In 2003, two enterprising women created an interior design firm with the goal to successfully combine the ideals of modernism with comfort and livability. Then, in 2010 they launched SPI Baby, a kid’s furniture and accessories line based on the same principle. Think of modern design that is highly sophisticated and lots of fun. This is furniture that is designed to play many different roles so that the buyer is investing in pieces that will be kept for years and reused as the family expands.
Take an owl, elephant or bird and turn it into a decorative throw pillow that would brighten the corner of any room. These and lots more spring from the workshop of decaf plush, a line of colorful, modern appliquéd floor cushions, pillows, and kids’ clothing made of ultra-soft velveteen, denim, and cotton. decaf plus designs are bright, animated and real stand-outs. Airplanes, a bird on a branch and an elephant add zing to a classic a-line dress in seersucker or 21 wale lightweight corduroy that can be paired with a tee for cooler days. Tees come in a wide range of sizes in designs like whales and fishes, doe a deer, mushrooms and berries.
By Carolyn Kavarnos - Thursday, December 22nd 2011
Dads are more involved in parenting than ever before, and there’s also an increase in the number of stay-at-home dads. Companies are taking notice of dads and are marketing products specifically for them. Fathers want to be involved in every step of the parenting process, from pregnancy and beyond. Now, they can do it using products with style, designed just for them! Dads are special, and we are seeing products that let them celebrate from fashionable and functional brands, including BellyMan Clothing, Diaper Dude, Andy & Evan, and DadGear.
Furnishings and decorative accessories for kids were dominated by boring wood stains and shades of dull. That was then. Now there are several manufacturers that offer good looking, quality crafted products that fit into a variety of trend-driven lifestyle decors. Whether a customer lives in a contemporary home, a traditional house or a French Provincial setting, there are designs that blend in harmoniously. Here are some examples of new designs from Bratt Décor, Muralistick, indoTreasures, and SweetSeat.
Rock-a-bye baby in the most contemporary, soothing manner. According to research, forward movement — like rocking in a swing — makes a baby the most comfortable. The baby’s brain perceives rhythmic forward swinging as a linear, soothing motion. Most of today’s cradles rock from side to side. The problem is that for sensitive babies, this type of motion can induce dizziness and discomfort. The best way to rock a baby is in the contemporary so-ro cradle that features a front-to-back rocking motion to soothe a little one to sleep. The result is likely to be a calmer, better rested baby (and parent) in the morning!
Would you be ready to “swim with the sharks” to help your business? The contestants of ABC’s “Shark Tank” pitch their business deals and dreams to a few of the most well-known wheeler-dealer investors, otherwise known as “the sharks.” Four savvy children’s product inventors, who made their pitch on “Shark Tank,” impressed the investors enough that they had multiple offers to consider. Ride-On Carry-On, Mod Mom Furniture, Coverplay and Soy-Yer Dough are now backed with capital to make significant strides in the marketplace.
The list of exhibitors for all Playtime shows has been reshaped and enriched with many new functions. Undoubtedly the most efficient working tool you’ve seen in a long time! You’ll find it easier than ever to prepare your visit and save precious time: Select the brands you want to see in priority and print out or receive by email your own private list with booth numbers (those will be available one month before the opening of each show).
Playtime New York - 100 brands dedicated to the universes of children, junior and maternity. A unique selection of today’s best collections
Playtime New York, the international trade show dedicated to universes of children and Junior, will spotlight 100 creative brands at its fourth edition March 10-12, 2012, at SoHo’s 82 Mercer (82 Mercer Street between Spring and Broome Streets).
Playtime’s signature sophisticated yet whimsical ambiance will set the tone.
LET’S PLAY !
…play games, play sports and play roles… Our new theme for the season will flow from all our events, animations, workshops and trend spaces (all produced by American artists). ￼
Teeny Tiny Optics is gearing up for their 19th year selling great kid’s sunglasses. 2012 will focus on fun, fashion and protection. We believe that protecting our children’s eyes from the sun is as important as protecting their skin, and Teeny Tiny Optics has grown into the best place to buy cute, durable, fashion forward sunglasses for children. From infants to teens, all of the glasses offer 100% UV protection. Kids love them because they are comfortable and fun, moms love them because they are trendy, a great value and their kids will actually keep them on.
Trendsetters have ignored boys fashion for generations: “Put ‘em in jeans and a t-shirt” was the prevailing wisdom, yielding years of utilitarian garments. However, there’s a new boys’ view in town that’s shredding that old belief and is too powerful to be overlooked: more boys (well, at least their moms) want stylish clothes. This may have something to do with the global trend of children’s clothing becoming more like their adult counterparts –– cool, classy, and functional. iNTAKT is here to satisfy the need for more fashionable boys’ clothes.
Rock on mothers-to-be! These women work, socialize and lead active lives so they want — and need –– to look sharp all the time. Now that pregnancy fashion is no longer an oxymoron and bellies are proudly displayed, moms-in-waiting embrace body skimming dresses and fabulous tops, leggings and skirts, just like their unpregnant selves. Many manufacturers go for the gold, offering maternity styles that are on trend and comfortable to wear; so be sure clothes that are hits for misses are among your offerings. Here’s a trio of brand suggestions: Isabella Oliver, Bellyssima and Baby On Board Apparel.
The world’s largest juvenile products trade show held its 9th annual exposition at the Kentucky Exposition Center September 23-26, 2011. “Most exhibitors we have talked with had good shows,” said Larry Schur, president of All Baby & Child, Inc., adding that some felt that the show was the best ever in terms of order writing and quality of buyer attendance. Several brands impressed the The Giggle Guide® including Über Baby Lifestyles, Packit, numi numi design, Hatched Egg’rs, Kidzikoo, and Kaya Goods.