New Kids in Town: Spring 2005 ENK Children's Club Show

How many newcomers does it take to fill the Spring 2005 show? I lost count after 30. Aisles were filled with debuting collections with fresh, sophisticated lines. The hottest looks - lingerie styling worn as sportswear; preppy but hip seersucker suits for boys and seersucker separates for girls; boys' collections that will have mothers awed; and styles that literally let it all hang out with unfinished hems, exposed seams and serged trim on the outside.

Below you'll find 28 finalists for the "Best New Collection" award.




DESIGNER: Elegant baby design team

Sizes: infant; Wholesale prices: Contact manufacturer

It's no surprise that this first time exhibitor's booth was packed. The manufacturer offers buyers one-stop shopping for all of baby's needs. There are picture frames, blankets, keepsake books and layette wear. Each item is modern yet cozy (think Martha Stewart).

Outstanding Piece: The light blue, cable-stitched boy's cardigan with the coordinating hat. No big deal? Maybe. But when the set is paired with another Elegant Baby item - like a blanket - you've got quite a gift.

Janis Millstein Sales

112 West 34th Street

NY, NY 10120

Tel: 212-239-4660

E-mail: janisales@aol.com





DESIGNER: Donna Prescott

Sizes: 3-24 months; Wholesale prices: $5-$15

There's nothing frumpy about a baby wearing Frumpy Rumps. Ruffles are the reason.

Outstanding Pieces: The colors are fruity, the top is cut simply and exposes a bit of a baby's beautiful back, and the bloomers (shown backwards) are covered with flirty white ruffles. You can't get cuter than that. (Also available in pastels.)

10559 West Altedena Ct.

Casa Grande, AZ 85222

Tel: 520-421-9222

E-mail: rd@frumpyrumps.com




DESIGNER: Patricja Pienkowska

Sizes: NB-9 months; Wholesale prices: $5-$24

Little touches like exposed serged seams and fun animal graphics define Pienkowska's first collection of hip, mid-priced, infant wear.


Outstanding Pieces: Stripes are hot this season. Pienkowska covers a windbreaker and loose-fit pants in a rosy toned stripe or a lovely blue and green combination. If the jacket and slacks are too much of good thing, pair the top with jeans and the bottoms with a Nano cotton T-shirt.

111 Hamburg Turnpike

Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442

Tel: 866-733-6266/973-616-1515

E-mail: info@nano-baby.com




BB KIDS (Beija Brazil)


Sizes: 2-14 Wholesale prices: Contact Balu

Lingerie looks to mix with romantic skirts is a hot trend. BB Kids' feminine pieces are lined making them versatile wardrobe extenders.


Outstanding Piece: Girls will want to wear the polka dot camisole edged in contrasting ecru lace with jeans or a skirt.

Balu/Propaganda Trading, Inc.

15400 Milldale Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90049

Tel: 310-472-0442

E-mail: helobalu@aol.com




DESIGNER: Claesen's Design Team

SIZES: Infant-preteen; Wholesale prices: Contact manufacturer

Kids sleep in style this season with better cotton pajamas and loungewear from Claesen's USA.

Outstanding Pieces: The cotton pajamas for boys and girls. The silhouettes are identically boxy; the stripes are one part trend-driven, one part retro and entirely charming.

2000 Fearrington Village Center

Pittsboro, NC 27312

Tel: 919-545-5130

E-mail: info@claesensusa.com




DESIGNER: Evan Brannon

Sizes: 2T - 7; Wholesale prices: $21-$54 per dozen

Just Like Dads underwear for boys is, well, just like dads.


Outstanding Piece: The mini-me gingham boxers are so retro.

P.O. Box 4702

Sevierville, TN 37864

Tel: 866-876-3236

E-mail: evan@justlikedads.com





DESIGNER: Caterina Heil-Stewart

Sizes: NB-12; Wholesale prices: $19-$24

Heil-Stewart's sweet collection of better girls' wear mixed a touch of Western with a hint of glamour.


