Furnishings and decorative accessories for kids were dominated by boring wood stains and shades of dull. That was then. Now there are several manufacturers that offer good looking, quality crafted products that fit into a variety of trend-driven lifestyle decors. Whether a customer lives in a contemporary home, a traditional house or a French Provincial setting, there are designs that blend in harmoniously. Here are some examples of new designs from Bratt Décor, Muralistick, indoTreasures, and SweetSeat.
What feels as soft as a cashmere sweater? As weightless as a cloud? Bamboobies, the new choice for nursing moms who want a washable breast pad that doesn’t leak and won’t show through their clothing. Heart-shaped Bamboobies are smooth and soft on chafed nipples, the bane of many a mom trying to do her absolute best for her baby. The top-most layer is certified organic cotton and bamboo; underneath that is an ultra-absorbent hemp layer that soaks up breast milk and disperses it. The top-most outer layer is totally milk-proof to prevent leaks.
Remember the tale about how a tiny pea kept a princess from sleeping soundly? The restless royal could not sleep the whole night and woke up achy and cranky. Think is would help if the pea were organic? Offering eco-friendly products to help little ones sleep makes sense for everyone. When children have a restful night and wake refreshed, the day gets off to a wonderful start. We are showcasing some terrific companies that make little ones’ nights silent and peaceful. With a bit of help from Greenbuds Baby, Woolly Boo, Crib Critters and New Jammies, children drift to the land of sweetest dreams.
What makes a baby grow and thrive wrapped in smiles? The Green Creation that offers clothes for babies and toddlers likes to think it’s the garments they make of one hundred percent organic cotton to which they add another hundred percent love. The garments are made of ultra-soft, all-natural, organically produced cotton in India, certified by Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) as well as being certified Fair Trade. Green Creation clothes have been featured in many magazines and praised for being eco-friendly, fashion-forward and stylish without breaking the bank.
Even though the days are cooling off, all eyes are turned toward the latest and greatest summer fashions for 2012. Retailers and consumers are hungry for something different — especially for clothing that busts out of the safety zones that have marked recession fashion. The trends in the higher-end collections lean more toward eye-catching asymmetrical garb, luscious floral prints in bright hues, gorgeous pleats, and attention-getting ruffles. The Giggle Guide® shows next year’s sizzle from Eternal Creation, Scout Collection, and Joules.
Playtime New York, the international trade show dedicated to all things relating to children, junior and maternity, held a very successful third show from July 30 to August 1, 2011. Buyers and other visitors were very positive and gave big thumbs up to the creative, imaginative space and merchandise. Attendees included many vendors from previous shows as well as some outstanding new collections. Among the standouts were Wovenplay,Tala Bee Kids, and Mini & Maximus.
For charming clothes and fabrics that literally tell a story, think Poppy. This British, super-eco-friendly company designs fabrics in one hundred percent cotton using contemporary colors and a look that harks back to the 1930s with classic high waists and puffy skirts. Many of the dresses are designed with a “story” about Poppy and her dog, Fred, running around the hem and come with a small storybook so children can follow the adventures of their favorite characters. This summer’s dress collection follows Poppy and Fred as they go to see the sea. Poppy themed storybooks, greeting and thank-you cards, mugs, invitations, and coloring books are also available separately.
On March 20th 2010 Jelly The Pug made the jump from handmade to wholesale! Fast forward a year and some, we are in over 150 specialty retail stores, 32 states in the US and 9 other countries, continuing to grow at about 2 stores a day! Retailers that received their shipments, have already re-ordered, some on several occasions!
July 19 – 25: Permanent Showrooms Open, July 22 – 25: Temporary Show Opens
California-centric Theme Defines Focus for Product, Events and Overall Show Experience at L.A. Mart® and Los Angeles Convention Center Destinations
MMPI’s California Gift Show (CGS) is ramping up to a new look and new vision for July 2011 fueling a fresh perspective and enhanced experience for the West Coast’s largest Gift & Home Market. As part of a long-term strategy beginning July 2011, CGS will give greater focus to the region’s emerging product designers, artists and craftsmen that place California at the forefront of international product trend.
MMPI announces its 2011 event dates for The L.A. Mart® and The Chicago Market: Living and Giving®.
THE CALIFORNIA GIFT SHOW
L.A. Mart®: Tuesday, July 19-25
Showrooms: 9a.m. – 6p.m. Friday, July 22 – Monday, July 25
Temporaries and Beckman’s™ Handcrafted Show L.A.: 9a.m. – 6p.m. Friday, July 22 – SHOP LATE NIGHT!
Showrooms: 9a.m. – 8p.m., Temporaries and Beckman’s™ Handcrafted Show L.A: 9a.m. – 8p.m.
LOS ANGELES CONVENTION CENTER Friday, July 22 -Sunday, July 24
Temporaries: 9a.m.-6p.m. Monday, July 25
Temporaries: 9a.m. – 4p.m.
The day a new baby comes home from the hospital is an exhilarating experience! Anticipation leads up to this moment for many months, and parents carefully consider and shop for everything their precious bundle might need on this very special day. From that picture-perfect going home outfit and cuddly swaddling blanket to the safest, swankiest car seat for the ride home, Peg Perego, SwaddleDesigns, Beanie Designs, and Sage Creek Organics have all the first-trip necessities to ensure that baby is safe, secure, and comfortable on this momentous occasion.
For decades, eco-conscious parents have endeavored to set a good example for their children by reusing, recycling, and making healthier choices. When it comes to earth-friendly children’s goods, today’s parents have more options than ever before. Nowhere is this boom in green products more apparent than in the youth apparel industry. The growing number of customers who shop with an eye toward eco-friendly living naturally gravitate toward exceptional offerings like those from Dhana, 2 Red Hens, Twirls & Twigs, and AGUA by Trash-à-Porter.