Designer Spotlight: Lil’ LDN

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Name: Tazara

Hometown: London

Name of label or brand: Lil’ LDN

Type of design, accessories, t shirts, denim, clothing etc.

Tracksuit/dress/T-shirt/shorts/bomber jackets/skirts

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Tazara the Designer of Lil ‘LDN

Why did you choose to design for children?

As a fashion conscious new mum, I loved dressing up my little girl but really struggled to find clothes that reflected her big personality and my sense of urban style. ‍ Influenced by the city it calls home, ‘LiL LDN’was born – a collection inspired by London’s unique sense of style and swag. Our design philosophy is simple – cool, current and cute. We combine quality with individuality to bring you a collection that’s truly unique with a strong emphasis on merging textures and colours to make your ‘LiL’ one stand out from the crowd. ‍ The collection has been specifically designed to have an oversized fit, giving our clothes longevity as your child grows. We are proud to mention that our products are all designed and manufactured in the UK.

How is your label different from the other childrens brand already on the market?

We offer luxury wear at affordable prices, designed from original concept and shipped to our customers. My favorite items are both the tracksuits and bomber jackets. Tracksuit – because of the drop crutch style and the snug feeling it gives when a child wears it. The detail in the zip and color contrast. It comes in grey, khaki, navy velvet and blush pink velvet. It has an over sized hoodie. While we have focused on comfort style has not been compromised! 

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We have beautiful Bomber Jackets – these are again very comfortable and stylish, the colors come in maroon velvet, electric blue with neon yellow zip and faux leopard print. I love the leopard print bomber as we have pushed boundaries with this being an item all Kids can wear leopards. I like these items because again these can be worn dressed up or dressed casually. 

Where do you get your ideas from and what or who inspires you as a designer?

Kanye West, over the years his style has evolved – I like that he’s always pushing boundaries and is always showing different ways of wearing  clothes, he likes to layer clothing. Lil’LDN has used the color palette to layer lots of items. In stead of having things always matching we have put color blocks together so the items stand out in their own right. So it’s really up to you how you want to dress your child. I like the over sized look which can work well with kids but also gives a longer duration, so a good buy for your money spent. Over the years he has no one a trend setter and and a lot of his style has been filtered down to his kids. 

Where can Fresh Kid Nation readers find your work?

For more information visit: http://www.lilldn.com

Follow on Instagram @lilldn_x

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Bowtai Children’s Boutique Website Launch VIP Party

Model & Actress Gabriella Casicone

On Friday October 18th, Bowtai NYC held it’s official website launch party. Bowtai is a luxury online children’s boutique that offers custom clothing and accessories.

Actress & Model Kelly Maria

“Bow Tai NYC🎀 Is Co owned by me Taniya and My Mom Tai founded in May 2015. I had to describe our roles in the business I would say I’m the brains behind the operation and my mom has the style! She comes up with the creative vision and I Help execute it. I’m also the face and spokesperson for my brand so I do a lot of the networking and speaking engagements . BowTai started off as a conversation between me and my mom and now is a actual boutique and I am so proud of all of the progress that we have made.”

Young attendees enjoy desserts

“The purpose of the party was to introduce our website and new product which are functioning bows We have a bow backpack, bow Fannypack , Bow wristlet, and hair accessories !!!! “

The evenings dress code was Think Pink, all guests were dressed to impress in a plethora of shiny fabrics, sequined accessories and gorgeous bows!

Kid influencer Desmond is Amazing and model Jeniyah Shaw

Complimentary Mani’s and Pedi’s by the events co-host Pink Princess Nails, followed by hair/makeup (upon request). Afterwards there was a styling session featuring the latest BowTai accessories.

Guests enjoy treats from Decadence by Lauren

A party theme photoshoot followed by our networking event and launch party with music, treats and selfies!

Bow Tai is a Luxury Children’s Online Boutique based out of Harlem New York. Specializing in all things Bows & Beautiful, Elegant, Quality, Custom Made pieces that Can’t be found in Malls of America and the Big Box stores. With our Great Customer Service Skills the Possibilities are Endless!

