French brand Beaba has opened a U.S. office and will assume distribution from Scandinavian Child. The feeding product company's new subsidiary is located in Hoboken, N.J. and will be the primary contact for retailers. For more information, email email@example.com.
Wayne, NJ-based Aeropostale Inc. plans to open 60 P.S. from Aeropostale doors in 2013. The retailer, which is focused on apparel and accessories for children 4- to 12-year olds, currently has 103 stores open. It also operates stores in the Middle East, Asia and Europe through various license agreements.
Target continues to expand its global reach. Last week the retail giant said it will open 24 Canadian stores in April and plans to have a total of 124 stores in Canada by the end of the year. On a smaller scale, Target will open 15 to 20 more doors in the United States, including three new City Target stores.
Uniqlo unveiled its largest mall store in the world on Friday in Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, NJ. The two-level, 43,000-square-foot store will serve as the prototype for the Japanese retailer's U.S mall expansion. The new store joins the company's three other U.S. locations, all of which are in Manhattan. A fifth U.S. store will open on October 5, in San Francisco, CA.
Tween Brands announced Wednesday that it will put its Brothers boys' line in 20 more Justice stores before the holiday season. The line was first introduced online in 2010 and made its way onto store shelves earlier this year. The company did not say how many stores its initial test included but said stores with Brothers are seeing incremental sales and returns on invested capital to warrant an expansion.
Dutch apparel brand Scotch & Soda plans to open eight additional stores in the United States by the end of the year, Women's Wear Daily reported. Stores are planned for New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Boston and San Francisco. The brand launched children's apparel in 2008. Unlike the existing Scotch & Soda locations in Miami and New York, the new units will be company owned.
Premium Canadian yoga apparel brand Lululemon Athletica is testing a line called Ivivva for tween girls ages 6 to 14. The line has been available in select Canadian cities and is now being shown in Seattle, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York showrooms. Ivivva apparel is geared towards girls who participate in gymnastics, dance, figure skating, soccer, field hockey and track and is comprised of hoodies, leggings, cropped spandex and accessories.
Copenhagen-based children's fair CIFF Kids reports more brands and customers in attendance at the August 8-12 show. In particular, buyer attendance from Norway and Sweden was up 20 percent. Visitors attended daily fashion shows including one just for Danish brand Noa Noa Miniature. CIFF Kids exhibition manager Bettina Randazzo says she's received multiple inquiries from brands interested in hosting their own shows at the next edition. The next fair is scheduled for Jan. 31-Feb. 3 and will take place in a newly designed hall.
On the heels of announcing plans to integrate branded Liz Claiborne and Izod shops, JCPenney reveled plans to add Carter's and Giggle shops to the department store's children's department. The shops will open next June. The company plans to turn all of its doors into a shopping experience full of multiple branded shops.
One of the top destinations for children's toys announced plans last week to merge more of its stores with Babies "R" Us to give customers a one-stop shopping destination. Eight new stores will be opened as well as the transformation of 13 current stores into the side-by-side model. At the end of this year, the company expects to have 204 of these dual stores open, which equals 25 percent of their total stores nationwide. Toys "R" Us started this strategy in 2006.