Babies are notorious for kicking off most shoes put on their little feet, but Grain of Salt booties are one exception. These cute little baby boots stay put on even the wiggliest of baby toes. Their secret? A comfortable elastic band at the ankle to ensure they stay in place all day. Each pair is made of extremely soft and durable materials that are bound to please every tiny foot they go on.
Before No Slippy Hair Clippy entered the marketplace, there was a gaping void in children’s hair accessories. In the early days, Annie Salyer was one of the first sales reps for No Slippy. Then she and husband Ramey became partners and in 2005, took over as majority owners. Today, Ramey handles financial and legal issues for the company while Annie works as lead designer and oversees much of the company’s marketing.
Dress up little ones all snuggly and warm this holiday season with eco-friendly, luxurious clothing that is crafted from the heart by Blue Ullu. Quality made without compromise, all natural and cruelty free, the adorable, eco-friendly Blue Ullu outfits will keep little tykes fashionable and toasty warm in the upcoming cold months. Blue Ullu is a deliciously luxe children’s knitwear line handcrafted by women artisans in the Indian Himalayas. Each exquisitely handmade outfit is crafted from pure yarn of merino and angora wool, a blend that is absolutely soft and luxurious without the usual itchiness.
Apparel industry veterans launch the only online, wholesale marketplace where brands and stores can sell and buy off-price goods
BELLAIRE, TEXAS (November 3, 2015)—Flutter Sales launches to provide clothing, gift and accessories stores and manufacturers with a platform to buy and sell in-stock merchandise at a discount. By selling on the site, Flutter Sales allows brands to create cashflow by liquidating aging stock. And, like consumer sites that allow shoppers to snap up fashions at a steal, the online marketplace gives retail buyers the opportunity to shop at a fraction of regular wholesale prices.
Shoppers go gaga over handcrafted wooden toys, remembering the hours of playtime pleasure they enjoyed way back when. A Summer Afternoon offers a host of natural wooden toys made from top quality hardwoods that are elegantly simple in design with oodles of play value. A Summer Afternoon is a family affair helmed by the Nuland family with “assistance” from five — count ‘em — sons as well as Erin’s Dad and a nephew who drop in to lend a hand when orders pile up.
Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle — one of the most beloved nursery rhymes — gave rise to a collection of unique and totally fabulous items for babies and children under the aegis of Daisy & Blu, a company dedicated to celebrating the beginning of life with style. Their blankets, pillows, rugs and wraps tell stories inspired by classic nursery tales that captivate audiences, delighting children and those who love them. The line is the creation of award-winning designer Sherry West, knitter extraordinaire, who turned her artistic talents into a company when expecting a baby girl.
The Indian city of Mumbai is a bustling metropolis with a long and fascinating history. Growing up in the city in the 1970’s, when it was still known as Bombay, was an exciting experience for Rekha Iyer, founder of children’s clothing line Bouton Kids. Rekha had an eye for fashion early on and her childhood memories involving clothing helped inspire her to create the designs that would lead to the launch of Bouton Kids. Now living in London, Iyer is watching her dream become a reality. Her sister, Sunita Iyer, a New York-based textile designer, introduced the brand to the United States in 2010, making Bouton a truly international company.
For those in North America, the Playtime New York show is the one of the biggest events of the year where designers, toy-makers and retailers all come together to display their latest creations and network with others in the business. This year, Playtime New York took place August 1st-3rd at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan. As always, Playtime featured well-established businesses as well as new arrivals from around the world. Finkelstein’s, Ultra Violet, tinycottons and Oli & Carol are among the notable companies that were in attendance at this season’s show.
The bar is being set increasingly higher for boutiques to carry quality organic items that are also stylish; These brands make is easy to go green: Little Citizens focuses on modern pieces in soft colors and sweet patterns, all 100% organic cotton with sateen and flannel finishes. Fidoodle gets intellectual with their organic DIY kits and imaginative toys. Mitani is a graphic-heavy collection of baby items that will wow customers with the vibrancy of their non-toxic ink. There’s nothing archaic about the Organic Quilt Company and its modern patterns with high-quality, hand-crafted baby bedding and more.
When you offer customers American-made goods you are sending a message and doing your bit to make our country better in many ways. Money spent on American goods translates into American jobs. We’re slowly climbing back but need to work harder. When you sell American-made you are helping move the economy forward; It’s a patriotic move as well as an economic one. The Giggle Guide® salutes four companies, CookieCutterKingdom, Peas and Queues, Tickle Toes and Dakota Leaf, all of which produce their goods right here in the U.S. These folks are doing their bit: the next move is up to you.
Some of us see a piece of material and dream of all it can be. Lena Aboo made those dreams a reality. By simply finding a piece of leather from her mother’s skirt and witnessing the skills of an Indian shoemaker, Aboo was inspired to create her first pair of leather baby shoes. The experience of hand-making something as personal as a baby’s first pair of shoes brought Aboo closer to childlike creativity, a time with no rules. And from that feeling, she created Sonatina. The result is the kind of display-worthy, high-quality leather shoes that will become heirloom pieces.
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.