Party decor

Music by DJ Sassy J

Venue: Pink Princess Nails

Make Up and Hair by Max Glam Beauty

Sweets by: Decadence by Lauren

Photographer: SVO visuals

For more information visit:

bowtainyc.com

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The second Gen Z Social Summit VIP Night

Models wearing Mixed Up Clothing
Photo: Instagram

ConnectHER Media presents the second Gen Z Social Summit which took place in SoCal at Great Wolf Lodge, on Friday October 18th 2019. Our blogger Ruby Rosas attended the event with her family. More than 1200 teen influencers and creators were invited to the event and they all have a global social media audience reach of 12 million!

Nylahnna Rose enjoys the festivities

Kicking off with a networking mixer, Fashion Show and the water park at Great Wolf was enjoyed by all guests for the duration of the Friday evening.

The Fashion presentation featured Mixed Up Clothing, eTruism, Kezz Skate, and Trident by Jazz Malcom.

Model Kaylynn Vanessa in Mixed Up clothing
Photo: Instagram

Mixed Up Clothing is a multi-cultural children’s clothing line founded by Sonia Smith-Kang. She uses her brand to teach others about diversity; the hang-tags on each outfit describes the culture or country the design come from. Bold and bright colors and rich fabrics adorned the models at the fashion segment.

Our blogger Ruby and her family celebrate the evening with Sonia @mixedupclothing and Delia @ddhpr

https://www.mixedupclothing.com/

The glam squad used hair products from CurlyKids HairCare, CurlyChic and Evvemi. Makeup Artist Casey Mackay used MAC, Nars & Urban Decay products.

Samantha Bailey Trident by with designer Jax Malcom wearing Trident by Jax Malcom
Photo: Samantha Bailey

Jax Malcom debuts his signature line at the summit. At just 15, he is a director, actor, philanthropist and a designer. The collection is inspired by underwater creatures, as the young artist is passionate about saving the planet.

http://www.jaxmalcolm.com

Models debut beanies, hoodies & t-shirts
Kate Klein (far right)
Photo Credit: @kezzskate

Kezz Skate was founded by Kate Klein, 13 in her garage. A apparel brand that reflects her SoCal lifestyle and favorite pastimes such as skateboarding and surfing. The line offers limited edition hoodies and tees in retro colors and fun artwork.

www.kezzskate.com

Models prepare to show off the latest fashion finds!
Photo Credit : @e_truism

E Truism is a non-profit pop up shop and e-commerce site which collects clothing and accessories from fashion companies and individuals and sells them. 100% of the profit goes to a charity of their choice. Customers are able to also purchase brand new items at really great prices with some items starting at just $5.00 for kids and adults. The organization is run entirely by a network of volunteers.

https://etruism.org/

This event was sponsored by Great Wolf Lodge.


Participating brands and sponsors of ConnectHER Media’s Gen Z Social Summit include: The Great Wolf Lodge, Samsung USA, LRM Publicity, Petite n’ Pretty, School of Rock, Curly Chic / Curly Kids, Young Artist Academy, PaperMart, Ultimate VSCO Brand, Holiday Hostess, Xcaret, Blastz, eTruism, Justin and Taylor, Far Out Toys, Stars Above Balloons, Party Pretty Sweet, Famileague, Kia Motors, Fab Fit Fun, The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, CT & Co., DJ Tuug, and Illuminate Event Services.

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World Afro Day: The Big Hair Assembly 2019

Photo from @worldafroday

World Afro day was founded in 2017, by Michelle De Leon to celebrate Afro hair, educate and debunk myths and with hopes to change the narrative about textured hair in our society. At its inaugural event, a world record was set the the largest hair education lesson. Over 300 attendees learned about their hair with a day of science related classes, empowering workshops and hands on activities.

Photo from @inspiringvanessa

This year the Big Hair Assembly, took place 2 days prior to the main event on Friday Sept 13th. Thousands of school children across the world participated in a live stream event based in London at Langley Park School for Boys. The Big Hair Assembly was the first of its kind with appearances by international kid models, Celai West, Angel Noor and Farouk James who participated on the Hair & Identity panel.

Photo from @worldafroday

Hosted by Emma Dabiri, author of Don’t Touch My Hair and TV presenter Scarlette Douglas, young attendees voiced opinions about afro hair, school hair policies and how the we can change our views about hair.

