The ENK Children’s Club tradeshow happens four times for the year in NYC. WGSN Senior Editor of Kidswear Erin Rechner went along in January to get the scoop.
Live from Pier 92, I spent three days scouring the extensive exhibition fair to bring you the details on the brands to watch for a full WGSN reports. Here’s a teaser of what I’m loving right now:
I heard this was a new brand showing for the first time at Children’s Club so I was excited to check it out. I am happy to say it did not disappoint! The brand was started in Porto, Portugal which is the largest city after Lisbon. Andorine comes from the latin word for swallow, which are a Portuguese icon. So mimicking the ways of the swallow, Andorine is cool, brave and adventurous in its designs for girls and boys. Some key pieces included the oil slick feather shrug and the Sherpa trimmed raincoat for girls as well as the rainproof all-in-one and the Sherpa trimmed black jacket for boys. Definitely a stand out brand at a show like Children’s Club where it tends to be a bit more commercial than the other shows . To say the least, we are very excited to see what this brand does in seasons to come.
This brand caught my eye instantly with its fresh way of mixing and matching cosy items such as cable and holiday sweaters with suiting. Barque has beautiful fabrics ranging from snow speckled knit suiting, dobby shirting with fresh patterns to new cable design sweaters for boys. This brand started as a menswear brand offering original interpretations of classic styles which as of 2014, has been implemented these ideals into their boyswear line. The name Barque comes from the word Bark and the founder, Gilbert Chen, sees clothing as the Bark of humanity. With boys suiting being revisited lately and also working into casual brands, this is the brand to watch as they are already ahead of the pack with their effortlessly cool styling coming straight out of NYC.
Vierra Rose is the perfect balance of casual and elegant with their A/W 16/17 collection for girls aged two-eight. Already spotted on the likes of Jessica Alba and Sarah Jessica Parker’s children, this brand keeps girls clothes fun and age appropriate while paying careful attention to detail and colour. This season’s palette was full of grey, black and white with pops of cheeky pink, which was a key colour callout in our Children’s Club report. Fringe sweaters, fabric blocked shearling coats and cable knit skirts were trend right and wearable.
Honorable mentions include Romy & Aksel from Montreal and MINI A TURE from Copenhagen. Look out for additional blog posts highlighting these brands.
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