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For those of you who may not know Le Top is located in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area.  Things are pretty exciting around here right now – our home team is in the World Series!  Today was “Giants Day” in the office – with an explosion of Orange and Black clothing – Orange Cupcakes and Cookies and the low hum of dedicated sports fans discussing the series.  We snapped some photos – so the world will know where we stand:

GO GIANTS!!!

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We live near the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit line and my daughter Lilah sees the trains go by on a daily basis. For months I had been promising her that I would take her for a BART ride into San Francisco. Of course, a full-day adventure to another city on public transportation can seem like a chore with kids since you have to prepare for a variety of ‘eventualities.’ We packed up her sippy cup, some toys, her blanket, a jacket (after all it is San Francisco and is surprisingly chilly in the summer), some snacks, and headed off to the BART station. Once there, I realized I had forgotten the bag with her toys and the sippy cup. Isn’t that the way it always happens?

Lilah on her BART ride to San Francisco

When the train came, Lilah was so excited. She couldn’t contain herself. At every stop she told us about the people that were getting on or off, that they were wearing the same color pants as her, had funny hair or some other LOUD statement. Everyone around us was laughing from the joy that seeing things through a kids eyes can bring. Have you noticed how a child’s happiness (or sadness) can change a person’s day? Ah parenthood.  Anyway, the excitement was more than she could bear and she was asleep by the time we went under the bay (15 minutes).

It was a fun but relatively uneventful day. The shear number of people in San Francisco overwhelmed my girl so it turned into a short but sweet trip. She talks about it often and can’t wait to do it again. Next she wants to ride a bus but that one might have to wait for a while…

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Pumpkin Weigh-off Winner (source: sfgate.com)

Pumpkin Weigh-off Winner (source: sfgate.com)

Wow, we just had to let everyone know that the Pumpkin Weigh-off in Half Moon Bay was full of “Great Pumpkins!”  But the winner came all the way from Des Moines, Iowa and weighed in at a whopping 1,658 pounds!  That’s a lotta Pumpkin Pie folks!

From the photos it seems that everyone young and old had a great time! 

Awe, so cute (source: sfgate.com)

We just loved the photo of the cute puppy in a pumpkin outfit!  We couldn’t help but notice the photo of the wife of Half Moon Bay’s mayor, Eda Muller, with her granddaughter Delfina Bianchi, 4 – Delfina is wearing le•top’s boucle jacket in PUMPKIN color from the Enchanted group!  She is carrying one of le•top’s pumpkin goody bags as well – nice choice! 

Happy Pumpkin Festival to all our friends in Half Moon Bay!

Eda Muller (left) and her daughter Delfina

The Mayor's wife, Eda Muller (far left) and her granddaughter Delfina (source: sfgate.com)

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I have never been so excited for Sunday night television!  After an exciting 2-part premier of The Amazing Race I couldn’t wait to sit down and watch how our ‘now famous’ photographer Marcy and her boyfriend Ron would perform this week!  The Amazing Race is my ultimate favorite show and like everyone in the office I have been very excited to cheer on a team that is part of our ‘le•top family.’

This leg of the race was quite intense!  Starting from Ho Chin Minh City in Vietnam Marcy and Ron had to obtain their first clue from the mouth of a very fast water dragon puppet – way to go Ron for having speedy reflexes since those puppets were tricky and swift!  The clue then directed them to the Main Post Office where they had a diversion – they had to choose from “Child’s Play” or “Word Play”.  Marcy and Ron choose “Word Play”.  They quickly made their way to the observation deck of the hotel where they had the task of scanning the crowded intersection below with the goal of identifying six Vietnamese letters moving along with the very busy traffic.  They rapidly recognized the first five letters but had some trouble with the letter ‘D’ – mistaking it for an ‘O.’  They were finally able to correctly identify all the letters and then had to hurry into town and attempt to unscramble these letters to make up the word “DOCLAP” (a well known word that means independence.)  This challenging task, using only the signs around them was slow going – but they were able to get some help from a local who was quick to assist them and the word was finally unscrambled.

The next clue led them to travel a very busy intersection of Durong Vinh Vien and Durong Ly Thurong Kiet – with another clue that led them to a road block – where they were presented with their next challenge.  Ron decided to take on this next challenge.  He had to disassemble a VCR, separate all the parts, and then place them in appropriate piles in order to receive another clue.  Although Marcy and Ron were the last team to arrive after completing their task, it was a close race with the other contestants.  Marcy pulled out her “taxi” whistle and was able to flag down a cab quickly!  Good thinking Marcy – use your whistle! (If I ever get to participate on this show I have to remember to ask Marcy for that whistle!)

Unfortunately the team to step on the mat last was Marcy and Ron – so sad! They were out of the race!

