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THE KLEIN GROUP Celebrates 30 years

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A Triumphant Milestone Dear Readers, Being in the apparel business for well over 20 years I have seen multiple great companies come and go. I’ve helped many build their businesses throughout my career. Every now and then I come across a company that is so special and unique that it truly stands the test of time. This is such the case with the Dallas based rep firm The Marilyn Klein Group. For those of you who know her, Marilyn is a staple in the market and a great friend. It’s a pleasure and an honor for me to help Marilyn Klein celebrate 30 years of success inside the page of It’s A Kidsworld. Also in this issue we bring you firsthand the top fashions found on the European runways and more. And make sure you check out our new feature“Kids Kloset” where we literally invade a teen’s closet to see what kids are really wearing... all from a kid’s point of view.

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Here’s to a great season and happy shopping! Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/kidsworldmagazine Follow us on Instagram www.instagram.com/its_a_kidsworld

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On the cover Jacket, Skort & Blouse by Butterflies & Zebras Designer: Shari Horowitz Wardrobe, Styling and Grooming: Dana Curtin Photographer: Nathan Blaney Photography www.blaneyphoto.com

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Long Time Houston Business Celebrates 61 years in the Apparel Industry

Paty, Inc. announces the exciting celebration of their 61st Year Anniversary. The company has been in business designing and producing handmade baby gowns and infant apparel for many decades. Its’ rich history began in Lima, Peru in 1955 when two sisters began crafting their one of a kind infant garments in a small garage. The small business that started in Peru evolved into the celebrated Paty, Inc. brand that is a leader in Americanmade high-quality infant apparel. They specialize in infant layette gowns, rompers, and newborn sets and are also well known for their Signature Paty Knit fabric which is still manufactured in Houston. Though Paty is still true to its American-made roots, they’ve expanded their product line to include a Peruvian sourced Pima Cotton collection. The Pima Collection, which is a tribute to the company’s Peruvian legacy, features super soft Pima Cotton, hand embroidered designs, and new fabric prints. They’ve also launched a toddler collection last Fall that met a demand that stores have been asking for. Paty is available in their showroom at the Dallas Market Center and has market representation in Atlanta and Florida. For more information please visit www.patyinc.com

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It’s a Kidsworld hits New York Fashion Week & the Bound by the Crown fashion show.

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Color Trend Report

| By Nicole Yee + Ania Witkowski, Trend Editors, Fashion Snoops

Spring/Summer 2017

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Oasis The new hippie or

boho is explored in Oasis as our young artist retreats to the American Southwest. Updated Aztecs, Spanish tile and adobe walls inspire prints and patterns while the desert sky conjures the palette resplendent in burnt bronze to cacti yellow greens. Neutral sandstone, olive and deep blue are key and reflect the deep contrast between desert days and nights. Spring knits are key in calming head-to-toe neutrals.

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A confectionery explosion of color, prints and details, Sugar Rush takes us on a whimsical tour of a candy factory. Bold candy hues include deep red, citrus orange, lime green and berry purple. Re-imagined patterns like stripes and dots transform into sprinkles, melting drips and gooey drops. Eclectic pattern mixing and color clashing collide with imaginative details with a touch of surrealism. Tactile and playful materials include foam, plastic and textured knits on active looks in bright hues updated with fresh graphics.

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The new lens of luxury and ultimate comfort is explored in this soul surfer story. Neutrals are paired with oceanic blues and greens for a calming, tranquil effect. and understated—like the eye of the storm—Tidal pulls from the raw luxury of a beach house on the NorCal coast. Cocooned in a gender neutral practicality, the loungewear inspired items are the ultimate day-tonight duality—perfect for après surf. Over-dyed linens, super soft jersey and silky chambray are finessed into clean silhouettes with minimal details.

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Color Trend Report

| By Nicole Yee + Ania Witkowski, Trend Editors, Fashion Snoops

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Desert Trail

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On sabbatical from the chaotic day-to-day grind, he chooses a look that is carefree, unconventional and comfortable. His cozy surroundings of terracotta pottery, perfectly potted succulents and richly woven tapestries is a stark contrast to the desert’s blazing sun, expansive stretch of sand and dusty, long-winding roads. Updated Aztecs, Spanish tile and adobe walls inspire prints and patterns while the desert sky conjures the palette resplendent in burnt bronze to cacti yellow greens.