Outstanding Piece: The cotton used for this simple peasant top is cool to the touch and as smooth as silk. The deep blue rhinestones - scattered across the top's front - twinkle like tiny stars.

38-44 Warren Street, #4B

New York, NY 10007

Tel: 212-608-1955

E-mail: caterinababy@nyc.rr.com



DESIGNER: The Devi design team

Sizes: 6 months-6T; Wholesale prices $12-$21

This new company exhibited a well-honed collection of luxurious tops in this season's hottest silhouette - the Indian tunic. Coordinating drawstring pants in cross-woven cotton add a two-toned sheen to the pairing.


Outstanding Piece: The silk tunic in pale pink. Light as a handkerchief, this of-the-minute top with tone-on-tone stitching would make Aladdin happy. Add a handful of glittering beads and Jasmine's ready for the Casbah.

825 Superba Avenue

Venice, CA 90291

Tel: 310-600-0426

email: devibaby@devibaby.com




DESIGNER: Euromax design team

Sizes: 8-16; Wholesale prices: $13-$35

Pretty is the buzzword for this new collection based on fine lingerie. Crinkled satin in dusty peach, blush pink and eggshell is shaped into flapper-style dresses, faux half-slips and delicate camisoles - very Daisy Miller.

Outstanding Piece: The peach satin dress with drop waist and touches of lace. Give her a long strand of pearls and she's ready to dance the Charleston.


45 West 60th Street, Suite 32F

NY, NY 10023

Tel: 212-489-0504



DESIGNER: Briana Hersh

Sizes: 2-14 Wholesale prices: $10-$30

Briana Hersh has an eye for color and a knack for detail. Her separates offer girls soft tops and skirts they'll flip for.


Outstanding Pieces: The skirt is the "it" piece in every girl's wardrobe this season and Hersh's minis are the funkiest. Adding gorgeous embroidery like the pretty rose and bird design to the piece makes it special. Her soft, sheer shirts top each skirt with grace.

Surya Inc. (Corporate Office)

6205 El Camino Real Drive

Carlsbad, CA 92009

Tel: 760-804-8500, Ext. 316

E-mail: briana@surya.com




Jinny Boer imports collections from the Netherlands for her Puur Showroom. Each of the collections sport modern shapes, rich, bright colors and a playful aesthetic.


DESIGNER: Ineke Grovenstein

Sizes: NB-8; Wholesale prices:$9-$35

Terrycloth sportswear in jewel tones and the funkiest hats at the show make this collection a winner.


Outstanding Pieces: The hat that resembles grandma's potholder worn with the bright green Terry dress. The dress has no detail and doesn't need it. When the hat is added, the set has unbeatable chemistry.



DESIGNER: Jacqueline van Nieuwkerk

Sizes: NB-9; Wholesale prices:$9-$37

Sporty yet elegant knits in bright solids or two-color combinations are the foundation of this Amsterdam-based collection.


Outstanding Pieces: The simplicity of this striped halter dress makes it a must-have garment for mothers of all style persuasions.

Puur Inc.

350 Seventh Ave., Suite 1603

NY, NY 10001

Tel: 212-239-1805

E-mail: info@puurinc.com




DESIGNER: Martina Becker

Sizes: 2-8; Wholesale prices: $15-$33

Martina Becker's Lion & Finn collection of up-market, girls' and boys' sportswear will appeal to buyers looking for edgy styling with European craftsmanship.

Outstanding Pieces: The layers of this olive green print dress are as sheer as chiffon. The pattern and frayed edges keep the dress lighthearted. Add the coat with the magnificent tomato-over-beige design, and a girl has a memorable ensemble.

Desguinlei 90/15m


2018 Belgium


E-mail: info@lion-and-finn.com




DESIGNER: Dirk Goossens

Sizes: Preemie to 4; Wholesale prices: Contact manufacturer

There's a little irreverence in Belgium designer Dirk Goosens' three casual sportswear collections - Ma Muse, infant boys and girls; Garcon, toddler to tween boys; and Zorra, toddler to tween girls. His references are global, the workmanship European.

