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            The Consumer Product Safety Commission recently confirmed that embel-
            lishments such as crystal and glass beads must meet all of the standards
            of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act’s lead regulations, mak-
            ing much of the bling little girls love illegal. Here, the industry explains
                                                                                                                      Market Pulse
            how it’s keeping the sparkle and excitement in children’s wear.
                                                                                                                 Retailers weigh in on
            Fashion is always changing, so we will             away when the limit drops to 100 ppm in           seasonal planning and
            adapt to what is happening in the market-
            place. We are a special occasion resource
                                                               2010… Many moms who buy Jannuzzi tell
                                                               us that they want bling for their daugh-
                                                                                                                 staffing changes.
            and feel this is an important element to our       ters—we hope we will still be able to offer       When do you expect your outerwear
            designs. We are incorporating more 3-D             it in the future. —Rose Jannuzzi, founder/        sales to peak?
                                                                                                                 35% Once back-to-school shopping
            textured effects to add surface interest as        designer, Jannuzzi
                                                                                                                 starts.
            well as using metallic-looking fabrications,                                                         42% Not until it’s cold out.
            as long as they pass compliance standards          We use all real gemstones, silver and             13% Late fall.
            for children. Embroideries with metallic           gold, so it isn’t a problem—one or two            10% We can’t keep them in stock.
            threads is also an option. —Norma Sawdy,           tests and that’s it. Jewelry needs to have a
                                                                                                                 In early August, we asked: What
            founder/creative director, Us Angels               standard, but I feel so bad for the apparel
                                                                                                                 percentage of your holiday buying is
                                                               manufacturers that have to test differ-           complete?
            For us, some of [the requirements] had al-         ent kinds of fabric and materials. They’re        33% I’m done buying for holiday.
            ready been in place. We had “sparkle” tested       spending a fortune. It’s costing a lot of         23% Usually I’m further along, but I’m
            before the law came. It’s been much harder         small businesses a lot of money right now.        waiting until later this year.
                                                                                                                 27% I haven’t started yet.
            for the product that has been in produc-           —Michelle Guest, founder/designer, Mija
                                                                                                                 13% I’ve ordered the apparel and will
            tion; moving forward, it’s much easier. If it’s                                                      fill in with gift items later.
            not in production, y
				
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Description: The Consumer Product Safety Commission recently confirmed that embellishments such as crystal and glass beads must meet all of the standards of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act's lead regulations, making much of the bling little girls love illegal. Unfortunately, we are limited to using clear glass stones as we have not been able to source colored versions that consistently test below 300 ppm (one batch of stones may test within the limits of the law and the next batch will exceed the limits).
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