Stylish Kids at NYFW 2018

McClure Twins in Mia NY at Sunnidai NYFW Photo Credit: Fresh Kid Nation

New York fashion week just finished in the Big Apple. Fashion week is always jam packed with shows in Manhattan from established designers, independent brands and new designers making their own debut at smaller venues.

Ava at Essence Street Style Photo Credit: @inspostylemini

Spring/Summer 2019 collections were seen by many fashionistas, publicists, bloggers and buyers. Kids were also spotted on the runways or at events with their parents! The best street style outfits are seen during September Fashion week in NYC!

Reese Harley in Angora Boutique

There are many after parties to attend and celebrities to see. Fresh Kid Nation editors and writers were at a few shows and events that featured children’s apparel.

@princeandthebaker Spotted in Manhattan

We were able to snap adorable photos and also received photos from designers of mini models. From Ralph Lauren’s 50th celebration, Essence Street Style Festival to Sunnidai’s NY fashion show here is a few pics of fashionable kids.

Anna Marie in Zyem Kids at Essence Street Style

Caitlyn Dent Designs Photo Credit: Lily Shames

Jayda in Triple Stitch Diva Photo Credit: Lily Shames

Promise Clothing Photo Credit: Lily Shames

Ty in Zyem Kids at Essence Street Style

D’ Vander Collection at Sunnidai Fashion Show

Alex & Jayden in Ralph Lauren Photo Credit: Larry Fink

Photo Credit: Randy Brooke

Lily Faith in Artisan Soul

Dior in D’Lora Moda Kids

Jada and Sahjanan in Mia NY at Sunnidai NYFW Photo Credit: Fresh Kid Nation

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Safaree’s 1st Annual Back To School Drive

Last week hundreds of guests, community members and celebrities attended the very first Back to School Drive sponsored by rapper & entrepreneur Safaree.

Held at P.S. K 140, in Bed-Stuy there was plenty of free food, beverages and cupcakes. Little G’s Lemonade was so refreshing, there was a long line to get a cup from young entrepreneur, G, who was also serving with help from his mom.

A few young men received haircuts. over 500 children and teens received back packs with supplies. The crowd enjoyed the latest hit sounds from DJ. Mr. Famous and DJ. Superstar Jay.

Brooklyn United Marching band arrived and wowed the crowd with a spectacular percussion performance. Safaree announced to the crowd ” I’ve never seen anything like this! You guys are amazing, I want to sponsor y’all!! Uniforms, whatever y’all need!” All youth musicians and dancers received backpacks as well after they performed.

This event was also sponsored by AT&T, Kings Palace Male Day Spa, Da Union, Well Care, Million Dollar TV, Glow Booth USA, I Am Legaci, Tru Stoner, I Am Famous Worldwide, Balloons and Tunes, Positive Paper, CoYOUnity, Nechi Iman Music, BD, Qcutes, Snaps NYC, Princesss Ariyah, Booked by Shine, Rock Made That.

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Designer Spotlight: Coco Au Lait

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Created in 2015 Coco Au Lait (pronounced Coco o-lay) offers customers a unique, high quality apparel that is a mixture of cultures. Inspired by fine Mexican embroidery and the impeccable European tailoring, designers Maribel and Erica developed a brand that is playful and chic.

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Name: Maribel López and Erica Elias

Hometown or where you currently live: 

Maribel: I’ve lived in Madrid, Spain for 14 years now, but am originally from México. Erica is from Chihuahua, México but has been living  in León, Mexico for 10 years now. 

Type of design, accessories, t shirts, denim, clothing etc: We design high quality children´s clothing for girls and boys ranging from 3 months to 12 years. Our collection comprises shirts, blouses, sweaters, blazers, capes, coats, vests, pants, skirts, dresses, swimwear, shorts and tshirts. 

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Why did you choose to design for children?

We both met and lived together during our college years in Mexico City. Erica is an architect and I am a lawyer. We both worked in our respective areas for several years but somebow Erica ended opening a children´s boutique in León and I started my own denim label in Madrid, called Denimfactoria.

On a girl´s trip to San Miguel de Allende we got to talking about children´s fashion and decided to start a new project together.

