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.
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.
Sado Inc. is a vintage inspired clothing line for girls 12 months to 10 years. It is a mix-and-match line full of unique fabrics, ruffles and trims. It has a natural feel that is still fun and girly. Sado Inc. just released a women’s line too, so now mothers and daughters can dress alike. Owner Samantha Miller speaks on Sado’s success: “I feel like moms have been looking for a casual clothing line that can be worn on a daily basis, but is different from what you find at big box stores. Sado Inc. is unique, comfortable, affordable and lovely on every level.”
No Slippy Hair Clippy®, the premier brand of children’s hair accessories, boasts impeccable quality and design. No Slippy Hair Clippy® is the very first no-slip hair clip in the world, which has ignited our creative spirit to design the most functional, adorable hair accessories for little girls.
New for Back to School, look for No-Slippy® Ouch-Free Mini Ponies! Each design comes on a soft terry pony that is perfect for fine, baby-toddler hair. They’re super comfortable, won’t break or damage hair, and certainly won’t hurt when taken out. What a concept!
American toymakers and clothing designers may appreciate tradition, but they also love innovation. They can integrate the best of old and new to produce products that are unique and functional. 3 Marthas, Two Bros Bows, Papersalt, and The Beaufort Bonnet Company are all very different enterprises. A clothing company reaching its silver anniversary, a business that makes a rugged outdoor sport safe and fun, a publisher that helps to inspire family values, and a designer who recreates novelties from the past. Each one embodies the American spirit in its own way and makes us proud.
The spotlight this month is on gifts! Teeny Tiny Optics sunglasses are the perfect gift for a kid whose mom wants to protect her little darlin’s eyes. Teeny Tiny Optics has been making adorable, quality sunglasses with 100% UVA and UVB protection for twenty years. This year they are celebrating their anniversary with lots of great new styles! Some of the trends in frame shapes this year include round, aviator, double bridge, and cat eyes. Also important are jeweled embellishments, animal prints and colored mirrored lenses.
Brea, California-based Child to Cherish was founded by designer Patrice Lowe in 1987 who introduced the industry’s very first child’s handprint kit in a tin. Lowe creates each item in the Child to Cherish collection with a focus to capture precious moments in time and to “preserve the innocence” of a child and make memories that last a lifetime. The distinctive Child to Cherish collection features more than 300 unique, high-quality yet functional children’s keepsake items and gifts best for any given occasion.
No Slippy Hair Clippy®, the premier brand of children’s hair accessories, boasts impeccable quality and design. When searching gift worthy brands, No Slippy Hair Clippy is a perfect fit! Hair accessories are popular impulsive add-ons, ones that can be reordered all year around. The attractive MSRP range of $4-$10 will keep your customers coming back for more!
Finish the final touches on your holiday plan and start facing your future with clothing lines that will spruce up your spring and summer 2014 store. For your classic clientele, introduce Max & Dora, a luxury collection that features a mix of contemporary cotton and linen with vintage trim. A costume designer makes dress up fun and practical with Ele Story, featuring ornate silhouettes with the perfect pleat and ruffles that rule. Spring means spring break and no vacation would be complete without bathing suits. Muddy Feet Boutique has made tracks in unique swim and resort wear that will set you apart from the rest. Spring also means parties and formals, so don’t leave the tweens out of the mix. STELLA M’LIA features fashion-forward but age-appropriate dresses perfect for any event.
Bonnet, beanie, fedora or cap, wide brim, no brim, with buttons or flaps; no matter the kind, pattern or color, hats are tops in style. From knit hats that frame newborn faces with personality and whimsy, to bright, colorful cotton sun hats adorned with flowers and ribbons, to fedoras that let big and little kids step out in style, hats are always in fashion. With so many heads big and small that need protection, the business of hats is brimming with great companies like The Blueberry Hill, The Daisy Baby, Hand & Heart, Inc. and Short Hat Company that make it easy for everyone to put a hat on it.