Children's apparel brand Knuckleheads has opened its first retail outlet location in Vancouver. The 500-square-foot store will carry select Knuckleheads collections at discounts of up to 80-percent off as well as other high-end children's brands available at deep discounts.
Cabot, Vt.-based Zutano, maker of infant and toddler apparel and toys, is partnering with melamine and plastic products manufacturer TarHong on a new line of products for the home. Zutano co-founder and designer Uli Belenky is developing a unique line of tableware that embodies Zutano's vivid designs and noted the transition of Zutano style to housewares is a natural step. "Zutano's brilliant colors and patterns can translate to so many home products. Vibrant color and inspired designs are ideal for tableware and will no doubt add soul and positive energy to a family meal.
After a brief break, luxury children's special occasion brand Enchanted Enfant returns to the children's market for Spring '11 with a collection inspired by historical artwork and vintage Paris. Designer and founder Michele Brul drew ideas from photographs and images of her mother as a child, and plans to donate a portion of all sales from the "Printemps" collection to St.
Adding to its classic, all-natural Pima cotton layette collection, Brooklyn, N.Y.-based baby company HuggyBunny bows BunnyLove, a new line of basic layette pieces designed for ages 0 to 18 months.
Executive appointments impacting the children's business.
~ BBC Worldwide has named Carla Peyton its senior vice president of licensed consumer products for the Americas. Previously, she was the senior vice president of licensing for Equity Management Inc. She will work out of the New York office.
Company 81, a collegiate lifestyle brand owned by the Oved Group, has selected children's apparel maker Kidz Concepts as its licensee for boys' and girls' sportswear. The manufacturer will produce a collection of woven and knit tops, T-shirts, denim, outerwear and fleece, in layette through a boys' size 20 Husky and girls' 16. The line, which is aimed at department and specialty stores, is set to launch for Spring '11. Company 81 will keep the brand's marketing in-house.
Discovery Communications Inc. is entering the realm of baby products, launching new extensions of its "TLC Baby" programming through licensing partner Big Tent Entertainment. TLC's shows "A Baby Story" and "Bringing Home Baby" will inspire a comprehensive line spanning layette/baby bedding/blankets, apparel, learning and development, health and safety, bath, feeding, electronics, furniture and room decor.
Babies "R" Us has recently signed a deal with U.K.-based retailer Mamas & Papas to offer a selection of its juvenile products range in 23 store locations in the United States. According to reports, Mamas & Papas expects the deal to lead to sales of up to $15 million in the first year. Depending on the initial success of the line, Babies "R" Us could opt to roll out the range to all of its U.S. stores. Mamas & Papas was started in 1981 in Yorkshire by Italian entrepreneurs David and Luisa Scacchetti. Visit www.mamasandpapas.com.
Sanrio, the global company behind the iconic Hello Kitty character plus Little Twin Stars and My Melody, is gearing up for a worldwide celebration in honor of its 50th year in 2010. A year-long celebration will begin in August and will include the launch of unique co-branded collaborations, specially designed product lines featuring a variety of Sanrio characters and public events.
The Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association (JPMA) has launched a website promoting safe sleep at www.cribsafety.org to educate caregivers on how to keep babies out of harm's way. The site includes informative videos; links to the parts, hardware and assembly instruction sections on several crib manufacturers' websites; a comprehensive listing of all infant sleep-related product recalls since the 1970s; as well as background information on sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).