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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!

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Caeli Kids


Caeli is Latin for heaven. That’s what we try to make. A little piece of heaven to bring out your child’s inner angel.

New York-based Caeli Kids is a brand-new line of upscale dresses and sets for girls in sizes infants thru 16. A former head designer at US Angels, Rare Editions and Gerson & Gerson (Bonnie Jean), Caeli Kids owner/designer Quynh Waddell has taken her talents and partnered with a premium dress factory to produce this exquisite line. “Because Caeli Kids is partners with our factory, prices are much less than our competitors and very affordable,” Liz Faber tells me.

Great for Moms

“Being a mother of three kids, I understand the need to make clothes that look great and last,” Quynh says. “When I design, I look for patterns and color that excite me. I don’t go for what’s been sold already but what I would buy for my own girls.”

Dressy with a Twist

The launch collection is filled with a mix of novel, on-trend knits and woven fabrics, with embellishments such as laser-cut patterns, neoprene netting with satin ribbon soutache, sequin stripes with fringe, chunky, elaborate detailed floral embroideries with metallics, polka dot knit jacquard, high quality brocades, holiday laces and original prints. Silhouettes are traditional dressy and fun casual, with a new twist. Very nice!

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Baby Girl Couture


Trendy, unique, sophisticated clothing and accessories for little girls!

Baby Girl Couture is a girls’ clothing boutique that recently opened in Lithonia, Georgia’s Stonecrest Mall. The shop offers stylish dresses, blazers, pants, tops, shoes and one-of-a-kind looks for little girls ages five to 12 years old; popular designer brands and lovely accessories to complete their looks.

She Shines Wherever She Goes

Baby Couture looks feature charming fabrics in vibrant hues and soft pastels that are sure to produce glowing smiles and compliments that little girls -and their Moms- love to hear. The boutique’s motto, She Shines Wherever She Goes, defines the belief that an outfit can change everything, and girls who feel well-put together and stylish exhibit strong confidence and are ready to take on the world with pride. You go, girls!

Richelle White tells me the staff at Baby Girl takes pride in providing stylish clothes and accessories that help children express their own individuality. You’ll find adorable outfits crafted from the highest quality materials, designed to please and highlight your little princess and her beautiful features.

Custom Curated Couture

All Baby Girl Couture designer clothes and outfits are hand-picked after a careful selection process. “We have searched through many brands to find pieces that truly reflect the essence of childhood and combine lasting quality with styles your little trend-setter will love to wear,” they say. “We treat our customers as family and believe in friendly, reliable service!”

Visit Baby Girl Couture at Stonecrest Mall and online at https://www.bgboutiques.com/.

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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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Top 40 Kids Fashion Blogs


Children’s Retail Today is on the list! 

Happy New Year to me! Anuj Agarwal, founder of Feedspot, just let me know that Children’s Retail Today has been selected by the company’s panelists as one of the Top 40 Kids Fashion Blogs on the web.

“I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world,” Anuj says. “This is the most comprehensive list of top kids fashion blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!”

Best Kids Fashion Blogs List

The list features the best kids fashion blogs from the thousands in Feedspot’s index using search and social metrics. Anuj and his team plan to refresh this data once a week.

The Top 40 are ranked based on following criteria:

  • Google reputation and Google search ranking
  • Influence and popularity on Facebook, twitter and other social media sites
  • Quality and consistency of posts
  • Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review

So, this explains the nifty award on CRT’s home page! Thanks so much, Feedspot.

CRT Stats Update

Here’s an update on CRT’s stats you see on Feedspot’s Top 40 list. CRT typically publishes once a week, on Wednesdays. According to WordPress, CRT has more than 800 followers; an average of 115 people view the site on a daily basis. Get social with CRT on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. For a handy list of children’s fashion trade shows, click here. If you’re wondering what childrenswear folks think of CRT, read our testimonials.

What is Feedspot?

The Feedspot Blog Reader is a fast, easy and simple way to keep up with all your favorite blogs and websites in one place. Through Feedspot’s apps and website, you can also discover new blogs and website, too – Feedspot reviews a plethora of blog types, picks the best and lists them for you on their blog. I know I’m going to check out a few of the other Top 40. Pretty cool, huh?

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Shēdo Lane


Welcome to the SwimZip Family!

The SwimZip family of products has been working to develop a sun protective apparel line that focuses equally on sun protection, comfort and fashion. So, they couldn’t be more excited about introducing Shēdo Lane.

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Shēdo Lane is a luxury sun protection apparel brand that captures the perfect blend of form and fashion. The sun protective clothing utilizes the highest rated, UPF 50+, UV sun protective fabric in complimenting styles. Whether it is a morning walk on the beach, a playdate at a favorite playground, an afternoon cup of tea on the patio or drinks with friends around the pool, Shēdo Lane keeps you covered from the sun’s rays – so you and your family can indulge in the sun and get on with living your dreams!

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UV Fashion All Year Round

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the world. One bad sunburn can have life-long effects, so keeping your kids sun safe at a young age is so important.

For family-run Shēdo Lane, skin cancer is a big concern for the company due to personal experience. Shēdo Lane is designed, tested, worn and embraced by them; they are dedicated to producing the best quality sun protection clothing possible – the kind of stylish sun protective apparel we all want protecting our children, family and friends.

Shēdo Lane also believes in giving back, donating 5% of net profits to non-profit skin cancer fighting organizations. “We know firsthand the ubiquitousness and danger of skin cancer and are working to protect people from it and help cure this terrible disease,” they say.

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As Seen on ABC’s Shark Tank

SwimZip makes UPF 50+ Sun Protective Clothing like baby, women’s and men’s rash guard swimwear and cover-ups; long sleeve sun suits and sun hats; men’s, women’s, toddler’s and baby’s sun protection swim shirts, swimsuits and zip rashguards; and SwimZip Round and Circle Towels.