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Kambia Kids


A clothing line company that envisions people getting together to help each other change the world. Crazy, right?

Los Angeles, CA-based Kambia Kids children’s apparel is inspired by diversity and creativity. The recently launched ungendered children’s apparel line for ages two through seven offers premium “NYC style” with a focus on streetwear to sleepwear.

The Kambia Kids team aspires to champion a child’s own individuality by creating a safe atmosphere where they can be who they are – live in their own skin, so to speak.

“We believe we can change an entire generation by supporting the personal growth, development and individuality of each independent person regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or status,” they tell me. “We can encourage the children we are raising to step outside the standard and challenge the status quo, and help them become the people they are met to be.”

How Does a Children’s Clothing Company Do This?

The Kambia Kids team cites this statistic: just 20 weeks into pregnancy, 85 percent of soon-to-be-parents are already designing their new nursery depending on the predicted gender of their newborn. Even before their baby sees the world where they will soon grow up, parents begin to program them as to how they should live, act, play and dress. “We live in a society with various gender roles, stereotypes and added limitations labeled onto all of us at such a young age. For things to change, we have to make a change.”

Kambia is driven to inspire and educate both parents and children by promoting brilliance, independence and originality. Kambia teaches power and peak performance. In addition to proving clothes for boys and girls, Kambia Kids believes in the value of helping children around the world. “We are gearing up to start a movement where every action we take has a positive impact on someone else:

CUSTOM DESIGNS

Each season, Kambia Kids introduces a custom design benefiting a cause. Click here to see this season’s shirt (pale moon swae tee), benefiting Trina’s Kids Foundation. To collaborate or send future ideas, please contact Kambia Kids here.

Kambia Kids understands how quickly children grow out of their clothes. The company offers loyal customers the opportunity to ship back used garments purchased so their designers can recycle the fabric and give your worn clothes to someone in need. The process is simple: shop with Kambia Kids, ship the clothes back when your little one has out-grown them and they will send + share them with someone in need. Learn more about their give-back program here.

Kambia Kids is 100% made, sourced and designed in the USA, paying close attention to detail and hold each hand-made piece to a high standard of excellence.

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Dapper + Crown


New Seasonless Apparel Children’s Brand Launches 

Based in southern California, Dapper + Crown is a recently launched, family-owned children’s apparel brand featuring classic clothes for children that can be worn every day.

Husband and wife team James and Yves Homan are thrilled to have their entire line Made in the USA – manufactured in Los Angeles, California utilizing imported fabrics.

“My clothes were typically made by my aunt or mother and handed down with love from one girl in the family to another,” says designer Mom Yves. “I could wear them to play or on a stylish Sunday drive with my dad, who passed down his innate love of fashion to me.”

Born and raised in the Philippines, she is inspired by reimagining these handcrafted pieces to wear herself or by others. After the Homans had their own daughter, they wanted to bring Yves’ wardrobe tradition to growing families in America.

Inaugural Collection

Dapper + Crown pieces are timeless in design and ageless in quality. Everything is made to be dashing and unique, as well as comfortable and durable:

 FIONA –  100% cotton, three-quarter sleeve top with collar and button back closure with flounced bottom, available in Aloe with Storm contrasting Peter Pan collar and trim or Pearl Pink with Coral collar and contrasting trim.

WILLOW – jump skirt with ruffle trim and crossed back, available in Citrus (corduroy) or Titanium (100% cotton).

MACKENNA – three-quarter sleeve dress with Peter Pan collar, button back, and back tie, available in 100% cotton Periwinkle or Sand.

PIPER – classic, tailored chambray blazer with notched collar, tan elbow patches, and star print lining.

Made to be worn continuously throughout the year, the size run is 2 – 6 and are available exclusively online at www.dappercrownclothing.com. The Homans are also passionate about supporting local manufacturing. With the entire collection made locally, the family can be intimately involved in the entire creative process.

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Lelli Kelly Kids Shoes


North American Shoe Company to Relaunch the Footwear Brand in Spring 2018

Rhode Island-based North American Shoe Company is the exclusive licensee for Lelli Kelly Kids in the U.S. and Canada, planning a relaunch of the shoe brand with a new collection in Spring 2018.

Lelli Kelly is renowned for putting the fun and funky back onto little girls’ feet. Launched in Italy in 1992 by the Attilieni family, every little girl wants a pair of Lelli Kelly’s because the gorgeous sparkly collections feature detailed hand-sewn beads and sequined flowers.  A fast favorite with girls, parents are thrilled because each shoe is machine washable, ensuring these high-quality styles stand up to being their little girl’s favorite.