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The adrenaline, intensity and thrill of the race track is explored in Off Road as our rebel racer explores the adventurous combination of sporty and rocker. A highly graphic story, bold prints and patterns explore the anatomy of a race car, wayfinding, numbers and time lapse effects. Active items with a rocker element are key as graphic and bold elements pop on simple tanks and tees. Active materials like mesh merge with denim and design elements are pulled from sport uniforms.

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The new lens of luxury and ultimate comfort is explored in this soul surfer story. Quiet and understated—like the eye of the storm—Tidal pulls from the raw luxury of a beach house on the NorCal coast. Cocooned in a gender neutral practicality, the loungewear inspired items are the ultimate day-tonight duality—perfect for après surf. Over-dyed linens, super soft jersey and silky chambray are finessed into clean silhouettes with minimal details. Neutrals are paired with oceanic blues and greens for a calming, tranquil effect.

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Color Trend Report

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A Team

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It is the next generation of super heroes who know their super power is being who they are. Bold primary colors like red, yellow and blue underscore the bold graphic design. Inspired by retro action movies and comic books, the look is activewear driven with a trans-seasonal appeal. Donning active clothes, the Super girl sports primary colors and clean graphic. Cut-outs, mesh panels and functional tech-y details appear on rompers, tees, joggers and sweatshirts. Graphics empower with bold messages.

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A palette of oceanic blues and greens meets the mystical and regal purples of underwear water maidens in a new exploration of mermaids, sea horses, sand castles and shells in a fantasy world. Oceanic blues emerge in shimmering materials with dreamy glitter, shimmering sequins and holographic metallics creating otherworldly effects. A mix of both casual and special occasion items, the apparel mimics the hidden creatures in this fantasy world—sequins replicate mermaid fins, metallics mirror the ocean and embroidery spins its way into sea life.

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Sugar Rush takes us on a whimsical tour of a candy factory with a confectionery explosion of color from lime green to deep candy apple red. Re-imagined patterns like stripes and dots transform into sprinkles, melting drips and gooey drops. Eclectic pattern mixing and color clashing collide with imaginative details with a touch of surrealism. Tactile and playful materials include foam, plastic and textured knits on active looks in bright hues updated with fresh graphics.

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Color Trend Report

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A balmy breeze and the scent of the ocean set the scene for a summer’s night trip to a Venice beach boardwalk amusement park. Creaky rides, cracking signs and peeling posters inspire patterns and graphics. A mix of skater and surf looks call to the SoCal location while classic carnival motifs update the slightly grungy, psychedelic surf aesthetic. Like a rollercoaster, expect the unexpected as Funhouse uses pattern mixing, playful details and illusion inducing graphics to create a look for the mischievous thrill seeker.

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Color Trend Report

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The relaxed rhythm of Cuba merges with reserved yet kitschy ‘50s and ‘60s motifs in an unexpected immersion of old and new worlds. Kitschy prints pop on tailored silhouettes while preppy details update Island-inspired garb. Pastel touches add a vintage update to a rich, Cuban-inspired color palette. Palm, mosaic tile, flamingo, parrot prints and more create a jaunty splash of whimsy while Peter Pan collar blouses, matched sets and prim sundresses call back to long ago Havana nights.

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A palette of oceanic blues and greens meets the mystical and regal purples of underwear water maidens. Magical effects emerge in shimmering materials with dreamy glitter, shimmering sequins and holographic metallics creating otherworldly effects. A mix of both casual and special occasion items, the apparel mimics the hidden creatures in this fantasy world—sequins replicate mermaid fins, metallics mirror the ocean and embroidery spins its way into sea life. Message tees explore uncharted adventures and are paired with metallic pleated skirts, sequin dresses and glitter leggings.

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Super Squad

It is the next generation of super heroes who know their super power is being who they are. Inspired by retro action movies and comic books, the look is activewear driven with a trans-seasonal appeal. Donning active clothes, the Super girl sports primary colors and clean graphic. Cut-outs, mesh panels and functional tech-y details appear on rompers, tees, joggers and sweatshirts. Graphics empower with bold messages.

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Color Trend Report

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> Tween Boys 13-0650 18-0220

El Havanito

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The relaxed rhythm of Cuba merges with reserved yet kitschy ‘50s and ‘60s motifs in an unexpected immersion of old and new worlds. As traditional Kitschy prints pop on tailored silhouettes while preppy details update Island-inspired garb. Pastel touches add a vintage update to a rich, Cubaninspired color palette. Palm, mosaic tile, flamingo, parrot prints and more create a jaunty splash of whimsy. Dapper details include suspenders, color blocking and crisp collars.

