The Shows: Show Reports

ABC Kids Expo - Louisville, Kentucky (9/23/11 - 9/26/11)

At the recent ABC Kids Expo, SwaddleDesigns CEO and designer Lynette Damir, RN introduced the new Angry Birds collection that has found happiness on swaddle blankets, one-piece rompers and more. Dads are flocking to get in on the Angry Birds craze!

Lynette also showcased bold and fashion-forward jewel tones in a variety of shades and patterns on a complete assortment of coordinated or mix-and-match baby essentials, including the Swaddle Duo which features two blankets for both warm and cold conditions. The Jewel Tone collection also features another fave bird trend — owls!

SwaddleDesigns also introduced a sweet and soothing collection of licensed products inspired by Disney’s Small World.

ABC Kids Expo - Louisville, Kentucky (9/23/11 - 9/26/11)

San Antonio, TX - All Baby & Child, Inc., the parent company and organizer of ABC Kids Expo®, has released a post-show statement regarding their ninth annual trade show, held for the first time at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, KY, on September 23 - 26, 2011.

Preliminary stats showed an overall decrease of about 2,200 after last year’s record-breaking attendance and a venue change for this year’s show. Retail buyers, mostly from the West Coast, were down by about 400. Final numbers are expected in the next few weeks.

New York International Gift Fair - New York City, New York (8/13/11 - 8/18/11)

Five companies were presented with Baby & Child Best New Product Awards with Manny & Simon receiving the “Blogger’s Best” distinction for its collection of eco-friendly, wooden push toys in vehicle shapes. Baby & Child is one of ten divisions of the semi-annual New York International Gift Fair® (NYIGF®) that takes place in New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. In addition to the “Blogger’s Best” distinction, the awards included four other categories: toy, décor, gear and apparel. A panel of editors from trade media, kid-centric blogs and websites, including The Giggle Guide’s Leesa Valentino, selected the winners, which exemplified innovation, design and style.

Playtime New York
Michael Scott Studio
KidShow - Las Vegas, Nevada (8/22/11 - 8/24/11)

The August KIDShow in Las Vegas once again hosted a welcoming trade event that attracted business-driven national and international buyers. Most were there to discover what’s new, prepared to write higher-volume orders in anticipation of a more prosperous 2012. Here are some brands that earned my admiration and provided inspiration for the future of the children’s business: Babyball Clothing, Rebelette, Andy & Evan and Teeny Wingkini. So many exhibitors at KIDShow provided me with ideas for editorial content for months to come.

Children's Club - New York, New York (7/31/11 - 8/2/11)

Children’s Club Director Stanley Kaye and the entire ENK team’s commitment to excellence again rocked the retail world via the exhibits at August’s Children’s Club Show in New York City. Drawing kudos from retailers and exhibitors alike, the ENK Children’s Club show has become a “must” event and continues to attract the attention of the global market. Its commitment to encouraging specialty sellers is underscored by the showing of these four on-trend exhibitors: Daily Threads, Igloo Island, Lemon Loves Lime’s Gnu Brand, and Joon.

Playtime New York - New York, New York (7/30/11 - 8/1/11)

Playtime New York, the international trade show dedicated to all things relating to children, junior and maternity, held a very successful third show from July 30 to August 1, 2011. Buyers and other visitors were very positive and gave big thumbs up to the creative, imaginative space and merchandise. Attendees included many vendors from previous shows as well as some outstanding new collections. Among the standouts were Wovenplay,Tala Bee Kids, and Mini & Maximus.

HALO® Innovations
Woombie (KB Designs, LLC)
Children's Club - New York, New York (3/6/11 - 3/8/11)

Produced four times a year, the ENK International Children’s Club in NYC in early March was a great success and positive spirits ran high. Both Stanley Kaye, Show Director for the Children’s Club, and Elyse Kroll, chairwoman and founder of ENK International, took it as a sign that the market is “bouncing back.” Floor traffic was steady and the variety of sellers both nationally and globally offered a lot to consider. March’s event included a runway fashion show sponsored by Vogue Bambini, with the models sporting back-to-school trends. The show introduced many newer players including: Malibu Sugar, Babysoy, Knitoes & Co., and Tuff Cookie.

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