Kikli Design


071613_KikliDesign_Montage_02This new dress line captures a feeling of wanderlust with a carefree, exotic style.

Redondo Beach, CA-based Kikli Design draws inspiration from the feeling of escape and discovery that arriving at your vacation destination can bring. The début collection of easy-wearing boho dresses is influenced by different spots on the globe, blending themes, prints and colors to create a unique, happy silhouette. The custom prints and free-flowing fabric combine an effortless California vibe with the vibrancy of India.

071613_KikliDesign_JasmineKikli Design is designed to provide every Mom and little girl with a tangible expression of wanderlust and the search for beauty everywhere.

Fun, Carefree Spirit of Childhood. Founder Harjot Gill says she chose the name to reflect the lighthearted feeling she experienced as a girl, twirling with her friends in the traditional Kikli circle dance. “Kikli Design brings together my passion for travel, which allows me to discover new worlds and ideas -and design, which informs everything I see and touch,” says the Mom of one well-dressed and well-traveled little girl.

071613_KikliDesign_NatashaFor its début, the line features six summery dresses, each with its own print, color combinations –and personality. Ella is a sleeveless dress with a different fabric on each of the three tiers of its skirt. Cece sundress features a smocked bodice with contrasting print panels. Natasha has raglan flutter sleeves, a cinched waist and a solid color pop at the neckline. Sasha takes the high/low hemline for a spin and features a contrasting yoke and colorful piping details. Penelope is a flowy empire-waist dress with a square neckline and contrasting patch pockets. And Jasmine delights with short sleeves, an A-line skirt, vibrant floral embroidery on the yoke and colorful piping on the bodice and hem.

Delicate to Statement-Making. The cheerful, upbeat and vibrant color palette and unique prints welcome warm weather with tones of Neon, Honeysuckle and Blossom pink; ornately decorated elephants roam through a garden of exotic florals; regal paisleys spring from leafy vines fill a lush garden of Lagoon and Neon pink. Single, repeated stems of Champa flowers feature Lipstick petals, Lagoon leaves and Herb stems. A cloud of multicolored butterflies alight on a Blossom background for a pretty in pink look.

Children’s Buyers – See the Spring ’14 line at ENK Children’s Club, booth #3313 in New York August 4-6.

Shoppers – Ask for it by name! Sizes range from size 12 months to 8. Visit Kikli Design at its future digital home at http://www.kiklidesign.com/.

Sneak Peek at New Collection from Mixed Up Clothing


Mixed Up Clothing débuts Global Citizens collection at ENK Children’s Club.

Sonia Kang is exhibiting at her first children’s trade show October 21-23 in New York City! The owner and creative executive of Mixed Up Clothing –a wonderfully colorful and trendy line of clothes for kids- is introducing her brand at ENK Children’s Club at booth  #1825 with a Spring/Summer 2013 collection called Global Citizens. Here’s a sneak peek!

Friendship Through Fabrics. Founded in 2007, the multi-ethnic children’s clothing line based in California is inspired by the textiles, cultures and people of the world, to develop friendships through fabrics. Sonia infuses diverse styles with cultural twists, blending materials and designs from all corners of the world.

My inspiration for this collection continues to be the mission of Mixed Up Clothing: to showcase and celebrate different cultures utilizing fabrics from all over the world. Not everyone gets to travel outside the country so each garment includes a little story to teach kids where the fabric is from.  When we learn about the diversity around us, we can begin to accept one another and find unity in our differences.

For those interested, ENK Children’s Club is one of today’s premiere trade shows covering the entire market in children’s clothing, infant and fashion accessories, including layette items and footwear for newborn to pre-teen. Held four times a year in New York City in January, March, August and October, buyers and boutique owners can make appointments to view Mixed Up Clothing’s collection by make emailing zenia@mixedupclothing.com.

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Brooklyn, NY-based Kalulu Débuts This Month


A vibrant new children’s wear collection inspired by the colors and traditions of East Africa.

Retailers and children’s stores will have a first look at the colorful, contemporary Kalulu children’s wear line at the ENK Children’s Club trade show later this month –and you’re getting a sneak peek right now!

Kalulu is about expressing the joy and fun of childhood, and the kikoy fabric -with its endless color combinations- captures that spirit. Plus, ‘Kalulu’ is fun to say!

Made in the USA. The new Kalulu is a comfortable and sophisticated collection that stands out from the crowd with unconventional color combinations and distinctive border prints. The line is made entirely from the East African fabric called kikoy cloth, a bold cotton fabric traditionally worn by men in the region as sarongs. From school to parties to family gatherings, the easy-to-wear clothes are both age-appropriate and eye-catching for girls and boys sizes 2T to 10. Each piece makes a bold statement but also easily mixes and matches with any existing wardrobe.

“It also allows children to stand out and express their individuality,” says founder Milbert Kiggundu-Bentham. “The ancient looming process makes it a highly durable material that gets softer with each wash, so kids can live in it and pass it down without wearing it out.”

Kalulu, which means “hare” in East African languages (like a rabbit), takes its name from the clever yet mischievous creature that often starred in the folklore that Milbert remembers from her childhood in Kenya. For her, these stories and the kikoy are interwoven since she was often listening to one while wrapped in the other. Now, the mother of three sons shares both traditions with children everywhere. “The cloth provides a sense of place,” she says, “picking up on the earthy hues found on safari as well as the beachy tones borrowed from a day on the East African coast.”

After earning degrees from Cornell and Georgetown University, Milbert spent her career in finance. The launch of Kalulu brings her life full-circle, tying into her East African roots and connecting her with her grandmother and great grandmother, who were both seamstresses.

The Spring /Summer’13 Kalulu collection features tunic dresses and tops, hooded tanks, ruffled tanks, slim-fit jeans, shorts and skorts for girls. Boy’s wear includes tunic tops, button-down shirts, hooded tops, Capris and safari shorts.

