Behind The Seams Kids Fashion Meet Up

Young models &  actors attend Fresh Kid Nation’s Kids Fashion Meet Up

Behind The Seams will bring together 75 independent designers, aspiring designers and established brands, mommy bloggers, child models and photographers. An industry panel will help parents navigate the industry and encourage young attendees to pursue the many careers available in the arts besides modeling.

Industry panel shares insight on how to break into the fashion business Photo Credit: @tlopezphotography1



The very first Kids Fashion Meet Up was on March 10, 2018 at Make Manifest Space in Brooklyn NY.  All attendees received complimentary VIP tickets, gourmet food and beverage along with a gift bag. Guests were treated to an hour long panel discussion, Q & A and showed off their best dance moves at the end of the event.

Owner of The Tea Room Tionna Smalls and Shauna Carr Founder of Fresh Kid Nation

Guests enjoy the Meet Greet portion of the event








Fresh Kid Nation has worked in the past with brands such as RUUM, kidpik, Alex & Alexa, Isossy Children, Industry Kids events, Mocci’s, and more! FKN is a children’s fashion blog started in 2013 by Shauna Carr as she noticed there was a lack of diversity in the media pertaining to children’s fashion.  Fresh Kid Nation has interview designers on the rise, inspiring young entrepreneurs and covered kids runway shows in New York, London, Los Angeles and Atlanta.

Sole Madrid enjoys accessories from the dress up booth

Our 2018 event was sponsored by the following:


Water2Kids was created by 7 year old Dowe Twins. This dynamic duo were not happy with seeing the reports that say kids are growing unhealthy every day from childhood obesity, juvenile diabetes ,hypertension and other chronic diseases. So they decided they wanted to help change those statistics. They want kids to learn how important it is to drink water and to provide an option for water to be a kid’s first choice. Their goal is to have Water2Kids in every corner store and deli groceries and eventually supermarkets in all neighborhoods Everywhere!. Making it easy for kids to make a healthy choices.

Website:    Instagram: water2kids


IMG_7779DJ Annie Red is a 9 year old DJ, Rapper and Author.  She is anti-bullying Ambassador, and is using all 3 platforms to Spread the No Bully Message. She has received recognition from Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams,Senator Jeese E. Hamilton and Senator Leroy Comrie.

Website:  Instagram @ DJAnnieRed





The Fashion Class is an educational sewing studio with a fashionable edge. With locations across New York City and Long Island students learn the art of sewing and design in a friendly and fabulous environment. Since 2010, The Fashion Class has taught New York’s children and teens via classes, summer camps, birthday parties and after school programs.

Website:  Instagram: @thefashionclass



Screenshot 2018-01-31 23.00.08Bows and Ties, Oh My! by AvyAvnArt is a collection of uniquely creative bow ties and hair bows designed by 6 year old twin brothers, Avery and Avion Burrell. As stellar artists, fashion models, exemplary gymnasts, and innovative entrepreneurs, these young brothers inspire kids daily to carry out strength and determination in style. Every bow or tie is one of a kind, handcrafted with love, and a guaranteed attention getter. Custom made orders are available by contacting Proceeds from the Bows and Ties collection go toward funding Avery and Avion’s dream to train, perform, and compete as team gymnasts in the Olympics.

Email:    Instagram @AvyAvnArt


The Tea Room Logo (Black)The first real café in East New York Brooklyn, providing customers with great food, coffee, tea and amazing events. Opened in 2014 by Tionna Smalls, author, entrepreneur and television personality. The Tea Room was created to  raise the bar of the dining experience in an at-risk area. “We service our customers with the highest regard of hospitality and humanity. Happy people serve happy people.”

Facebook & Instagram: @thetearoombk


dvanbldk TSHIRTThe D’vander Collection is a clothing line started in 2013 by mother and son, Lynette and Dehemiah Vanderhorst. The company specializes in the creation of clothing for boys between the ages of 5-18. Noticing the huge gap in the children market she decided to begin her own clothing line dedicated to boys. The company’s founders take a very unique approach with regard to the design process. Specifically, our designs provide parents the option to dress their children in a very distinguish way, but also provide the child with clothes that suit their young personalities. It is our belief that parents should show their young boys about first impressions at a young age and our company would provide them with the resources to do so. D’Vander will offer an affordable line of outerwear to suit the style of a child with a creative mind.

