Robar Inc. has relocated its New York offices to a new Midtown address. The company, which produces the Robar, Babyworks and Mini Muffin baby apparel brands, can now be found at 213 W. 35th St., Suite 5W, New York, NY 10001. The main phone number is (212) 967-9517.
New York area sales reps will hold their Spring/Summer '11 NY Kids Market event from October 18-22 in the 34 W. 33rd St. building. Buyers who shop during this special market week will enjoy special promotions and discounts, such as:
~ complimentary breakfast and treats throughout the day
~ hundreds of brands offering immediates
~ great merchandise deals
~ free shipping
~ a relaxed environment
Visit www.nykidsmarket.org for more information. Participating showrooms will include:
MTV Networks International (MTVNI) has tapped former Disney Consumer Products (DCP) exec Michael Connolly as its senior vice president of consumer products. Connolly takes over from Jean Philippe Randisi, former senior vice president and managing director of NCP International, who left the company some weeks ago.
Richmond, Calif.-based kids' clothing company Rabbitmoon has launched an online boutique at www.rabbitmoon-usa.com through which it will sell its collection of boys' and girls' apparel for newborns through size 4 as well as gifts. "We are so excited that Rabbitmoon has the showcase it deserves," stated the brand's co-founders, Chris and Paul Lun. "With infinite mix and match possibilities, Rabbitmoon needs to be shown with all its components.
Upscale infant/toddler brand Petit Couture has entered the Australian and New Zealand children's market through an exclusive distribution partnership with Petit Australia, an Australian distributor of luxury products for babies through tweens.
Catch up on the industry's latest sales rep and staff additions.
~ First-walker shoemaker See Kai Run has selected Jennifer Moon to rep its children's line in Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Oklahoma. Based in the Dallas Market Center, Jennifer has been in sales for 20 years, and has spent the last three years representing shoe companies. Contact Jennifer at (214) 597-2694 or email@example.com. Visit www.seekairun.com.
The ABC Show will host approximately 3,650 booths in 1 million square feet of exhibit space at its upcoming show, running Oct. 10-13 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Show management reports that retailer pre-registrations are nearly 15 percent ahead of last year's, and they are expecting a record number of international attendees.
Designer Stella McCartney has spun off her first children's collection, which will hit retail on Nov. 3. The Stella McCartney Kids label will launch with a capsule collection that reflects the designer's modern aesthetic and ethical values.
Toy retailer FAO Schwarz has announced plans to open 10 pop-up shops across the country this holiday season, with an eye to expanding beyond its sole New York flagship. The company, which was acquired by Toys 'R' Us last year, will host the temporary boutiques through mid-January, offering shoppers a bevy of high-quality heirloom toys.
Kids In Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S) will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year with a gala fundraiser honoring three industry leaders who have donated their time and resources to support the charity's cause.