Designer Spotlight: Dezo Empire

Dezo Empire is a children’s apparel line that offers hip t-shirts and apparel that is unique and stylish. The designers Carol and Julio are a couple who wanted to outfit their kids in fresh tees but didn’t find many options. The duo decided to create a clothing line featured NYC inspired graffiti art.

Name: Carol & Julio Patino

Hometown or where you currently live: Miami

Name of label or brand: Dezo Empire

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

Kids graffiti, street tees

Why did you choose to design for children?

Kids are the trendsetters of the world!  When we had kids, we saw the lack in originality in most clothes, but mostly tees, because we feel like tees are an expression of your individual style.

So with my husband’s background in graffiti and growing up in NYC, we decided to design and create  a custom line of tees for kids that most adults would wear themselves.

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

It’s not just about the fresh, hip tees and the mostly hand drawn designs.  It’s about the message we want to tattoo in peoples mind behind the brand.  Our mission is to support and empower ALL kids to be themselves and express their style in any way they feel moved.  We are all one kind and that is “Huemand Kind(a perfect blend of colors),and we believe in teaching kids that we are all one people in this world.  Spreading love, is key to molding future leaders in our children.  After all, we are all brothers in sisters!

“We Gots to Love”.

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

NYC, memories from our youth, urban art form, street culture and favorite songs are what we like to use as inspiration.  Growing up in NYC, Keith Harring was my favorite artist.

Where can Fresh Kid Nation readers find your work?(Please list a link to your  website, webstore)

Instagram: @dezoempire





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Motivation Monday: Kids Chat Show

The Kids Chat Show is a children’s talk show that discusses the current issue in the world. Meet the hosts of The Kids Chat Show. The show was created to enlighten young minds on the world that surrounds them and the opportunities that are available to them.

The trio discusses politics, fashion, sports, education, wellness, all from a kids perspective. Savannah and Milan met first through their parents working together. The two met Maddy at The Kids Chat Casting Call. When they saw her they loved her energy and knew she would be a good fit. 

Madisyn Amaya Pool (Maddy) 9, New York 

Savannah Smith, 9 years old, New Jersey

Milan Pow, 11, Bronx New York


Where do you like to shop or what is you’re your favorite clothing brand?

Maddy: I enjoy shopping at Forever 21 and H&M. They have so many cute clothes.

Savannah: I like shopping at Forever 21 Girls, Zara, Urban Outfitters, and I also wear my own styles that I design and create. I also have a clothing line!

Milan: I like to shop at Zara and Ralph Lauren, but my mom also takes me to thrift stores to find fabrics and patterns to add to my clothing


How would you describe your fashion sense? (Diva, I have swag, Cool, street ETC.)

 Maddy: My fashion style is Cool.

Savannah: I would say that my style is Sassy

Milan: I would describe my style as varied and unique. Some days I want to wear a ball gown and other days I want to wear a sweat suit and sneakers



Do you have a special talent?

Savannah: My special talent is singing and dancing too.  Maddy also dances!

Milan: Besides getting good grades, I am a star athlete on my schools’ soccer team, and I love to dance and do gymnastics. I love to act as well


Who is your fashion icon?

Maddy: My fashion icon is Skai Jackson, she is amazing!

Savannah: My fashion icon is my mom. She has shown me that style starts within and the clothes I wear are a reflection of my attitude.

Milan: My fashion icon is Michelle Obama, June Ambrose, Naomi Campbell, Diana Ross and Harper Tillman.

Do you have a website, twitter or instagram?

Instagram- @coolgirl_maddy @SavannahBananasWorld @styling.with.milan

The Kids Chat Show is on Youtube


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Real Style File: Amaris Davis

 Name: Amaris J. Davis 
 Age: 10
 Home Town: New York 


Where do you like to shop or what is you’re your favorite clothing brand?

I like to shop at Macys, Justice, J. Crew, Saks Fifth and Century 21. 


How would you describe your fashion sense? (Diva, I have swag, Cool, street ETC.)

I am a Cool Diva. I love to wear bright colors!


Do you have a special talent? (I am super smart, I can sing, dance, act etc.)

