Samantha Conner Designs


021413_SamanthaConnerDesigns_photoFrom Stay-at-Home Mom to Work-from-Home Mompreneur, this spunky Texas-based designer is making it in the USA.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Samantha Conner has always had a passion for creating beautiful things. So after her first child was born prematurely and she needed to stay home, her passion took an unexpected turn.

Six years after selling her first hair bow at local craft fair -a hobby she started during her children’s nap time that blossomed into a successful home business- she’s taking her love of fun fabric combinations and bright style to the next level, and launching her own girls clothing line.

021413_SamanthaConnerDesigns_02Made in the USA. Beautiful clothing and hair accessories for girls size 2T-6, Samantha Conner Designs (SCD) is a fresh take on girl’s fashion, featuring bold pattern, rich colors and lots of playful details. Created with what Samantha describes as “the busy girl” in mind, her first collections embody the idea that style and comfort go hand-in-hand. Her two daughters inspire her designs -and now, she’s noticed even they have an eye for fabric, and are learning to sew!

021413_SamanthaConnerDesigns_03Manufactured locally in Garland, TX, SCD recently launched wholesale at the Dallas Market Center and is available in children’s boutiques all over the US and online. She continues to maintain a custom handmade shop at Etsy.com. Future plans for SMD include growing the business through online sales and local trunk shows.

If I can do it, then anyone can. I feel lucky that I have had the opportunity to pursue my passion. I hope that I can help others do the same by sharing my story.

Crafty Texas Girls. Want to know more about how you can live an inspired, creative life? Follow Samantha’s blog, Crafty Texas Girls, where she documents her journey of balancing motherhood, creativity and running a small business, following her dreams and turning a hobby into a thriving business.

  • 021413_SamanthaConnerDesigns_04Children’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! SCD Photography by Erin Morman of Splendor Photography and Kristis Mills Photography.

Bobinette – It’s All About Boys


A little cosmopolitan style -with a French touch- especially for boys.

 


Lorraine Le Tac has been around the world. From Paris to Portland, with Vegas in between (yes, Vegas!) she has soaked up the eclectic vibes of urban destinations, letting them inspire her to design fresh and versatile fashion for boys.

In fact, Bobinette is all about boys –and their clothes- shirts, tees, shorts, pants, jackets and accessories from 6m to size 10.

Made in the USA. Mom to her own two boys Spencer and Matisse, Lorraine has settled in Brooklyn, where Bobinette is based. All Bobinette garments are Made in the USA, and Lorraine’s girls line, Ses Petite Mains, is made in San Francisco.

Bring style and color to all the little boys around the globe!

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World’s Finest Fashion Aprons – for Mother’s Day


I love the aprons of D-Lux 57 – and you know beautiful aprons are all the rage.

This cheeky, cheery company offers a variety of apron styles in gorgeous cotton prints that are Made in the USA, designed for “the modern day June Clever.” Founder/designer Cynthia Berman caters to everyone – women, tween cooks, like cooks (4-6x) –even Mother/Daughter cooks- with several collections of “kitchen-wear,” beautifully made from incredible textiles.

Just because you wear a D-Lux 57 apron, doesn’t mean you’re a good cook. It doesn’t mean you have to cook. It does mean that you look good when you tie one on!

Recently launched is the new Designer Series Aprons, featuring designer Paula Prass among others. “I chose the very talented Paula Prass and her new Botanika Collection to be our first featured designer,” Cynthia says. “I wanted to welcome her recent move to southern California where D-Lux 57 aprons are lovingly stitched in the sunny state of swaying palm trees and sandy beaches. Paula is an artist with a flair for bold interior design statements while her unique style is a well balanced mix of clever simplicity and detailed beauty.”

D-Lux 57 also offers the Original Keepsake Collection Aprons, vintage styled aprons that are fully lined and packaged in a matching keepsake envelope.

Cynthia moved to Los Angeles, CA USA from Canada in the 1980’s to begin a lifelong dream of making her mark in the apparel industry. The inspiration for D-Lux 57 came one night while she and her daughter were cooking together (Cynthia loves to cook). Memories came flooding back when Cynthia spotted her daughter wearing an apron bought many years earlier at Harrods in London, England – vivid moments of baking bread with her aunt and the colorful quilts so artfully created by her grandmother. That’s when she decided to create this line of aprons designed to touch the lives of people in a nostalgic way. “Hopefully they can become ‘comfort food’ for you, too,” she says.

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Poofy Pansy Pie Tutus


Introducing The World’s Poofiest Tutus for babies & toddlers.

Celebrity parents like Sarah Michelle Gellar –and her daughter- are loving Pansy Pie tutus …

Our latest Easter collection brings on the bunny like never before. Give your special little one a holiday they will never forget, and photos that you will cherish over and over again.

Danielle Carr is the designer behind Pansy Pie, a St. Louis, MO-based company where she creates not only The World’s Poofiest Tutus, but tutu outfits, custom orders, leg warmers, and tutu tutorials to make your own boutique-quality fashions. “My tutus and tutu outfits are designed and created with lots of love,” she says. “I use only the highest quality products in my creations and strive to make the best product for customers.”

