The understanding of waste in our garments is growing, and customers are starting to ask about the origin of their wardrobe. Kallio started as a consciously-minded kidswear brand out of Brooklyn, NY. After working in the fashion industry, Karina Kallio saw firsthand how much waste there was. Roughly 85% of textile waste ends up in landfills, enough material to recreate the Rocky Mountains. Kallio offers a respite from that reality by repurposing men’s shirts into unexpected modern classics that are wearable and delightful. Kallio is all about local, including sourcing high-quality fabrics that are hand cut in their Brooklyn studio.
Playtime NY took place August 2-4, 2014 at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Each year the show has a unique theme that influences the décor and ties the various displays together. This time the theme was Luna Park, in honor of the famed Coney Island theme park destination. As a nice break from work-related activities, all Playtime participants got their pictures taken in a fun photo-shoot featuring backgrounds by the graphic design firm Colorium. Among the smiling faces were representatives from Be Lucky Kids, Two and Two Kids, poème & poésie, and Luna & Stella.
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.
This week Liz and Roo is unveiling its newest line, the Linens Collection. Inspired by the desire for gender-neutral bedding in a soft palette, the Linens Collection features a blend of linen and rayon that is washable. The line features five solid crib skirts in flax, gray, spring pea, and willow, plus a white weave (non linen, but linen look). Coordinating crib rail teething covers, minky (faux fur) receiving blankets, and crib sheets complete the individual collections, which are also sold as separates. Available at www.lizandroo.com.
It all started with a caring husband looking out for his pregnant wife. She was losing sleep as she attempted to find comfort contorting and repositioning her pregnant belly. Soon Eyal Levy and his wife were seeing and utilizing the concept of stretchy fabric beanbags and they began to play with the idea. Immediately they started filling their basement with unique bean bag designs and products, until very quickly it became too crowded with all the Yogibo products that customers were waiting to buy. Products range from YogiBalls and neck pillows all the way up to their six foot Max, a gigantic bean bag.
Loud, proud, funky and fun –– Hootkid gives off great energy with a spectacular line of edgy streetwear and accessories for kids. Founded in 2011 by savvy Melbourne-based business woman Caroline Marvelli, these handcrafted clothes have been winning wows from buyers. Shoppers looking to dress mini fashion-setters, urban cowboys, little princesses, budding musicians or experimentalists will find the perfect item from this bold and comfortable collection that offers clothes for hanging at home, for action-filled days of play and everywhere in between.
Inspired by old handcraft traditions, magical places in nature, enchanted buildings and the magic of childhood, Hilda.Henri makes modern, sustainable couture for small adventurers, urban elves, dreamers and little artists. The brand does this by using something that might sound old-school: boiled wool. But there’s nothing archaic about this brand or its style. The milled loden of Hilda.Henri garments stands for unique material made from pure nature. All items from the Hilda.Henri collection are made in Austria under the rules of traditional exquisite craftsmanship.
Sweden has always been ahead of the game when it comes to active lifestyle. Nowadays, “crunchy” moms, outdoors enthusiasts, and weekend warriors all over the world are using Swedish gear to make their outward bound experiences easier and more fun. Founded in 1942, Thule is one of the most respected outdoor gear companies in Sweden. The company creates products like bike carriers, backpacks, ski racks, and more that make it simple to bring sporting gear just about anywhere. Now, Thule is offering its unique products to parents who want to include infants and children in their active lives.
One of the most surprising changes many new parents face is just how long it takes to leave the house. What used to be a quick ritual involving throwing on shoes and a jacket, grabbing your wallet and heading out becomes a juggling act featuring diapers, toys, blankets, wipes, snacks, and of course, the baby himself! Most moms agree that a good diaper bag is the first line of defense against frazzled mornings. Companies like Oemi Baby, Diapees & Wipees, JP Lizzy and Daddy & Co. offer diaper bags in a variety of styles and sizes, so that just about any mom or dad can find what they’re looking for.
We are all aware that our country has economic problems and the job market is challenging. Merchants can do their part to help correct this situation by showing customers a wide variety of American-made goods. By selling products made in the U.S.A., you are supporting important safety regulations, helping the economy, protecting workers and helping to save environmental resources. The Giggle Guide® salutes four companies that produce fashion for kids, made in the U.S.A: Dillonger, Milly and Tate, Alivia Simone and Max & Bean.
New York City’s area code, 212, is one of the best known in the world. Those who have the privilege of living or working there get to be part of more exciting, inspiring, and groundbreaking experiences than you’ll find almost anywhere else on the planet. Children growing up in New York have access to famous museums, art galleries, and theaters, not to mention great parks and playgrounds. In a way, the spirit of New York is very well suited to kids because, like childhood, it is full of energy and curiosity and built on the belief that anything is possible. Circus 212 is a clothing company that’s shaping the kids’ fashion scene in NYC.
There’s something special about handmade baby gifts because they’re so often handed down for decades and there’s always a great story. Your store can contribute to multiple generations of joy and warmth with Bunch & Rosa quilts. These quilters live and work in North Carolina and use traditional quilting techniques with a twist: their designs are totally modern. Unlike the delicate quilts of yesteryear that could only be neatly folded on the edge of a bed, Bunch & Rosa quilts use hand-sewn binding, ensuring the quilt can be loved daily and still passed on.