I can sing and dance. I am artistic and I like to create new things. I also have a YouTube Channel. I started a channel because I thought it would be so fun! In the future I want to be a singer , actress and model. I also want to help people.

What advice would you give other kids who want to be in the entertainment industry?

Go after your dreams. Do whatever you have to do to share your gift with the world.


Who is your fashion icon?

My mom. She is a model. She always give me good advice. She tells me to always be myself.


Do you have a website, twitter or instagram?

Instagram: @Amaris_TV

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Designer Spotlight: My Little Gent

Image result for my little gent

My Little Gent is a boys apparel and accessories line that promises to make an exciting shopping experience for parents. Launched in 2016, the luxury line features tailored one-of-a-kind button-down shirts, blazers, and bow ties. My Little Gent fashions have appeared on the runways at New York Fashion Week. The brand is also featured in the February 2019 issue of British Vogue. We interviewed fashion designer Channelle Halsey to learn why she started her clothing company.

Designer Channelle Halsey

Name: Channelle Halsey

Hometown or where you currently live: Philadelphia, PA

Name of label or brand: My Little Gent

Type of design, accessories, t shirts, denim, clothing:

Luxury hand made button down shirts, blazers and bow ties for boys.

Why did you choose to design for children?

I always wanted to have my own clothing line and have been sewing since I was 12 years old. I just never knew what category my clothing line would be in. I eventually, chose to design for children, because I got tired of struggling to find outfits that stood out for my son’s special occasions. Girls have tons of options out there and boys don’t really have any. So I decided I would fill that void with My Little Gent.

Noah Button Down
The Noah Button Down Shirt

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

My Little Gent is different from other children’s brands because we do not shy away from bold colors, prints, and textures. This naturally makes our items stand out in the market when put beside other boys clothes. Most brands will have neutral colored, plain button down shirts, blazers, and bow ties. Nothing really compares to the elaborate dresses that girls have to choose from for their special occasions. My Little Gent is creating that same “special” “one-of-a-kind” clothing for boys. Our mission is to prove that boys clothes don’t have to be “boring” by redefining what boys clothes look like.

Atlantic City Fashion Week

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

I get my inspiration from a lot of different things, but mostly different fabrics. When I’m in the fabric store I try to seek out fabrics that really stand out and then I’ll sketch what that fabric would look like in a button down shirt, or blazer or bow tie. If the design really makes me say “wow” then most of the time I’ll move forward with it. I want My Little Gent’s clothes to really stand out. Every time my son is out and wearing one of my shirts we ALWAYS get stopped by both moms and dads asking where he got his shirt. So I always keep in the back of my mind “is this stop people in their tracks worthy?” when I’m designing. My goal is for not only me but other people to be able to point out one of our garments!

Can you explain more about the need for creating a Boys Clothing line?

The shopping experience for girls is much different than the shopping experience for boys. This is mostly due to the selection of girls clothes. Girls have tons of beautiful dresses with fun prints, bling, and everything that makes you feel like you’re getting an outfit that’s just as special as your little girl. With boys clothes this doesn’t really exist, most of the clothes are plain and neutral colored, especially in the special occasion realm. How many times can you restyle the same black suit? And what if you want something that stands out and is more special? There aren’t really any options. As the mother of a little boy and also a fashion lover, I was determined to have the same shopping experience as the mothers of little girls even if I had to create that experience myself. So that’s exactly what I did and I know I’m on the right track because my most common reaction from people is “omg I can’t wait to have a boy so I can buy your clothes!”.

You almost NEVER hear a mom hoping she has a boy because of the clothes, but you ALWAYS hear moms hoping they have a little girl because “the clothes are just so cute”. So that is the white space that My Little Gent is filling. We have quality handmade one of a kind garments and we didn’t stop there. Our bow ties come on a faux leather pillow & our clothing comes in a luxury branded apparel box wrapped in tissue paper that makes you feel like you just received a special gift just for your little one! Usually girls get all of the “special” stuff and boys are left out. But we’re on a mission to change that!

What was your first boys design?

My first design was our bling bow tie. I was determined to find a way to make our items stand out and was playing around with rhinestones one day and decided to try putting it on a bow tie. I made one for my son and we went to dinner with it. Every single person we passed stopped and asked where I got his bow tie from. Now our bling bow ties are one of our signature styles!