Website:  Instagram: @dvander015


LaShay_Carr_2inch_Stickers [Converted]Hotdogs and Poodles specializes in handmade earrings, haircombs, headbands, rings, and brooch pins for the fashion forward lady. Best of all, everything is affordable and made by LaShay Carr.  A graduate of the Fashion Institute in NYC, she is constantly out on the hunt for a bargain and sophistication. She started the business in 2009 when she couldn’t find a fascinator to wear for her wedding. She ending up making her own and received many compliments on her piece. She decided to start an Etsy shop a few weeks later. Thus, Hotdogs and Poodles was born!


Website: Instagram: @hotdogsandpoodles


Meet the panelists!

2017-10-03 18.22.56As a Brooklyn, NY native and now CT resident, Mecca has always possessed an excitement and eye for fashion. After having children, she developed a keen sense of children’s trends and patterns. In 2003, the birth of her son Alan also birthed an awareness of street styles and tones marked by denim, sneakers and fashion tees. In 2008, her beautiful daughter Ava influenced chic modes including tulle, color pops and “all things girly” styles. Mecca has mastered the latest children’s fashion modes through helping Alan and Ava master their sense of style. Children’s fashion has quickly become a passion for Mecca.Her desire is to create a unique and memorable experience for every child. Today, her passion is housed in Inspo Mini Style- here to style your mini!


Website:  Instagram: @inspoministyle


From her Southern upbringing to her current Metropolitan lifestyle, seeks to bring dramatic innovation to classical elegance to create a fusion of fashion for those who are willing to flee the norm and take fashion risks with her apparel line Kicomo. Kiara’s life as a martial artist has given her great discipline and nurtured her creative expression which inspires her passion  to design.


Website:  Instagram @kingkicomo

Tichanda Thompson is a multi-talented entrepreneur whose professional career spans the fields of fashion, beauty, entertainment and technology. She has honed her skills in marketing, sales, design event planning and media management over the past 15 years with companies like Maybelline, Jordache, The Children’s Place, Jones Apparel Group and Li & Fung. As a correspondent and freelance writer her work has been published at, The,,, as well as the where she was  the Newark Fashion Examiner. She also maintained her own family of blogs and websites including – a fashion site dedicated to celebrating people of color in the apparel industry as well as, a site for parents of color who are interested in breaking their children into the modeling and entertainment business.

Website:   Instagram & Facebook @mochababymodels



PRINCETON and BRAZIL DOWE today better known as the “DOWE TWINS” are 9 years old young entrepreneurs on a mission to get their peers to understand the importance of being healthy and how proper hydration is such an important role. Together with the assist of their parents they created a kid friendly brand of water called Water2Kids. Water2Kids is by far more than just a brand of water, the Dowe Twins are using their brand to get kids to start making healthy choices for themselves; choosing water over soda, picking an apple over candy, running around playing over sitting watching TV. What the twins are doing is by far what adults have been trying to tell kids to do for years. However, what they have that adults do not is they are kids.

At their young age the Dowe Twins are able to flip on their professional caps and get right to work. They take pride in their work ethics and always put their best foot forward. Together they are embarking on ventures that may not be traveled by children to often. With support these two are going to make an impact on their entire generation.

Website: www.water2kids  Instagram @dowetwins





We are a nonprofit organization focused on helping make the world around us a better, happier place. With the help of our tireless directors, we organize fundraisers, community-building events, and in-depth training sessions for our Trainees.   GTS was birthed from the concept that all young ladies and men, should develop with structure, creativity, and tact. We specialize in child mentoring and development in pre-teenage and teenage stages, ages 11-17 years old. We offer fashion & production Internships, Runway training, stage performance training, etiquette, event coordination, nutrition, cosmetology and skin care. We offer Intermediate school programming with a 30-week curriculum training, and create community-oriented events, in an effort to give back to our communities and train our students to have a positive presence in the low-income areas surrounding the neighborhoods. We want to mutate caterpillars into butterflies!

Website: Instagram: @goldenthreadsociety

Screenshot_20180309-073042Wynter is 13 years old from Brooklyn NY. Wynter is a teen philanthropist building her empire. Wynter recently started her non profit organization call Operation Give Back By Kids. She has given out 10 new bikes and helmets to less fortunate children that have excelled in school. She has also hosted drives to collect food, toiletries, and clothing for homeless people. She handed out the blessing bags to homeless people on NYC streets. Wynter also delivers toys on Christmas morning to local hospital.

Instagram @wynter_hubbard @operationgivebackbykids

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Photo Credit: @tlopezphotography1