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Jake and Kate with Daddy

Jake and big sister, Kate, with Daddy

We’re very excited to learn that one of our le•top and rabbitmoon Favorites Contest winners, Marissa C., gave birth to a tiny bundle of joy recently. Jake Thomas arrived on Monday, March 23 at 7:43 am. He weighed in at 7 pounds, 1 ounce and was 18 1/2 inches long. Happy Birthday, Jake! Marissa wrote to say he is still too small to wear the clothes she chose as part of her contest win, but as soon as he’s big enough, we’ll be getting more photos. Thanks for sharing, Marrissa, and congratulations to you and your family!

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The next boomer generation...!

The next boomer generation...

I guess it wasn’t just the celebrities having all those babies (with their interesting baby names)…it’s been lots of people! It also explains all the baby shower invitations! We all know about the baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964, give or take a couple years) who reached their peak numbers in 1957. Well, in 2006, we reached about 4 million, but  in 2007, we topped over 4.3 million births (surpassing 1957’s birth rate) — the highest ever in our nation’s history! That’s a lot of shopping for baby clothes…not to mention diaper changes. We’re having our own boomlet here at le•top blog, so we seem to still be trending toward a baby boom. Congrats to all our readers who gave birth in March…Happy Birthday, little ones!

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Kathy and Lisa prepping before the show

Kathy and Lisa prepping the le•top booth before the show

The theme of our New York week – let’s get to work!

After spending Friday morning doing ‘home improvement’ projects at the new showroom we were ready to move on to the next stop – the Jacob Javitts Convention Center to set up for the Children’s Club show. We had decided to revamp our booth, since we loved our new look at the Las Vegas show. We bought new furniture in New York to avoid the shipping costs from California – so here’s the question: how long does it take to put together 7 tables and 16 chairs? A looong time. Paul was again pulled in as a ‘worker bee’ – resulting in a serious cramp in his hand by the time all this furniture was assembled! So much for “easy assembly” – easy and quick are 2 very different things! Of course the result of everyone’s labor was a striking booth…the customers commented we looked “new and modern!”

The show was very, very busy for us! It is always wonderful to see our favorite customers in person and listen to their feedback. I have a confession…neither Paul nor I actually sell the collection to the buyers, we simply ‘hang out’ and absorb suggestions. I always joke that we act as ‘booth host and hostess’ – but the pleasure is always ours. One of the real treats is that we not only see all of our favorite New York customers at this show, we also see friends from different regions of the U.S. and some from outside of the country. The show is officially an international show – and it is wonderful to hear input from all different perspectives. Our designers are in the midst of designing the Spring 2010 collection and eagerly await the feedback, since it gives them even more inspiration. I loved hearing about colors and styles that are selling in the stores – because we want to be sure we create new things that will make our customers happy!

Of course “all work and no play” makes for a dull group – and we are definitely not dull! Erin said all I wrote about  our Vegas trip was food, making her very hungry, so stay tuned for what we did to “play”…because we love going to great restaurants!

Busy buyers at the rabbitmoon booth

Busy buyers at the rabbitmoon booth

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Lilah playing at her great aunt's backyard in a most favorite dress!

Lilah playing at her great aunt's backyard in a most favorite dress from rabbitmoon

This weekend, my daughter wore the cap-sleeved short dress with tiered skirt from the soleil collection (rabbitmoon spring 09). It was a special occasion that day, as she was going to her great-aunt’s house with her grandma. I tend to save my favorite clothes for those types of occasions, so the dress was just the ticket. The soft yellow brings out the highlights in her hair. The design and patterns are absolutely adorable, and the fabric is incredibly soft. When my husband and I got home that evening around 10pm, Lilah was still going strong. She was prepped for bed in her jammie pants, but I noticed she still had on her soleil dress. My mother-in-law explained that when she went to change her, Lilah threw a fit. She did not want to take it off, so she just let her wear it. Actually we let her wear it all the next day too. I can’t believe that it stayed clean enough that we could leave it on her.

Remembering back to the last time she wore it, she had a very similar reaction. I could barely keep clothes on her that day, so I asked her just to try it on to see if it fit. Once I put it on her she didn’t take it off all day. That is practically a miracle in our house. I’m very proud to show my daughter off in any of our le•top and rabbitmoon clothes. People always tell me how beautiful they are, and all I can do is agree. We do make beautiful clothes!