Our goal was to make a brand that offered high quality, European style clothing but with a modern twist. We found there was a niche in the kids market for form fitting, tailored clothing that wasn´t so serious or that didn´t use sombre colors.

We started out selling our brand in Mexico but have since expanded to the US and Spain.

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Silver Fighter T-Shirt

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How is your label different from the other children’s brands already on the market?

I think Coco Au Lait is different from what you usually find in European type clothing in that we use those very tailored and polished cuts but with brighter colored fabrics and prints. We also love incorporating embroidery and details reminiscent of our Latin heritage. Usually the type of children´s clothing similar to ours has muted colors and very classic prints. Our SS18 collection for example had prints (we do our own designs and have them printed out) of, quetzales (very important birds in prehispanic culture) pommegranates, watermelons and limes, typical fruits of Latin culture.  

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

We mostly think of a theme each season. That theme is the result of something that is important to us and we think it might incite a conversation between parents and children. Last winter we did Red Riding Hood but in our version, the girl from the story now knows better than to talk to strangers. We based the collection on strong and informed children. With that in mind we set out to draw patterns for the collection.

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Where can Fresh Kid Nation readers find your brand?

We sell our clothes on our website www.cocoaulait.com and in concept or department stores internationally like Saks Fifth Ave, Ikal and Cañamiel.

Follow us on Instagram @Coco_Au_Lait

Facebook: www.facebook.com/cocoaulaitofficial

 

 

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Real Style File: Jean-Ashia Fordham

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Photo Credit: Smiley Kids Photo

Name: Jean Ashia Fordham

Age: 8 years old

From: New Jersey

Where do you like to shop?

I love Justice, Claire’s for accessories and The Children’s Place. I just love all of the clothes at Children’s place and Justice. I love to find clothes with different colors and patterns and make an outfit that you would never think go together and make it look AMAZING. Not to mention hats with bling on it….oh my goodness….it’s my favorite thing to do.

How would you describe your fashion style?

I have swag and I mix street with sweet! I love blue, it’s my favorite color ever. I just love Jean shorts or pants with emojis on them. It’s so cute.

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Photo Credit: Smiley Kids Photo

Do you have any special skills?

I am an actress and I can also sing and dance! I have my own TV show coming soon to the On Channel called Jean-Ashia The Travel Guru.

 

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Who do you admire and why?

My parents and grandparents really support me. My grandma is my personal stylist and she knows the hottest clothes to wear. My mommy is my best friend and works so hard to support me in whatever I want to do. My dad and grandpa are my biggest cheerleaders….they just love everything I do.

A celebrity that I admire is Taylor Swift. I really look up to her. I like her music. She makes music that’s great for kids and adults.

Your show, is about travel? Can we have more details? Is it about places you will be visting?
Yes, my show is showing you the many places that I’ve been to. So when you watch my show, you will be actually going to these places through your tv. I go all over from Canada, to Paris and more. Not to mention, we are planning other trips to Africa; and we will be going to an African safari, Ireland, Greece and more. You will see videos, pictures and me talking about the places I love. I’m so excited to share my travel experiences with the world.
Follow her on Instagram! @jean_ashia09

 

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Stylish kids at CURLFEST 2018

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Curlfest 2018 was the 5th annual natural beauty festival presented by the Curly Girl Collective. The festival is held at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, NYC.  This year, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Dapper Dan, Michaela Angela Davis, Ace Hood, Shelah Marie, bloggers, social influencers, stylists and fashionista joined the thousands of guests on a humid Saturday afternoon.

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Upon arrival to the event I was in awe surrounded by of a sea of curls, coils, braids, dreadlocks, and afros. While the event is geared towards adults, children are invited to attend the event with their guardians. I was excited to photograph and meet the few curly cuties in attendance. Take a peek all the fly kids I spotted at the park and a few on the Pink carpet! If you see a photo of your kid, please send an email so we can add their name to this article.

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Lyric attended with her parents Ace Hood & Shelah

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The Celebrity Kids Fashion Show & Awards Show

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Tori Tahaj & Donshea Hopkins Photo Credit: Fresh Kid Nation

 

The Celebrity Kids was founded in 2016, by CEO Tori Tahaj. The Celebrity Kids provides services such a photoshoots and marketing for kids in the fashion and entertainment industry.   The show was last Saturday July 14th in Newark, NJ at The Priory.