Outstanding Piece: A cat in a tutu should be too cute to bear, but this T-shirt has an East Village vibe.

Liz to Dirk

Sint Gummarusstraat, Suite 4

Lier B-2500/Belgium

Tel: 32.3.480.55.28

E-mail: liz.to.dirk@pandora.be




DESIGNER: Gustavo Szulansky

Sizes: 2-12; Wholesale prices: $5-$19.50

Trops introduces The Manga Collection based on Manga, the Japanese comic books. Each tone-on-tone T-shirt is printed with either a sports motif - such as a soccer ball - or a sports figure throwing a ball.


Outstanding Piece: The one-piece T-shirt that mimics a V-neck over a crewneck T-shirt. The blue and green combination vibrates.

145 West 88th Street, Ground Floor

NY, NY 10024

Tel: 212-877-7171

E-mail: info@trops.com





DESIGNER: Pamela Watson

Sizes: 12 months-7; Wholesale prices: $24-$112

Pamela Watson's first collection of beautifully tailored boys' jackets and separates should put an end to the "Girls get all the cute stuff" whine.


Outstanding Pieces: Watson's butter yellow baby cord jacket has everything you'd ask for and some - like the carefully folded silk square in the breast pocket, and a two-button tab inside the jacket to give it shape - that you never knew you needed. Worn with cargos the color of chocolate milk, this outfit, like everything in Watson's first collection, raises the bar for boys' wear.

421 Degraw Street, Suite 1N

Brooklyn, NY 11217

Tel: 917-299-1828

E-mail: pamela.watson@mindspring.com





Sizes: 6 months-5T; Wholesale prices: $23-$29

Hip girls' collections still outnumber groovy guys' duds. With Christine Johnston's Wonderboy shirts in cool, retro prints, boys' lines are getting closer.


Outstanding Piece: The blue and white swirl printed shirt and the bright red top with black and white lozenges are stylin' without trying too hard.

251 Queen Street

Philadelphia, PA 19147

Tel: 215-462-1177

E-mail: info@wonderboyclothing.com





DESIGNER: Sandra Constantine

Sizes: NB-6 years; Wholesale prices: $62.50-$112.50

Each of Sandra Constantine's gorgeous knits take a minimum of 50 hours of hand-knitting to complete. The workmanship is evident in the beautifully finished seams and the shaping of each garment.


Outstanding Piece: The poncho in dusty pink. Baby stays warm from neck to tush. Little hands peek through the armholes. The pompoms, and crocheted hem that resembles fine antique lace work, are just for fun. What a gift!

355 East 72nd Street

NY, NY 10021

Tel: 212-737-0141

E-mail: samelittle@aol.com





DESIGNER: Andrea Bognar Ljustina

Ljustina continues to offer contemporary dresses in better cotton and silk.


Outstanding Pieces: Sheer layers render this earthy, pumpkin colored top and skirt ethereal.

2606 Ponce De Leon Blvd.

Coral Gables, FL 33134

tel: 305-469-7127

email: jcannan@bellsouth.net




DESIGNER: Laurel Matthews

Sizes: 4-14; Wholesale prices: $40-$110

With Madonna and her collection of rock-vibe sportswear in one end of the hall, there had to be an old-fashioned girl, Laurel Matthews, and her luxurious velvet and taffeta special occasion dresses in the house to achieve the proper yin and yang.


Outstanding Piece: The color of this silk velvet dress is as rich as a chocolate truffle and the workmanship is a tour de force. Don't forget Matthews' Laurlettes collection when you're filling in for holiday.

P.O. Box 761

Bronx, NY 10462

Tel: 718-824-1541

E-mail: laureletts@aol.com



DESIGNER: Megan Park

Sizes: 12 months-6; Wholesale prices: $25-$115

Megan Parks' collection of dresses has ruffles, flowers, embroidery and bows. All that detail should add up to a lot of fuss, instead Park's line seems understated.

