How Treasure Box Kids Sources Sustainable, Quality Fabric
Every season, Treasure Box Kids sources materials from fabric shows across the U.S. Our visits are a crucial part of our outfit creation process, as 100 percent of the fabric used in our clothing is bought domestically. This tradition began when we started to manufacture our own clothing. Going to fabric shows not only gives us an up close and personal view of the materials for our lines, but more importantly allows us to scout out local vendors whose production standards line up with the ethics of our manufacturing process.
What Treasure Box Kids Keeps in Mind at Fabric Shows
Fabric comes first.
We craft an outfit around a pattern or texture, so the foundation of our designs is the material we use. An overall quality textile is what we look for, and if they are certified organic it adds big points.
The feel of a fabric is pivotal. We spend a lot of time making sure that the samples we consider would feel soft, comfortable and wearable
Additional qualities we keep in mind are the fabric’s care instructions, how much shrinkage to expect and its weight. Hard to find, unique trims that meet our standards are our goal, and we are often surprised with what we find on our journey.
At our last fashion show, we came across an Eco Twill fabric. This material combines organic cotton and recycled plastic, thus reducing landfill waste with its production. We were impressed with the supplier’s commitment to sustainability, and we are now actively stocking up.
Using renewable fabric is new to us, but is becoming a trend we hope to soon make timeless.
how the fabric feels and is constructed, made, dyed, how durable it is and how it feels
How Fabric Shows Fuel a Treasure Box Kids Passion
At a number of these shows, seminars on textile production are offered. We seize these opportunities to further educate ourselves and are often pleasantly surprised by the new information we find. Through these classes, we’ve learned new dying techniques, why certain types of threads are used for fabrics and many more bits of knowledge that we can then apply into our sourcing tactics.
Learning about these things only compliments our love for design. How fabric can shape an outfit by color, trim, and style is our driving inspiration in clothing creation. In our outfits, you’ll find a variety of color and textures because playing with the feel of clothes to help them reach their full potential is a Treasure Box Kids passion.
Get excited, kids fashion trends are being taken straight from the big kid runway. It doesn’t matter if you still have a bedtime or if you’re the one making that bedtime; if you’re fashionably inclined, you know how important it is to stay up to date with the times. Lucky for us, this year’s selection is more than just florals. We’ve been served trends and colors that are bold, bright, and full of expression.
To find this season’s most noteworthy trends, we’ve combined our own fashion knowledge with some words straight from the pro’s themselves: Pantone, Fashion Snoops, and Earnshaw’s. To read more about color trends and this year’s thematic palette, check out our post on the 2018 Color of The Year: Ultra Violet.
A confident, bright yellow. Yellow is purple’s complementary color, so its feature is linked to this year’s color of the year, Ultra Violet.
Cherry Tomato – Pantone 17-1563
A bold, orangey red.
Little Boy Blue – Pantone 16-4132
Serene as the clear blue sky
Arcadia – Pantone 16-5533
A Cooler, cleaner take on green.
Although these are only our fav, this spring’s palette is an open door to dramatic color mixing in kids fashion trends.
Prints and Fabrics: Kids Fashion Trends for Almost Any Spring Occasion
Now that we’ve had a taste of the season’s colors, let’s dive into the looks and textures our palettes are comprising. Fashion Snoops and UBM Fashion feature a dazzling selection of kids ensembles and weather-appropriate apparel that we’re rushing to add to our mood boards. From chic safari to a gardening in The Hamptons, they’ve lined up looks that will have a place in almost any kid-friendly occasion.
Yes, we said to expect more than florals, but the season of new beginnings can never be complete without some blossoming. Still staying true to individuality, pattern mixing and kitschy details are embroidering our kid’s clothes dreams.
Florals, fruits, and gingham styles never fail. Pairing them up with classic ruffles, tulle, or even lace detailing will add to the aww-factor.
Taking a step south, we’re getting ready for the heat. Hot summer nights don’t necessarily always stay in the summer, as we Florida folks know all too well. Whether it’s for a desert sunset or an Everglades sunset, we know the importance of a good tailoring.
Find twill, beaded trims and light knitwear where the sun keeps shining, and happily embrace the comfort of a vibrantly earthy tone.
Now, we can’t talk about blooming without talking overalls. This time, take a step back and retreat into the forest. Know nature, know a good, breathable linen. Even bring back the smock dress! You know your little girl would look adorable in it.
Keep your eyes out for cotton, basket weave, and twill. Think arts and crafts camp.
Accessories in kids fashion trends
As if we hadn’t already stressed self-expression enough, we’re ending this season’s trend list with a shout-out to Earnshaw’s Magazine and an homage to the holy grail: Accessories.
According to the publication, a unique jewelry set or a fun, pop-of-color handbag can wrap up any outfit, so it’s no surprise that finding these classic staples in a new shape or material is what’s we’re embracing. Try a holographic fabric, perhaps some metallic denim and even grab that unicorn-shaped backpack for a bold look that will rule the school and make it known that you’re up to date with kids fashion trends.
“What’s in: Kids Fashion Trends for Spring 2018” features images taken from Pantone, UBM Fashion Inc., and Earnshaw’s Magazine.