Handmade in the USA. Pansy Pie tutus are hand-tied in a special way which makes them fantastically full. They’re made from high quality tulle sourced in the United States, too.

Danielle and her company also like to find really unique and fun ways to celebrate any special event, whether it’s a holiday like Easter, or a birthday. Read on for some of them:

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little society


“Teach your kids to be fashion-conscious and eco-conscious.”

-Taira Soo

Taira Soo is founder and designer of little society, a clothing brand committed to encouraging young children to care for the world where they live. Designed for kids ages two thru eight, the clothes are comfy and imaginative with environmental messages that do just that, featuring the world’s most endangered species.

“Wearing these clothes may not seem like a big deal,” Taira says, “but in the world of our littlest humans, it’s a small step toward big change.” Not only are the message graphics fun and inspiring, but the materials and techniques used in producing the garments are earth friendly.

little society is responsibly Made in the USA, too. The company is donating a portion of proceeds to help protect species, habitat and humanity.

-Janet Muniz

 

lollacup


Easy to use & clean, safe and Made in the USA!

Mom Hanna Lim was surprised to see her daughter drinking from a straw at nine months old.  Her pediatrician suggested weaning her to a straw instead of a sippy, so she immediately purchased several toddler straw cups, but realized that her daughter could not get a sip out of any of them.  “After talking with other mothers, I learned that some of their children find it so difficult to sip from toddler straw cups that they are turned off from using straws altogether,” Hanna says. “That’s when lollacup was born.”

The entire experience inspires Hanna to develop the lollacup, a stylish and functional, BPA- and phthalate-free drinking cup with an innovative patent-pending design. A flexible, valve-free straw with a weighted end allows children to drink effortlessly from it, even when reclined at an angle.

And all parts are manufactured, assembled and packaged in the USA, in an ISO 9001 certified facility that carries an FDA Device Manufacturing License from the California Department of Health Services. CPSIA compliant, too!

-Janet Muniz

Belly Button Power!


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PeekABelly_004I have a soft spot for belly buttons (no pun intended).

Something about them makes me want to reach out and tickle – right there!  I try this on my sweet husband … but he really doesn’t like anyone else tickling his belly button – something about when he was a kid, he tells me.

Perhaps he’d feel differently about belly button power if Peek-a-Belly was around when he was a kid.

Peek-a-Belly is a new baby gift line just launched by founder  Sue Zeiler. It’s a one-piece baby garment that opens at the baby’s middle, providing 24/7 belly-kissing-and-tickling-access. She also tells us that Peek-a-Belly is the first of its kind.

PeekABelly_002The patent pending design has two overlapping panels on the front side that can be pulled wide open for full-on, scrumptious belly access. The opening is secured by Velcro, adorned with a colorful, designer fabric patch. 

Peek-a-Bellies – the irresistible plural  – are Made in the USA, delivered gift-ready in an organza bag and currently available for purchase online.PeekABelly_001

Many Chicago area moms may recognize Sue as the founder of a popular local online resource, ChicagoKids.com, launched in 2001. “Peek-a-Belly combines the great functionality of a baby one-piece with the perk of all-day belly access,” Sue says. “It really is a unique gift for moms, as it’s not just another cute baby outfit – it’s the gift of belly access!”

Any chance there’s a size to fit my husband?

-Janet Muniz

Made in Los Angeles


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Americans sure are proud to see the Made in the USA label on anything crafted right here at home.

PaigeLaurenBaby_001On the left coast – as I so affectionately refer to it – designer Paige Lauren takes this one step further by creating, designing and manufacturing her line, PAIGELAUREN baby, solely in one city – Los Angeles, CA – to  “represent the Los Angeles native lifestyle.”

PAIGELAUREN baby’s Spring/Summer 2009 layette collection includes caps, blankets, kimono gowns, rompers, crawlers, sleeveless body suits, collared body suits, t-shirts, shorts, pants and bloomers, all in a breezy beach palette. The new colors, relaxed in super fine jersey, are truly “Angelino,”  inspired by the California lifestyle of casual luxury. “These clothes are summer,” Paige says, “the palm trees, endless coastline, sailing at sunset, playing at the beach club with your family and that amazing feeling that a summer evening could last a lifetime.”

Paige tells writer Eitan Kadosh that her collection of rich, classic and elegant clothes is born out of frustration. “I would walk into baby boutiques and everything in the stores was over-designed,” she says. “I knew plenty of moms who wanted the best for their babies and who appreciated clothes that would never go out of style.”

Designer Paige Lauren by Charley Challay

Designer Paige Lauren by Charley Challay

A  Southern California girl educated at New York’s Parsons School of Design, Paige says, “I think that clothing should be timeless and beautifully constructed. If something isn’t well-made than it isn’t worth getting at all.” And she works tirelessly so her line can reflect these sensibilities.  “If I have an idea for something, I just throw every resource I have into it, even if that means doing everything myself to get the results I want.”

The company describes the brand as the luxury of simplicity: useful, usable, beautiful, sustainable – committed  to purity of form over gimmicks.

Just like playing on the beach in the summer sun.

Check out our August issue for more on companies loyal to the Made in the USA label.

-Janet Muniz