“We are thrilled to be relaunching this much beloved brand in North America,” says Jon Shapiro, director of sales for North American Shoe Company. “This is the first time in several years there has been a specific U.S. distributor targeting consumers in the States. This gives the Lelli Kelly brand the opportunity to be showcased to moms and daughters in a way they are accustomed to.”

Sparkle & Shine Guaranteed Year-Round

The new spring assortment will include 12 to 16 styles of canvas sneakers, Mary Jane’s, high tops, sandals and joggers available in girls sizes from toddler to youth. A new website will launch in 2018 (www.LelliKellyUS.com) and the line will be available to consumers in late January. The launch will be supported by a social media campaign across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with U.S.-specific platforms.

Jon tells us that the relaunch will not only appeal to established fans with easily recognizable looks, these designs will stand out from the crowd, creating new fans as well. “Children’s retailers across the country are so excited about the news and looking forward to having Lelli Kelly back on their shelves,” he says. “We’ve experienced such great response to the relaunch.”

Established in 1918, North American Shoe Company (NASC) is the exclusive distributor in the U.S. for Beeko, Foamtread slippers, Lelli Kelly Kids and Tundra Boots and also distributes Tingley rubber boots. NASC is the leading wholesaler catering to footwear retailers, catalogs, specialty boutiques and online retailers. The company is showing the Lelli Kelly line at the Atlanta Shoe Show, August 19-21, booth #127-133.

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Boyér Clothing


…For the Very Young.

Luxury children’s boutique Boyér Clothing designs beautifully tailored dresses for little girls. The company recently débuted an ecommerce luxury children’s line “for the very young.”

“Little girls should have the opportunity to look like little girls,” says co-founder Kami Boyér. “The current children’s wear category is overloaded with disposable fashion, adorned in bold colors and ornamentation. We felt there was a gap in the market for gorgeous fabrics with subtle color palettes, fine craftsmanship and classic silhouettes.”

Boyér Clothing is created by a sister duo who is inspired by the love of luxury clothing and finding simple, gorgeous dresses for their own little girls. Using their backgrounds in retail, the Boyér sisters have taken the last two years to design and develop their début line. They have also spent half a lifetime living, traveling and working across four continents. Their travels inspire them to create elegant dresses reminiscent of French and Italian chic, using the finest hand-made and hand-woven fabrics, sourced worldwide, married with elegant style.

“Our mission is to create products that delight. Products that you fall in love with when you touch and feel them and are comfortable enough that your child will want to wear them,” says Kami. “Not only is the fabric stunning but we have made the product easy to wear. From incorporating pockets, increasing the ease in the arm and neck holes to having fully lined garments, no detail has been spared. These are just a sampling of the innovative features we have incorporated to delight both parents and children alike.”

According to the Global Industry Almanac, the children’s wear category is forecast to reach $291.5 billion by the end of 2018. The growth in spend in this category is largely attributed to parents having children when they are older and more financially stable.

The Boyér sisters are dedicated to the ideal that children should have the option to own and wear clothes that have timeless beauty, yet give the child the freedom to run and smile. Boyér Clothing’s début collection includes dresses appropriate for girls aged two to six years that are designed to wear during playtime, styled to transition to any special occasion. BoyérClothing.com offers customers a user-friendly, easy to navigate showroom, where they can view and interact with the gorgeous dresses online.

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Zarlex


Jeweler specializing in beautiful pieces for children.

It’s easy to see why little girls would fall in love with the pretty jewelry from kids’ jewelry specialist Zarlex. The Miami-based online jeweler offers a variety of 14K yellow and rose gold earrings, rings, pendants and chains age-appropriate for girls from infant to 16 years old.

Jewelry designs feature colorful enamel, cubic zirconia and gemstones such as pearls, topaz and amethyst among others. Earrings feature safety backs such as the classic French Lock, which is secure, easy to fasten and comfortable to wear, as well as the Classic Stud with a screw-back that is suitable for infants as well as young ladies.

The tradition of giving silver keepsakes for Baptisms dates back to before Colonial times in this country. Zarlex also carries beautiful sterling gifts and souvenirs for Christenings or other special occasions, elegantly packaged sets of baby spoons, baby rattles, baby cups, baby cutlery or teething rings.

“We plan to expand our assortment to include watches, a jewelry line for boys and more,” Alexander Yambikov tells me.

Available online at www.zarlexfl.com.

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Luvmother


Adding just the right amount of style, versatility, durability and comfort to every kid’s wardrobe.

Founded in 2013 in Montreal, Canada, Luvmother is built on the premise that it is hard to find well-made, long lasting fine clothing for young children in North America. The husband-and-wife founders have roots in the outdoor industry and an eco-conscious approach. Their mission is in line with the North American outdoor specialty marketplace, which prides itself on its land protection origins, responsible manufacturing, great design, commitment to community and preservation of emerging brands in diversified outlets.

