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.
The best thing about babies is they allow us to relive our childhoods. And the Kissy Kissy Spring/Summer ‘15 collection is heavy on summertime nostalgia with imagery that evokes memories of lazy days at the beach, fun adventures in the park and long cruises along the water. The beloved baby clothing brand offers new twists on favorite silhouettes, themes and treatments for a fresh update on the signature look moms, grandmothers and gift-givers have grown to love. And after a successful preview capsule, the label officially launches its sleepwear range with a full line of Peruvian Pima cotton, snug-fitting pajamas for girls and boys sizes 12-18 months to 6.
New parents love for their baby bundle of joy to stand out from day one, right in the hospital nursery. They also want their little one to be snug and warm. How do they make this happen? With Infanteenie Beenies: adorable hats for babes that are guaranteed to stay on. Now when those earliest photos are taken, a newborn can be easily identified as a little lassie or laddie in a special Beenie, made of the same material that hospital baby hats are, but with way more style. Whether your customers go for Her First Bow to adorn a girl or Daddy is my BFF for a guy, you will be offering a new item that will win raves.
What’s the one dream all kids have in common? To be a super hero, of course! When Holly Bartman’s son turned four he wanted a super hero themed party, but he wanted something a little different. So Bartman jumped behind her sewing machine and started making capes as a take-away gift for all of the party attendees. Upon seeing the creations one of the moms said, “You need to make these to sell!” So Bartman gave it a try. The process was slow to start, but grew through the years. Now, eight years later, Superfly Kids has 18 employees and is making thousands of capes every week.
Allan Rubinfeld has been an inventor ever since he was a little boy; he grew up designing and building new contraptions. A gifted student, Rubinfeld was about to attend medical school at UCLA when a devastating automobile accident left him in a coma. While recovering from his extensive injuries, Rubinfeld had an amazing idea. He asked his mother, “Mom, what did I hate doing when I was little?” and she replied, “Showering.” Rubinfeld then dedicated several months to teaching himself how to sew. He created over a dozen different prototypes until finally he had the rough draft of Soapets.
From Victorian times to the pioneer days of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the bonnet was a staple for babies, young girls and grown women. While earlier generations wore bonnets to protect against harsh exterior elements, today’s babies and toddlers are enjoying the resurgence of the bonnet as the perfect outfit accessory. Of course, the sunshade aspect is a happy benefit. The Beaufort Bonnet Company is leading this return to days of the bonnet. In true Southern style, this South Carolina company was begun in 2009 by a mom to bring her love and appreciation of heirloom bonnets to this new generation.
In another era, children’s clothes were timeless in design and, accordingly, fewer in number. Many of today’s parents hanker for lovely garments made with care that stand up to wear, along with classic looks that don’t go out of style. Eyes will light up when they see designs from Pennymeade, named with a nod to simpler times when kids were dressed as kids and life flowed at a tranquil pace. This company embraces responsible consumerism with fine craftsmanship and coordinating pieces that last long beyond the season.
Every home needs some ambience; a way for the inhabitants to feel cozy, secure and happy. Aesthetic touches like blankets, pillows, throws and other accessories do more than just provide physical warmth and comfort; they add a distinctive look and help create the right vibe. They also provide a way for the residents to express their unique style sense and show appreciation for the things they love. Scene Weaver describes itself as a “feel-good” company that offers multiple collections with a little something for just about everyone. Pickled is a branch of Scene Weaver that offers lighthearted children’s room décor and clothing collections.
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.
It’s the never-ending conundrum for shoppers: what baby shower gift is unique enough to be remembered but still something a new parent wants and needs? Endue is ending this dilemma with their beautifully practical layette sets and organic baby clothing. Mostly made of 100% certified organic Peruvian cotton, the silky soft brand will please even the most discriminating parent. As if the quality of their product isn’t enough, Endue donates life-saving meals to a child in need for every product purchased.
Empress Arts offers a complete package for the gift industry: high quality, beautiful products, and pricing designed to include anyone who enjoys unique gift gifting. Owner Kathy Tanabe states, “We love kids and feel that there’s not really a lot of time before they are grown and want parents to cherish as many special moments as possible by providing well thought out products that make people smile.” Empress Arts has been able to grow by continuing to do trade shows and use sales reps though the years. They feel it is important to meet customers face to face and hear what they have to say.
Capitalizing on the importance of a child’s imagination, Box Play for Kids offers eco-friendly kids stickers to repurpose recyclables into fun, new toys. The company was inspired by owner Janette Harwell’s 2-year-old daughter and her love for stickers and a “penchant for playing with empty boxes.” Harwell continues, “I had an ‘aha’ moment that lead to the invention of Box Play for Kids.” Fortunately for Harwell’s daughter, both her parents are designers who have specialized in package design, branding and advertising for over 20 years.