Holt and Lulu was launched by Angie Anderson in 2011. Having spent years working for Nordstrom and Chanel, she was ready to begin her own venture. Angie’s inspiration came from her vision to create modern, cool, kid’s clothes with fine details that were easy to wear. She focused on styles that were versatile and could go from play to dinner out. The result was clothing that was “casual chic” creating effortless style to let kids be kids, fashionably. Holt and Lulu collections are influenced by adult fashion, creating really fun clothes in little sizes and making it all in the USA!
Like a sweet lullaby, the music notes of an era gone by resonate with images of sweet children dressed in simple colors and traditional styles. With temperatures warming, baby legs are emerging from a winter of fleece sleepers. Parents shopping for soft, classic ways to dress babies and toddlers need look no further than Ollie & Bess. The brand brings back sweet, nostalgic days when children still wore all white and sported Peter Pan collars and bubble rompers.
The March Playtime New York was themed beautifully around light through trends spaces, art installations and exclusive entertainment. Playtime New York continued to grow, selling out this year while hosting 120 international collections. This show is known for bringing together the best brands, both new and established. Here are a few that caught the attention of Editorial Director David Gaunt: California lifestyle brand Mini & Maximus has international appeal. Urban Infant carries the load for kids and parents on the go with convenient backpacks and lunch bags. Newcomer Mon Petit Atelier focuses on fancy dresses that inspire nostalgia. OmamiMini wows with modern outerwear and apparel from L.A. that complements a range of styles.
Even if they don’t bend your ear about it, your customers probably wish there were simple ways to teach kids the value of money. Raise the subject of time spent with TV or video games and watch the attention shift to you. Then, show them a system that uses today’s technology to get across the concept of managing time and money. My Job Chart is an online system in which a parent either registers online or downloads an app, inputs information about the family and assigns chores to kids with a reward value for each job.
Last February’s KIDShow Las Vegas showed me a lot to love. The event continues to be the largest collection of children’s fashions and accessories west of the Hudson River, and offers a wide assortment of mid-tier to high-end apparel in a comfortable setting where buyers can review lines and write orders to assure well-stocked shelves and strong sales. Here are some of the brands and people that caught my eye and renewed my interest in the children’s business: We The Beautiful, Jo Ann Farese and all the brands she represents, GlitterTots Sparkle Screen and Ultimate Apparel, well represented by Karen Grasso.
Newport, Rhode Island is one of the most popular tourist locations in America. Known for its historical sites as well as its shopping and entertainment, this seaside town’s cozy inns, trendy shops and gourmet eateries draw thousands of visitors each summer. If a business wants to stand out in Newport, it has to offer something unique and interesting. In that department, Groovy Gator delivers. While the Groovy Gator has been open a relatively short time compared to some of Newport’s old standbys, it has made an impression on locals and tourists alike with its charming collection of children’s fashions, toys and accessories.
Sticky Fudge, a South African clothing company, provides families with pieces that encourage and enhance layering. It aspires to become part of all that is good about childhood, thanks to strong demand. “We had a very successful Spring/Summer 2013 Season,” explained Cheri Kroeger who handles marketing for Sticky Fudge. The company has its origins at an Organic & Natural Product market in Stellenbosch, South Africa; demand for the clothing outstripped the on-hand supply, so Frinette, the designer and creator of Sticky Fudge, expanded the business to meet customer needs. Almost every piece in the collection is crafted in Cape Town, South Africa.
Every parent who has traveled with a child in tow has watched with horror as their little one falls asleep in the car, slumped into a grotesque shape. Fixing this while speeding down the highway never works and is a major safety hazard. Drivers search for something to keep those little heads from banging into the car door but never have the right item on hand. A safer, easier and more effective alternative to a folded jacket, BoosterPalz is a perfect travel companion. The pillow has a soft cushion to provide non-confining support around a child’s neck. Furthermore, it offers a supportive plush body to keep kids from hunching forward or falling sideways, no matter which way the child falls asleep.
While American “tweendom” is the most familiar type, Europe recognizes the tween years as a distinct developmental phase as well, and it is home to companies that target that demographic. Many of these companies are similar to their American counterparts, but have some unique traits inherent to European fashion and culture. Some American retailers have noticed that European-made products are big sellers, so they keep an eye on designers from across the pond to learn who’s who and what’s trending. Barbour, Caracoteen, molo and Mini Vanilla are among the hot companies that deserve a closer look.
Johnny Joker is an assortment of products meant to help children develop their sense of self-esteem and to master important life skills. The materials include books, plushies and interactive games designed to reach kids in ways they understand and enjoy. Johnny Joker books address five categories: This is Me, My Body and Me, My Feelings, You and Me, and World Around Me. These categories cover self-care and hygiene, managing emotions, identifying preferences and talents, interacting with others and much more.
When it comes to sharing from the heart, a hand-written note beats email every time. It establishes that the writer feels strongly enough about you to set aside time to put thoughts into words, etching them onto a blank page with endless possibilities. Stacey Valle and Gina Stock, co-founders of Buzzable, LLC, understand how deep the written word speaks to the heart. Their fillable Buzzable Baby Book is the perfect way to provide friends, families, and loved ones the chance to express themselves on that most important of occasions: the baby shower.
Imagine a whimsical medley of vintage and modern urban and you start to get a vision of what AlbaBabY has to offer. AlbaBabY is a Danish brand for 0 - 8 year olds, designed with inspiration from the designer Majken Bankes’ own childhood. With cool details for extra comfort and easy use, the Summer and Spring collection features 3 distinct and yet complementary styles: Urban & Casual, Active & Carefree, and Innovative & Nostalgic.