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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kidpik Holiday Preview 2018


Last week, I was able to attend kidpik’s holiday preview in Manhattan. kidpik is a clothing subscription box company that delivers 2-3 complete head to toes outfits. The price is quite affordable, starting at $75.  The perks? 7 day-trial, try on everything at home, free returns and delivery and a FREE gift that you can keep! Yup, even if you don’t keep any of the items.

kidpik delivers limited-edition fashion up to size 16 with footwear up to size 6. Take the quick 2-minute fun and interactive style quiz at http://www.kidpik.com. From the moment the quiz is completed, the anticipation starts to build. Mini-fashionistas eagerly check the mail for their personalized boxes, addressed to them, and including a surprise free gift. Girls don’t know what’s in the box, making the unboxing a stylish and exciting surprise! Each item is beautifully wrapped, revealing 3 “mix-&-match outfits,” including shoes and an accessory. It’s like the holidays all year

Teen Influencer Ameenha Lee visits kidpik

The Holiday 2018 featured, lots of sparkle, texture and trendy colors! I was obsessed with the Rose Gold boots. I was able to feel the soft fabrics and was quite impressed with the quality and detail in each garment. The clothing was organized into looks by a girl’s personality, trendy, sporty, casual or classic!

The show room was transformed into a cozy closet, where guest were soothed by a large cozy white carpet and matching chairs. Bloggers, fashionistas and buyers were warmly greeted by the kippik team, including fashion entrepreneur Ezra Dabah, the founder of kidpik.  A few of my favorite things, (ha ha get it?…) included a silver motorcycle jacket, denim jacket with white faux fur collar, Rose gold faux fur jacket, and hot pink cozy graphic sweater. I requested a girls size 16, hoping I could fit into it! (Seriously)  The collection drops soon so stay tuned.

For more info visit:   www.kidpik.com


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Mini Mode London Kids Fashion Week 2nd Edition

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Model wearing JNR Nation Photography Credit: Santoshi Padhiar

Mini Mode – London’s Premier Kids Fashion Week made its mark on the UK fashion calendar, as it returned for a second season during London Fashion Week this September. Founded by UK childrenswear designer, by Amanda Rabor, Mini Mode has been established as London’s premier Kids fashion showcase with a consumer show and an industry presentation of Spring/Summer 2019 children’s apparel collections.

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Freya Hawkes in Iscream Photo Credit: Santoshi Padhiar

Amanda Rabor, Founder of Mini Mode says: “I’m excited to have launched the secondseason of Mini Mode – London’s Premier Kids Fashion Week and showcased a range of talented designers. The show has a spirit and vibe that celebrates inclusivity and diversity on every level. Mini Mode empowers kids and launches new talent. I’m truly passionate about breaking down barriers for the upcoming generations. We had designers from Russia, Australia, Bulgaria, Lebanon, France and I’m so proud to have so many UK designers showcase with us. It’s my aim to contribute to the kids!”

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Model in Deena London  Photography Credit: Santoshi Padhiar

Mini Mode took place during London Fashion Week at LSO St. Luke’s in London.  Both shows were exciting  with a variety of  entertainment from
talented young performers, Social Media Takeover by @hollycamilla_ for the
Industry Show and for the Consumer hosts live takeover by @inspiringvanessa, @king_che9, and @ryhannaparara05.

Models in Liberated Folk Photo Credit: Santoshi Padhiar

Singer Josie True Maisey Photo Credit: Emma Wright

The models strutted down the runway with music from DJ @maisiekateyoung. The crowd was serenaded by singer @josietruemaisey, rapper @olivia.raps and  actor @denny.ash1 performed a monologue. Absolute Bollywood performed at the end of the show closed the show.

Lewis in Teasyshiruoson Photo Credit: Santoshi Padhiar

Dot to Dot London’s Award Winners, including Chakra Design Studio (UK), Little Borne (UK) and Tarantela (Spain) showcased selected pieces from their collection on the catwalk at Mini Mode.

Isaiah Chambers in Sarbear Designs Photo Credit: Emma Wright

Graduate Show, Teasy Shiro Sun (USA) and Sarbear Designs (UK) showcased selected pieces from their collection on the catwalk at Mini Mode.

Models getting ready by Wow Beaute Photo Credit: Emma Wright

20% of all ticket sales were donated to the Osteopathic Centre for Children.

Photography credit: Emma Wright Photography and Santoshi Padhiar @tosh73
Make-up & Hair: @wowbeaute
Styling: @beckyseager
VIP Lounge: The London Balloon Boutique VIP
Sponsor: Purple Dragon

Daisy May Demetre in Kimba Kids Photo Credit: Emma Wright

For further information on Mini Mode – London’s Premier Kid’s Fashion Week

visit: http://www.mini-mode.co.uk

Twitter: @minimode_lkfw

Insta: minimode_lkfw

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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


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.



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. 


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.


Silver Fighter T-Shirt


Bird T-Shirt









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.  


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.



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


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.


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.



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



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.











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.



Lyric attended with her parents Ace Hood & Shelah








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The Celebrity Kids Fashion Show & Awards Show


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.



Brielle Whiting Photo Credit: Fresh Kid Nation


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


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.


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.


Sincere Photo Credit: Fresh Kid Nation


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

gordon ross

“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.


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.



“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.



“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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“Majorelle Garden”

 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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