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.
In anticipation of autumn weather, hats are hot for kids! Fun, funky, and fabulous, hats are an essential topper to retailers’ array of fall fashion accessories. In addition to providing protection from the elements, hats add a perfect touch of color and style to outfits. Wool newsboy hats for boys are reminiscent of simpler days, and colorful bonnets offer timeless appeal to little girls, while cool bucket hats are in from coast to coast. The Giggle Guide® recommends on-trend headwear from Gigis Apparel, San Diego Hat Company, Susu & John and Little Lids.
For decades, eco-conscious parents have endeavored to set a good example for their children by reusing, recycling, and making healthier choices. When it comes to earth-friendly children’s goods, today’s parents have more options than ever before. Nowhere is this boom in green products more apparent than in the youth apparel industry. The growing number of customers who shop with an eye toward eco-friendly living naturally gravitate toward exceptional offerings like those from Dhana, 2 Red Hens, Twirls & Twigs, and AGUA by Trash-à-Porter.
The children’s industry today moves at a feverish pace. Our endeavor to stay on top of all the latest trends keeps The Giggle Guide® in perpetual motion. Maybe that’s why we’re finding the new lines for autumn so refreshing! After attending recent trade events across the country, it appears that Fall 2011 fashions are reminiscent of a simpler time. Retailers have welcomed back-to-basics for back-to-school, with traditional clothing and quality construction made to last. Organic fabrics satisfy the desire for sustainability without sacrificing style, and beautifully muted tones provide a warm color palette. Fall for new fashions from Pale Cloud, Little Esop, Blu Pony Vintage, and Kiwi Industries.
Toy Fair -
New York City, New York (2/13/11 - 2/16/11)
Step right up, don’t be shy! Take your pick from all these fabulous toys and prizes! The Giggle Guide® had a blast taking in all the sights and sounds at recent trade shows in NYC, and we discovered plenty of goodies to cheer about at Toy Fair 2011. We grinned with childhood delight at Nowstalgictoys’ Squirmles. Creative products from Center Enterprises won our stamp of approval, and we felt like kids again as we “test drove” ride-alongs from Playsam’s. Our Geeky nature was fed too, with ThinkGeek’s joystick for iPad and interactive guitar t-shirts. Want to play? Add these exciting knickknacks, games and action-packed products to your store’s toy aisle and let the good times roll!
Design trend this Spring is all about intense colors: watermelons, torquoise, fern, and bright oranges. Take a sneek peek at a new collection from Bratt Decore called French Blue. With elegant design and exquist details, French Blue brings a peaceful feel to the nursery.
Making cribs is not for babies. New crib standards will go into affect this June. We’re ready. Are you?
With gifts being one of the strongest sales category in the children’s business, thousands of gift lines were on display January 12-19 at The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market. This year marked the 50th anniversary of AmericasMart, the nation’s leading gift, home furnishings and area rug marketplace and trade mart complex. In honor of this golden celebration, The Atlanta gift show hosted retail buyers from around the globe to explore more than 7 million square feet of products over eight days. Among the merchandise featured, The Giggle Guide® chose these standouts to highlight in our post-show review:Mark-My-Time, Scribble Mats, BRELLI, and Zebi Baby.
Along with the joy and pride of welcoming a new little being into the world, expectant parents are also charged with the exciting task of designing an inviting nursery for their bundle of joy. Long departed are the days where choices for nursery décor were limited to fluffy bunnies or yellow ducks. The world of nursery décor has evolved to include a vast array of styles from modern to traditional, French country to shabby chic. In the world of nursery décor products, Martinek BéBé, The Rug Market, Kristaben, and New Arrivals, Inc. are some fantastic brands that stand out for their quality, attention to detail, and designer style.
Come and play in NYC with The Giggle Guide® as we romp through the festivities to be found at The Children’s Club ENK Show! Running from October 3rd-5th at the Javits Center in New York City, ENK promises to be full of tempting goodies. We can’t wait to feast our eyes on the bounty, so today we are treating you all to a sneak peak of what you can expect at this extravaganza. Here is a tasting of some favorites, including Ragdoll and Rockets, Verimode, Baby CZ and 10 Again. Let us know what you love best, plus check back soon for our full report of the show!
Huggalugs LACETTES are an enchanting take on traditional leg and arm warmers. Use on babies to big girles as a touch of leg or arm frou frou or for a tint of Edwardian elegance to any little darling’s outfit. Great for easy access to nappy for little girls and with dance slippers and skirts for older fanciful females.
Just in time for the holidays, our beautiful Lacettes are due in October. Packaged in a matching lace pouch which can be used to wash them in, they are perfect for gift giving and include a heart shaped gift tag.