Blankets for babies and children do much more than provide warmth and decoration; these cozy items often become treasured keepsakes that are passed down from generation to generation. Of course, if a blanket is going to enjoy heirloom status, it should meet certain criteria. First, it should be unique. A mass-produced discount store blanket can definitely hold emotional value, and it’s often the child’s choice of favorite “blankie” that stands the test of time, but most parents would prefer that a special blanket be aesthetically pleasing and well-made. Naaya by Moonlight creates a luxury collection of child’s quilts created to last a lifetime.
Little boys might be made of snips and snails and puppy dog tails in the old nursery rhyme, but the new rhyme would include tux and tails if Unruly Blue has anything to say about it. This company has found a way to do the unfathomable: make flawlessly tailored finery for the reckless gentlemen ages 4-12. This luxury brand claims inspiration from the disheveled elegance of children. Melding the spirit of youth and whimsy with timeless, refined details, Unruly Blue was created to increase the standard of quality and variety available in clothing for boys, dispelling the idea that clothing is disposable.
Pockets of Learning from Soft Skills Learning Products offers a full line of uniquely designed, educational fabric toys that are made to last through generations of repeated play. These fabric toys can withstand the love and rigors of several siblings and will hold up as they hold a child’s interest. The toys and gifts can be personalized and make cherished gifts for children from birth to age 5. My Quiet Book is one of Pockets of Learning’s best sellers, along with the Lullaby and Goodnight Book and Right at Home Book in which the child helps each little animal find its home.
By Carolyn Kavarnos - Tuesday, September 17th 2013
It seems like it’s harder to find companies who are still manufacturing their goods in the U.S.A. So many companies have made the decision to take their manufacturing overseas. While they realize less expense, it comes at a cost for those in the United States. There still are companies that are committed to manufacturing in the U.S.A. The Matching Dots, Paty, Inc., Papersalt and Sugarbug’s Closet are four companies that are proud to be manufacturing their product lines in the U.S.A.
RED BANK, N.J. (June 3, 2013)—Kissy Kissy by Tatiana and Company is set to woo moms and gift-givers with the seasonal colors and themes they fancy along with a few surprises to keep them smitten. As always, the Spring ’14 collection is wedded to the brand’s signature Peruvian Pima cotton. The vast assortment—which spans preemie through size 4T—captures every aspect of baby’s life from sweet looks in the Kissy Kissy line, and bolder statements from Kissy Kissy’s Qt-Qt, to keepsake-quality christening apparel in Besos by Kissy Kissy and embroidered and smocked garments from Kissy Kissy Premier.
No one wants to get stuck at home all the time, but what are today’s increasingly mobile families to do about transporting baby? Even if a parent simply needs to work in the kitchen or the home office, baby might have to rest alone in her room. Slings and carriers are great, but sometimes, it’s nice to just have a sturdy place for baby to rest… but still be able to be on the move (in style, of course!). Dorte Grau has an innovative solution to the mobility issue that grows with the blossoming child. “The Kidskoje is a revolutionary, patented, new, and innovative sleep, transportation, and game concept,” explains Grau, the mother of two.
“This year’s educational sessions were sponsored by Brixy® and were the best ever,” explains Larry Schur, president of All Baby & Child. The 5th Annual ABC Spring Educational Conference, held in Las Vegas from May 7-9, attracted the largest number of exhibiters and attendees to date for the spring event. “The three networking events were the main attractions, and we received an overwhelming number of positive comments about the quality of the events.” Over 160 retailers attended the conference, representing 301 buyers. Some companies that got in on the action were Kore Design, Ragtales, Béaba and Rubens Barn.
Special occasion wear is one of the best ways for retail stores to differentiate themselves in today’s dynamic marketplace. And, who better to help you than Little Things Mean a Lot. For the past 30 years, Little Things Mean a Lot has been a market leader in special occasion apparel, gifts and accessories. Here at Little Things Mean a Lot, we do not just dabble in christening apparel and accessories, we specialize in it. Our beautiful heirloom quality pieces are still hand crafted right here in the United States from the highest quality materials.
Child to Cherish is offering a new assortment of Holiday gift items, all gift boxed in unique Kraft boxes with white flocking! Included in this assortment is our:
“Santa’s Choice” Red Wool Stocking and a Letter from Santa. This kit includes everything you need to design your own stocking: full-size, red wool-blend stocking, 10 design ideas, white dimensional paint, and glitter; plus a letter from Santa with the envelope post marked from the North Pole in the box for storage.
“Red Crayon Apron”: complete with 24 washable crayons and a box for art and storage.
RED BANK, N.J. (January 11, 2013)—Kissy Kissy by Tatiana and Company enters Fall ’13 with a collection ranging from sweet to sophisticated for every day, special days and everything in between. The line is designed with distinctive flourishes and whimsical themes that moms, grands and gift-givers will love and the ultra-soft Peruvian Pima cotton babies adore.
Upon retirement from military careers, Susan and David Rabern were looking for a way to bring something of value to their community. Susan had a strong family heritage of knitting, and pairing that with their social conscience, they purchased Oak Tree Farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and started raising alpacas. One of their businesses, Shenandoah Fiber, brings the finest fibers to the spinning and knitting community. Their sister business, Provenance Mill Clothiers, allows them to witness these fibers being transformed into the softest, most luxurious garments for children.
If today’s business environment seems to be challenging, imagine being a young woman starting a business very shortly after gaining the right to vote in your homeland. The Roaring 20s were host to powerful men at the helms of companies, but a woman-owned business was somewhat of a rarity. This didn’t deter the vision of one woman, Madame Beatrice Alexander: her desire to create beautiful, quality dolls carried the Alexander Doll Company forward into the next century as a powerhouse in fine dolls and accessories. Now celebrating its 90th year in operation, Madame Alexander has spread joy to thousands of little girls, while generously supporting various philanthropic causes.