Glenna Jean is a well-respected manufacturer of crib bedding that is available through online retailers and baby specialty stores. The Rodeo Drive bedding collection, first introduced in early 2005, is a good choice for anyone looking for something new and original. Rodeo Drive is a high quality bedding collection with pricing ranging from $350 to $400 for the four-piece set. While certainly on the high end price-wise compared to other national brands of crib bedding, the fabric quality and workmanship of Rodeo Drive bedding more than justifies the price for those who can afford it.
Rodeo Drive comes as a four-piece set which includes a quilt, bumper, crib skirt, and fitted sheet. There is also a five-piece option with your choice of a pillow or diaper stacker available. All pieces are also sold separately. The collection is made from a 60/40 cotton/poly blend and is machine washable. As with most bedding collections, accessories are available to enhance the nursery. Two common accessories are not available in the Rodeo Drive pattern, which are a hamper and wall border.
Overall, I am impressed with the quality of the Rodeo Drive crib set, although with some small reservations. Glenna Jean took no shortcuts with the fabrics used in this collection. The pink and black gingham fabrics are high thread count woven ginghams (as compared to far less expensive printed ginghams). The shopping images are all very detailed and well-executed embroidery. The quality of these fabrics alone more than justify the price of this crib bedding for those who have the room in their budgets. These woven fabrics will retain their vibrant colors and details through whatever you or your baby throw at them.
I was, however, somewhat disappointed in the stitching. At the corners of the quilt, where lengths of fabric are stitched together, the fabrics are overlapped and then sewn together, leaving a flap on the outside of the quilt – with more effort, I believe this could have been avoided. And occasionally, the patches in the quilt do not line up as expected. The workmanship, while somewhat disappointing, does not take away from the overall appearance of the crib set and certainly is more than sufficient to assure durability.
The quilt features a fleece backing, which is the same fabric the fitted sheet is made from. The bumper, while in one continuous piece, is 8.5" high and includes both top and bottom ties. A noticeable feature of the bumper is the patchwork pattern appears on both sides of the bumper. In most cases, the inward facing part of the bumper features the patterns used in the collection, while the outward facing area is a plaid or another striped fabric used as a background. The crib skirt has a 15.5" drop to finish the look of your crib.
Because Rodeo Drive merchandise is assembled in the United States, it can be particularly appealing for Canadian customers purchasing from a US retailer. It can be shipped to Canada duty-free, thereby avoiding charges of 17% or more of the purchase price that apply to bedding manufactured in China or India.
If the color scheme in Rodeo Drive appeals to you, Scribbles, also by Glenna Jean, is another bedding collection to look at.
Katherine L is a Copywriter/Customer Service Representative for Baby Supermall, an online retailer of Crib Bedding Sets , including Rodeo Drive by Glenna Jean