The ENK Fall 2012 Children’s Club, held at the Javit’s Center in New York City March 11-13, 2012, featured almost 700 exhibitors. Two new trends spotted were more Made in USA and eco-Friendly brands. There were over thirty-five companies on hand that make their merchandise in the USA; another fifty tout themselves as eco-friendly. Exhibitors reported that sales were up from the previous year, a good sign for all. Here are a few of the brands especially selected by The Giggle Guide’s Leesa Valentino who attended the Fall Children’s Club: Pipopipo, SugaPlum, Knitwits and Bambeeno.
Trends come and go, but one thing always stays the same: classic clothing. While customers are sure to scoop up a few of the latest trends for their children, they are happy to invest in foundational pieces that never go out of style. Vintage clothing and accessories speak directly to our nostalgia, our sense of sturdy, trusty fashion, and remind us of our heritage. Partnering with vintage purveyors, including Home Spun Vintage, Grass & Clovers, Rachel Riley and Bottleblond Jewels, offers a timeless way to add to a retailer’s sales foundation.
In this Disposable Age of plastics and trends, Morgan Cycle brings to you classic ride-on toys designed and crafted to last as long as the sweet memories. Bicycle engineer Sylvester Yen, who has two decades of experience designing and manufacturing children’s bicycles, founded Morgan Cycle. While the industry raced to produce cheaper products, Sylvester dreamed of offering the most beautiful, safe and finely crafted ride-on vehicles. The very first Morgan tricycle was inspired by the original 1936 Van Doren design that captured the hearts of generations of Americans and was founded on the concept of “simple solidity.”
Teeny Tiny Optics is celebrating their 19th year selling great kid’s sunglasses. The 2012 collection focuses 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 is the best place to buy cute, durable, fashion forward sunglasses for children. From infants to teens, all of the glasses offer 100% UV protection. All of our baby styles have soft, flexible frames.
Donita is the number one children’s clothing line in Indonesia and surrounding countries. The collection was launched in the U.S.A. last year to bring the line’s beauty, value and quality to the American market. The acceptance by retailers and consumers has been phenomenal.
The parent company, Liza Christina, has been in business for over 30 years. They are one of the best and largest clothing manufacturers in the world. Apparel is designed, sold, and distributed out of the Los Angeles area.
New Jammies, 100% organic cotton children’s pajamas and infant wear, continues to bring boutiques the softest and coziest apparel in unique bold, colorful prints. Since 2007, New Jammies has grown with experienced sales representatives in 7 US regions and is now represented by distributor Choto Baby in Canada. The sales team offers exceptional customer service and takes feedback from retailers to inspire new designs, colors, and themes that will sell.
Families around the world are living better, dressing more stylishly, and want to provide their progeny with luxe looks. Nothing connotes style and quality like a garment made in Italy. Success stems from Italy’s rich cultural past and extensive history, which have both had a tremendous effect on haute couture. Italians understand the impact of the valuable “la bella figura” for adults and children. Designers including Gallucci, Malip, Silvian Heach Kids, and detta dada celebrate the classic and chic designs that make Italian style timeless.
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.
Teeny Tiny Optics is a nineteen year old children’s sunglass company based in California. Started with the belief that protecting our children’s eyes from the sun is as important as protecting their skin, it 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, sophisticated and their kids will keep them on.
Summertime is filled with opportunities to enjoy the warm weather, and what better place to take advantage of these beautiful days than at the beach? Parents know that choosing the right swimwear for their kids is part of the summertime experience, but finding that perfect set of swim trunks or cute bathing suit isn’t always as easy as it seems. Chichanella Bella presents swim season options in a variety of styles. The Delaware-based company is the brainchild of Cara Lewis, a designer who was inspired by the delicate, feminine look of clothing from her grandmother’s era.
I just finished attending my third Licensing Expo at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas. I WROTE THIS BLOG in 2009. At this year’s event, I saw more than ever that whatever was old is new - or reimagined - again. So … I thought I would rerun these thoughts. Only thing maybe changed is popularity of Jonas Brothers? What licensed characters do you remember from childhood?
Got me thinking of the licensed characters of my childhood, and those that came and went during the “licensing years” of my three children over 20 years ago.