Fast Fashion is producing clothing from the most recent fashion runway trends using sweat shops and unethical labors. Since clothing so rapidly becomes unfashionable and “not wearable” people end up with a lot of unwanted clothing. Instead of recycling their unwanted garments, it is not unusual for people to throw them away in the trash instead of recycling. To read about how Treasure Box Kids will manufacturer please read our post All About Treasure Box Kids. On average, about 65 pounds of clothing and textiles a year per person are improperly discarded, and “only an eighth of that goes to charities for reuse. The wasted clothing ends up in landfills where it stays and pollutes the ground and water. Cotton crops and textiles are gulping up 70 million tons of water allowing the continued use of pesticides to thrive.
Fast Fashion-How it effects the worker
The fast trends are designed and manufactured quickly and cheaply by sweat shops to allow the mainstream consumer to buy current clothing styles at a lower price. Shoppers have become accustom to buying stylish products at low rates. Our rapid demands for constant products turns puts workers’ lives at risk. Big Fast fashion chains have been found to out source to factories that employee child laborers under unethical conditions to produce their fast paced clothing needs. An $18 billion industry has sprung up, marked by factories in buildings with poor electrical wiring, an insufficient number of exits, and little firefighting equipment. This recently happened in a developing nation Bangladesh, which suffered two fatal garment factory fires recently. All in an effort to cut production costs so that you can buy cheap.
Fast Fashion-How it effects the consumer
Consumers have been brain washed to think that clothing must be cheap to be worth its purchase. While in reality retailers are able to provide such low prices on clothes due to their little to nothing production costs and inferior construction. Shoppers are buying substandard clothing pieces every few weeks only to be forced to throw them out within a year due to lack of quality.
Fast Fashion-How to combat it
Be Aware- Research the companies in which you shop and where they choose to manufacture their products. The Fast Fashion problem will certainly continue into the future unless an enormous change is made in the minds and attitudes of consumers. Know where your clothing is made and how it is made. Choose to have fewer, quality pieces of clothing rather than a larger assortment low quality clothing. Think to purchase vintage. The fabrics are great and the construction is better. Look to purchase made in the USA garments or garments that are imported but well made under ethical manufacturing guidelines. Together we can all put an end to Fast Fashion.
Most people wonder, How do I measure my child accurately for clothing. In this post we will discuss how to measure your child for clothing so that you purchase the correct size for your child. Determining how to measure your child is easy if you follow these guidelines.
How to Measure Your Child in Just a Few Steps:
Chest: To measure the chest of the child place the tape measure underneath the child’s arm and across the chest or breastbone and measure leaving a two finger gap for room to move in the garment. This will be the chest measurement
Waist: To get a accurate waist measurement measure with the tape measure and place it slightly loose around the child’s waistline. Start to measure just above the belly button. Make sure to add two fingers room for movement in the garment
Hips: Correctly measure the hips by taking a tape measure and placing it around the child’s hips and buttocks. Make sure to add two fingers amount of room to the measurement
Length of Dress for a girl: The first thing you will need to determine is what length of a dress you are purchasing. If it is to the knee, tea length or floor length. Start by measuring with a tape measure from the top of the shoulders to the knee, mid calf or ankle for a floor length
Arm Length: Measure the length of the child’s arm by using a tape measure and measure from the top of the shoulder down to the elbow or all the way down to the wrist if the outfit is long sleeved.
How to Measure Your Child: Watch a video!
Watch this video made from the company M& S that shows how to measure a child. It will give you a good visual of some of the measuring instruction that we have shared. Video on How to Measure Your Child We hope that this has been helpful in determining how to measure your child for clothing.
Ten years ago children’s fashion was much different then it is now. Kids Clothing is like the rest of fashion in that it is influenced heavily by the events that happen in the world and also by the music that is popular at the time. In the last ten years we have seen an economic crash and the way we live, work and communicate change dramatically. To see the current SS2015 girls fashion trends read our post Girl’s Spring 2015 Fashion Trends.
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Children’s Fashion- Trends 10 Years Ago
Ten years ago most kids designers portfolios included a more urban feel. Hip Hop music was in full popularity and Kids Fashion was heavily influenced by Baby Phat, Phatt Farm and Ed Hardy with skulls, skateboards, rock n’ roll insignia, t-shirts, hoodies and sweatsuits all popular for boys.
Girls were wearing more ruffles, peasant tops, layered tops and pants. The 1960’s was a heavy influence on girls clothing. Flouncy pants and halter tops were popular as well as big patterns and mixed fabrics. The “cutesy girl” look was popular.
Children’s Fashion-Trending Now
Today’s fashion for boys has changed and is now more a classic preppy look. More structured shirts, baseball jackets and cap hats with sweaters are featured. Looks from the 1950’s and 1980’s are influencing boys fashion as well as the skateboarding and hip hop cultures are influencing boys fashion. Hip Hop has a lessened effect on Boys Fashion then it had in the last decade. It is more of an assortment of styles.
Girls today are looking towards soft fabrics and a more sophisticated look. More like that of a style that an adult would wear. Cute is still in as it will always be but dressing too cutesy with massive ruffles is out. Tops are more loose flowing with a Gypsy Boho Chic look of the 80’s and 90’s. Novelty tees are still popular and comfort is in! Little girls are dressing more sophisticated and are influenced by the young children of celebrities.
Treasure Box Kids looked to Kids World Magazine and Wikipedia for additional inspiration while writing this article. In the next ten years one thing is for sure, kids fashion will change again. Treasure Box Kids started our company back in 2008 and we have seen many trends come and go throughout the years in children’s fashion.