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.
Enter Our Magical Door to the World of Make-Believe at Fairy Finery. Discover our magic where we bring the Wonder of “Once Upon A Time” to life! The Fairy Finery is studio made in the USA. We are dedicated to creating beautiful heirloom quality clothing, accessories and gifts that enchant you!
Our versatile fairy princess dresses can be for special occasions, make a great flower girl wedding dress, holiday photos, birthday celebrations.
We make the best capes for kids and adults in great washable fabrics, ready for a super hero adventure or even to be pageant wear.
Every year on April 22, more than one billion people take part in celebrating Earth Day. Across the globe, individuals, communities, organizations, and governments acknowledge our planet and take action to protect it. Earth Day gets many thinking about their carbon footprint, and no footprint seems bigger than clothing, shoes and beauty products. Upcycled fashion goes upscale with Kallio, where vintage clothing is collected and repurposed into chic children’s clothing; better beauty is a matter of herbs and essential oils at Matter Company; Bento licenses the newest in ecowear with Carta Vetrata; and Oh Baby! provides oh-so-sweet organic cotton outfits and accessories for kids of all ages.
Upon retirement from military careers, Susan and David Rabern were looking for a way to bring something of value to their community. Susan had a strong family heritage of knitting, and pairing that with their social conscience, they purchased Oak Tree Farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and started raising alpacas. One of their businesses, Shenandoah Fiber, brings the finest fibers to the spinning and knitting community. Their sister business, Provenance Mill Clothiers, allows them to witness these fibers being transformed into the softest, most luxurious garments for children.
For a very young man’s look that is both stylish and slightly retro, check out sweaters from Loop Collection. The company was founded by two knit designers from Brooklyn who adore vintage looks combined with top-quality workmanship. Styles are reminiscent of days gone by, but the materials and fabrication are strictly of the present time. Many of the items offered by Loop are knit with recycled cotton, eliminating harsh chemical dyeing processes and greatly reducing land use which, in turn, cuts way back on the need for fertilizers and pesticides.
If today’s business environment seems to be challenging, imagine being a young woman starting a business very shortly after gaining the right to vote in your homeland. The Roaring 20s were host to powerful men at the helms of companies, but a woman-owned business was somewhat of a rarity. This didn’t deter the vision of one woman, Madame Beatrice Alexander: her desire to create beautiful, quality dolls carried the Alexander Doll Company forward into the next century as a powerhouse in fine dolls and accessories. Now celebrating its 90th year in operation, Madame Alexander has spread joy to thousands of little girls, while generously supporting various philanthropic causes.