April showers bring… well, May showers. And June ones. And, well, the summer is just usually full of baby showers and your customers will be struggling to come up with something unique that’s also useful. Help them go beyond lame layettes and explore something totally new. Lima & Limon is bringing Pima cotton to America with fancy and fun footie styles. Make the choices easy with the Grow With Me! line of Spencer’s that takes developmental stages into account. Bring your customers to the next level with Baby Noomie, including a lightweight nursing blanket that will change women’s lives. Zippyz easy zip sleepers will wow at the shower.
Seattle-based Satsuma Designs loves babies! Every design, business decision, daily detail and inspiration comes from their mission to create cozy, all natural and useful products for little ones. Satsuma Designs’ products are made from all natural fibers that treat baby and the environment with a soft touch. They use an assortment of natural materials that include bamboo, organic cotton and more. Recently, The Giggle Guide® caught up with owner Jennifer Porter to learn more about this bestselling brand.
Channel the wanderlust of summer with The Sweet Potatoe, a modern organic children’s clothing brand inspired by travel and cities that embody culture and history. Create everyday wee wardrobe staples for curious little explorers with a brand that launched last year and grew from a farmer’s market stop to a boutique favorite. Lazers will never go out of style and The Sweet Potatoe knows it. They’ve even centered parts of their 2015 collections around them. The Lazer-T is a soft, comfortable all-season piece that can be layered under a sweater during chilly summer evenings, or paired with a skirt or short for hot summer days.
Ever hear children tell a story with such imaginative happenings, you want to draw what’s in their head at that very moment? Doodle Do did… and does! Doodle Do offers doodles that decorate shirts, pants and rompers. Doodle Do is a little different. Focused on organic, but full of color and fun, the company specializes in branching off from the bland with quirky and imaginative wearable art. Doodle Do features the drawings from kids who imagine crabs can fly, dogs can share secrets, and anything is possible. Capturing that fearless dreamlike quality is what Doodle Do is dedicated to doing.
By Laura Vaillancourt - Wednesday, April 22nd 2015
NapiNol Nursery Therapies creates all-natural skin care products with only the most necessary ingredients. They vow to use as few ingredients as possible, and each with a vital purpose for the skin. Their products contain no synthetics, no chemicals and nothing that isn’t on the label. Their products meet the strictest standards set by the Environmental Working Group, scoring a zero toxicity rating. NapiNol values this honesty and clarity because they have a working knowledge of both natural maternal needs and pharmaceutical formulation, allowing them to find natural solutions to product development where others resort to synthetics for help.
New York’s Javit’s Center rocked the 2015 ENK International Children’s Club from March 1 through 3, 2015. Over fifty brands displayed collections for the first time and there were showings by a large number of both new and international collections. Everything for kids was on view for an enthusiastic crowd of buyers, editors and bloggers as more than 650 exhibitors convened to display their wares. To further delight the crowd, prodigy DJ Fussyman was on hand to spin the turntables. Holly Hastie, Oogoolz, Shampoodle, and Charabia are a few of the brands that exhibited at the most recent Children’s Club NYC.
Children’s fashion was out in full force last month at the Playtime New York trade show. The event, which took place at Metropolitan West in downtown Manhattan, welcomed 120 presenters and thousands of visitors. Today’s children’s designers are challenged to create clothing and room decor that suits the updated, more sophisticated style that older grade school kids and tweens often want. Even babies are getting in on the action with simpler, more understated styles. RaspberryPlum, Lorena Canals, Ellie Fun Day and Finger in the Nose introduce fresh, exciting products to the kids’ fashion scene.
Like all things whimsical and important, Eggkids started with a dream. A dream to create a character that would make people feel happy; someone who would warm hearts. Someone who smiles at everyone and makes them smile back. First on the scene was Erik the Elephant, strong and loyal. He spreads his love generously and shares wisdom and happiness. He’s now part of a 25-character family living and smiling on clothes and accessories designed for children up to 6 years old. Erik, Albin the Monkey, Anton the Anteater and Maja the Cat are just some of the animal friends that come from the big wild world, where designer Hans-Jörgen Hansson finds his inspiration.
La Lovie is one of a number of new children’s product companies that focus on the artistic aspects of their products, as well as using eco-friendly materials. La Lovie stands out because it offers both clothing and dolls in fabrics and styles that complement each other for a natural and stylish look. Their products make wonderful gifts for baby showers and birthdays.
Babies do lots of things well –– among them is growing fast. Blink and the baby who fit that outfit perfectly has totally grown out of it. The answer is adjustable clothes which comes to fruition via Posheez by American Posh. The line is the brainchild of Denisa Dragu who was unable to find a quality one-piece that would fit her long, slim newborn. Before you could say “perfect fit,” she came up with premium quality clothes that can be tweaked so body and outfit actually come together perfectly.
KIDShow Las Vegas kicks off on President’s Day, Monday February 16th this year at Bally’s. The three-day event expects to host more new and first-time KIDShow exhibitors than ever before. Show Manager Denise Raeside says, “We are very excited to report that our exhibitor list has grown to over 60 new brands and first-time exhibitors and multi-line rep showrooms, in addition to many loyal brands that have supported our show from the beginning.” KIDShow is known for its welcoming atmosphere, excellent buyer and exhibitor relationships, and range of quality exhibitors with something for every retailer’s price point from mid-tier to high-end.
When vintage clothing lovers have kids, many of them want to pass down their appreciation to the next generation. After all, who doesn’t love a baby or child in vintage clothing? The softer, more innocent styles suit the spirit of childhood, and these classic garments are usually very well made. Of course, authentic vintage children’s clothing can be difficult to find, so some enterprising clothing makers offer new clothing that’s inspired by vintage style and quality. Sticky Fudge is one of the most successful brands in that category.