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The Sun Seeker’s cozy surroundings of terracotta pottery, perfectly potted succulents and richly woven tapestries is a stark contrast to the desert’s blazing sun, expansive stretch of sand and dusty, long-winding roads. Updated Aztecs, Spanish tile and adobe walls inspire prints and patterns while the desert sky conjures the palette resplendent in burnt bronze to cacti yellow greens.

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The new lens of luxury and ultimate comfort is explored in this soul surfer story. Quiet and understated—like the eye of the storm—Tidal pulls from the raw luxury of a beach house on the NorCal coast. Cocooned in a gender neutral practicality, the loungewear inspired items are the ultimate day-tonight duality—perfect for après surf. Over-dyed linens, super soft jersey and silky chambray are finessed into clean silhouettes with minimal details. Neutrals are paired with oceanic blues and greens for a calming, tranquil effect.

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Company Profile

The Klein Group —By Janet A. Jacobs

It’s a Kidsworld chats with Marilyn Klein, owner of The Klein Group, about her colorful career as a longtime professional in the children’s wear business. The Klein

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peaking to Marilyn Klein by phone, one is immediately struck by her captivating warmth, charm, energy and enthusiasm for an industry she’s been part of for forty years. Although The Klein Group company was started“only” thirty-three years ago, Marilyn’s prior career history began ten years earlier, during the unique era of the 1970’s.“My first career was television and communications,” said Marilyn.” However, early on, I bought some children’s wear samples from a salesman and began to sell them out of my house in Houston. When one day a kid got bubble gum in my carpet, my partner and I quickly decided to open a store instead!” The rented store building they selected had formerly been a psychedelic-era “Head Shop”, and was badly in need of a make-over. The owner said, “If you clean it up you can have free rent for six months.”A welcome break indeed for a brand new business! One day a hippie-type couple walked into the store and began looking around. Although they didn’t look like the usual children’s wear customer, Marilyn and her staff gave them attentive and gracious service. A couple of weeks later two women came into the store: Ann Light and Sue Goldstein, authors of a wildly popular book of the time called “The Underground Shopper”. The prior“hippy”customers had actually been scouts looking for potential stores to be included in the next edition of the book.“Ann and Sue took our clothes and featured them on TV. Because of this break, we soon had so much business we had to open three stores! We ended up buying close-outs and expanded to ten traditional retail stores all over Texas.” Business boomed well into the 1980’s when the Texas economy took a turn for the worse. After being forced to close several stores, Marilyn took the advice of Irwin Chaiken, a colleague and friend who suggested she become a children’s wear sales representative. For Marilyn’s new career, Irwin

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“Love love love American Jewel and gummy bags. Hugely successful for us!!!!” M. Kaufman, Owner, Popular

“Gummy bags are a very fun very popular line that always sell great!!” J. Lincoln, Buyer, Learning Express “Gummy bags and brushes are blowing out. They have successfully grown our accesory business over 30%.” L. Border, Buyer, Blue Ginger

“Rush me more ASAP we sold out in the first week.” S. Gallaher, Owner, Chloe’s Boutique

“Marilyn wer’re so happy to know you and feel privileged to work with you. You’re our best rep group and we love working with you. Cant wait to celebrate our next 10 year anniversary with you and the Klein Group!” Saul & Sherie Judah, American Jewel

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tried to change her individualistic, funky style of dressing by advising her to wear attire he thought more appropriate for a professional sales rep: a conservative business suit with shoulder pads and a foulard tie. When Marilyn walked into her first appointment dressed this way, the buyer, who she had known for years, said, “Why are you dressed like that? It’s not Halloween!” Doing things in her own inimitable style Marilyn began to build her new business, which has evolved steadily ever since. Since she’s had so much hands-on experience as a specialty store owner, this type of privately owned store has always been her first love. “I’ve sat on the other side of the table”, said Marilyn. “Specialty stores know what they can buy. At The Klein Group, we want to sell stores what they need, not what we think they need. My background in specialty stores

“As a brand, we focus on inspiring our customers to express their creativity, individuality and confidence. Based on our mission, Marilyn is clearly the right partner for us! Marilyn’s unique style and fortitude make her a leader in the industry. We are honored to be working with someone who understands the importance of strong, honest relationships and who is not afraid to stand out!” —Sharon Blumberg, Founder of Chooze 32 | It’s a Kidsworld


