Name: Ayden Mekus
Hometown: Burbank, CA
Name of brand or clothing line: Positive Choice Apparel by Ayden Mekus
Type of design, accessories, t shirts, denim, clothing etc.
Positive Tee Shirts and accessories with positive messages.
Ayden is a 14 year old actor, anti-bullying activist and entrepreneur. He has appeared in short films The Lilac Thief and Mr. Strange and on television. He was featured on the documentary series Teens Wanna Know in 2019. After being bullied for nearly 2 years he started designing as a way to promote anti-bullying awareness and as a vehicle to spread joy.
Why did you choose to design for young people?
I wanted to help spread kindness and positivity and help bring awareness to anti-bullying. My brand is all about positivity and spreading awareness to anti bullying. I want you to know what my mission is. I was bullied for 2 years and it affected me deeply.
I have a desire help and inspire kids everywhere, so they understand there are ways to handle and stop bullying.” “My wish is to also interact with schools to spread my message. It’s important that all of this be accomplished in a fun and exciting way.”
I also have long sleeve shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, I am now designing crop tops, tank tops, beanies.
How is your label different from the other childrens’ brand already on the market?
My designs are vibrant, colorful, fun and all have positive messages to help remind us that we are all amazing. It’s a pick me up. Many different designs and messages on each tee shirt.I’ve worked hard to make the brand unique as there is an abundance of anti-bullying information out there but much of it is presented in an uninteresting way which means many people may not read or learn from the information that is being conveyed. I feel that exposure to anti-bullying could be presented in a more fun and interactive way to help more people get comfortable and involved.
Where do you get your ideas from and what or who inspires you as a designer?
I collaborate with my mom and also a friend of mine Jesse. He lives in Georgia and we’ve become friends and we work as a team. We come up with positive messages first and then we stretch out what design would fit that message.
Where can Fresh Kid Nation readers find your work?
Follow Ayden on Social Media!