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Follow along with nine of the most influential, trend-setting women in the blogosphere (and their babies!) as they fire up their fashion savvy and compete to style the most fabulous, original outfits around Sakura Bloom slings and key wardrobe pieces.

Here’s the really fun part and where you come in!  the Styleathon is a unique, interactive event designed to  spread the love to our customers and readers, with frequent opportunities to win the same items featured by your favorite bloggers!

Our Lovely Hostess: Leigh of Marvelous Kiddo

Head on over to The Sakura Bloom Styleathon now you are just in time to enter the Round 1 giveaway!

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We are all heartbroken, watching the horrifying events that are unfolding in Japan. It is so easy to feel overwhelmed and helpless in the face of such massive suffering, and yet it is of paramount importance that we gather our resources and reach out to the victims in every way possible to help them survive and rebuild. It is in this spirit of hope and love that Sakura Bloom has decided to spearhead a three-day (March 15-17) fundraiser to benefit the Japan relief efforts.

We are raffling three slings from the Essential Collection.  Winners will be free to choose between linen or silk in their favorite colorway.

Tickets are available for purchase by clicking here. The more you give, the more chances there are to win: $10 will get you one ticket, $25 will get you three tickets, and $50 will get you ten tickets.

All proceeds from this fundraiser will be donated to the American Red Cross.

Thank you for your generosity.

Babies. Parents. Community!  Babywearing groups around the world do incredible work introducing new parents to the joys of baby carriers.  We invite you to join us in an international fundraiser to benefit 60 of the world’s top babywearing groups.

Together with thirty-six of our amazing retailers worldwide (scroll down to see who!) we are thrilled to announce the Sakura Bloom Spread the Love Benefit.

Here’s how you can join in to Spread the Love and Win Big:

Purchase a $10 Spread The Love ticket. Each ticket enters you into a drawing to win one of thirty-six $100 gift certificates donated generously by our participating retailers—a total of $3,600!

All proceeds from the benefit will be used to provide each babywearing group with a silk Sakura Bloom sling for their lending library of baby carriers.

Tickets will be on sale February 1-14 and winners will be announced on Wednesday, February 17.

And….there’s a bonus! The babywearing group with the most tickets purchased in their name—just enter your group’s name in the comments box at checkout—will receive an entire wardrobe of Sakura Bloom slings!  What is a wardrobe of Sakura Blooms?  A big package from us containing our full range of linen and silk slings!

Buy a ticket or two (or as many as you’d like!) and show your support for babywearing groups here, there, and everywhere!

Our hearts and minds are with Haiti right now.  The devastation of last week’s earthquake is so hard to comprehend. In addition to sending our thoughts and prayers, Sakura Bloom Baby Slings is partnering with BabyHawk Baby Carriers to raise funds for Haiti.

Been waiting to purchase a baby carrier? Please do so Thursday, January 21 or Friday, January 22 when both Sakura Bloom and Baby Hawk will donate 50% of all sales to Partners in Health-Haiti.

Who is Partners in Health? An amazing organization providing grassroots health care in partnership with Haitian communities for over twenty years.  We support their work and invite you to join us: every little bit helps.

Don’t know much about Haiti? Want to learn more? Here are some good resources:

1. The writings of Edwidge Danticat. A beautiful, brilliant writer and recent recipient of a MacArthur Genius Grant, Danticat’s fiction and non-fiction writings about Haiti are lush, evocative, and sometimes painfully poignant.  The New York Times maintains a detailed page about her, and in addition to being a gifted writer, she is also the mother of two young girls.  For starters, try her novel Breath, Eyes, Memory.

2. For more on Partners in Health, try Tracy Kidder’s moving portrait of Dr. Paul Farmer, an MD, anthropologist, and one of the founders of Partners in Health: Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World.

3. Track down some Haitian poetry. Just posted yesterday on the Elephant website, here are some poems posted in the Kreyol/Creole original with English translations by Merete Mueller with Dominique Herard.

4. Finally, music. Check out Boukman Eksperyans, a Haitian vodou-folk-rock band whose music simultaneously celebrates Haitian culture and critiques Haitian politics. Try their song Ti Bourik Pete san’l pa konnen and go from there!

Our love and strength to our friends originally from Haiti, to all with family and friends there, and to those friends working in partnership with the Haitian people now to save lives, rebuild the country, and hold on to hope.

With thanks to all who are able to join us and BabyHawk in this fundraising effort.  Mesi anpil, or many thanks in Haitian Kreyol.

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sakura_160by600_animatedIn celebration of International Babywearing Week, September 21-28, Adventures in Babywearing presents The Sakura Bloom Triathlon sponsored by Fawn&Forest and Bravado Designs!

