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Full Circle

I hope this issue’s variety of stories and fashion inspire, educate and encourage all of you to continue reaching new levels of excellence.

“To me, the model of success is not linear. Success is completing the full circle of yourself.”

–Gloria Steinem

As we go to press, Hurricane Ian has caused wide-spread destruction and numerous deaths in southwest Florida and is continuing its path up the coast. There are many displaced families who have lost everything, and I hope you will all consider donating product or money to the childrenswear charity Delivering Good. For more information, please visit delivering-good.org.

For me, this ask represents a full-circle moment in my second go-around as Editor in Chief of Earnshaw’s. This month, I had the pleasure of interviewing the new President and CEO of Delivering Good, Matthew Fasciano (Q&A begins on page 12). This charitable organization evolved from a merger of two others: Kids In Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) and Fashion Delivers. And Delivering Good has continued the original mission of these seed organizations: distributing new apparel and necessities to children and families in need and victims of disasters, bringing dignity and self-esteem to the most vulnerable populations. Next month, Delivering Good hosts its annual gala, continuing a tradition that started in 2006; that year, K.I.D.S. celebrated its 20th anniversary with keynote speaker former President Bill Clinton—and yours truly helped execute it.

Yes, among the prior professional hats I’ve worn, I’m a former employee of K.I.D.S. I worked there from 2004 to 2007 and had the unique opportunity to help produce the first two galas and the women’s luncheon—these accomplishments hold places of honor on my CV. I felt compelled to remind industry veterans about and share with newcomers the mission of Delivering Good.

We profile another established organization, Paris-based Playtime. The company launched a New York edition of its avant-garde trade show in 2010, and then last year brought North American manufacturers together for Kid’s Hub, creating one exciting, dynamic and “must-attend” event. Check out the interview with Events Director Chantal Danguillaume starting on page 14.

Speaking of dynamic, our fashion pages have, unbelievably, hit a new level of emotion, beauty and artistry. We were humbled to have esteemed photographer and cinematographer Mark Andrew on set; some of his clients include The New York Times, Pepsi, Conde Nast, and Dreamworks. His film projects have been shown at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, and his photography work is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian. Styled by our visionary Fashion Director Mariah Walker, “Stand By Me” beginning on page 20 highlights classic, en vogue looks from Spring 2023.

Keeping with the classic theme, we visit the Hip! Hip! Hooray! children’s boutique in Dallas. Owner Jennifer Howell has maintained her niche for timeless dressing for more than two decades, and she shares her well-earned retail advice in “Three Cheers for Tradition” starting on page 16. You’ll find more baby-clothing inspiration from Liat Levy, the creator and mom behind Lev Baby in our Designer Chat on page 18.

I hope this issue’s variety of stories and fashion inspire, educate and encourage all of you to continue reaching new levels of excellence. If you have your own story of coming full circle, I would love to hear from you. Please reach out to me at Michele.Silver@wainscotmedia.com.

Michele Silver

Editor in Chief

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