Photo from @inspiringvanessa

Our kid blogger, Vanessa Sam also provided behind the scenes interviews. When asked what can we do to make afro hair more acceptable, a young lady responded ” We can appreciate how we really are and if anyone bullies us about it, tell them to stop.” Another student stated that kids should tell their teachers about any bullying right away.

Photo by @inspiringvanessa

The crowd was in awe of an energetic, afrobeat performance by Angel Afro Dance who has a large social media following. Guests were treated to cornrows and manicures on a pink double decker bus aka the “Braids & Beauty Bus” sponsored by Superdrug. With over 7,000 school children reached the event will return again in 2020. Schools are able to register online and receive a curriculum kit as well.

Photo from @inspiringvanessa

for more information visit:

https://www.worldafroday.com/bha

Photo from @inspiringvanessa

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Mini Mode prepares for a 4th season

Photo Credit: Emma Wright

Mini Mode London Kids Fashion Week will take place on September 13th and 14th at St. Mary’s in Wyndham Place.

There will be an industry show and consumer show which will features established and new children’s brands. In the past we have covered the show on our site but this year our editor will be attending, providing our followers the opportunity to see the action as it happens on Instagram live!

Photo Credit : Emma Wright

“The two-day runway preview will see SS20 and AW19 collections from designers including London’s award-winning children sunglasses brand Zoobug, French cashmere specialist Oscar et Valentine, USA made-to-measure custom clothing brand KICOMO by Kiara C. Morrow, Turkish luxury kids’ brand Melis Kaptanoglu Kids, London based cool kidswear Little People London, Austrian sustainable, gender neutral childrenbrand Me in Wien and Latvian colourful Rock & Mouse. Whilst past shows saw former Girls Aloud’s Kimberley Walsh debuting her Kimba Kids range, her first foray into childrenswear design that’s available now at Next.”

Photo Credit: Rita Kids

This year, Mini Mode has youth ambassadors, Daisy-May Demetre, Grace Fincham, Freya Hawkes, Lexi Gibbon, Che Esson, Catherine Umusu, Zayn D, Zerina Zia and Ayisha Kassama. They are changing the industry by advocating for inclusivity.

A portion of the shows proceeds will support Osteopathic Centre for Children. “ The OCC provides specialist paediatric osteopathy for perinatal women, babies, children and teens on a donate-what-you-can basis. They also treat older children up to 18 years old with various issues and support families with children with disabilities and learning difficulties.”

For more information visit:

www.mini-mode.co.uk

Twitter: @minimode_lkfw

Insta: minimode_lkfw

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Our top 5 back packs brands 2019

Yanna Photo Credit: Fresh Kid Nation

Go back to school with a functional and trendy backpack this fall! We surveyed our social media followers about their favorite back packs and our bloggers chose 5 of their favorite accessories. Our team looked at  backpack brands not only based on style, but also size, versatility, features and comfort!

Here are our top choices!

Number 5

 7 a.m. Enfant

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BK 718 Feminist Puffer

The company offers a variety of stylish baby accessories, including Ponchos, baby Bunting, Hannah M ponchos, baby Bunting, hand muffs and back packs. Founded in 2002 by Rebecca Campora in NYC, we love the cool contemporary back pack designs.that align with what the company is known for, warm accessories during the winter months. Check out this fierce puffer bag! Some offer multiple interior and exterior pockets perfect for storing and organizing items . The BK 718 bag can double as a backpack and diaper bag with easy grip handles and comfortable straps mom’s love this dual accessory. The materials are also water repellent great for protecting your supplies during those winter snowstorms. 10% of proceeds from the feminist collection go to the nonprofit Girl Rising.

Number 4

Light + Nine

Stark Mini Back Pack

The student backpack is large and features a 2 way zipper that allows it to open 360 degrees for optimal ways to clean. The bag is made of soft and flexible EVA/Silicone material. The straps are adjustable and straps on the top to carry it in your backpack. Kids love the bags because it comes with Nimicks, patches that can snap on and create a custom look. Parents love these bags because they can be wiped clean.