Are you ready for a Mommy Triathlon?  Adventures in Babywearing is looking for seven moms to try out three amazing Sakura Bloom slings, each for a two week period.  We want you to get to know these slings, to use them as part of your everyday life, and to share your results with us in three ways: through photos, video, and writing.  The mom who best represents the Sakura Bloom spirit of “the modern art of babywearing” will win a grand prize of a sustainable eco-luxury Sakura Bloom Luxe Collection Sling (msrp $540)!

So, first head over to Adventures in Babywearing enter to be one of the lucky seven moms and then grab one of these beautiful buttons created by Fawn&Forest!  Post it on your blog or anywhere you see fit and link it up to The Sakura Bloom Triathlon.  Help us celebrate International Babywearing Week by spreading the Babywearing Love!

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The ABC Kids Show in Las Vegas is the place to be September 13-16!   Be sure to add Sakura Bloom to your map and come visit us in Booth #414.  Our eco-friendly booth itself is always as big a hit as our slings!booth1The entire booth is made of recycled materials—reclaimed wood for the frame and tables, paper made from recycled yogurt containers for our photographs, and wood from old wine barrels for our chairs. A 100% eco-friendly booth that is just gorgeous! Seeing all of our linen and silk slings against the dark wood of the booth is really something. As pretty as the slings look in photos, seeing them in person, feeling them, and trying them on takes it to another level entirely!

Want to save time at the show?  Fill out our wholesale application before you go to familiarize yourself with our line and to keep current with all the latest happenings and offerings from Sakura Bloom!

We look forward to seeing you in Vegas!

heather_blogger2Join us tonight for #babywearing chat: Wednesdays 10-12pm est. Sharing tips, tricks, stories and spreading the ♥!

Just search for the # tag #babywearing at 10pm and you will find us there!  Bring your questions, your tips and your stories!   Follow us: @sakurabloom


We just got back from a wonderful four days in Chicago at the 2nd International Babywearing Conference.

Babies everywhere. More baby carriers than I’d ever dreamed seeing in one place. And wonderful, wonderful women (and some men, too!) from around the world!

The conference organizers held a gigantic raffle to benefit thebabywearer.com which is the world’s largest resource for information about baby carriers. A Sakura Bloom signature Blackberry Stripe sling was one of the prizes.

Here I am with the lucky winner—Genevieve from Pittsburgh, PA. Blackberry Stripe looks just gorgeous on Gen and her adorable son!

Congratulations to Genevieve and all of the other winners. Thanks also to the organizers for a fantastic conference!

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Sakura Bloom Baby Slings is joining with one of New York’s hottest baby boutiques, the Upper East Side’s Metro Minis to present their extraordinary slings.

Sakura Bloom designer and founder, Lynne Banach, will be at Metro Minis showing slings from each collection: the extraordinary Belgian linens baby slings ($88-160), stunning dupioni silk baby slings ($198-340), and the new sustainable silks of the Luxe Collection baby slings ($540-1120).

All who purchase a sling at the show will be entered in a drawing for a suite of Sakura Bloom slings–FOUR SLINGS OF YOUR CHOICE! One Pure or Hana sling, one linen Simple or Essential sling, one silk Essential or Artisan sling, and one tussah silk Luxe sling. This is an $874-1160 value depending on which slings you choose! Read here about our last winner, here about the current contest, and best of luck to everyone!

Come to Metro Minis on Saturday, May 3 from 11-2 to see, feel, and try on these gorgeous baby slings! Not sure how to use a baby sling? The Sakura Bloom team will also do free hands-on demonstrations during the show.

Metro Minis is located at 821 Park Avenue (at the corner of 75 Street); 212-313-9600.

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Calling all Southern California Moms, Dads and babies!

Sakura Bloom is coming to Baby Celebration LA, Saturday, April 12-13 at the Los Angeles Convention Center and we want you to be our guest. We’ve got 25 “Admit 2 free” passes (a $20 savings) and 50 “2 for 1” passes (a $10 savings) available. So, please join us at the show!

If you’d like to attend Baby Celebration LA as a guest of Sakura Bloom, click here to contact us with your name and mailing address and we will mail your tickets promptly. Tickets are first come first serve, with the “Admit 2 free” tickets being mailed out first.

Haven’t heard of Baby Celebration LA? Check it out, a fun fresh day for hip, new moms and trendy tots: “where the ordinary becomes extraordinary…and all things baby & tot become magical.”

Come see Sakura Bloom in the fashion show, try on our slings and purchase one to take home with you! We will have our full collection at the show, including our eco-friendly Luxe Collection. Meet Carole, Lynne, and Eric of Sakura Bloom and see for yourself why Sakura Bloom slings are so desired and beloved!

See you there!