By Laura Vaillancourt - Friday, September 19th 2014
After traveling the world attending toy fairs, Michael Sellinger noticed there were no contemporarily designed, open-ended toys in the U.S. market. So, he created Sound of Fun to “correct the situation.” Sound of Fun offers two lines: the Kiddimoto — a wooden balance bike, and the Roomii — a ride-on toy chest. Both Kiddimoto and Roomii are awarding-winning English brands that represent the best in UK design, while meeting all American and European standards.
Playtime NY took place August 2-4, 2014 at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Each year the show has a unique theme that influences the décor and ties the various displays together. This time the theme was Luna Park, in honor of the famed Coney Island theme park destination. As a nice break from work-related activities, all Playtime participants got their pictures taken in a fun photo-shoot featuring backgrounds by the graphic design firm Colorium. Among the smiling faces were representatives from Be Lucky Kids, Two and Two Kids, poème & poésie, and Luna & Stella.
By Stephanie Hanlon - Wednesday, September 17th 2014
The Made in USA label has always meant durability, local design and processing. Now it can also indicate stylish, modern and organic designs unique enough to be featured in your store. Beautiful beasts come out of Brooklyn with Snuggly Ugly dolls and décor that add flair to nurseries. Clever child nicknames gave birth to nini & pumpkin and their moon cocoon wearable duvet. Young ladies get the royal treatment with the Ecoprincess line of makeup and bath products by Organic Beauty Now. Take note of Tree by Kerri Lee for a handmade movement in music that will replace plastic music boxes forever.
By Stephanie Hanlon - Tuesday, September 16th 2014
Fall sports are in full swing and parents are often rushing to feed their kids on the go. They may be able to deal with football fumbles better than the kids’ big spills. The Spill Spoiler is available to help. This robust but easy to use cap screws on to almost anything, including baby bottles and nutrition drinks. With Spill Spoiler caps, parents can be sure the nutrition gets into the child and doesn’t end up on the floor or backseat. The Spill Spoiler Sports fits single-serving bottles of sports drinks, including Gatorade and Vitamin Water. Spill Spoiler caps also fit on protein drinks for kids who need a boost or to make it from soccer practice to dinner.
By Laura Vaillancourt - Monday, September 15th 2014
Early in the morning, Julia Feldman would place her daughter in her stroller, cover her with her blanket, and head out for her run. Yet, within minutes the blanket was coming untucked, dragging on the ground and getting caught in the wheels. Shaking off the dirt-ridden blanket, she thought, “Maybe we can tweak this.” Bella Bundles offers blankets, bibs, sleep sacks and hooded towels that are altered ever so slightly to strengthen their functionality.
Anyone who has been involved in a bambino eating session knows that it can be incredibly frustrating as food flies and tempers — both child and adult — are lost. To smooth the mealtime process, show your customers a brand-new product that keeps little ones engaged at the table while encouraging healthier eating habits. The secret is the Munch-Mates Meal Set by Modern-twist: a three-piece bowl, lid and toddler-sized tumbler cup that fits perfectly into those little hands.
By Stephanie Hanlon - Thursday, September 11th 2014
As the fall weather grows crisper, families still want to get and stay outdoors. Nobody wants to cut a hike short or cancel a day out because junior is getting cold. Sure, it’s easy to keep them cozy with a sweater, hoodie or jacket, but that doesn’t cover the bottom half. Hop on board with the TrailHopper from Cozey 7, the wearable blanket that fits your customer’s everyday life. Created by Jill Winckler, a mom from Colorado, the TrailHopper will let your customers chase the chill away without worrying about the blanket blowing away or being run over by the stroller.
This week Liz and Roo is unveiling its newest line, the Linens Collection. Inspired by the desire for gender-neutral bedding in a soft palette, the Linens Collection features a blend of linen and rayon that is washable. The line features five solid crib skirts in flax, gray, spring pea, and willow, plus a white weave (non linen, but linen look). Coordinating crib rail teething covers, minky (faux fur) receiving blankets, and crib sheets complete the individual collections, which are also sold as separates. Available at www.lizandroo.com.
From August 3rd through 5th, 2014, ENK International hosted Children’s Club, at New York City’s Pier 94. Over 650 brands ranging from traditional to contemporary; ready-to-wear; swimwear; footwear; accessories; and gift items for infants to pre-teens participated showing Holiday, Resort and Spring 2015 offerings. More than eighty first-time exhibitors were on hand. Among the many outstanding labels, Leesa Valentino from The Giggle Guide® was especially taken with Dress Rags Playwear, Bonnie Baby London, Tokyo Baby Cafe and mbaby by Munchkin, making its debut at the show.
British-born clothing designer and motherhood educator Rosie Pope is at the top of the momprenuer pyramid, running an enterprise that includes maternity clothing stores on both coasts, as well as a maternity concierge service, a book and a television show. And she does it all while looking great. While this energetic mother of four is a renaissance woman, her first passion was fashion. She got her start working in the popular Pea in a Pod maternity stores, and was inspired to try her hand at a design business of her own. The result is Rosie Pope Maternity, a collection of classy, chic and up-to-the-minute styles made for pregnant and nursing women.
Beginning swimmers, competitive swimmers, and even those just having fun in the water need to be have clear vision in order to move around properly in an aquatic environment, and swim goggles are the best way to achieve that. But swim goggles aren’t just about safety and necessity; they’re also meant to be stylish and easy to wear. Bling 2o is a line of fun, fanciful swim goggles in a variety of looks that kids love.
By Laura Vaillancourt - Thursday, September 4th 2014
No matter the age, women love purses. So when Shelila Culver’s daughters asked for a dance bag for their ballet class, Culver knew it had to be special. With the smash hit of the design, Culver Cutie was born. The company offers beautiful and unique bags for girls who want to spotlight their individual style. The bags are shaped like the bodice of a ballerina all the way down to the tutu. They are designed with high-quality fabric and tulle, and reinforced bottoms to support heavier items. Each bag has a roomy pocket for those go-to essentials and dancer necessities. The sturdy handles provide durability for those playful little girls that like to run around as they show off their stylish accessories.