“My dad always used to say, ‘You can’t hit a home run unless you step up to the plate.’  And I think going on THE AMAZING RACE was stepping up to the plate!” said Marcy (about the end of her incredible journey!)

I had a lot of fun watching Marcy and Ron run this race – and it was very inspiring.  They worked hard as a team and finished strong. Congratulations Marcy and Ron for running a great race!  Everyone here is very proud of your achievement on this adventure!

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The sun is dipping lower in the sky and the nights grow just a bit cooler…do I see the hint of color in the leaves?  Fall is in the air!  With the fall season fast approaching there is excitement brewing here at le•top!  It’s Back to School!  Well, we do get excited about Fall fashions, but there is something else that stirs the senses – FOOTBALL RIVALRIES!  Yes, this cute and cuddly children’s clothing company is home to some serious fans – so while we are busy shipping our FABULOUS Varsity Blues collection to waiting retailers our football fanatics are ‘showing their colors!’  Since le•top is available in retailers across the United States we thought we would ask a few ‘fans’ here in the office where their loyalties lie.

Sarah and Diana in Their Jerseys

Sarah and Diana in Their Team Jerseys

Sarah, our le•top assistant designer loves her team!  Sarah, growing up in Montana, really had the freedom to choose any team in the country – they are not ‘next’ to anything!  She relates that her mom, a native of North Dakota has always favored their ‘neighbor’ – The Minnesota Vikings.  Her Dad went with the Chicago Bears – but Sarah had to break with the family and choose the Indianapolis Colts.  Why???  Peyton!  She fell in love with football when Peyton Manning hooked her with his ‘Hail Mary!’  Now she is here in the San Francisco Bay Area…Niners? Raiders?  She maintains “I’m a Colts fan for life!’

Diana, our customer service specialist extraordinaire, took at little different path to loyalty…She grew up in Los Angeles – a ‘city girl.’  The Raiders, based in LA during her childhood, gained Diana’s loyalty as she watched football with her older brother.  She followed football just because she idolized her brother, and football was the common bond. When Diana, a ‘Navy Brat’ moved to the Bay Area (her father was stationed at Treasure Island) found out that the Raiders were moving back to the Bay Area there was celebrating in her family!  She can’t wait until September…Go Raiders!

If you are “READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!” check out the le•top Varsity Blues collection – you fans and dads will love it!  And as for me…NINERS RULE!

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Boxes and Boxes

Boxes Can Have a Second Life in a Garden

When it comes to saving our planet – every little bit helps. Recently we posted how we at le•top recycle our eco-friendly “trash”.  Shipments of garments come through each week and we end up with the  inevitable by-product – an overabundance of cardboard boxes.  Needless to say, we seized the opportunity to donate the boxes to the Hercules Sustainable Community Garden, which in turn uses them in their organic gardens in Hercules, CA.  With the help of our SUPER employees Linda and Tony, we hooked up with this group and hauled off a ton of boxes!

Hercules Letter

Click to See Full Size Letter

The Hercules Sustainable Community Garden Foundation was so sweet, they sent us a thank you letter and are promoting le•top on their site!  Moving one baby step closer to being a “green” company brings all of us at le•top peace of mind.

In return, a big thank you is due to the HSCGF for putting together this wonderful project.  We can’t wait to take a lunch time stroll around the beautiful community gardens when they are planted!

For those of you in the SF Bay Area, HSCGF is always looking for volunteers to get their hands dirty.  Get to know your neighbors while learning some new sustainable and organic gardening techniques.  Their website can be found at http://sites.google.com/site/herculesgardening/

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hedgehog_3_lgOur Spring 2010 photo shoot is fast approaching and le•top is looking for children to model our unique clothing!

We are searching for babies and toddlers between the ages of 7 months and 4 years that wear sizes between 9 months and 3T (unwashed).

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area and your child loves to be on the lens side of a camera…read on!

Please provide the following information to skelly@letop-usa.com and we will send you all the pertinent information regarding the go-see and photo shoot:Amanda_Dots_3026

* Child’s Name
* Guardian’s Name
* Boy or Girl
* A couple of recent photos of your cutie 
   (snapshots are ok)
* Age
* Weight
* Clothing size
* Email address
   (please send one email per child)
* Can your child walk or stand on their own?

IMPORTANT DATES AND INFORMATION:

GO-SEE: July 9th at our Richmond, California headquarters
What is a go-see? It’s a day when children come in for an audition (to try on clothes!)

PHOTO SHOOT: July 20th, 21st and 23rd
If your child is chosen they MUST be available for one or more of these photo shoot dates.

REQUIREMENTS: All children must secure a valid working permit – we will supply all the information necessary – and sign a usage agreement. Information regarding compensation will be included in our return email.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: July 3, 2009

On Set

On Set

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