 

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Brielle Whiting Photo Credit: Fresh Kid Nation

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River Mason & Rylee Gabrielle  Photo Credit: Fresh Kid Nation

 

Celebrity Kids is creating more than a platform for children. We are
encouraging future success stories! We are molding children to pursue their
dreams fearlessly with purpose and passion in a world full of dream chasers. This
opportunity will allow each child to execute and exercise their full potential
while building their personal brand.
Celebrity Kids are on a mission to inspire, encourage and support young
visionaries, young influencers, and young curators of the next generation. This
platform will also introduce new quality resources for children to market
themselves across many different media outlets gaining more visibility through
children’s events, photoshoots, interviews, and learning stage presence.
Celebrity Kids is the beginning of an amazing journey of early self-discovery and
awareness.

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The Cool School for Performing Arts Photo Credit: Fresh Kid Nation

Guests were treated to food by Chef Weirdo,  enjoyed music from DJ J. Smoove  and viewed a spectacular performance by The Cool School of Performing Arts and * year old Songtress London Sa’Rell Tompkins. Hosted by Donshea Hopkins and Chris Miss along with co-host young J. Nicole.  Red Carpet correspondent, Jamilah Rosemond, was charming and delightful as she interviewed each guest in attendance.

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Jeremy Burnett, Jamilah Rosemond & The Dowe Twins Photo Credit: Fresh Kid Nation

The Young Dreamer Awards was presented to J. Nicole, Madison aka Red Lil Missy, River Mason, and Rylee Gabrielle. Other awards winners were The Cool School of Performing Arts and singer Leah Jenea. Each recipient received a custom engraved glass plaque. The event was concluded by a Mommy & Me Runway Strut Off, audience members were invited to hit the Runway. Kudos to the team at The Celebrity Kids for a organized, entertaining and professional inaugural fashion show.

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Sincere Photo Credit: Fresh Kid Nation

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Kaliyah &Takayla Photo Credit: Fresh Kid Nation

The event was sponsored by The Dowe Twins,  Seven One Eight Beauty Bar, Wierdos Kitchen Thank God it’s Natural, J.Lexi Brand and J. Photography LLC.

For more info visit : www.thecelebritykids.com 

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Designer Spotlight: ideacircus

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“Nothing Special TV” girls dress

ideacircus is a new apparel & home textile line started by, self taught artist Gordon Ross. The brand features bright and bold graphics reminiscent of 60’s pop art designs. ideacircus is unique because it is wearable art! Gordon has designed textiles, furniture, china, magazines, and made even made short films.

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Designer Gordon Ross

Name: Gordon Ross

Hometown or where you currently live:

I live in Cape Town, South Africa, but I’m originally from London and have lived in New York, Tennessee, and Scotland.

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

Kids T shirts, dresses, hoodies, sweatshirts, vests, also towels, cushions, and and bedding.

 

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“Rock Garden” Hi-top sneaker

 Why did you choose to design for children?

I’m an artist and designer whose work is bold and colourful, and seems to appeal to kids. I have just started my kids clothing line with prints developed from my paintings and drawings. It’s fun to see someone wearing some of my art, and they seem to enjoy it to. Some of my designs look like illustrations from children’s books, and some are more abstract. I like producing different things all the time, and trying out new styles and techniques. My fashion line is for kids, and men, and women. I just launched the label in May 2018. I’ve already had orders from South Africa, The United Kingdom, the United States and Canada. Previously I’ve designed interiors, furniture, home products, magazine layouts, and made short films.

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“Venice Beach”

 How is your label different from the other children’s brand already on the market?

 My brand is the only one to show my artwork, so it is unique in the respect. Also my bold designs, bright colours, and graphic lines do have quite a distinctive look.

 

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“Save The Robots”

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

I spend a lot of time looking at Pop art, vintage posters, 1960’s fashion and art, book illustrations, old movie and TV clips from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. I get inspiration from all of these. I am self taught as a artist & designer and didn’t study art or fashion at college, I’ve just always been looking at art books and going to exhibitions, and looking at design and fashion magazines. I’ve always drawn and kept journals since the 1970’s. (I’m older than I look!)

 

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 What advice do you have for kids who want to design?