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has been really helpful to me in picking out the lines that we choose to rep.” Marilyn credits the loyalty and talent of The Klein Group staff with playing a big role in the company’s success. “I’ve been blessed with having a great team,” she says. “The staff has been with me from between four to twenty years. Every team member has a purpose and they’re all great at what they do. They add so much to the business! They know that we want every customer to feel like our showroom is their home.” Another special advantage of The Klein Group is the ultra- creative window displays of the company’s showrooms in both Dallas and Atlanta. Currently the windows have a “Beauty Shop” theme, which has drawn lots of favorable attention. “I believe that windows show who you are, and what you represent.” Not surprisingly, The

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Klein Group’s clever displays have won several window dressing competitions. The companies Marilyn represents include a variety of lines from babies to tween sizes. “We have had lines like Hannah Banana, Truly Me and Baby Sara, Lipstik, Cach Cach, Elisa B, Imoga and Mae Li Rose that have been with us for years and have helped make our showroom a success.”“We do Miss Me jeans and Silver jeans. Vintage Havana has been a great tween line for us. P.P.L.A. [People’s Project Los Angeles] was a contemporary women’s line that had shared the same contemporary adult showroom as Miss Me. We told the owner that they needed to do a tween line for us, and they did. It’s been a phenomenal success! For tweens, it’s all about comfort clothes—item tops, leggings.” Accessories are another huge category for The Klein Group. Marilyn said, “Bari Lynn is amazing. They started out small, and expanded from one little barrette to becoming a huge part of our showroom. It’s a very “on trend” line,

“Working with the Klein group has been everything for us. Marilyn deeply understood this brand from the get-go and it has been more than a rep/line relationship—it’s been a strategic partnership with someone who from very first meeting has felt like a very dear old friend.” —Meredith Madsen, CEO/Owner of GliterNation 34 | It’s a Kidsworld


using luxurious materials such as crystals and fur. All of our customers can’t get enough of them.” American Jewel is another great accessory line, specializing in brightly colored jewelry, handbags, and back packs made of silicon. Little Miss Twin Star offers unique enamel jewelry, while I-Scream makes fun items, pillows and tote bags. “We even sell sunscreen for kids. It’s a lotion with glitter in it. When the glitter runs out, it’s time to put on more sun screen.”Baby shoes called First Steps make little fringed moccasins, and a leather shoe that can come plain or with a printed“scripture”prayer on the bottom of the sole. A company called Chooze designs purposely mismatched shoes with different prints featured on each shoe. From baby clothes to accessories, to the trendiest styles for tweens, Marilyn always tries to think“out of the box”.“I always say, if you keep doing the same things, you’ll get the same results,”she remarked. As for new enterprises, Marilyn and partners are currently promoting a separate company called Fluttersales. Launched last December, Fluttersales offers off-price goods to retailers, not consumers. “We’re doing this for the stores”Marilyn explains. “It’s not meant to compete with regular priced goods, it’s made to enhance. We’re trying to help our Mom and Pop stores compete and make bigger margins.”Whatever aspect of the business Marilyn

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Company Profile is involved in, she firmly believes, “In business, the only thing you have is your good name. You always want to remember that. We try to make our showrooms comfortable, happy places to shop. Our manufacturers are our partners—we’re just the middle people. We want both our manufacturers and our retailers to be successful.” It’s a Kidsworld joins Marilyn’s wideranging network of colleagues to wish her great continued success in all of her enterprises.

American Jewel

“I am personally touched by Marilyn’s humility and gratitude. Through my interactions with her, she always expresses thankfulness and kindness which I believe laid the foundation for her continued success. Mae Li Rose is truly appreciative for finding a family with the Klein Group.” —Carrie Chien, founder of Mae Li Rose Clothing

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Trend report An exclusive report highlighting the best European kid’s collections seen at: Pitti Bimbo, Florence; Kleine Fabriek, Amsterdam; Playtime, Paris; Kid, Paris; Who’s Next, Paris; FIMI, Madrid. — Text and photography by Janet A. Jacobs

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Starstruck Out of this world with galactic glamour. U  niversally the biggest trend of the season! Planets, stars and space-ship motifs bring a cosmic dimension to kids’ wear. B  right fleece appliqués from Kenzo predict that UFO’s are coming back. C  onstellation couture: sparkling decoration on midnight blue dress by Mimisol. S pacey tops feature black and white photo art of rockets, and a single shooting star.

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Quis Quis

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 starry sky illuminates A the night sky of Amsterdam, seen on a beautiful border print dress by Jottum. The matching midnight cardigan sweater is trimmed with silver and covered with starry specks. Boots decorated with embroidered stars and astrological prints are anything but earthbound. Knot’s seasonal collection is called “Tomorrow Land”. Their twinkling star print lights up a sweet dress with ruffled collar.