Bling Bow Tie

Where can Fresh Kid Nation readers find your work?

You can find us online! This month and the next 2 months, you can also catch us in British Vogue.  We are also working to get into more stores this year so keep an eye out for us in your favorite high end children’s boutiques!

Instagram: @mylittlegent

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Ultra Kids Entrepreneurship Business Launch

The Midlands’ first ‘Ultra Kids Business’ Launch

On December 7th, the Ultra Kids business launch granted the opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs to gain first hand information about life as a young entrepreneur. Attendees also had the chance to interact with other special guests and speakers from key business sectors .

Held at Aston Business School in Birmingham, Nathan Shillingford, Ultra Birmingham Lead, and Ultra Education Founder, Julian Hall aka The Ultrapreneur and other Ultra Educations’ rising stars in Birmingham, UK, spoke about their own businesses and experiences as young entrepreneurs.

Other guests include, The Lord Mayor, Councillor Yvonne Mosquito, Consort Winston Mosquito, Carolyn Chapman – Less (CEO Titan Partnership), Deputy Dean Caroline Elliot (Aston Business School),and Professor Monder Ram OBE (Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship).

Ultra-Education C.I.C was started by multi award winning business man Julian Hall (The Ultrapreneur), which has helped over 100 children become child CEO’s in under 3 years. Ultra-Education has run several entrepreneurship classes/clubs all over the UK.


FOLLOW ON IG: @Ultraeducation

The Lord Mayor of Birmingham and The Kid Dynamite

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Ameenha Lee presents: The Suite Sixteen

Ameenha Lee celebrated her 16th birthday with kids in need

On December 9th, teen lifestyle mogul, model and journalist, Ameenha Lee hosted the very first “Suite Sixteen”. The event was held in Harlem at The Cove Lounge. Ameenha celebrated her 16th birthday by giving back to 16 young people during the holidays.

Ameenha’s grandmother passed away from cancer 5 years ago. A few of the honored kids also lost loved ones due to cancer or homicide. All of the young honorees, have faced various hardships. Moj Mahdara, the CEO of Beautycon wrote a inspirational letters for the kids who were honored.

Partnering with Beautycon, the 2 hour event was an amazing celebration for youth in need. An afternoon of food, fun, fashion, gifts, entertainment and networking. Including taking photos in front of a beautifully designed floral wall from Pretty Little Wallflower. Waves on Gianni and Hassan aka Kid Mohawk performed for guests.

Beautycon is the world’s premiere fashion, beauty and lifestyle destination for fans, brands and creators. Beautycon talks about what matters; culture, trending news, fashion + beauty, your favorite content creators and important issues.

Sponsors include The Ameenha Lee Project, Curls, Alex Spa, Curlnista, KidPik, MindWare Factory, RocNation, Sprayground, and Little Miss Matched.

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Atlanta’s Ultimate Women’s Expo 2018

Shonda, Tiny Harris and Aniya

On December 1st and 2nd the Ultimate Women’s Expo took place at Atlanta’s Georgie World Congress Center.

Our Atlanta Contributing Writer Aniyah attended Saturday with her mom. She was super excited to meet singer, entrepreneur and boss mom Tameka “Tiny” Harris as well as actress Tori Spelling!

The two day event featured celebrity guests, keynote speakers, and many booths that offered yummy food, DIY workshops, Spa Treatments, and hair makeovers. Attendees were able to watch fashion shows every half hour over the weekend.

Afternoon at the Apollo, an onstage competition featured Atlanta’s most talented performers who competed for a 1000$ grand prize.

Cynthia Bailey & Marcus Jackson Photo Credit: @cynthiabailey10

Mama Joyce, Kandi, Loni Love & Tiny Photo Credit: @kandi

Celebrity Guests include Comic Loni Love, Singer Kandi Buress, Model & Entrepreneur Cynthia Bailey, Tamika Scott, MC Lyte, Portia Williams and Chef Anne Burrell

Anne Burrell Photo Credit: @chefannburrell
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Hey Mama presents Snowflake City

Hey Mama is a worldwide community of mothers in business. Co founders, Amri Kibbler and Katya Libin started this digital networking tribe 4 years ago with no money and lots of big goals.

