WORLD-CLASS EXPERTISE IN CHILDREN'S FASHION

WELCOME TO KIDS À LA MODE #5!

Once upon a time, in faraway lands... there were magical places where people met to see the most wonderful children's fashion for Fall/Winter 2020-21.

Returning from the European trade shows in late January, I began happily reviewing images and information, selecting trends and color palettes for the upcoming season. The most predominate tendency at all the shows was obvious: both adults and kids are seriously concerned about the environment and supporting ecologically, ethically produced products. We decided to dedicate Kids a la Mode #5 as "The Eco Issue", and to focus on sustainable, earth-friendly brands which are now among the most fashionable as well.

Only six weeks later the world changed abruptly and drastically. The rest of this issue was worked on while "sheltering in place" at home, isolated but not feeling alone as I continued to communicate with colleagues and friends around the globe. These connections have become a lifeline to the outside world and a great source of information, enjoyment and encouragement -- sharing experiences and support with others in the children's industry is of upmost importance to us all. I was especially uplifted by my interviews done through phone chats: speaking with Anjali Harjani from India to learn her story of founding lifestyle brand Malabar Baby; from France, a delightful and informative conversation about Playtime with the always upbeat Playtime Director Sebastien de Hutten; being introduced by LUCKYBOY SUNDAY of Denmark to In-Kyo KIm, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Lightree, a super creative accessory brand from South Korea. Seeing Lightree's company video called "Hope" really brightened my day.

With trade shows and travel temporally on hold, It's more important than ever to keep connected in the coming months. We have now launched a digital version of Kids a la Mode #5, and will be publishing a supplement magazine, Kids a la Mode Mini, in August to follow up with the latest news.

We sincerely hope you enjoy the content and visuals of Kids a la Mode #5. Stay safe and well, and please keep in touch.

Janet Jacobs
Publisher/Editor in Chief of Kids à la Mode

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Essential Trends Fall/Winter 2020/21