Fall/

Winter 2016/17

Charabia

Glimmer Glass

Trussardi Junior

Surround yourself with the sparkle of sunlight on ice.. G  littering surfaces give fabrics a luxurious shine. Kenzo’s glistening animal print jacket is completely covered in tiny sequins. A  rose patterned top reflects the light when covered with sequins. Skillful draping and pleating add to the refined elegance. C  harabia’s simply chic dress is a stand-out in jewel-like midnight blue fabric. A  rich mosaic of glimmering brocade is pieced with velvet top and sequined waistband.

Kenzo

Quis Quis

Boboli

Crazy Quilt No mismatching here, anything goes! Unexpected mixes of patterns and colors are kid-friendly fun.

Tuc Tuc Catimini

Sonia Rykiel

 uirky outfits at Sonia Rykiel Q pair plaid wool with sweater stripes and two different colored sleeves. Catimini’s crazy quilt designs have child-like charm, decorated with multi-colored trim and patched pockets. The outfit is completed with “Mary Jane” shoe tights. Denim overalls and a multistriped sweater mix up bright colors, cute appliqué and decorative buttons. Tuc Tuc’s whimsical sweater combines bright triangular shapes, two colored sleeves and hand-stitched pockets.

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Trend report

It’s Their Nature

Ermanno Scervino

Eco themes are ever green. S age sweater paired with checked shirt and hounds tooth trousers travel from classroom to wilderness. Sage, khaki and gray makes a soothing color mix for boys. Wolves are a popular animal theme this season, as rendered stencil-like on emerald green. These fashionable styles will blend right into the forest: Ermanno Scervino’s shiny quilted camouflage jacket and a leaf patterned green fleece top by Cars Jeans.

Tumble ‘n Dry

Cars Jeans

Foque

AO76

NoNo

Le Chat Mechant

Wild

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 s kids’ nature to love It’ animals. The popularity of graphics featuring all type of wildlife grows stronger each season. Le Chat Mechant’s stunning orange cat looks striking on a simple black quilted dress, printed sleeve to sleeve. Wolf alert! AO76 depict a smiling critter made of colorful sequins. Dutch company Wild celebrates the first baby panda in a Dutch zoo. This adorable guy is sure to delight visitors from near and far. New animals emerge on the fashion scene, like this hedgehog appliqué made with dimensional fur.


Fall/Winter 2016/17 Lapin

Soft Focus

Monnalisa

Spun sugar shades sweeten delicate colors and nostalgic prints. S oft paint strokes of blurred colors complement the fuzzy wool texture of pleated dress by Val Max. R  ealistic roses printed on gray heather fleece have a faded, antiqued look. The sheer ruffled flounce adds an updated touch. C  ream boucle jacket with light blue fur collar makes a plush cover-up at Monnalisa. P az Roriguez colored their collection in the palest shades of cotton candy pink and light gray. Smocking details and little bird print are sweetly nostalgic.

Paz Roriguez

Val Max

Sonia Rykiel

Polarized Arctic themes and friends create cozy winter wear.

Tootsa

Boboli

Nice Things Mini

Intarsia sweaters incorporate cold climate motifs: a striped scarf at Sonia Rykiel and handsome Polar bears from Nice Things Mini and The Bonnie Mob. Heather blue and ice blue yarns have the look of snowy skies. Tootsa dedicated this season’s collection to the “Northern Lights” of Scandinavia. A washable cashmere/wool blend sweater highlights stargazing Polar bears. Boboli’s collage of Arctic themes makes an informative graphic explaining the unique characteristics of the Emperor penguin.

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Trend report

Funkadelic

Funky XS

Free spirited fashion from a far-out era.  ninhibited color U combinations and crafty hand-done techniques give clothes a creative, do-ityourself vibe. Kidz Art goes for fuchsia and orange zig-zagging trim on olive green sweater dress with lame leggings. A cardigan sweater from Oilily shows a riotous mélange of multi-colored ombré yarn. J ‘n Joy brings back authentic tie dye looks in indigo shades, decorated with silver sequins. A fleece top with quilted sleeves is covered with vintage poster art from rock music concerts. Fabulously Funkadelic!

Oilily

Joy n Joy

Kidz Art

Fun & Fun

Geo Gems Faceted shapes inspire priceless designs.