Outstanding Piece: The gathers on this dress sit on the hip for a 1920's feeling. The print is sweet, but its pinky cocoa ground keeps the feeling up-market. One big playful flower hangs from the ribbon belt. What a charmer!


487 West 22nd Street

NY, NY 10011

Tel: 646-336-7333

E-mail: seed@seedinc.net





DESIGNER: Jane Hamper

Sizes: 3-14; Wholesale prices: $13-$18

You have to laugh when you see Jane Hamper's collection of sixties-style day-glo T-shirts printed with dogs of all pedigrees. She's fond of cats and horses too.


Outstanding Pieces: You'll want to adopt all her pets.

Natalie & Friends

131 West 33rd Street, Suite 210

NY, NY 10001

Tel: 212-947-2995

E-mail: natnfrnds@aol.com



DESIGNER: Erica Zohar

Sizes: Toddler-Preteen; Wholesale prices: $13-$17

There's a lot going on this season - with all the mixed patterns, handkerchief hems and deconstructed edges. Erica Zohar's solid jersey or velour T-shirts make the best mixers.


Outstanding Piece: The slight blouson shape of her Tie Tee and its velour hip band that ties into a perky side bow, looks great over print-happy skirts or simple jeans. The apple green color suits red heads, brunettes, everyone.

1642 Westwood Blvd, Suite #200

Los Angeles, CA 90024

Tel: 310-447-0466

E-mail: info@teeology.com





DESIGNER: Stephanie Hirsch

Sizes: 4-16; Wholesale prices: $20-$30

Sexy but not too revealing; sweet yet elegant, Hirsch's collection is for the kid that summers in the Hamptons.

Outstanding Pieces: Jackie O would have worn the sea green tunic detailed with silver and turquoise beads over the sky blue one-piece with the Grecian "key" motif aboard Ari's yacht.

ARB Associates, Inc.

112 West 34th Street, Suite 1606

NY, NY 10120

Tel: 212-695-2512

E-mail: arbassociates@aol.com



DESIGNER: Rygy design team

Sizes: 2-16; Wholesale prices: $18.50-$22

Uncomplicated shapes in rich colors and fun details give this swimwear collection an up-market edge.


Outstanding Piece: The one-piece in the rich cocoa, aqua and pale pink combination. The tomato red sequined flowers blooming on the halter-top make it irresistible.

ARB Associates. See Inca Girl above.




DESIGNER: Jodi Edley

Wholesale prices: $5-$25

The pin is in! Jodi Edley's sparklers dress up coats, jackets and dresses - wherever a girl (or her mom) needs a little sparkle.


Outstanding Pieces: All the pins. Bring on the bling, baby!

Nancy Markert & Assoc.

50 O'Shaughnessy Lane

Closter, NJ 07624

Tel: 201-768-8334

E-mail: nanimar@aol.com


E-mail: bluejnyc@aol.com



DESIGNER: Diana Rudman

Retail prices: Girls' bags $65-$95; Mom's bags $165-$245 (filled with baby gear)

Little girls want to look like mommy (until they're about 10 and then, well…). Diana Rudman gives them the opportunity with her chic mommy-and-me-styled bags.

Outstanding Pieces: The girl's purse is roomy enough for a doll; Mom's bag fits all the kid's gear and the doll's clothes, too. (Also available in beige and brown.)

1196 Madison Avenue

NY, NY 10128

Tel: 212-860-4001

E-mail: drudman@didis.com





DESIGNER: Kontex design team

Wholesale prices: $3.20-$23.90

Pink towels with bunnies? Keep reading. Kontex, a Japanese-based company, offers luxurious cotton towels, blankets and robes for infants. The bunnies are outlined with machine stitching - like a pencil drawing. The clean packaging is definitely boutique worthy.


Outstanding Pieces: The box of pink and rose, and cream and beige towels. Mothers, even those with zero tolerance for the sweet side of things, will adore this gift set.

Mira Design Corp.

231 West 39th Street, Suite 1012

NY, NY 10018

Tel: 212-921-5890

E-mail: miradesign@optonline.net


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