Most of the time, clothing designers are inspired by the work of other designers, or sometimes by the shapes, colors and textures they encounter in the world around them. In some cases, however, clothing designers have a more story-driven vision behind their clothing, one that imbues each collection with its own individual “personality” chosen from a cast of original characters. This is the case with Gardner and the Gang, a children’s clothing company based in Singapore. From punk rock bulldogs to DJ camels and beyond, these funky friends have their own rich pasts, hopes, dreams and hobbies.
With an east-meets-west aesthetic, the brand enlists cheery colors, peppy prints and simple silhouettes to bring joy to kids no
SAN DIEGO (July 8, 2015) Lil Trunks debuts for Spring/Summer ‘16 with delightful fashions for girls and boys sizes 3 months to 6X at the August ENK Children’s Club show booth 6451. Each season the collection will take shoppers on a fun ride through a kaleidoscope of bright colors and bold patterns—all designed to elicit giggles and grins. For spring, the custom prints reflect influences that travel the globe. The silhouettes, which include both wovens and knits, feature timeless favorites like bubbles, A-line dresses, polo rompers, tunics and shift dresses.
Getting good buzz from the right sources isn’t easy, but some companies just have the right combination of solid products and good connection to garner plenty of positive attention right out of the gate. marin + morgan has buzz in the bag. This children’s clothing maker officially launches their line of sophisticated miniature couture in July 2015, but they’re already being talked about in glowing terms by industry insiders, and have been nominated for Earnshaw’s annual Earnie Award for best new product. marin + morgan’s style is inspired by parent-child fashion matching habits often seen in high style magazines and on the streets of some of the world’s swankiest neighborhoods.
Just launched: Galante Baby, springing from the luxury brand Galante Studio, is making this new arrival a proud part of an eighty-year heritage. The company offers hand-crafted, limited-production items that are charmers for babies whether purchased as gifts or by adoring parents. Crib puffs are hand-sewn using the finest, softest nylon so baby can be snuggled in style and comfort. Puffs, a serious seller, are appliquéd with either the Lazy Bear or Happy Duck in pink or blue with trim to match.
Bringing the delights of the dessert straight to hair and body products: Camille Rose Naturals offers a delightful collection of items ranging from whipped body butters to a deep conditioning mask, all geared to awakening users’ senses. Specializing in holistic health, wellness and beauty products, the brand focuses on the individual, ensuring all natural ingredients and an unforgettable sensory experience. Inspired by the connection between a woman and the inner palette of her soul, Janell Stephens founded the company in 2010, and is fully dedicated to the development of hand-made, entirely natural hair, skin, and beauty products.
Once upon a time a Texas gal grew up adoring her Marlborough man-handsome dad who melded ranching with designing cowboy boots. Inspired by him and wild about all things Western and Native American, Adrian Layne developed Cuddlestar, a line of Western wear for babies and toddlers. There are one-piece garments decked with images of cowboys, ponies, and Native American themes like the Thunderbird and Dream Catchers, all cute and very wearable for that Western vibe.
As Digital Natives grow up with everything electronic, there’s a growing trend of going backward to a simpler time. As we see a resurgence in 80s fashion and throwback cartoons have become kitschy cool (how many handsome leading men weren’t even born when the heroes they play splashed across our TVs on Saturday mornings?), organizations like Jam’n Products are riding the wave. Fostering close relationships with historic vendors like Mattel, SpinMaster and more, Jam’n has cornered the market on old-school cool.
K’NEX Brands, the US construction toy company focused on Building Worlds Kids Love®, is excited to introduce Mighty Makers; a line of construction toys designed to empower girls through creative and stimulating building ideas! Created by an all-female marketing and design team, the Mighty Makers building set line encourages girls ages 7+ to build BIG ideas. Each Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (“STEM”) based set features colorful rods, connectors, panels, engaging story-based instructions that follow the life of the included female figure.
There’s nothing like the freedom and exhilaration a bike can bring, and while fashion isn’t everything, having a high-quality bike (or other wheeled ride-on) definitely adds to the biking experience, making it safer and more enjoyable. Morgan Cycle is one of our country’s premier makers of bikes, trikes and other wheeled toys. Founded 20 years ago by bicycle engineer Sylvester Yen, the company prides itself on its fine craftsmanship.
Shoppers looking to help develop kids’ creativity will relish ecologically sound, techy coloring books from Painting Lulu. The system bridges the gap between traditional coloring books — always a kid fave — and contemporary technology. The technology is simple: kids color in the book and then, with a little adult assistance, scan the QR code on the page using a free app on a smart device — it doesn’t even require a download. Presto, the coloring page appears on the device and kids can continue coloring where they left off using the special Painting Lulu Digital Crayon that has a host of unique coloring tools and features.
The Peruvian Pima cotton baby brand offers families a memory-making array of seasonal prints, themed embroideries and classic si
RED BANK, N.J. (June 22, 2015)—The Kissy Kissy Spring/Summer 2016 collection is the perfect companion for wherever families may frolic, romp or roam. Whether their trips take them across the sea, over the sand, on the road or across town to grandma’s, the company offers a delightful mix of whimsical prints and sweet themes to match these warm weather adventures as well as a menagerie of fun-loving animals. The Peruvian Pima cotton collection spans sizes preemie through 6.
Many car lovers collect 1960s vehicle memorabilia, and even enjoy passing down their appreciation to their children with toy cars that sport this signature look. Candylab Toys captures the spirit of the ’60s with its line of classic collectible toy cars. What makes these cars unique is that they’re made of wood, a material growing in popularity due to its longevity and environmental sustainability.