Fun & Fun

Trussardi

Senorita Lemoniez

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 Senorita Lemoñiez presents a dazzling Art Deco geo print dress in radiant gem shades. The dresses’ unique styling creates even more optical interest. Kinetic black and white Op Art patterns join with bold buffalo checks on a fun top by Fun & Fun. Geo Gems inspire sweater knit patterns for boys, colored in: navy, electric blue and charcoal gray; or gray, charcoal, white and mustard. Layering sweaters over a button down shirt contrasts classic styling and directional designs.


Fall/Winter 2016/17

Let’s Have Fun! Free-time for snacks and lots of smiles.

Tootsa

Who’s Next show

Molo

F ood motifs are hard to resist. Molo featured playful print of popcorn on black ground, while a plastic “popcorn” handbag was popular at the Who’s Next show in Paris. M  ovie tickets & popcorn make a perfect match, seen on orange fleece top with quilted sleeves and herringbone hood. T  ootsa serves a smiling glazed donut on a pink sweater, with sprinkles added as part of the sweater’s knit pattern. Too sweet to resist!

Funky XS

Agatha Ruiz de la Prada

Kidscase

S miles are always in style. Fun & Fun’s festive stars-and-striped sweater is smiling from sleeve to sleeve. A sweater dress from the trendy Billieblush line features smiling face, polka dots and matching pink patent shoes. Colorful emojis make a happy pattern on printed “sweater knit” background. The merging of technical skills with hand crafted arts is an important global trend. Fashion designer and new father Antoine Peters designed a special capsule collection for Kidscase this season. The inspiration for the collection was the smile of his adorable baby son.

Billieblush Fun & Fun

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Style Watch

EURO WATCH SPRING/SUMMER 2016 —Text and photography by Janet A. Jacobs

I

t was a pleasure to kick off the Fall/Winter kids fashion season at Kleine Fabriek, Amsterdam. This show represented a wonderful selection of companies ranging from superb, classically Dutch lines such as Jottum and Oilily , to casual contemporary Dutch sportswear from Cars Jeans, Indian Blue Jeans and Petrol, to sophisticated sweater knitwear from Kidscase and more. Dutch designers are well known for adventurous color combinations and this season was no exception. Lebig intensified their already vibrant color palette with shiny fabrics and dazzling gold pieces, while Tumble ‘n Dry and many others featured shades of green for boys and girls. Kleine Fabriek has steadily increased its selection of international companies each season, now including many important labels from France, Italy, Belgium, Denmark and Spain. Belgium’s J‘n Joy made a welcome return to the show, recreating their world-famous brand of sun-drenched sportswear for every season, while Denmark’s Molo offered a huge line of clever printed styles, including a popcorn print and a vendor serving real popcorn from a cart! The trend seminars offered at Kleine Fabriek were a great tool to get an early view of the season’s new direction. Excellent presenters JUNIOR GAULTIER offered thoughtful and original observations, with some unifying 46 | It’s a Kidsworld

MIM PI

LAURA BIAGIOTTI

MIMISOL

ERMANNO SCERVINO

JUNIOR GAULTIER


thoughts emerging: as the world grows ever more technological, there’s a greater desire for handmade things, do-it-yourself crafts and “digital craft” which merges the two worlds. The motifs of Oilily’s collection depicted hand knitting, sewing and painting, featuring a beautiful print inspired by a child’s finger painting. Nature influenced color palettes and graphic themes were stronger than ever, seen across the board in all age groups. Textural fabrics showed nature’s inspiration as in eco faux furs, distressed finishes and irregular surfaces. Designer Antoine Peters spoke about his capsule knitwear collection for Kidscase inspired by his newly born son. Other speakers focused on a need to slow down a bit to enjoy life more. And what better place is there to appreciate life than artistic, amiable Amsterdam? Pitti Bimbo, Florence, still the largest and most comprehensive show for children’s fashion, took a full three days and lots of energy to cover completely. On the show’s first day all visitors went directly from the registration area to the vibrant KidzFIZZ section, where an eclectic mix of creative companies showed their lines in open, boutiquelike stands. Well known designers including Anne Kurris and others exhibited alongside such talented creators as The Bonnie Mob , who showedan exceptional collection of sweater knitwear featuring characters set in North Pole scenes. The excitement generated in KidzFIZZ during the first morning continued throughout the rest of the show. The main pavilion of Pitti showcased top Italian collections and international brands, including key Spanish LITTLE ELEVEN PARIS companies like Boboli