Just in time for spring! Click on the dress to see the entire soleil collection form rabbitmoon

Just in time for spring! Click photo to see the entire soleil collection from rabbitmoon

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le•top's booth in Las Vegas. L-R: Paul, Sarah Kaufman (San Francisco sales rep), Renee Navarre (Los Angeles sales rep) and me!

One of the venues we use for presenting our collections to the store buyers is at trade shows, and one of the first shows of the fall season happens in Las Vegas. We set up our booths – for le•top and for rabbitmoon – and registered buyers from retail stores come to see what we have created for the new season. We present all the samples to them, and they write up orders to be shipped starting in June – just in time for the new fall and winter seasons.

Of course, one of the ‘perks’ of working hard in Las Vegas by day is that, by night, we are able to have dinner at some really great restaurants once the show closes down for the day. We visited some great ones this time around – one, an old favorite from previous visits and one, a new “find!”

nobtavnWe went to dinner the first night of the show at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino: Nob Hill Tavern. The executive ‘celebrity’ chef there is Michael Mina – a star here in the San Francisco Bay Area and a James Beard award winner. The food is divine – we tried (and shared) great short ribs of beef, wonderful sea bass, and I can’t even tell you how great the Truffle Mac and Cheese can be! Plus, we did a great cheese fondue as a shared appetizer for all. On a previous visit we’d tried their ‘Seafood Tower’ appetizer – but had trouble finishing our dinner, since it was a very generous portion. The great thing about Nob Hill Tavern, for me, is that it somehow evokes a nice, calm atmosphere – a relaxing change from the frenzy of Las Vegas.

The second night (what? you thought I was going to write about clothes? Food and martinis, baby! Food and martinis!!)), we tried a new restaurant at Caesars Palace – Rao’s. Karen (our CEO – “Chief Everything Officer”, National Sales Manager, and mother of the “grandsons of my heart – Nicholas and Dylan) was chatting with a guy on the airplane on the way to Las Vegas, and he recommended the restaurant – and even arranged a reservation for us! (I guess it is difficult to secure a reservation – and almost IMPOSSIBLE at their original New York location. This is a very ‘authentic’ kind of New York vibe – complete with the big, scary-looking Italian guy yelling at a busboy as we came in! The décor is casual and takes you on a trip to Sicily – complete with the gaudy Christmas wreaths and lights, in place all year long. The service was great. Extending the feeling of a family style Italian experience, the waitress pulled up a chair and ‘discussed’ what would be good for us to order. The portions are huge. On her recommendation we did family style – appetizers, pastas and entrées. Great food – and we were absolutely stuffed! By the way, they make a great martini!

The Las Vegas KidShow was a great success – the buyers loved the new fall collections – and we enjoyed some great food along the way. The next show was in the Big Apple – question is, will I write about our fabulous clothes or the food (and martinis)!?

Editor’s Note: Sorry for the delay in publishing Chris’ post (Vegas was a couple weeks ago)…I kept getting hungry and had to go eat something every time I tried to edit it…

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Karen's sons and Olive before school, celebrating St. Patrick's Day

Karen's sons and Olive before school, celebrating St. Patrick's Day

Take a guess – where were we last week??? New York of course! The sales staff just returned from showing our Fall 2009 Collection at the ENK Children’s Club show – held 4 times a year at the Jacob Javitts Convention Center in New York. We were presenting styles for the upcoming fall season to buyers – and they were eagerly placing orders. Our new collection was a big hit in the Big Apple!

We saw these great “show your green” shirts and couldn’t resist buying them to make all of us feel a wee bit Irish and to surprise Kathy (our ace salesperson and, incidentally, Chris’ sister) who was born on St. Patrick’s Day (yes, she really is part Irish, hence the name Kathleen Ann!). We showed our Irish spirit by wearing our shirts in honor of her birthday and presented Kathy with her own Shamrock shirt … which she promptly loaned to Karen for yesterday’s ‘Happy St. Pat’s’ photo … because both Karen’s sons wanted the shirts to wear to school for St. Patrick’s Day … so Karen loaned her shirt to … oh, never mind! 😀 Let’s just say that when it comes to kids and clothes here at le•top, the kids and clothes always come first!!

