Ju-Ju-Be has begun a collaboration with Hello Kitty, the iconic brand everyone adores. The new Kitty collection features signature diaper bag designs in a range of shapes with –– retailers take note –– a custom print; bow zipper pulls; and super-cute, functional hidden surprises such as embroidery details inside each bag. Invite shoppers to peer inside the bag to get a look at the “hidden” three apples, a nod to Hello Kitty who herself is three apples tall and weighs five apples.
By Laura Vaillancourt - Monday, September 22nd 2014
Over thirty years ago, Becky Cannon asked herself how she could provide natural care both inside and out for her future family. She spent the next three years studying and teaching young children about natural foods in Japan. There she had her daughter Emi. After moving back to the States and preparing for the birth of her second daughter, Mari, she missed the unique baby products she discovered in Japan. Soon, Cannon started importing diaper covers from Japan to make them available for other parents. Today, Cannon and her daughters are the mother-daughter owners of i play.®, as they continue to focus on creating the best baby-friendly products.