 Design whatever it is you are interested in, be it clothing, buildings, posters, cars, puppets, models, paintings, drawing, and don’t limit yourself, try you new things,  all you need is some paper and pens and an idea or two. 
I would also say, get a notebook or sketchbook to draw and write down your ideas, dreams, wishes, interesting things you have seen or heard about. You can also use it as a scrapbook of interesting ideas, pictures, magazine clippings, colourful packaging, pieces of fabric, old stamps,etc. I always have a sketch book for writing and drawing, and I’ve got them going all the way back to the 1970’s when I was a teenager!
Go and look at books on art and design at their school library or public library, or look online, there is so much cool design stuff out there, fashion, furniture, interiors, cars, product design. You can go in so many directions in design. I have worked in interior design and designed furniture, lighting, dishes, bedding, I’ve designed magazine layouts and posters, and done set design for theater. Design is great thing for kids to be interested in, and it can lead to a lot of interesting careers too!

 

Has your clothing been featured in any fashion shows or events, trade shows?
My printed textile designs have been used by two women’s wear companies in South Africa, Ruff Tung (day/evening/beach) and Beach Cult (swimwear)
 Johannesburg Pan-African Fashion Week 2016 of the Ruff Tung fashion show, featuring my printed textile designs for dresses, wraps, vests (waistcoats), and trousers. The fashion show was broadcast on Fashion One Television to over 40 countries. Ruff Tung also showed these clothes at the PURE Fashion trade fair in London. Beach Cult showed my prints on their bikinis at Premier Vision fashion trade fair in Paris in 2016. My textile designs have been in most of the fashion magazines in South Africa, Glamour, Essentials, Woman and Home, and the Sunday Times.

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Where can Fresh Kid Nation readers find your work?

 You can follow me on Instagram @ideacircus1965

 And my online store (based in the US) hosted by Rage On

 

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Is your child’s headshot really that important?

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Yes! It’s the one photo that could launch your young star’s career. I will explain what your child needs headshots for, what casting directors or designers look for, and if you should hire a photographer or use a camera phone.

Kelsey Photo taken by her mom

In 2009, I started going on castings and auditions for expecting moms. Once I gave birth, I decided my adorable son MJ should also model. I remember sending in his photos, that I took myself on a digital camera and submitting them to about 7 NYC agencies. I received no call backs for 5 months. I didn’t understand why, we were constantly stopped on the streets by strangers who wanted to take a second glance at MJ. While attending my sisters wedding in Las Vegas, the photographer ran up to MJ sitting in his stroller and snapped a few quick photos.

When we received the wedding photos we were in awe of his headshots! I submitted his new photos and he received call backs from 2 agencies and booked an educational dvd campaign. We signed to an agency and from age 6 months -18 months MJ went on a few auditions and booked a clothing campaign. However he needed new headshots every 3 months. Luckily, we could use his modeling pictures. Eventually I started working full time and we only attend casting about twice a year currently. MJ is known as a NYC industry kid, because of previous work or features in publications like Gothamist or the NY Post.

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So why do headshots matter? It’s the first impression a designer or casting director has of new talent. Serious entertainers should definitely invest in quality photos. Children need new photos more frequently than adults, so new pictures should be taken every 3-6 months. This can be quite costly at 150$-500$ (yes 500$ USD for established photographers)

Gisele Photo taken by her mom

I recommend that parents take clear photos with camera phones, in an outdoor setting, facing the sun or with the sun at a high angle. I have seen amazing photos taken with IPhones on portrait mode! Make sure your digital photos are bright. This can be easily achieved by simply editing the photo on your cell phone or by using an app PicsArt.

Your child’s headshot should showcase their personality, smile and highlight the brightness in their eyes! Keep hair minimally style in its natural state. No make up is necessary. Refrain from styling in hats or glasses. If your child does wear glasses, like my son MJ, feel free to have headshots with glasses and one without.

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It’s best to work with a photographer who specializes in children’s photos. (Visit our Instagram page we follow and work with quite a few!) On the day of the photoshoot make sure your child is well rested and hasn’t had any sugary snacks or beverages.

