Toy Fair -
New York City, New York (2/14/15 - 2/17/15)
Valentine’s Day is all about love, and when you’re a kid, there are few things you love more than your toys. Considering this, it makes sense that that the 2015 New York Toy Fair kicked off its opening day on February 14 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Toy Fair brings together hundreds of exhibitors from far and wide. The whopping 422,000 net square feet of exhibition space was divided into convenient product zones, making it easy for visitors to find the types of products and companies they were looking for. Manhattan Toy, ** Lil’ Orphan Nannies**, Le Toy Van and OgoSport all felt the love in their respective product zones.
By Stephanie Hanlon - Wednesday, February 11th 2015
The age-old adage about teaching man to fish holds universally true, and never more so than at Haiti Babi. Many of the 500,000 children in Haitian orphanages are put there by parents who simply cannot afford to provide for them. Haiti Babi was created with the crucial mission to keep kids with their parents. What does it take to keep kids out of orphanages and with their parents? It sounds so simple: get parents work. Putting moms to work is just one of Haiti Babi’s missions. A job empowers these moms to earn a living while caring for their families. Haiti Babi hires moms in Haiti to knit and crochet high-quality artisan baby goods.
There’s no better way to kick off the new year of buying and selling than at the NY NOW show, once again bringing thousands of presenters from around the globe. While plenty of these companies are no strangers to the game, this year’s show shines a light on the best fresh faces in the business. Whether a hot up-and-comer or a veteran of the industry, each company showing their wares at the Javits Center this year will have something unique to offer. The Multiples, Dsenyo, Milly Green and Papersalt are among the standout presenters. These companies all do something interesting to make life more rewarding for their young customers.
There’s no bigger joy than holding a new healthy baby in your arms. Two moms who know that joy founded Baby Hero, a line of organic baby and toddler clothing that’s gentle enough for soft baby skin, but strong enough to handle the snuggles and the joys of growing and playing. It also supports mothers who may not have access to information and care needed to keep those babies in our world. Three million babies die each year in their first month of life and Baby Hero is dedicated to a “Giving Model.” Each purchase from Baby Hero funds a Neonatal Survival Kit for a mother and her baby in a disadvantaged community.
You have a dream product you know will be a wow with retailers and their clients but how do you get it from your head to the world? You contact Source My Garment, a company that bridges the gap between designers in North America and manufacturers and factories overseas. The brainy team of Source My Garment associates can provide you with the whole shootin’ match — everything from the hows and whys of fair trade and ethical manufacturing to concept, labeling and packaging, to ways to save money and grow your business as you want it to.
Not every little darling has a grandmother or aunt who is a whiz with knitting needles. Satisfy the urge to give a tot a hand-made knit item with hand-made sweaters, hats, booties and more from Toto Knits, made to order from organic cotton in Kenya. Options are huge and include the drapey blanket cardigan in charcoal or cream that makes a perfect layer for any day. A large wooden button closes at the neck. Other sweater choices include a varsity sweater with a large letter on the front, and a pink, blue or natural cardigan with a perky daisy, giraffe or elephant.
Babies have a tendency to chew on anything and everything. Since they spend so much time in their crib, the railing makes for a tempting teething tool. But some baby furniture and toys are made with harmful chemicals, linking to some seriously scary side effects. At Babee Talk, only organic, high-quality materials are used in its collection of organic bedding and toys. Let baby chew these products as they are all safe plus non-harmful to the environment too. Babee Talk is a company that puts children’s safety first and has a unique marketing strategy, making its products a great choice for parents and store owners.
Toys don’t always have to be large, noisy, expensive or digital. Some of the most entertaining options are right at your fingertips… in this case, quite literally. With Finger Puppets Inc., this notion is all too true. Kids will love the creative designs of these unique Peruvian puppets. Parents will appreciate teaching their kids about different places around the world and enhancing their social skills. Crafted in the high plains of Peru by local families, these puppets are a tribute to the ancient ways of entertainment. Lessons can be learned and remembered through fun stories.
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.
When customers look for kids’ clothing, style and fit are high on their lists. But the material used to make the garments is also important. Organic growing practices employ approaches and materials that lessen the impact on our environment. This translates into clothing that is totally natural and toxic-free to farmers, workers, the eco-system and consumers. Doodle Do, Sapling Child, Little Gabies and NOCH are companies that are setting a precedent with organic products that are soft, stylish and eco-friendly.
When your customers go to a baby shower, they don’t want to just give a good gift, they want to give a GREAT gift; one that the expectant parents will use, love and remember well into the future. It helps to be informed about which baby gifts are hot and trending right now. Mini Maniacs, Odette Williams, Wry Baby and Jaxxwear offer products that are modern, functional, super-cute, and sure to delight.
What do you call a one-piece that is made from super-soft cotton and comes in patterns that radiate both style and a sense of humor? If you are Little Green Radicals, these charmers are Babygrows, available in a host of patterns. The Bella design is a cheery red, pink, purple and brown stripe with Bella the bunny appliquéd on the front, and snug ribbed cuffs on both arms and legs to keep little ones warm. Skin care is the newest LGR passion with offerings including Sleep Balm and Nappy Balm, as well as Shampoo and Body Wash, Scalp Oil, and Massage Oil, each formulated for tender young skin.