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Number 3

Kanken

Image result for kanken backpacks Each bag features removable seat cushion, small front pocket, simple shoulder straps and handles at the top. The company describes its fabric as hardwearing vinyl. The word Kanken means Arctic Fox in Swedish and you can see a curled up red fox in the reflective red logo on its bags. The Fjallraven Kanken Backpack, is stylish, has lots of space especially in its roomy central compartment. It’s also water resistant but can get dirty easily. We love the variety of colors offered and numerous design styles. This brand is well know throughout North America and Europe. It’s so popular there are many fakes on the market so buyer beware!

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Number 2

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Spongebob Shark Squad

Sprayground

Founded by David Ben-David and launched with his business partner Eddie Shabot in 2010 revolutionized the accessory market with the first design “Hello My Name Is”. David was born in the Bronx, grew up in Florida the designer returned to NYC to attend art school and wanted to start a line that featured unique, colorful and heavily influenced by pop culture. A majority of the designs are limited edition and sell out fast, such as the Money Bag, Paris Bag and it’s celebrity collabs with Chris Brown, Shaquille O’neal, Spike Lee, Young Thug, and licenses with Marvel, Nickelodeon and the NBA. In the past the website has even crashed due to so many trying to purchase the graphic backpacks. The bags are 100% polyester and water resistant with wide comfy straps. There are plenty of pockets to keep your items organized and secret compartments to store your items. Defective bags have a limited 90 day warranty.

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Number 1

Settlement Arrowhead Backpack

Herschel Supply & Co.

The Canadian based company manufactures backpacks, totes, duffles, wallets and fanny packs. We love this brand because of it’s impeccable quality and it’s comfort. These backpacks come in sleek, modern and functional styles, such as the Heritage Backpack and Little America Backpack. The designs have strong zippers, great pockets for organizing while the materials used to make the bags are a heavyweight 20 oz cotton canvas and leather accents. all of the bags come with a warranty just check to see if its a lifetime or limited one.

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You can have the bags embroidered as well! We adore the array of signature jewel tone colors such as mustard yellow, aquamarine, and more. The kids survey bag comes in floral and even leopard.

Fan Favorites:

Ayanna’s Art and Fashion

This designer was tagged multiple times on our IG page. At age 7, Ayanna Davis started empowering unique designs!

Innovative Design:

Mad Pax

3D bags? Yes please! We love their unique styles, especially the spike Dino bag!

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Beautycon LA 2019

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Our west coast mommy blogger Ruby, attended Beautycon this past weekend at the LA Convention Center. The 2 day event, features panel discussions, meetups, brand activations, shopping and more!

Beautycon is a beauty and lifestyle festival that brings together fans, influencers, artists and brands. Started in 2013 as a small meet up in LA at YouTube with beauty influencers, entrepreneur Moj Mahdara took over as CEO in 2015.

The event is also held in New York, Dubai, and London. It has become thee major event for beauty gurus!

Here is the LA lineup:

 Huda Kattan, Anastasia Soare, Priyanka Chopra, Ciara, Kelly Rowland and Tina Knowles, Bretman Rock, Yalitza Aparicio, Jhene Aiko, Megan Thee Stallion, Manny MUA, Erika La’Pearl, Hayley Williams, Tess Holliday, Marsai Martin, Liza Koshy, Kandee Johnson, Lisa Rinna, Arianna Huffington, Patrick Starr, Marsalis Martin, Charlemagne tha God and is hosted by Jeannie Mai

Priyanka Chopra led the fireside chat with Moj on Saturday stating the need for women to not tear each other down in an already competitive industry.

Photo Credit: Splash

“People always ask me, ‘Oh you’re doing a movie with a female co-actor. Did you guys get along? Were there catfights?’ But when it comes to boys, they say, ‘Oh my gosh, that looks like a bromance and everyone got on so well.’ So I feel like over time, because women have lack of opportunity, we were pitted against each other,”

Singer Kelly Rowland looked spectacular in a hot pink, retro dress from Michael Costello. She had an onstage conversation with author & radio host Charlemagne tha God where she chatted about being a mom and addressed rumors of a Destiny Child’s reunion.

The best part of the event so many great brand and trying out new products! Did you know kids 6 and under can attend for free with the purchase of an adult ticket? Your welcome!