TWIN SET

SPECIAL DAY

SARABANDA

T-LOVE

TWIN SET

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Style Watch and Barcarola , who presented very enjoyable runway shows. In today’s world it’s a rare treat to see children’s clothes that are almost couture, such as the gorgeous collections of Quis Quis, Mimisol, Ermanno Scervino and others. Use of the finest fabrics, lavish embellishment and expert styling skills make these luxurious collections something truly special. Cesare Paciotti presented OILILY a luxe line with an edgier vibe, featuring lots of black and gold leather embellished with mirrors, and a shimmering reptile skin print in green and violet. Their elaborately studded shoes and accessories were especially popular. In general there were lots of high contrast black and white combinations shown in many collections, often accompanied by red: black and white stripes, dots and animal skin prints with a “Circus” theme at Laura Biagiotti; a black and white striped peplum sweater worn with white lace tutu at Twin Set; red (an important color this season) pieces decorated with black trim and jewels at Ermanno Scervino; and a striking optical interplay of black, white and red sweater stripes at Gaultier Junior. Outerwear was an important segment of many collections, especially shiny quilted bomber jackets; new takes on leather motorcycle jackets, including those appliquéd with pink fur at Philipp Plein; and plush jackets in a variety of faux furs. Twin Set, Simonetta, T-Love and Special Day all presented outstanding collections of feminine, fashionable girl’s wear with that unmistakable Italian flair. Funky boots and sneakers on the booth’s mannequins added a hip modern touch to the lovely ensembles. Moving on to Paris, buyers enjoyed a different ambiance and selection of exhibitors at the Playtime show. This venue is growing steadily at all three of their locations: Playtime Paris, New York and Tokyo. Baby and toddler collections 48 | It’s a Kidsworld

LEBIG

MOLO

SIMONETTA

FUN & FUN

PHILIPP PLEIN


were especially well represented at Playtime, including a popular organic line from the Netherlands called Noesser. Stand-out designs were seen at Tootsa, featuring a great group of intarsia sweaters with an Arctic animal theme, and Le Chat Mechant, whose unique seasonal theme was the city of Brussels. Many smaller and newer companies found Playtime a great showcase to promote their lines to an increasingly international group of visitors. During the same week there was another trade show in Paris called Kid. This new kid’s show on the block was held in a beautiful building that was once Paris’s first department store, decorated with white walls, gold chandeliers and wooden staircases. In this elegant and intimate setting the carefully edited collections received lots of well earned attention. After years of absence from the kid’s trade show scene, it’s wonderful that Paris has re-emerged as an important city for top international children’s fashion.

KID-PARIS

BARCAROLA

CESARE PACIOTTI

SARABANDA

LULALAND

PHILIPP PLEIN

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Kids Speak

KIDS KLOSET —By Shayna Salomon

Hi it’s Shayna here! I am so excited to bring you a hip, new regular feature to It’s A Kidsworld called Kids Kloset! This new editorial piece will showcase the hottest new styles each season, all from a kid’s point of view! In my feature, you’ll find out the “koolest” things kids want to wear and what brands to make sure you have on your shelves. ALL FROM A KID’S POINT OF VIEW! I recently interviewed Ava Hagopian, a 14 year old teenager who by far knows what is in style, the best trends and which brands are the trendiest to wear. Ava lives in a small town in Bergen County New Jersey and is known as the girl with the “koolest” clothes. She tells all in this Q & A and shares her style sense and what she thinks all the “kool” kids should wear these days! Make sure to take a quick look to ensure you have the “koolest” things in your “kloset!” Never miss a trend and make sure to come back to check in every issue! Signing out! see ya next time! xoxo Shayna Salomon

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Ava Hagopian, Age: 14 Harington Park NJ

“Its all about being comfortable and confident”


How would you describe your style? I would describe my fashion style as: bohemian, trendy, and fashionable What is your favorite brand? My favorite brands are anything from Free People, Urban Outfitter, Vintage Havana, and Flying Monkey Jeans. What is your most comfortable outfit? The most comfortable outfit I own is probably my joggers from Urban Outfitter with a long sleeved V-neck. What is your most expensive piece? The most expensive pieces I own is probably a blouse with gems from free people What accessories do you wear with your clothing? I wear Ela Rae with everything and anything. Where do you shop? I shop anywhere from Free People, Urban Outfitters, Ginger and Cream, Threads, and Molly and Zoë When you go out what kind of clothing do you wear? When I go out you can see me in anything from ripped high-waisted jeans, blouse or crop top, and or a sweater. What’s your go to outfit? My go to outfit has to be ripped highwaisted jeans with a sweater from Free People. Does your style change from schooldays to weekends? Yes, on schooldays I could wear lazy day outfits like: a sweatshirt with leggings, but on weekends I like to dress up and wear jeans and a crop top.

