Sunday, October 26, 2008

Blythe Dolls... ahead of their time

Blythe dolls were originally created in 1972, designed by Marvin Glass and Associates and manufacturered by Kenner. After only a year of production, it was decided Blythe's big head and changing eye color was too scary for children.

After many years, a friend introduced photographer Gina Garan to Blythe and she instantly fell in love. In 2000, Gina produced a book called "This is Blythe" with images she photographed and collected of the original Blythe doll. Blythe become an instant hit and has now achieved cult status.

What was initially a failure in the toy industry, has made a comeback and is the inspiration to one of my favorite Spring lines... Mim Pi. As you will soon see, dolls will be a big trend in fashion this Spring.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Trend Watch: Retro clothing

Lola & James is an innovative, eco-conscious children’s clothing line created by Paula Scolaro-Sikking, a Montreal-born graduate of New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. The line features bold and creative looks such as vintage concert t-shirts, colorful designs made from recycled fabrics and materials, and customized recycled cashmere blankets. The line caters to both boys and girls, sizes 0/6 months to 10 years old. Formerly branded under the Claude label, Scolaro-Sikking launched Lola & James in the spring of 2007, motivated by her best muse, daughter Lola James born in May 2006. Lola carries the same one-of-a-kind, independent streak as the clothes she inspires.

Celebrity clients have included Kelly Ripa, Angelina Jolie, Courtney Cox, Eddie Vedder, Bruce Willis and Gwen Stefani.

Check them out:

Sunday, October 5, 2008


Designing stage... that's where we are right now. It's all coming together and I can't wait until the finished product! It's definitely a work in progress right now, but I can see the light... And just wait until you see some of the great new lines that we're carrying for Spring. Soon, that's all I can tell you.