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Indy “Talk” Shop


Kickstarter Campaign Launches Today!

Indy “Talk” Shop, a new creative educational toy startup for kids ages 0-3, produces toys that easily guide playtime with your kids for better bonding and learning. The company is launching a Kickstarter campaign today (February 28).

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As You Read, You Play, and You Learn, Naturally

Based on new research in child development and play methods, Indy “Talk” Shop is creating a line of playboxes that is qualitatively different. Each playbox comes with an original story about a cute yet clumsy dragon named “Indy” and a matching classic toy, such as a puzzle, blocks, train sets, etc. Each story guides a reading-while-playing experience that prompts playtime with your kids and enables an interactive dynamic between parent and child to enhance developmental areas that are critical for their growth. While essential for a child’s early learning, the playboxes also offer parents the tools they need to help their kids learn.

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Indy “Talk” Shop’s Kickstarter campaign offers backers an opportunity to donate the first playbox in a series, Indy and the Farm (an original story with a matching farm puzzle), to one of three New York-based national charity partners that support the education and advancement of children: K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, Family Health Centers at NYU Langone and Room to Grow. When you support Indy “Talk” Shop through the campaign, you will also buy Indy and The Farm for children in need.

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About Indy “Talk” Shop

Indy “Talk” Shop is co-founded by Frida Matute, M.A. CCC-SLP, a New York-based medical pediatric speech-language therapist, and Alex Adarichev, an architect and designer. Frida’s inspiration comes from tying her clinical experience, research and love of watching kids and parents learn together. Their five-person team has been working diligently to make this launch a success.

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Indy “Talk” Shop’s method is to embed tips and hints into the story’s pages, treating text with graphics, punctuation, capitalization and bold-faced type, so parents can read to their kids in a sing-song voice. This technique is “dynamite for language development,” says Patricia Kuhl of the Institute for Learning and Brain Science at the University of Washington. The combination of embedding tips for parents and encouraging an animated reading of the story while playing with the matching classic toy helps kids naturally repeat core vocabulary words and sounds. It also lets children practice early cognitive skills like problem-solving, matching and categorization.

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Play research has been going on for years, although not all toy companies are embedding this research directly into the design of toys Like Indy “Talk” Shop is. “Preschool children learn better when an adult is involved,” says Dr. Jenny Radesky, a pediatrician specializing in child development at Boston Medical Center. In other words, guided play is best for kids’ development, to help parents and kids bond, learn and play more effectively. “When parents keep the conversation going, rather than simply trying to get their children to hear as many words as possible, they are preparing their children for later language and school success,” say Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Roberta Michnik Golinkoff, child psychologists and researchers at Temple University. Further research explains that healthy brain development relies on guided play between kids and parents. Indy “Talk” Shop playboxes guide parents through a playtime interaction that will make a difference in their kids’ development, whether they have five minutes or an hour to play.

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Cirkel USA


Handmade Tutus Hit the Runway at MAGIC

Family owned and operated Cirkel USA is releasing two new collections at the MAGIC fashion expo in Las Vegas through February 23: The Fashion Collection and The Polka Dot Collection.

Each collection brings to life all the popular colors celebrities are currently wearing – in tutu form. The Fashion Collection features between 20 and 25 vibrant, popular colors, while The Polka Dot Collection features eight. Each of the tutus are customized with accessories such as handmade bows.

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Cirkel USA Tutus at a Glance

  • 100% American tulle
  • Handmade
  • Lasts for two children’s sizes or up to two years
  • Adjustable waistband

“We were simply inspired by our daughter and her love of tutus.”  

Founders Fabio and Maria Jose have been making tutus since 2002. Their daughter kept outgrowing her tutus so the two decided to start making their own. With an adjustable waistband, their daughter could keep wearing her favorite tutus for years rather than just a few weeks. That’s when Fabio and Maria decided to start making them for other children as well.

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Inspired by their young daughter, the two began the company in Quito, Ecuador. To expand their business, they recently moved it to Florida, which allowed them to produce the two new collections to exhibit at MAGIC. The collections are the result of a collaboration with Belgian stylist Romina Sergi, who created fashionista-based designs for The Fashion Collection, while Fabio and Maria used their tutu expertise to bring the designs alive.

Both collections are on display now at the Cirkel USA booth 74061 at MAGIC. Cirkel is also exhibiting some of their onezies, customized using Swarovski crystals, foil, tulle and other fabrics. Their products prices range from $25 to $50.