Luvmother’s fine merino wool layering systems for lifestyle and outdoor apparel are made using the highest quality products with sustainability in mind; their goal is for each piece to be versatile and durable enough to carry on into the hand-me-down cycle that currently exists in the children’s apparel marketplace. Merino is a perfect fiber for comfort, warmth and durability and Luvmother provides children with clothing they know works for young families like themselves.

“To make something ‘well’ is a decision and there really are no short cuts,” says Luvmother founder and partner Kevin Peacock. “We set out to design clothes that not only fit as they should but are also built from quality, traceable materials and feel good next to skin. We believe clothes should stand the test of time, because something worth doing is worth doing well.”

Luvmother clothing is made for children ages two to eight years. The company is expanding their size range to include three months to 12 years in fall of 2017. The collection ranges from tops, bottoms and leggings to extra generous swaddle blankets, hats and accessories.

The company brand name is composed of “love” and “mother,” two words that are packed with positive meaning. The founders are also giving a nod to all moms, Mother Earth, the mother of invention and the idea that with a little “luv,” anything you put your mind to is possible.

What’s UP PR

Luvmother and What’s UP PR have recently partnered on branding and promotion. “Luvmother is a new generation of committed makers of essential goods to benefit families getting outside and teaching others how to enjoy the outdoors comfortably with enduring products – the premise of this industry,” says Beth Cochran, founder of What’s UP PR about their mutual goals. “We are honored to be on board. Our team is made up of outdoor enthusiasts and parents of all ages. It’s essential to constantly welcome new young members to this tribe of business that are making a positive impact.”

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ESLO Shoes


Kickstarter Campaign is Live!

The Lopez Family wants to make masterfully crafted shoes and boots for your family. It’s a beautiful story, really – all about equality, family and you.

ESLO Craft Goods harnesses 50+ years of authentic shoe-crafting experience to provide your children with modern, sleek and stylish shoes and boots that support and nurture their growing feet. In 1965, the founder’s Grandfather starts this journey in the small town of Jesus Maria, Mexico at a time when men migrate for jobs and women aren’t even allowed to work. Nonetheless, Grandfather advocates on behalf of the local women, and soon, they are the ones helping him build the foundation for the company you see today; one defined by equality, family and passion.

“Our mission is to be the bridge between our family and yours, and build the foundation for a sustainable, philanthropic and innovative children’s shoe company. With your help, we can achieve our dream of sharing Eduardo’s family’s craft with the world and provide your children with the highest quality leather shoe possible.”

Grow With ESLO

The ESLO kickstarter campaign is just days old, and is your chance to have shoes custom made. Ryan Eldridge tells me why the CRT audience will join the journey:

It’s a beautiful story – ESLO’s foundation was built over 50 years ago by providing jobs for women in the local community.

We have generations of experience – Our family has been crafting shoes for three generations. Each pair is imbued with experience, love and quality craftsmanship that has been perfected over this time.

Each shoe is authentically made – We source all our leather from Leon, MX – the leather capital of the western hemisphere. Some of our craftsman have been with the company for decades.

ESLO Shoes: Classic to Modern

During the kickstarter campaign, ESLO is crafting shoes in the classic Wingtip and minimalistic Oxford style, and boots in the modern Chukka style. Perfect for both boys and girls, these shoes are “perfected and refined.” Follow along:

  1. HIGH QUALITY LEATHER – Our shoes and boots are crafted from genuine, all natural leather.
  2. PLUSH LINING – The lining we use provides plush cushioning, giving your child maximum comfort.
  3. FOAM CUSHIONING – This top-layer insole makes each step your child takes relaxed and agreeable.
  4. INSOLE – Our second insole is made of soft, durable leather, which gives your child’s foot a cozy foundation to rest on.
  5. HEEL SUPPORT – This added heel support is the bedrock of each shoe and boot. It keeps everything sturdy and stable.
  6. RUGGED OUTSOLE – The uniquely textured outsole provides maximum traction on virtually any surface
  7. FLEXIBILITY – Our flexibility grooves bend with ease and avoid any material pinching against your child’s foot.
  8. MOISTURE WICKING FABRIC – The moisture wicking material absorbs sweat from the toes, reducing discomfort and smell.

Generational, Diverse and Ready Team

Celina, Eduardo, Lorenc and Ryan are armed with their own unique skill sets. They believe that through their combined passions and efforts, they will use these skills – ranging from experienced product design to streamlined supply chain, quality manufacturing to focused marketing – to provide your children with the most stylish, trendy, comfortable and supportive shoes and boots.

So exciting. Good luck, you guys!