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submitted by Candice B. of her last daughter's nursery.

submitted by Candice B. of her last daughter's nursery. I love this contemporary and inviting space!

We had a little story awhile back about Kristin’s friend, Erin T., who was quite dubious regarding the whole “nesting phase” phenomenon during pregnancy. That is, until she became pregnant with her first child and experienced it first hand! Shortly after Erin T.’s baby girl (Emma Grace) was born, we had a follow up to show the nursery wrought by Erin’s nesting instincts…and her husband’s great painting skills! Not having been in too many nurseries, I thought their pink and brown theme was original and modern…two words I didn’t think I’d ever apply to describing a nursery! Shortly after we ran that little feature, a reader sent us a photo of her daughter’s room. I was once again impressed at the imaginative and, clearly, loving attention to detail and care that Candice put into her nursery! Attention to detail, loving care, creativity and imagination…yup…we definitely appreciate all those qualities, and more, here at le•top and rabbit moon, where we try to bring that through in all we do!

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ifkOne of our retailers, In Fashion Kids, was honored as an inaugural winner in the Baby Clothing category by TheFind. We are so excited to brag about In Fashion Kids’ big achievement! A compendium Website for consumers for all things shopping, TheFind lists the best stores, online retailers, sales and coupons, as well as helping to find those hard-to-come-by items…like Nadine’s rabbit moon blankie! 🙂 The Find has launched an annual list giving recognition to top 100 online specialty stores in sixteen categories. We congratulate Jacquie (owner) and In Fashion Kids for winning a top spot in the first TheFind100!

To find a great selection of baby and children’s costumes, dress wear and, of course, our fashionable le•top baby and children’s clothes, the search mission has already been done for you…just go to In Fashion Kids!

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A couple of Marrisa's faves: a Lavey Collection Dress for her 21 month ld daughter and a Rocket Collection footed coverall for her son due March 27th!

A couple of Marrisa’s faves: a Lacey Collection Dress for her 21 month old daughter, and a Rocket Collection footed coverall for her son, not due until March 27th!

Our most recent winner was told about this contest by Dina, the owner of Monkey Barrel in Amelia Island, FL where our winner shops for le•top and rabbit moon baby and children’s clothes…when not entering contests for them! 😉 Wow, what a great neighbor and merchant! Thanks for sending readers to le•top blog, Dina! Thanks also for keeping the interests of your customers at heart! Visit Monkey Barrel at: 92 Amelia Circle, Fernandina Beach, FL, 32034, on gorgeous Amelia Island. Ph: 904.261.0777

Marissa C., our third le•top and rabbit moon Favorites Contest winner was very quick to contact us after receiving her email confirmation, so there wasn’t the usual suspense we’d experienced with our first two winners!  Flower Power, My Little Garden, Vintage Flight and Wags ‘N Whiskers were Marissa’s le•top favorites, as well as all the collections in rabbit moon. The suspense will all be around March 27thth…will her baby boy arrive on schedule? We can’t wait to see photos of both your little darlings, Marissa!

We still have one more winner to go. Our final Favorites Contest winner will be announced February 18th…that’s TOMORROW! Enter to win and check back here at le•top blog to see if you’re the winner. It could still be you!

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Our third winner loved every single collection in rabbit moon! So, there’s going to be a lucky boy and a lucky girl who gets outfitted with our fun and fabulous children’s clothes! Marissa C., today’s lucky Favorites Contest winner, also chose Flower Power, My Little Garden, Vintage Flight and Wags ‘N Whiskers as her le•top favorites…all adorable and fun, too! Congratulations, Marissa C.! Look for an email in your inbox from the editor of le•top blog!

the rabbit moon signature tracksuit from the Rocket Collection. LOVE the bold stripes!

One of Marissa C.'s favorites (and also one of the editors' faves): the rabbit moon signature tracksuit from the Rocket Collection. LOVE the bold stripes!

We still have one more winner to go! Our final Favorites Contest winner will be announced February 18th. Enter to win and check back here at le•top blog to see if you’re the winner. Good luck!

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