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Comotomo


Solving an entire laundry list of unresolved “bottle issues” for parents.

Comotomo makes baby bottles that feature innovative and sensible design to most closely mimic natural breastfeeding. Their naturally shaped, soft, silicone nipples are ideal for babies who have trouble transitioning from nursing to bottle-feeding.

Comotomo “designer junkies” have set out to rid the world of too many plain and uninspired products by

  • listening to frustrated moms desperately searching for a bottle their little ones will take
  • not ignoring the issue of “nipple confusion” mostly ignored in product designs
  • banishing bottles that look and feel so foreign to natural nursing
  • solving the conundrum of trying to clean out narrow-necked baby bottles

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Award Winning Design

The result is a baby bottle that won an IF Product Design Award in 2010, which both parents and children love. Little ones can hold onto the skin-like, soft and squeezable body that is like no other bottle in the world. Parents appreciate the wide-neck design for brushless, stress-free, cleaning bliss.

“What we realized was that there is a giant void in the market,” the Comotomo design junkies say. “This inspired us to make something really fantastic. Something that truly makes moms lives a bit easier, and babies a wee bit happier.”

These green, BPA-free bottles are equipped with truly innovative vents that are smartly designed to prevent colic, while eliminating annoying leaks.

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Teether, Too

The Comotomo design junkies go back to basics with the baby teether, made from silicone that is not only safe and completely non-toxic, it has the perfect blend of soft and flexible texture -the most “bite-friendly” material out there, they say.

Easy and intuitive to grab and hold, the four prongs are sized to mimic baby hands. The teether is just long enough to reach the back molars, and sensibly sized to prevent choking.

At Comotomo, a beautiful product doesn’t just look good, it elegantly enhances your experience.

Mommas Baby


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Ivy Norton is a mother of three who knows how difficult and expensive it is to raise babies. While she doesn’t help you watch and care for your children, she can advise you on the best baby products you should consider purchasing.

“I started Mommas Baby to help other parents find deals, provide parenting tips and review some the new products coming out,” Ivy says. “Having wasted so much money myself with inferior products, I’m here to help you save money and buy only the best.”

The Los Angeles, California-based Mom conducts product reviews, writes how-to articles and finds deals on merchandise. First time moms can especially find Mommas Baby useful, although plenty of fresh, up-to-date guides for experienced parents are available as well.

A few recent entries include:

Ivy’s been reviewing the best baby products since 2012, so check out Mommas Baby.

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Rivet


Riveting Styles for Boyish Smiles.

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When the Atlanta Falcons take the field this Sunday for Super Bowl LI, a whole bunch of fans will be wearing their Jones jersey that they bought at Rivet (that’s Julio Jones for those uninitiated with the fabulous Falcons – #RiseUp!).

Rivet is a new contemporary boys clothing and accessories shop in Snellville, Georgia with all the trends and fashion needs for guys sizes 2T-16.

“First impressions matter, right?” Monique Knight says on her color-block-cool, beautifully designed website. “Call us crazy but we want our little guys to look like cosmopolitan gentlemen not haggard, unkempt slouches.”

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Adorable Boys Love It

The Rivet family is made up of all the parents, grandparents, uncles, sisters, cousins, aunts and friends of adorable boys, and they want stylish children. “We are fed up with the constant Mom conversation starter, ‘Oh my, it’s so hard to find cute things for my boys!’”

The answer now is Rivet, where you can find Wes and Willy, Axel and Hudson, Mayoral, RichBoys, InCity, Kangol, Melissa and Doug, Bijan Kids, Hatley and much more.

Rivet believes in recapturing ideals of integrity, honor, fairness and kindness. “We are not naive enough to think that wardrobe will change the world, but it’s a start,” Monique says. “This is a really cute shop and boys love it.”

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Who wouldn’t love that?

Visit Rivet at The Shoppes at Webb Gin or shop online at http://www.rivetboys.com/.

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Rainey’s Closet


Introducing Luxury Fashion Rentals for Littles.

Selecting the perfect special occasion outfits and accessories for their children is often a daunting task for parents. Not only could the celebration be costly, the shopping is time consuming!

Parents can solve this dilemma with one stop to Rainey’s Closet, their new one-stop online shop for luxury special occasion rentals and coordinating accessories for children.

“Consider Rainey’s Closet your child’s dream closet,” says founder Erica Richards. “We give you access to limited-run boutique clothing, hard-to-find styles and made-to-match accessories. Whether it’s a photo session, first birthday or flower girl outfit, we have everything you need to bring your vision to life.”