For more information visit: http://www.beautycon.com

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Sunnidai Kids Fashion Week Miami 2019

Models during the finale Photo Credit:VNR Photo

Sunnidai Kids Fashion week kicked off their 5th season with Miami Swim Week. Guests who attended enjoyed shopping, games, fun activities and snacks at the famed Wynwood Arts District on July 13, 2019.

Brands that showcased:

Ashley Rose

Beachboom Swimwear

Bella McGrath

Dezzy Footwear

Different is the New Cool

Mandy by Gema

Toobydoo

Sunnidai Kids Fashion Week kicks off July in Miami and LA then NYC in August.

“This year we will partner with The F.R.E.S.H foundation.    Its mission is to provide fashion, reality, entertainment, sports and health experiences to those in need. The foundation strives to ensure no child or adult will be left behind while fulfilling their dreams on the F.R.E.S.H path.  We will be donating 10% of ticket sales to cancer research!”

7 year old Sunni aka Dai Beasley worked with her mom Latish Roach to establish a kids fashion week. She is the youngest person to ever produce a fashion show.

Guests not only shopped but had the opportunity to participate in a DIY painting activity, visit the Kids Library, and a cancer education station before the show .

The entertainment continued with performances by BKG and Sara Awada, along with a stylist segment for cancer.

The event was powered by Miss Jessie’s, Dezo Empire, Karine Melissa Enterprises, La Belle Magazine, Midor Media, Deanna Candelas Photography, VNR Photo, Miss Runway Competition

For more information visit: www.sunnidai.com

All photos by VNR photo

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Pitti Bimbio 89: Spring & Summer 2020 presentation

Models work the runway in Cherry Papaya SS 2020 collection
Photo Credit: Emily Kornya

On June 20 – June 22, designers, models, stylists, influencers and photographers congregated in Florence, Italy at FORTEZZA DA BASSO for Pitti Bimbio, to see the 2020 spring and summer lifestyle trends for children. Guests were excited to experience The Kids Lab! concept stage.

Sasha wears a linen outfit from Play Up

The great innovation of Pitti Immagine Bimbo 89 is The Kid’s Lab!: located inside a new concept, wide ranging, colorful layout, the Top Floor of the Main Pavilion – the main quarter of the fair – will welcome, for the first time, all the various definitions of experimental kids’ fashion. The Kid’s Lab! will be the new natural habitat for the brands in the KidzFIZZ, #ACTIVELAB, The Nest, EcoEthic and Kid’s Evolutionsections.

Models wearing Monna Lisa

Pitti Bimbio is the world’s children’s largest trade show . Over 600 brands present their latest collections to nearly 10,000 visitors from various sectors of the fashion industry. The show attracts aspiring and established brands.

Sadie wears the must have color of the SS 2020 season a dress by Patachou

Some trends for next fashion season include nature, sporty glam, and monochromatic colors. Yellow will be the must have color of the season and was presented in a variety of collections. We have a few snapshots of our favorite looks from the runway.

All photos by Emily Kornya

for more information visit: http://www.pittimmagine.com/corporate.html

Anelika styled in a bold metallic jacket and peony pink pants from Monna Lisa SS 2020 collection
Dorothea looks radiant in a dress by PHI clothing
Playful garments in monochromatic blues from Laranjinha
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The Youth Club Summer Pop Up 2019

 
Our London blogger Inspiring Vanessa attended the Youth Club’s Pop Up event.

The Youth Club, hosts kids only pop up events featuring some of the best Instagram kids brands. They held their first ever event last week at 100 Barrington Road, in Brixton.

Brands that were at this shopping event include,

Arlo and Alf

Boho and Bowie

Bows and Candy

Cublife Clothing

Boujie Kids

House of Lailani

Little Pnkies

Mama Shack Baby

Worth The Wait Kids

Milana and Ayana

The Crashers

Crep Select

Little People London

Vanessa had a chance to interview one of the Founders of The Youth Club, Keziah (also owner of Boujie Kids.) who explains that the main goal is to support small and upcoming brands by bringing them all together to network and meet their shoppers in person.

For more information follow on Instagram

@theyouthclub_

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