Adam King, a graduate of Moore College of Art and Design's fashion program and a longtime clothing designer, never felt limited by style. Until he had his first son. Rack after rack, he recalls, touted skulls and crossbones for boys and rhinestones and glitter for girls.
"As someone who's worked in the fashion industry for my entire adult life, the aesthetic didn't sit well with me," he says. As a designer inspired by minimalist style, he craves versatility. As a parent, he craves the longevity of being able to pass clothes down from child to child – no matter their gender.
In 2014, he took thread and needle into his own hands and launched his children's clothing line, Mooi Kind ("beautiful child" in Dutch). Pieces are made with functionality and style in mind rather than gender, and they've become in-demand internationally. They're sold globally online, and locally at events like the Cleveland Flea.
King is one of the many emerging designers making clothes that aren't defined by gender. Of course, celebrities and runway designers have been blurring the lines for decades. But today, the division in fashion – and marketing in general – has come to the forefront. It was abundantly clear following Ohio parent Abi Bechtel's June 2015 tweet to Target heard around the world. The message was simple: A photo of an aisle reading "Building sets" and under it, "Girls' building sets." In the viral tweet, Bechtel plainly stated, "Don't do this, @Target."
or King, the choice was one that was economical and sustainable. He noticed when it came to clothing swaps between parents, everything was listed by gender.
"I don't want the shelf life of something to end when my child has outgrown it,'" says King. "If I had a daughter next, I wanted her to be able to wear the same things my son wore."
The demand has been so high, in fact, that King is reviewing offers to have his clothes stocked in stores and on websites across the country. He'll be moving into mass production due to the requests. He also plans to partner with artists on a line of children's books based on characters wearing the clothes.
King's leggings and headbands may sell out in 15 minutes whenever he's at a market, but that doesn't mean his black t-shirts with bold white print that reads "Clothes have no gender" don't raise a few eyebrows.
"Some people gristle at that, and seeing the resistance to the idea of what I'm doing can be a little challenging," says King. "If people want to have a conversation about it, I absolutely can. I'm not trying to making a statement about buying something gender neutral. The 'statement' is having clothes that their kids like."
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Her mother is heir to a $4billion fortune.
So Tamara Ecclestone's daughter Sophie will never be seen in typical toddler garb, as illustrated on Sunday when the duo enjoyed a day at the Formula 1 successor's Wimbledon blow dry bar, SHOW.
The two-year-old tot was clad in a sweet ensemble comprising of an £85 Kenzo cocktail dresses with £188 Moschino biker boots, just days after she was spotted in a £4,000 Tom Ford leather jacket.
Tamara is known for her lavish taste which springs from her phenomenal fortune, inherited from her father Bernie Ecclestone, with her most plush buy being her 57-room, £70 million mansion in London's most expensive street.
While she is frequently spied in her own designer garb, her beloved daughter Sophie is also clad in the highest fashion including Sunday's eye-watering look.
The adorable tot looked incredibly trendy in the mullet hemmed grey dress adorned with the instantly recognisable Kenzo tiger logo.
Proving one designer label is certainly not enough, her Moschino biker boots boasted the brand's bold gold lettering on a buckle across the front of the shoe.
With her dress ringing in at £85 and the boots nearly hitting £200, Tamara proved money is truly no object when it comes to dressing her beloved toddler, who she is seldom seen without.
On Thursday, little Sophia was once again sporting head-to-toe designer wares as she bounded along the streets of west London.
The cute toddler was no doubt the most stylish girl in her dance class, topping off her adorable pink tutu, tights and ballet shoes with a matching Tom Ford jacket.
The leather number, which retails at a staggering £4,000, was impossibly stylish with edgy zip detailing.
The eye-wateringly expensive garment comes from designer Tom's limited-edition children’s collection of biker jackets, first designed for his his own son Jack in the autumn of 2014.
The covetable collection features a safari biker jacket in brown suede, a pink and blue jean jacket in suede and two different styles of biker leather jackets, in both black and pink.
The doting mother recently revealed she doesn't have time to go to the gym anymore because she's so busy with Sophia, who she raises with husband Jay Rutland.
'As far as workouts go, it's running around after Fifi 24/7 and pushing her in the stroller,' Tamara told FEMAIL of her very laidback exercise regime.
'As for food, I tend to have porridge for breakfast, wholegrain pasta for lunch and then quinoa and chicken for dinner.'
With Sophia off to nursery soon, Tamara has been considering expanding her brood. 'Not right now but, eventually, yes,' she hinted.
Tamara boasts an estimated net worth of $300million and ensures her only daughter wants for nothing in life. The jetsetting toddler boasts a wardrobe bursting with designer clothes and is accustomed to a jet-setting lifestyle.
It was reported last year the youngster had been whisked off on 11 holidays in 16 months, naturally travelling by private jet.
Socialite Tamara is the eldest daughter of Croatian model Slavica Ecclestone, whose net worth is thought to be $1.19billion, and Formula One boss Bernie, whose fortune was estimated at $4billion as of May 2012 by the Sunday Times UK Rich List.
Bernie is alleged to have spent $177.8 million buying luxury homes in west London for Tamara and her younger sister, Petra.
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Rhythm, color, curiosity and rawness. Take a cursory glance over the Afropunk Festival mission statement and from those four words alone it’s easy enough to gauge a sartorial insight into those who patron the yearly event.
Since its inception back in 2005, Afropunk has mushroomed from a one-off music festival in New York into an indispensable component of contemporary African-American culture: its significance acutely amplified in 2016 thanks to the modern political and social climate.
Despite being ostensibly incompatible, fashion and music festivals have become inextricably linked in recent years, with the likes of Coachella and Glastonbury now viewed by celebrities as a window for posturing on par with any fashion week. Yet while Afropunk is not exempt from its share of paparazzo, the festival’s core values of anti-homophobia, sexism, ageism and, of course, racism, sets it apart from its peers in that such freedom for self-expression is tempered by rich values and tolerance, rather than empty vanity. Or, as organizers themselves put it: “In a world where it can feel unsafe to have black skin, the amazement from onlookers made you remember the beauty in your carefree blackness.”
With the likes of Grace Jones, Young Fathers, Goldlink and SZA all slated to perform, Afropunk London was primed to TU. And one doesn’t TU fully if one isn’t wearing one’s best garms.
Check our shots of the best street style from the weekend in the gallery above, and then let us know in the comments who you think had more steeze. London or New York?
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