By Sherieka Anglin
Fresh Kid Nation was pleased to be an attendee of the AmericasMart Atlanta Children’s World Festivities from April 11-14th, 2013. Children’s World started out as a slight portion of the epic Fashion Mart and now spans an entire floor of Designers categorized as Temporaries or Permanent Showroom Designers. We were able to meet-n-greet with tons of fledglings; as well as some very established and prominent brands in the childrenswear and maternity wear industry.
There were tons of Brands to highlight but a few stood out from the crowd. A legend in his own right, Larry Lucas carries a plethora of infant and childrenswear lines in his year round Showroom such as; Bows on Betsy and Baby Aspen. The Larry Lucas showroom was full of life synonymous with the man himself who openly discussed his longstanding history with Children’s World; spanning back to 1986, his travels, and love of the art of dance.
Kimberly Jones & Co. gave us a personal presentation of some of the children costumes displayed in their showroom. The quality of the products were amazing and had a price point to match. Most costumes were fully lined and convertible with tear away and reversible compartments. Although it may sound a bit complicated, the costumes were lightweight and appeared to be built with ease. The craftsmanship was well thought out and a step above the polyester costumes we usually purchase for children.
Prepare your kidoodles for game day affairs. The south is definitely no stranger to hometown pride and shows the best of us how to display it on the little backs of babes. Cheerleading outfits, derby dresses w. matching hats, chaps if you’re in the mood to ride. No matter the college or sport of interest, there’s truly something for everyone. AmericasMart Atlanta completely kicked the doors open for focus and development in this arena. Keep your eyes peeled on Game Day.
The most exciting portion of this event was truly the Fashion Show. It’s time to reveal the cherry on top. Enjoy these pint sized delights as they kick major runway butt during the Style Runway Fashion Show forecasting leather, metallic, plaids, and wonderful seasonal textures.
AmericasMart provides brands with the opportunity of becoming an Exhibitor or even leasing a showroom year round. This is a real treat for Specialty Stores and Boutique Owners looking for ways to expand inventory. Be sure and check their future marts and register your buyers today. http://www.americasmart.com/market-info/market-dates
Special Thanks to Lou Ann Thomas, Linda Upchurch, and Gayle Gibbs of AmericasMart Atlanta.