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In a Scottish sort of mood

Maclaren has rebranded with a tip of the (fur) hat to their Scottish roots. The new Maclaren logo is a plaid-inspired “M”, though we haven’t seen any plaid fabrics in the US lineup for 2007. And just to make sure everyone got the point, there was an impressive bagpiper who made frequent appearances at the Maclaren booth. I got a ... Read More »

Just add spaghetti sauce.

Inglesina was showing a beautiful new white high chair and baby seat in Cologne. Reminiscent of Ligne-Roset, these are very sleek, very modern and potentially very impractical. But will anyone care? Functionally, both pieces are fine. The high chair is well constructed and well designed, while the baby seat is a novelty with an adjustable recline and a rocking base. ... Read More »

Heavy Duty

Apparently, Cybex is getting into the baby market. Last year, the fitness company introduced a revolutionary new high-back booster seat at this show and won the coveted innovation award. This year, they’ve brought out a fascinating new convertible car seat, and won it again. When we visited, we met JB, the VP of Sales for this division of Cybex, and ... Read More »

Is that a term of endearment?

We just ordered the Mutsy strollers in Las Vegas, so we were curious to see what they were unveiling here. They showed off a new, brighter color palette for the Spider, as well as a completely new chassis concept which is outstanding. The handlebar is attached to the seat frame, which, like the bugaboo, can convert from a bassinet to ... Read More »

Sheri and Isaac go to Red Castle

Although we have not yet decided to carry the Red Castle strollers that will be available in the US, we were curious to check out their booth. Inside, we found some gorgeous stroller and car seat covers that will be very nice in the winter. We also met the Red Castle baby carrier, which is already selling in the US. ... Read More »

Emmawho?

At the Emmaljunga booth, we discovered that even this venerable pram manufacturer has jumped onto the hybrid bandwagon, with a chassis that features the asymmetrical wheel configuration. It has quite a nice feel, actually. I’ve never seen a new Emmaljunga, since they are no longer available in the US, but I’ve heard that they’re very smooth and easy to push. ... Read More »

And speaking of safety…

At many booths, we’ve approached the staff to ask about product availability in the US, and we keep hearing the same story: “Our product can’t meet the safety standards there.” Evidently it’s a miracle that all these European children survive infancy. And based on the number of bikers whizzing around this city without helmets, it’s also a miracle they survive ... Read More »

Hi Ho Quinny

Once we had established our legitimacy, we had full access to this booth. I am not familiar enough with the Quinny line to really know the difference between old and new, but it seems like the color palette has had an update. Interestingly, the new Quinny colors are very similar to the 2006 Maclaren lineup, with red, lime, pink, black, ... Read More »

Hauck: the sound of music

Upon arriving at the show, our first stop was the Hauck booth. We were drawn in partly by the shiny rows of strollers, partly by the long entryway into the booth that was lined with cartons of gleaming green apples and partly by the amazing bar that took up about half of their exhibit space. It was pretty sweet. Oh, ... Read More »

Sweet Cologne

After arriving on Friday morning and checking into our hotel, Isaac and I took the subway over to the Koelnmesse, (aka convention center). Not surprisingly, the Koelnmesse is an impressive place. It is enormous and the entry areas have stark white interiors and soaring ceilings. Unlike the shows I’ve seen in the US, we do not receive badges to wear, ... Read More »