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July 2018

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  • Sunsational Style: What’s hot for Spring/Summer ’19 swimwear.
  • Earth Angels: Whimsical dresswear exudes ethereal beauty in shimmery metallics to soft pastels.
  • Let It Sell: Looking to sleigh holiday sales?
  • Above and Beyond: How some boutique owners are enticing customers with add-on experiences and special sales to boost traffic and bottom lines.
  • Breaking Point: Child safety is an issue that transcends national borders, party lines and, of course, retail tiers.
  • Who’s That Girl?: Meet this Manhattan 10-year-old whose mix of moxie, maturity and simple style makes her a trendsetter.
  • Sizing Up: As American children grow larger, so does the sales potential of the plus-size market.
  • What’s Selling: Lauren Alexandra – Kansas City, MO: Fusing her curiosity for retail with a passion for parenthood, Pamela DiCapo opened the doors of Lauren Alexandra in 1994.
  • Counting Sheep: Winter collections are coming in all sheeps and sizes.

June 2018

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  • Scene & Heard: July 2018: Sapling Child Teams with Kristin Cavallari, Little Belle Nightlights’ Bright Idea, LÍLLÉbaby Introduces Minnie Mouse.
  • Grab a Bite: Meet the new viral trend: Cable Bites.
  • Urban Landscape: Tweens hit the streets, layering uptown fabrics with downtown cool.
  • What’s Selling: Gypsy Girl Boutique: Determined to offer stylish yet sophisticated silhouettes in sizes 8 to 16, the ambitious momtreprenuer finally made the leap when Gypsy Girl Boutique went live at the beginning of 2016.  
  • The Licensing Experience: As consumer fatigue continues to rise, licensors rely on experiential partnerships to stay relevant.
  • Maturity Matters: Delicate Seams offers tween girls transitional undergarments.
  • Designer Chat: Kristina Hastings, Mod Girl: A chat with designer Kristina Hastings of Mod Girl.
  • Scene & Heard: June 2018: Watchitude Releases Apple Watch Bands, Ooh La La, a Kids’ Spa!, Pitti Bimbo Visualizes Vibrant June Edition
  • Tween Queen: Sherie Judah, co-owner of American Jewel, on the value of accessories and the even greater importance of staying loyal to retail partners.
  • Knocking it Out of the Park: Lisa Burik, owner of Frankie’s on the Park, inspires tweens with age-appropriate fashion and the value of giving back.
  • Are You Experiential?: Overwhelmed and overstimulated, consumers are becoming experts at skimming through life for what matters.

April/May 2018

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  • Getting Personal: Personalization - the No.1 consumer trend this year.
  • “Theyby” Steps: Advice for selling to the new generation of gender-explorative children.
  • Mom & Me Boutique: Virginia Beach, VA: A chat with Brenda Cornwell, Mom & Me Boutique of Virginia Beach, VA
  • Picture This: In the age of “Instababies,” the perfect photo gone viral can boost your bottom line.
  • Three Cheers for 30 Years: 3 Marthas: an appliqués company you can trust.
  • Amanda Hsiao, Baby Gap: A chat with Amanda Hsiao, designer, Baby Gap.
  • Scene & Heard: April/May 2018: PBS and Zappos Launch Adaptive Apparel Line In honor of Autism Awareness Month, PBS Kids and Zappos Adaptive partnered for a line of gender-neutral, two-way reversible ...
  • Not Your Mother’s Pearls: The prim and proper pearl has come out of its shell!
  • Out of This World: Ground Control to buyers: space as a theme is as hot as a supernova. With the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing coming up, Elon ...
  • More Pleats, Please!: Pleats have returned to the fashion fold.
  • Wear the Wild Things: This fall, collections come alive with tails swinging from pants, ears perched atop hoods, pompoms filling ice cream cones and googly eyes staring down passersby.
  • Think Pink: This tickled-pink mama never thought twice when it came to what color to buy for her newborn: Millennial pink.
  • Quiet Time: Vancouver Kids Fashion Week designers pressed the mute button for Fall ’18.
  • Double Take: Modern or traditional, designers deliver choice in fall fashion for babies.
  • Rag Dolls to Riches: Toby Powell, owner of Powell Craft Ltd., shares how the English company continues to expand and evolve, becoming a one-stop resource for baby and home along the way.

March 2018

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  • The New Abnormal: Kevlar-lined bulletproof book bags for back-to-school? Girl empowerment messaging in support of anti-sexual assault and harassment movements?
  • Forward March: Mónica Algás, CEO of Boboli, achieves success by offering philanthropic values, kid-friendly designs and, most of all, always knowing her next move.
  • What’s Selling: Le Petit Kids – New York, NY: For American parents looking to discover luxurious childrenswear labels from across Europe, Rebecca Butman is here to help—no plane ticket required.
  • Designer Chat: Dinui: As childrenswear designers continue to hone in on the sophistication of adult styles, South Korean designer Minjee Lee credits her background in women’s wear as a key to her success.
  • Added Value: Accessories provide grand sales opportunities with today’s most coveted qualities—convenience and customization.
  • Hear Us Roar!: Designers are giving small voices a big platform with female empowerment messaging.
  • Lights, Camera, Fashion!: Pitti Bimbo show rolls out the red carpet for buyers.
  • Contemporary Classics: Old meets new this fall.
  • Mod Squad: Mini style gurus radiate confidence in European labels of contemporary cuts, bold colorways, mixed materials and dazzling embellishments.
  • Corduroy Couture: The retro fabric and once closet staple of nerds, old professors and The Brady Bunch has received a cool makeover.
  • Black, White and Rad All Over: Inspired by the high contrast, black-and-white designs of Fall ’17 labels like Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Oscar de la Renta, children’s fashion has embraced the same monochromatic statement.

February 2018

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  • Family Ties: What’s a path to success in an era of epic consolidation?
  • Toy Box Predictions: Experts weigh in on the state of the toy industry and what will be hot this year.
  • All In The Family: Alan Steber, vice president of Sara’s Prints sleepwear and Widgeon outerwear, on building a business the old-fashioned way: through quality products, loyal partnerships and treating everyone like family.
  • Designer Chat: Lena Aboo – Sonatina: We talk with Designer Lena Aboo from Sonatina.
  • Sparks Fly: Amy Sparks, owner of Once Upon a Time, makes customers’ wishes come true through fairy tale-inspired merchandising and old-fashioned service.
  • Above & Beyond: Children’s designers go the limit to appease parents who demand style without restrictions.
  • Scene and Heard: February 2018: Noé & Zoë Jumps into Converse Noé & Zoë has tied the knot with Converse on a Fall ’18 collection. It takes the relationship to the ...
  • Home Alone: Playtime gets funky with quirky textures, bright colors and goofy prints.
  • The Wonder Years: From Grimm’s fables to Disney classics, designers have always been inspired by the fantasy, beauty, history and myths surrounding fairy tales.
  • Scandi Savvy: When it comes to children’s fashion for Fall ’18, hygge takes the form of sheepskin-lined booties, fur-pom beanies and butter-soft cardigans across muted palettes of blue, gray, cream and rose.