Ask for it by name at your favorite kid’s shops!

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TANE organics introduces T2


Three-year-old TANE organics launches T2, a beautiful organic line for preemies.

TANE organics, a children’s luxury brand known for beautifully designed pieces made from the purest materials, is launching a capsule collection of essentials for preemies. The T2 collection is a natural extension of TANE’s dedication to providing clothing that is pesticide free, hence limiting newborns and toddlers exposure to toxins. It’s being débuted for wholesale partners at ENK Children’s Club, going on in New York right now, and will soon be available in stores.

Designer Sheree Lee uses 100% certified organic cotton to create the TANE organics collection for newborns up to two years. Signature silhouettes, colors, fabrics, stitches and the easily coordinated designs are what distinguish this modern collection.

The health benefits of offering organic cotton clothing for preemies is tremendous. After spending time with twin nephews, born as preemies, my natural instinct was wanting to envelope and dress them in the purest materials.

-Sheree Lee

The new T2 collection is available in two sizes: 0, fitting 3-5 lbs, and size 1, fitting 5-8 lbs, in just four simple shapes, and modern neutral colors.

TANE, which means seed in Japanese, takes inspiration from the kimono shape. The emphasis on design with thoughtful construction and details provide comfortable fit while maintaining performance through time and play.

Company folks blog that they can’t wait to share the new inspiration, colors, textures and shapes of the Fall/Winter TANE collection. “The new collection is already getting a lot of buzz, especially with the launch of T2, using the purest organic cotton.”

Sheree and her New York City-based company believe the customers are as important as those who crafted the garments. The connection with Peruvian artisans supported by fair trade practices echoes TANE organics’ commitment to the planet and its people. Every purchase supports the vision of a cleaner, kinder earth with positive production footprints.

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Skylar Luna débuts at ENK Children’s Club


Designer Wen C. Reese is débuting Skylar Luna, an in-stock, organic pajama collection for Fall 2011, at ENK Children’s Club -offering retailers year-round availability.

“Through my experience in children’s wear, I know that value is key for retailers today. With Skylar Luna, retailers get a high‐quality product at reasonable prices.”

-Wen C. Reese

She describes the line as “soft, organic cotton washed in a sophisticated palette using simple designs,” choosing organics because children wear pajamas close to the skin for many hours each day. “I wanted a product that was as pure as possible.” The collection is available in sizes 12‐18 months to size 8 for both boys and girls, and meets CPSC guidelines. Features snug‐fitting, two‐piece bodies constructed of yarn‐dyed,100 percent organic cotton and flat seams. Each set packaged in reusable linen pouches. The launch collection features stripes in eight color combinations including a holiday-themed combo perfect for Christmas pajamas, a bubble print and a hand‐drawn robot motif. New colors and prints released twice a year, wholesaling for $17. “Because we ship all the time, stores can try the collection out right away with minimum risk and easy, immediate reorders.”

Wen also owns and designs the Skylar sportswear label, a family business, and like it,  Skylar Luna is produced in the family factory in China. This arrangement ensures the line is always delivered on time and offers consistent, superior quality.

See Skylar Luna at booth#2211 during ENK Children’s Club July 31-August 2.

Urban Sunday


Preview Alert! Special Occasion Wear is in store for HUDSON’S December issue!

Neckties are an essential piece of formal attire, as well as a statement-making casual accessory! Urban Sunday, a fresh face in the world of children’s clothing and accessories, launched a new line of these dashing accessories at the ENK Children’s Club earlier this month.

Made in the USA of 100% cotton with certain styles in organic fabrics, the stylish neck- and bowties attach with a soft Velcro neck strap, to wear loose or snug. From ginghams to skulls to houndstooth and more, neckties come in five sizes and bow ties in two, fitting ages infant to 12 years. The double-pointed bow tie adds a hipster flair, while the traditional bow tie completes a preppy look the right way.

HCRSourceBook also likes this accessory for girls: a simple blouse and skirt become haute couture by adding a classy solid or sassy patterned necktie!

A California native who earned her stripes as a patternmaker in the New York fashion district before returning to the west coast created the design vision behind Urban Sunday.

-Janet Muniz

 

Enchanted Enfant Returns


Paula Franco joins the Enchanted Enfant team as newly appointed sales director.

News from a much beloved children’s brand: luxury line Enchanted Enfant returns to market!

Designer and founder Michele Brulé recently took some time away to mourn the loss of her mother to breast cancer, and now she’s back with a collection for spring summer 2011 inspired by historical works of art, vintage Parisian photographs and images of her mom as a child.

The Printemps 2011 Collection could be her strongest to date, emanating the signature romantic elegance that Enchanted Enfant has made its trademark. The Joséphine dress is a dreamy confection of silk chiffon with delicately ruffled cap sleeves, smocked empire waist and a sprinkling of jewel-like metallic trimmed rosettes available in plum, putty and blush.

Michele tells HCRSourceBook she is extending the brand with Couturier Collection, truly special, special occasion wear. Notable pieces include the stunning L’Opéra gown and Place Vendôme dress with glistening metallic lace trim and the must have Estelle Italian brocade coat, named after her six-year-old daughter and muse.

The Essentiels Collection is also extending the brand, chic easy pieces for everyday wear offered at a moderate price point for broader distribution. Key pieces include the Rue Cler pima cotton pointelle smocked top and legging, the raffia wide brimmed floppy sun hat and silk rosette headband.

What’s more, Michele and Enchanted Enfant is donating a portion of all sales from the Printemps 2011 Collection to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the first and only National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children .

View the collection at the next edition of  ENK Children’s Club August 1 – 3.

-Janet Muniz