Retailers Pick the Top Children's Apparel of 2006

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Leading children’s wear magazine Earnshaw’s celebrates the top manufacturers in today’s hottest fashion market.

Earnshaw’s, the leading children’s apparel trade magazine, announced the nominees for the title’s coveted Earnie Award today. The apparel manufacturers vying for this year’s recognition represent the best in children’s fashion, as voted on by their retailers. Earnshaw’s will announce the winners in October at its annual Earnie Award party and will profile those companies in its November issue.

“In today’s retail landscape, it’s increasingly important for manufacturers to forge strong partnerships with retailers. An Earnie Award nomination reflects the superior design and service each of these vendors provide to their customers,” stated publisher Stephen Schwartz.

“The Earnie Award was designed to recognize those who make great strides in children’s wear design, but the spirit of the award celebrates all of those who contribute to our industry’s continued success,” stated Caletha Crawford, editor in chief of Earnshaw’s magazine. “This year is Earnshaw’s 90th anniversary, and the magazine has always been committed to supporting children’s wear and those who work in the industry.”

The Earnies has earned its prestigious status over the last three decades. This year, the awards focus on 21 categories within the children’s apparel industry, including the infant and toddler market, girls’ wear, boys’ wear, sleepwear, swimwear and accessories. Nominees are selected by a committee consisting of children’s wear experts; the winners are then selected by retailers across the country.

For 90 years, Earnshaw’s has been the leading trade publication in the children’s clothing market. Earnshaw’s and earnshaws.com provide retailers, manufacturers, sales representatives and industry insiders with the vital information they need to stay current on fashion trends and business practices. The magazine is owned by Symphony Publishing, a multimedia company that publishes B2B magazines, Web sites and directories that span the music product, music education, children’s fashion, footwear and golf event industries.

A complete list of the 2006 Earnie Nominees is below.

Girls’ Newborn/Infant

Cach Cach

Victoria Kids

Le Top

Boys’ Newborn/Infant

Baby Togs

Kissy Kissy

Zutano

Girls’ 2T to 6X Sportswear

Lipstik

Flowers by Zoe

Rubbies

Boys’ 2T to 7 Sportswear

Charlie Rocket

E-land

One Kid

Girls’ 7 to 16 Sportswear

KC Parker

Haven Girl

Juicy Couture

Boys’ 8 to 20 Sportswear

Wes & Willy

Kitestrings

Quiksilver

Best Jeans Company

Ave Blu

Tractor

Guess

Girls’ Dresswear

Monkeywear

Biscotti

Plum Pudding

Boys’ Dresswear

Imp Originals

Perry Ellis

Calvin Clothing

Licensed Apparel

Kids Headquarters

Franco Apparel Group

Haddad Brands

Best Entertainment Property

Sesame Street (Sesame Workshop)

Superman (Warner Bros.)

Curious George (Universal Studios)

Outerwear

Corky & Co

S. Rothschild

Kate Mack

Footwear

Baby Deer

Kid Express

Playhouse

Swimwear

Kate Mack Swim

Banana Cabana

Breaking Waves

Sleepwear

At Home

Skivvydoodles

Sara’s Prints

Accessories--hair and jewelry

Wee Ones

Bows Arts

No Slippy Hair Clippy

Accessories--bags/backpacks

Romar Accessories

Accessory Network

Capelli New York

Accessories--hosiery

Tic Tac Toe/Cricket

Jefferies/Country Kids

Trimfit

Best Gift-able Items

Mud Pie

Gund

Child to Cherish

Best Canadian Brand

Deux Par Deux

Robeez

Coccoli

Best European Brand

Beetlejuice London

Catamini

Petit Bateau

Most Innovative New Brand

Hubcap/Luna Luna

Room Seven

Chick Chat

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