Hey Mama hosted it’s First Holiday Market, in the best borough, in the Big Apple, Brooklyn (of course). On December 2nd. Our contributing writer Lauren and her daughter Mariama attended the event and spent the afternoon, shopping, enjoying treats, creating winter fun crafts with Craft Studio NYC and even experiencing an indoor ski zone!


Jam with Jaime and Mariama Photo Credit: Hey Mama

Kids were able to play with toys from Rose and Rex under the care of Urban Sitter’s wonder babysitters so moms could network, shop and meet with other momprenuers.

Brands owned by mommas at the fest were, Masala Baby NYC, Michelle Waugh, Cabbages and Kings, Phyllis and Rosie, Produce Tees, Monica and Andy, Ash and Ames and Gold No 8.

“I had a wonderful time indoor skiing, making crafts, drinking hot chocolate and singing at the HeyMama Holiday event!” Courtesy of Mari.

Let’s not forget wellness food company Sakara Life hosted a mini food bar with Hot cocoa from Cocoa Mama. so yummy! It was paired with chocolate covered pretzels from Fatty Sundays.  Attendees enjoyed flickin’ it up in the photo booth. Yes there was wine and facials.  Yes there was a scooter track. What a fun winter celebration!

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DJ Annie Red’s 10th Glow UP birthday bash!

Written by: Shauna Flowers Founding Editor

Celebrity DJ, author, rapper and anti-bully activist Samirah Horton aka DJ Annie Red celebrated her 10th birthday with family and friends last month in Bed-Stuy. The venue was decked out in glow in the dark items and decor.

My favorite being the table where guest could accessorize themselves in glow necklaces, hair bows or glasses. Even the cake table had balloon towers that glowed in the dark.

DJ Kev White took over to ones & twos so that DJ Annie could enjoy the party with her squad!  At one point Kev invited the parents to hit the dance floor for a soca dance break.

The afternoon and evening hours were spent dancing, eating and watching amazing performances. The Nyce Crew hit the stage first with Barry the Bulldog to perform their anti-bullying rap song.

Guest kid performers include Julie Winter, London Sa’rell, The Real School Girl Nana, Yung Curt, KDW and Kid Mohawk.

Annie’s parents surprised her with a special appearance from Lectro Raiders, featuring a live LED Robot light show. Everyone went crazy and watched as the robot, danced and hit a few mean Milly Rocks. Annie was even invited to blast the crowd with a CO2 canon.

Toward the end of the night guest surrounded the coolest custom cake, turntables and a mixer from Little Secrets 123.

Even though the cake was cut and served guests stayed and spent the last few minutes, dancing, taking flicks for the gram and finishing up the last few servings of food. Overall I give this party a 10 out of 10. One of the best kids party that I have ever attended.

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S.H.E. Summit 2018

On October 18 and October 19, our London contributing writer, Vanessa Sam, aka Inspiring Vanessa, attended S.H.E. Summit held at the 92nd Y in Manhattan. Founded by Claudia Clark, S.H.E. Summit is a global leadership conference connects agents of change, activists, entrepreneurs, motivational speakers, and community advocates! Past speakers have included, Soledad O’Brien, Deepak Chopra, and Kelly Clarkson.

Vanessa, B and Doyin Richards

This years line up included, Sarah Michelle-Gellar, Donna Karan,  Sally Kohn, Asa Regner and Michaela Angela Davis. To see a full list of all speakers visit this page.

S.H.E. Summit celebrates and accelerates inclusive equality by connecting, educating and activating talent in the global workplace. A 2-day transformational offsite leadership experience, S.H.E. Summit awakens higher purpose and renewed energy for leadership advancement and culture change. Each year, we curate a 20-session conference program over 2 days featuring 50+ thought leaders and movement drivers of today’s most relevant gender, diversity and cultural issues to propel the leadership and actions of 100,000+ passionate influencers representing the private sector, public sector, and media.

Vanessa and Latham Thomas Founder of Mama Glow

We sent our U.K. Contributing Writer Vanessa Sam, aka Inspiring Vanessa to this years Summit. Check out her review of the event! S.H.E. SUmmit is presented by SHE Globl and its goal is to inspire influencers to become agents of change in the world.

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