Parents please listen to your photographer! Stay out of their way and let them do the bulk of the work. Don’t try to crack jokes, tickle your kiddo or bring props unless the photographer asks. I remember being in set at a photoshoot and watching a mom and dad bring a loud light up toy to make their baby smile. It worked. However, the other babies were frozen in fear. Also, don’t try to snap pictures with your phone, #setlife always ask first! I ask 100% if the time and I always receive a yes.

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Casting directors will always look for a young model that will best showcase their brand. So if your rising star doesn’t book a gig don’t worry there are many opportunities, you just haven’t found the right match yet. Don’t give up, get a website or Instagram page for your child and post clear photos. Have them featured on kids fashion pages or in independent magazines. Register for open castings and don’t turn your nose up at unpaid gigs. Non compensated modeling gigs are plentiful and you will receive clear headshots and photos for your child’s portfolio!

If you have any question or need more info

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Designer Spotlight: Infantium Victoria

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Founded in 2014, by designers Dinie van den Heuvel and Julia Gaydina, Infantium Victoria is a sophisticated children’s line that specializes in luxurious cruelty-free fashion. Infantium Victoria’s unique clothing collections are dark and romantic; all their clothing patterns are hand produced by atelier D’andt in Belgium.  The brand is appealing to customers because each item is crafted from organic fabrics which are transformed into utopian treasured garments that will last a lifetime.

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Dinie van den Heuvel & Julia Gaydina

Hometown or where you currently live:

Brussels, Belgium and Hannover, Germany

What time of items do you offer?

Baby/kids clothing and accessories

 Why did you choose to design for children?

Dinie has been working in high end women’s fashion for more then 15 years, when Julia approached her with the idea of creating new label. Dinie took on a challenge on creating vegan collection with dark colours as she herself had rough time finding black garment for her baby boy few years before, so it looked like a very natural thing to start working together.

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 How is your label different from the other children’s brand already on the market?

Infantium Victoria combines two aspect – fashion and sustainability. The process of design is what high end brands have in place, working on new silhouettes, developing new fabrics and paying attention to the fit of garment. On top of that, sustainability is something which is a core value to our brand. All our materials are of plant origin and  certified organic, making Infantium Victoria one of the first vegan-only  kidswear brands operating in this marketplace. Also all of our factories and sampling units are certified GOTS, meaning fair working conditions and environmental safety.

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Bestselling item Pirate Jacket

Where do you get your ideas from and what or who inspires you both designers?

Dinie finds inspirations pretty much everywhere. Mostly ideas come  during travels and  visiting art fairs. Dinies favorite inspiration show is Art Basel.  Due to our core value of sustainability, we try to address environmental issues like protection of oceans, natural farming, etc.

Feel free to browse our website and online store

www.infantiumvictoria.com

Instagram  @infantiumvictoria

Twitter @InfantiumV

The SS19 Collection will debut at Pitti Imagine Bimbo June 21-23 in the KidsFizz area

Infantium Victoria will also exhibit the collection at Playtime New York, August 6-8 2018

 

 

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Designer Spotlight: Different is the new cool!

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Dale Cordice Jr.  started a movement called Different is the new cool! Dale’s mother helped him along on his journey to launch his movement and develop a clothing line.

In this day where bullying is at an all time high, we wanted to create a platform that empowers young people to embrace their different. We are fearfully and wonderully made and our different is what makes us cool.  We currently have a line of hoodies, long sleeve & short sleeve shirts. Recently we made our runway debut at Charlotte Seen: Candyland Fashion Show. I had 15 models rocking my shirts on the runway.

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Name: Dale Cordice, Jr.

Age: 7

Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina

Clothing line: Different is the new cool!

 

 

Why did you choose to design for children?

I wanted something that appealed to me and my peers. I love hoodies and bright colors. I am also big on how fabrics feel. The shirts are soft and comfortable!IMG_0641

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

My label is different because it’s not just a shirt, it’s a movement.  Both youth and adults can relate to the message.  We all have something about us that’s considered different.

 

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

Kids that are considered weird, quirky or strange inspire me. I inspire me. I’m different, I have ADHD.  I wanted to create a platform for young people to be able to embrace their differences. I would tell other entrepreneurs to follow their dreams. Our gifts will make room for us. 

Where can Fresh Kid Nation readers find your work?

My website is currently under construction, but you can find my work on IG: @different_newcool.  You can DM for purchase.

 

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For more information visit:

Instagram @different_newcool

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