How often do you go shopping? I probably go shopping twice every 2 weeks.

Have you ever been to a fashion show before? No, but I would love to go to one.

When you go shopping were do go to: department store or specialty stores? I shop in both types of stores.

Has your style changed since you have gotten into high school? Yes, middle school I really didn’t care. I wore sweatshirts and leggings but now being surrounded by so many more people I want to have a better appearance and look nicer.

What are your favorite stores? F re e Pe o p l e , U r b a n O u t f i t t e r s , Nordstrom, Lord and Taylor, LF, and Molly and Zoë. Are your shoes based off on your outfits? Yes. These are some examples: if I wear leggings I would end up wearing sneakers, but if I wear jeans my shoes would be nice like Timberlands or Superegas, or Steve Madden. Do you read fashion magazines so you know what is in style? Yes. I read Teen Vogue, Seventeen, and People Does anyone inspire you with fashion? Yes, Vanessa Hugeness, Gigi Hadid, they both inspire me and I love them both! Where do you get your fashion ideas from (TV, internet, magazines?) I get my fashion ideas anywhere from the internet, magazine and or people/ friends.

Do you only wear brand name clothing? No, I would wear anything I like! Do you shop around when you look for clothes, or do you buy the first thing you see and like? No, I always shop around, whatever I see I hold and walk around with until I shopped around whole store, then I will go try on everything I like. What for you is the trendiest thing for this period of time? This time period I think ripped jeans with open back shirt is the trendiest things to wear. What advice do you have for other teens in finding their own style? “Its all about being comfortable and confident”

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The “IT” List

Where to find it Brand

Contact

Size Range / Product

Phone

ABC Children’s Show

Sarah Kokernot

Baby & Kids Trade Show

210.691.4848

Adams & Company Realty

David Levy

Premier Children’s Building

212.679.5500

Agree2Disagree

Marissa Senzon / Lauren Miglis

Girls 7-14

646.422.7500

American Jewel/ Yummy Gummy

Saul/Sherie Judah

Tween Accessories

844.539.3533

Beyond Creations LLC

Claudia and Gary Johnson

Accessories from head to toe! Newborn to Adult

877.843.1269

Butterflies & Zebras

Shari Horowitz

Girls dresses and lifestyle

914.330.3056

Children’s Club / ENK

Stanley Kaye

Trade Show

212.759.8055

Chooze

Sharon Blumberg

Baby, kids, women’s Footwear, Apparel, Packs

541.2chooze

Dallas Market Center

Meredith Hite

Regional Mart

214.760.2883

Dedo Kids

Asma Iqbal

Girls casual and dress-up apparel, sizes 2T-6X

240.481.8110

Dignity U Wear

Karin Bunell

Non profit charity for kids

888.364.1305

First Steps Inspired Moccasins

Erika Ramos

Footwear, Size 1-6, Newborn - 3 years

323.832.9288

Hibou Clothing

Janna Page

3 months - 7 years

714.960.4522

Isobella and Chloe / Best of Chums

Emily Fong

Newborn-16, dresses, infant gifts

626.457.8823

Les Importations N&N

Cloee Lamarre

Baby & kids sportswear, outwear, swimwear & pj’s 0-12 years

418.878.9555

Little Mass

Tina Chang

Girls 2t-12 years

323.234.9086

Malibu Sugar Inc.

Jil Garcia

Girls 4 - teen

310.883.8385

Maeli Rose

Carrie Chien

Girls clothing & accessories 3months - size 10

626.701.7575

Nine West Shoes / LJP International

Larry Paparo

Kids Shoes Toddler is 7-12 / Missy 12.5-5

732.771.8700

Paty Inc.

Rachel Behrens

Preemie - 5T

713.688.7686

Pulla Bulla

Brittney Niquette / Ericka Peña

Boys / Girls sizes 0-16

800.805.0294

Sara Sara / GBYM Inc

Wayne Lee

Girls dressy dresses 4-14 years

213.248.1777

Sparkle Screen/ Glitter Nation

Meredith Madsen

All natural sunscreen

888.600.1522

T2Love

Terri Kuoch

Tween active wear sizes 2-14

818.477.1379

Teeny Tiny Optics

Alice Lando

Children’s sunglasses 0-12 years

1.888.833.6984

Wee Ones

Miles Faust

Premium hair bows, headbands, clips and other fashionable accessories / babies - teens

1.800.258.9996

For more information on how to get on the “IT LIST”, please email caryn.kidsworld@gmail.com

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