What are little boys made of? According to the 19th century nursery rhyme, “Snips and snails and puppy dog tails.” While the Victorians may have been satisfied with this description, the modern boy is a far cry from it — and his parents are ready and willing to dazzle the world with junior’s guy style. English Laundry, d mo baby, and Alpha Industries are on the well-dressed boys’ short list for the finest in targeted, youthful fashion, while Spitfire Girl is keeping it real with a new take on old-fashioned, favorite toys that capture boys’ imaginations.
Historically, boys have been easy to please when it comes to shopping. They tended not to fuss over clothing styles and many were happy with simple, action-themed toys. Today, many parents of sons voice a need for more variety in boys’ products. To some extent, they crave a return to the traditional ideal of carefree, outdoorsy boyhood. At the same time, they’re aware that a young man needs to develop his mind as well as his body. Kapital K, Outset Media, Lil’ Teammates, and Manhattan Toy are all doing their part to expand a boy’s world well beyond “snakes and snails and puppy dog tails.”
ABC Kids Expo® will include the Modern Child Pavilion again in 2011, featuring juvenile product manufacturers that focus on contemporary design and high functionality. This juried section of the show represents the most innovative designs within numerous product categories.
Emphasis is placed on originality, creativity, innovation and authenticity, as well as functionality in addressing and solving the needs of today’s parent and child.
If you like contemporary design, you’ll love OFFI & Company. Launched in 1997, this manufacturer offers beautiful, practical kids’ furnishings with a modern vibe and plenty of pizzazz. OFFI products are the work of a group of independent designers, many of whom have won awards for their creations. Rock on in the OFFI rocker which combines style and practicality in a chair with a lift-up seat that provides a great space to store treasures. The rocker has a handy hole in the back so it’s easy for kids to move around and is crafted in beautiful birch wood.
The holiday season is a time for joy, togetherness, and lots of great photo ops. From mischievous moments to multi-generational family gatherings, parents have plenty of opportunities to capture lasting memories. Of course, the right clothing enhances those perfect moments, whether the look is traditional or trendy. To prepare for the family holiday season, parents look for outfits that are comfortable, cute, and stylish enough to make a lasting impression. So start your wholesale holiday shopping now, with a selection of festive fashions from Malley & Co., CUT by 2 Blondes, Happy Garden, and Blume Kids.
Designed in Canada, SCKC’s styles are high quality, mix-able, match-able and manufactured with very comfortable fabrics. Introduced just a year ago with the opening of it’s mid-town Toronto flagship store, the brand is already a big hit with moms and dads who love it’s superior quality and complete practicality – mix-and-match makes dressing kids a no-brainer in styles that rock in the playground and hold the lime light at a party.
Bear Feet Shoes is the perfect compliment to Sailor Rose
Sailor Rose is a line of handmade in USA dresses in stunning fabrics. Not stunning like decorated in gold or anything gaudy, just very fine quality, breezy cotton wovens & knits in beautiful patterns like feathers, flowers, and my favorite, airplanes! The dresses evoke the currently very popular “Americana” style, and are made to last through several generations. Just like Bear Feet, they get character after being worn and improve with age.
Parents of young children manage an on-the-move schedule, taking their children to daycare, school, music lessons, sporting events, play dates and other activities. To accommodate the busy family’s needs, manufacturers are designing innovative products that make traveling with young children safe, convenient and comfortable. Smart products from timi & leslie , Travel-Tot, KidCo, and Cybex are perfect for families going places.
Connected, trendy, style-conscious — these are just a few of the adjectives that describe tweens these days. They’re after style that’s eye-catching but not outlandish, and accessories that let them express their individuality while still fitting in with their peers. Kids in the tween years can be fickle and hard to please, so retailers will want to check out these on-trend products that are popular in the tween scene: Cool, colorful, changeable watches by Popochos, Minifix apparel and accessories adorned with licensed characters, comfy training bras with coordinating hipsters by Sally Miller, and stylish iPhone cases from Glam.
Like moths to a flame, tweens and teens go crazy for “flashy” gear that attracts attention to itself and the wearer. Dazzle your young customers, and brighten up sales, with rockin’ products that let kids pile on the glitz and glam! Bejeweled earbuds by chicBuds; illuminated building sets from Laser Pegs; twinkling Laser Laces; and modern music accessories from Zumreed all provide a hefty dose of sparkle, light, and style. Kids love products with attitude to spare, so these are bound to attract their attention. Here’s how to light up your store’s life, literally!
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It slightly annoys me that Britain is a bit behind the US in terms of fun and innovative products for kids. Take babies delicate skin-if one has eczema, you are busted-hardly anything not chemically loaded on the market that really works-thank God my lovely friend Tawna, of Tawna Hill Baby, ships to London or Europe, if you ask nicely .)