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.
From pink bows to pinking shears, the color pink is associated with fashion and femininity; perhaps no other color has as much social impact and gender association in fashion. Pink is associated with charm, politeness, sensitivity, tenderness, femininity, romance and the exotic.
History of the Color Pink
The color pink was first introduced in the 1700’s and takes it’s name from a flower called pinks derived from the Dianthus flower. The color comes from the frilled edges of the flowers. Although the color was written about as early as 800BC it was referred to as “Rosey” and did not become “pink” until the 1700’s. European countries still refer to the color as “Rose” or “Rosa”.
Pink was not a normal color in the fashion of the Middle Ages for men as they preferred brighter reds, such as crimson. However, pink did appear in women’s fashion and boys wore the color. The color was worn by boys in the USA until the 1920’s because as men wore red, boys who were seen as little men wore pink. When it became used as more of a girls color in the 1920’s, socially the shift towards the color being associated only with girls began in the USA. Other countries such as Japan still use pink as a mans color.
Characteristics of the Color Pink
The color was originally pale in nature because dyes would fade when washed until the 20th century when updated dying methods made the color brighter and more assertive. It also made the color less likely to fade. In the 1930’s to the 1940’s a new shade of pink called shocking pink was introduced by the fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli. Many more shades were added after the 1940’s.
Pink encourages friendliness while discouraging aggression and ill-will. Psychologically the color is associated with tenderness and innocence and puts people in touch with the nurturing side of themselves. The color is used in girls fashion for that very reason.