On Feb. 9, Bergdorf Goodman unveiled a new children's section on the seventh floor of its New York location. Measuring 1,200 square feet and featuring an elaborate tree house, the department - dubbed Little BG - takes the place of the Best & Co. children's shop, a leased area that closed after the brand declared Chapter 7 liquidation last year.
Citing renewed buyer optimism and positive economic indicators, GLM, the show management behind the New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF), reported a double-digit increase in attendance and healthy order writing at its winter edition, which ran Jan. 30 - Feb. 4. More than 35,000 buyers from around the world were in attendance, outdoing attendance expectations.
The show featured 2,700 exhibitors, many of whom commented on the show's high energy and sales levels not seen since early 2008. Approximately 400 new exhibitors were a part of this NYIGF edition.
Show organizers deemed the first edition of the NYC Baby and Kids Fair - which took place Jan. 30 - Feb. 1 at the 7 W New York mart building - a success, drawing children's buyers from across the country and the world. Highlighting a diverse range of kids' and baby accessories, toys, furnishings and gear in an intimate space on the 11th floor, the show provided insight into juvenile market trends in conjunction with the 7 W New York Gift and Home Textiles Market Week. Exhibitors included Boon, First Toddle, JudiZuzu, Sleeping Partners, Pink Axle, Primo, The Bomb Mom and more.
Gap has brought its 1969 Premium Denim collection, which bowed in the adult stores this past summer, to babies. In a line exclusive to babyGap stores, the new offering consists of Gap's iconic denim pieces created with a new lightweight premium denim that promises comfort and a full range of movement for babies 0 to 24 months.
Sears Holdings, headquartered in Hoffman Estates, Ill., has appointed Tara Poseley as the new president of Kmart's apparel business unit. She will oversee and lead growth in the retailer's apparel business, both in stores and online.
With value and quality on the top of customers' minds, several children's brands have found ways to up the ante with their latest products.
Seattle-based See Kai Run debuts its Spring '10 collection with a major improvement: more durable leather. Founder Cause Haun said the company paid attention to customer feedback, thus improved the durability factor with a leather that has twice the fiber strength than previously used in the line. Visit www.seekairun.com.
Dignity U Wear, a nonprofit based in Jacksonville, Fla., is sounding a call for new clothing donations that it can give to children in need. The organization accepts overruns, seasonal items, samples and cancellations and will distribute them to various agencies across the country that will in deliver them to children and families in their areas.
Manufacturers, distributors and retailers interested in making a donation can call Karin Bunnell, director of procurement, at (704) 912-3296.
With the year that was behind us, I'm hearing a lot of people- both retailers and manufacturers- talk about how 2009 changed them and their businesses. And believe it or not, the changes were for the better. The common thread seems to be renewed focus. For anyone who was coasting, buoyed by great sales with comparably little effort, 09 served as a wake-up call.