Organic cotton has gained popularity in recent years –– particularly in infant fashions –– because of its gentleness on both the skin and the planet. The market for organic cotton and other environmentally friendly clothing is full of both established and emerging companies. It pays to do a little research and find out which ones have the most cutting-edge styles, the most creative designs, and state-of-the-art “green” manufacturing practices. Here are a few worthy of retail consideration: Pickle Peas, mini mioche, Itsus Eco and Bungalow BeBe.
The 5th edition of Playtime New York (August 4-6) will offer a selection of merchandise showcasing 90 American and international children’s brands. Vendors will exhibit infant and children’s clothing, shoes, accessories, baby gear, toys, and deco/design products. The theme of this summer edition is “DREAM,” which will be explored in exhibitions, events and trend spaces to provide fantastic creativity throughout the event. Several companies are participating in Playtime New York for the first time, in addition to returning favorites. The Giggle Guide® previews a few must-see brands, including Rayil, Hazel Village Toys, Sammi & David and Sweet Petunia.
Anthem of the Ants is a well-loved girl’s clothing company creating vintage style garments for sizes 12 months to 12 years, all designed and manufactured in Los Angeles. Created by designer Lynn Keyes in 2010, the line was born from her love of denim and a desire to create items as unique and individual as the girls who wear them. Inspired from decades past and with attention to every detail, wash finish, buttons and trims; Anthem of the Ants crafts a well-made product combining vintage elements and silhouettes with a sophisticated, modern perspective.
Summer is the season of sunshine, but it’s also a time when baby showers reign. If you carry poème & poésie in your stores, there will be no need to include a gift receipt in the card. You will be offering something personal that goes beyond the obligatory oohs and aahs at the party. Saranga Weerasuriya designed the collection with her mother to reflect her heritage and family traditions. From mother to daughter, clothes and linens have been hand-sewn for each and every new arrival, boy or girl, in her family. Bloomers, shirts, gowns, blankets and swaddling cloths are a few of the signature pieces.
The Giggle Guide® attended the 4th Annual ABC Spring Conference and Trade Show in Las Vegas, and we’re pleased to report that we heard no complaints about the event that provided an all-in-one combination of business education, trade show, networking and plenty of good food, fun and industry fellowship. Packed with informational seminars and plenty of opportunities to network, the streamlined trade show portion included 187 booths. This year’s event showcased a variety of new and returning baby and juvenile brands. A few head-turners included Notch, Ergobaby, guavakids and SnoozeShade.
According to Perception Research Services, a company that studies consumer reactions to product packaging, packaging design affects the success of a product even more than the quality or use of the product itself. To get new customers, products have to grab shoppers’ attention. An effective way to stand out on the shelf is changing the packaging structure, “thinking outside the box”. Packaging that literally breaks the mold will inherently stand out on the shelf and get noticed. Examples of quality products, with self-sell packaging include: Baby Aspen, Kee-Ka, The Baby Bunch and Carrie and Company.
Beloved the world over, Sesame Street entertains and educates children in over 160 countries. What better way to help parents teach children about the world outside their borders than to bridge the gap with the little muppet faces kids (and their parents) know and love? Kiwi Industries adds to the global appeal by launching the “Sesame Street Around the World” collection. It features all the familiar faces with designer colors, updated graphics, and the character’s name in three different languages. Children will enjoy learning what their favorite characters’ names are in different languages, and parents will appreciate the designer look in 100% washable organic cotton.
The Woombie offers a unique swaddle for every baby’s needs
Designed by a Certified Infant Care Specialist, the Woombie will provide the safest and most comfortable swaddle for baby. Gently hugging the shoulders, tummy and hips –– the Woombie allows for natural movement, softly cocooning baby without restricting mobility or development.
Joseph and Laralyn RiverWind are the founders and co-owners of Native Touch, an all-natural body care company. Based in western North Carolina, Native Touch knows one thing that sets them apart from other body care companies is that they are not rebottlers. All Native Touch products are original, proprietary recipes formulated by Laralyn, an herbal biologist. Native Touch’s philosophy is inspired by the teachings of their elders, who taught them, if you can’t eat it, you shouldn’t put it on your body. Their vision for the future revolves around the ancient indigenous wisdom of basing the decisions of today on the way it will affect the next seven future generations.
Gonna find out what’s haute-y and nice for Holiday 2012! Our list includes picture-perfect dressy dresses from Donita and cachcach, stylish shoes from award-winning pediped, and innovations from Woombie’s new upscale brand of swaddles — the eco-friendly Mod’Swad collection. Luxurious, eco-conscious bedding and clothing by Silkberry Baby, and heirloom-quality christening gowns and special occasion attire by Little Things Mean a Lot are also sure to be in high demand.
At Satsuma Designs we love babies! And we believe that holiday gift giving is the perfect way to celebrate baby this season and throughout the year. That means creating cozy, all natural and beautiful gifts that are useful, durable and affordable.
The capes and ponchos trend is back and it’s hitting the younger set fast. Light, breezy and easily layered, this trend is totally wearable. Unlike many sweaters or jackets, capes and ponchos give kids the warmth they need while letting them move the way they want. Parents love the combination of style and functionality, and girls love the twirlability. Big-button capes and detailed ponchos are in for fall, so deliver with these designers who do the trend best, including the little hummingbird, NICO.NICO, Girl and a Mouse and Babylady Inc.