Last Post of 2012


Time flies when you’re having fun!

122712_LastPostAs 2012 comes to a close, I thank all the fabulous designers, business owners and representatives who strive to produce the very best in children’s apparel, accessories, toys, juvenile products, customer service … and then some.

I so appreciate everyone who has introduced me to a new clothing brand, or product that is handmade, globally-inspired; imported from Europe and Made in the USA … those who keep the pleasure of childlike innocence in their hearts, sharing it with the marketplace;  those who keep Moms in mind, too –producing wonderfully practical things to make her life easier (Dads are included, of course). I just love featuring them on Children’s Retail Today.

I also acknowledge the efforts of AnnieWear and Klippie Klub for offering something special to Children’s Retail Today readers and fans in 2012.

Finally, I am so grateful for you … whether you were a reader of HUDSON’S, following me to Children’s Retail Today after we ceased publication, or you’ve discovered Children’s Retail Today through social media … I hope I bring you the latest news and information, commentary and opinion about the children’s market –the kind that inspires store owners, manufacturers, designers -mompreneurs and inventors, too- to take your business to the next level. For parents and grandparents -aunties, coaches and teachers, too- I hope you’re learning about new stuff for your little ones -irresistible things both you and your children will love.

For anyone who’s passionate about children’s fashion … here’s to a wonderful, beautiful, inspired and peaceful New Year!

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Special Offer for Children’s Retail Today Readers


As a thank you for following Children’s Retail Today, find out the details of a very special offer.

Now, Children’s Retail Today readers enjoy special savings when shopping AnnieWear, a unique online store offering the best selection of animal-themed baby and toddler clothing and gifts.

What makes AnnieWear so special is that portions of all AnnieWear sales are donated to animal rescue programs around the country. It’s our way of giving back to animals that so desperately need help. And the more we sell, the more we can give.

A portion of the proceeds from every Children’s Retail Today sale will be donated to The Gentle Barn! Located in Santa Clarita, CA, The Gentle Barn rescues, rehabilitates and gives sanctuary to severely abused animals. It’s a place where kids interact with the animals to learn kindness, compassion and confidence.

In addition, you receive a 10% discount at the AnnieWear checkout on your purchase (excludes shipping). Click here for this special promo code – it’s the thank you that gives back!

Shop for unique Easter gifts!

With Easter Sunday fast approaching on April 8 – shop AnnieWear’s Easter gifts section for a fun, animal-themed selection of products perfect enough to make any Easter basket special!

Thanks again. For the 10% discount code PLUS a way to give back to animals in need, click here. And my heartfelt thanks to Pamela Pinta and Laurene Parletore of AnnieWear for making it all happen!

  • Children’s Retail Today publishes new posts on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (this is a special post!). If you want to get the word out about your innovative, imaginative and inspiring products for children, contact me today!

AnnieWear Inspires Animal Lovers to Give Back


Pamela Pinta and Laurene Parletore have taken their passion and turned it into a reality.

AnnieWear is an online gift store that gives back,” Pam tells me. “We donate part of the proceeds from every item sold to animal rescues nationwide.” AnnieWear offers animal-themed products for newborns, infants, toddlers and kids up to size 7, as well as things that appeal to moms.

Named after Laurene’s adopted dog Annie and inspired by nephew Roland, who was born around the time Annie was adopted, AnnieWear has already donated to Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue (where Annie is from), Liberty Humane Society (where Pam volunteers), Angel Acres Horse Haven Rescue, Purrs and Pooches, and The East Coast Maine Coon Rescue (where Pam was just elected to the Board of Directors).

Pam and Laurene are cousins who are both passionate animal lovers and avid shoppers with completely different styles and tastes. Pam loves all animals and adopts cats. Laurene loves all animals and adopts dogs. Neither are moms to humans, but they dearly love their nephews and try to influence their lives in a positive way.

Laurene says, “We cater to people looking for a unique gift for a special occasion, something that will make their gift stand out and their gift recipient appreciative.”

The pair began by creating their own product lines: the Life Line and the Annie Line. Both offer 100% ring-spun combed cotton one-pieces and t-shirts in traditional and contemporary colors for boys or girls. The Annie Line products features Annie’s picture, along with her trademark “So Stinkin’ Cute” graphic.

AnnieWear also includes popular brands such as Aden + Anais, Bibi & Mimi, Hatley, Kalencom, Kicky Pants, San Diego Hat Company, Vincent and many more.

AnnieWear products perform double duty for you: Unique gifts sure to be a hit that also help animals in need.

  • Children’s Retail Today publishes new posts on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. If you want to get the word out about your innovative, imaginative and inspiring products for children, contact me today!