The Shows

Children's Club - New York, New York (10/2/11 - 10/4/11)

I have been preaching for years to recognize the difference between a “brand” and a “commodity.” I see both at every trade show. Walk down any aisle and look at the signage, photography, product display and the professional demeanor of the sales team. Brands promote a certain image in every detail. Commodities are there to “just sell dresses, shoes, shirts, pants, or other ‘kinda-like-them toos’”. The brands are busy writing orders. At the ENK Children’s Club for Spring 2012, brands once again were the show stoppers, including Sweet Potatoes, Trish Scully and Real Kids Shades (RKS).

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

The world’s largest juvenile products trade show held its 9th annual exposition at the Kentucky Exposition Center September 23-26, 2011. “Most exhibitors we have talked with had good shows,” said Larry Schur, president of All Baby & Child, Inc., adding that some felt that the show was the best ever in terms of order writing and quality of buyer attendance. Several brands impressed the The Giggle Guide® including Über Baby Lifestyles, Packit, numi numi design, Hatched Egg’rs, Kidzikoo, and Kaya Goods.

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

Attorney Jeremy Richardson, a partner at the NYC-based law firm of Phillips Nizer LLP, is a familiar face at children’s business trade events, including the ABC Kids Expo and ENK Children’s Club. At the recent ABC Kids Expo, he helped educate the children’s industry about how Phillips Nizer can help in legal issues of concern to the children’s fashion and juvenile products industries, with emphasis on the compliance challenges brought about by the often confusing CPSIA, as well as licensing agreements to support partnerships and profitability for both licensors and licensees.

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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.

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.

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.

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Andy & Evan

The 9th Annual ABC Kids Expo will be held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville on September 23 through September 26. More than 950 exhibitors in over one million square feet of space will show what’s new to national and international retailers, sales reps, importer/exporters and the media. From furniture to baby gear to apparel, gifts, toys and lots more, this show has a stronger vibe than ever! Get ready to see these fantastic brands and many miles more: Niniwalker, GO!screen, oogaa and Levana.

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.

Since KIDShow Las Vegas at the Paris Hotel is the must-be place for the children’s business August 22-24, The Giggle Guide® asked some of the top brands exhibiting at the event to tell us what is the Must-See in their collections and what is their favorite Must-Do in Vegas with food, fun, and friends. Read on for the lowdown on KIDShow Vegas from Donita Fashion, Anita G, cachcach, pediped footwear, Jelly the Pug, Wee Ones, Twirls and Twigs, SOZO, Fiveloaves Twofish, Lil Bowtique & Co., Under the Nile, Flap Happy, and JOSMO.

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