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A multitude of shimmering tulle dresses, sequined shrugs and vintage lace crowns from coveted labels including Tutu du Monde, Dollcake, Joyfolie and Nellystella are available for rent at www.raineyscloset.com. Rainey’s Closet rentals are a fraction of what it would normally cost to purchase outfits outright- items often worn once for the special occasion and never again- with a normal rental totaling $30 to $45. Luxe ball gown rentals are typically around $100 for styles that normally retail for over $500. Outfit add-ons and accessories, including collars, capelets, headbands and flower crowns, are available for rent at a reasonable range of $8 to $20. The nude Swan Queen dress and Queen’s Tiara by Tutu du Monde are two of the most popular rentals.

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Why Shop at Rainey’s Closet?

  • Find flower girl gowns for bridal parties
  • Find first birthday party frocks
  • Find festive holiday dresses for family portraits
  • Photographers and stylists find one-of-a-kind outfits for fashion shoots and editorials
  • Preserve priceless quality family time to make special memories

Erica created the concept for Rainey’s Closet after she has a frustrating experience coordinating clothing and accessories for her annual family photo session. Spending countless hours tracking down items often too expensive or unable to arrive in time, then scrambling to find something for her three-year-old daughter, Rainey (namesake!), Erica realizes the need for a streamlined, luxury children’s fashion rental business. She says, “After a lot of time and money was invested in an outfit that would be worn only once, I thought, ‘I wish there was somewhere I could rent everything in one place and be done with it.”

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Now There Is

By taking the guesswork out of finding high-quality and limited run styles by in-demand designers worldwide, Rainey’s Closet is quickly becoming the online destination for discerning shoppers who adore micro fashion without the commitment or price tag of purchasing items. Rainey’s Closet offers coordinated outfit options from handpicked, hard-to-find brands for infants and children up to size 16. The simplified rental process allows customers to browse by size, category, brand or date and reserve their selection for four- or eight-day rental periods. For added convenience, customers can directly shop the styles they see on the Rainey’s Closet Instagram in the InstaShop section of raineyscloset.com.

Once reserved, their order will be shipped two days prior to their event for a standard shipping rate of $6. On the fourth or eighth day of the rental, customers can pack everything in the original packaging for mailing using an included prepaid return label – no need to dry clean or pay again for shipping.

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Poco Nido


Take a Whistle-Stop Tour ‘Round the Global Zoo with a New Mini Shoe Collection.

In 2011, Catherine Lobley starts a Poco Nido. A footwear designer and mother of two, Catherine decides to use her talents to create her own alternative the tired, unimaginative shoes available for children at the time. That’s when her Mini Shoe is born.

Over the last three years, Poco Nido has grown to include over 70 retailers and five distributors worldwide. The UK brand is recognized with two consecutive gold awards at the Loved By Parents Awards for best baby footwear and is shortlisted for best baby fashion brand in the PP&P awards.

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Design Personality

Poco Nido style is deeply rooted in a love of color and pattern. Designers Catherine and Joanna don’t follow trends, they design based on whatever pops into their heads. They take inspiration from travel, children’s stories, patterns, symmetry, a dislike for over-packaging, a passion for upcycling and frustration with fastenings.

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SS17 Mini Shoe Collection

Right now, Poco Nido is excited to announce its wildest range of mini shoes yet. Inspired by adventures and animals from all around the world, the SS17 collection features eight new prints with roosters, whales, zebras, elephants and armadillos. There’s a travel print with stickers and boarding passes, an English Garden design and a print inspired by Native Americans, too.

“Creating our SS17 range of Mini Shoes was great fun,” Catherine says. “As a team, we love animals, nature and bold colors. How these elements are brought together in our latest range of prints is what makes it so exciting. Five years on after the first mini shoe was launched, we know what our customers love to see and we cannot wait to show off our new collection.”

In addition to the eight new prints, the Mini Shoe will also be available in a selection of plain colors including cornflower blue, pink and lime green, which have been chosen to complement the printed collection.

Poco Nido’s signature Mini Shoes are made from 100% cotton with suede sole, use non-toxic inks and feature a hidden elastic for extra comfort. They are available in sizes EU 17-22, from 3-6 months.

The company also designs children’s clothing, essential accessories and gift sets. Wholesale available here: https://wholesale.poconido.com.