Meet Our Vendor: City Kid Style
We love supporting slow fashion as fast fashion plays a HUGE role in pollution in the world. Support this kind lady, City Kids Style.
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Claudia and I own City Kid Style, a girls’ clothing company.
What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?
I’m working on a collaboration with an organization called Project Brave that strives to teach children about healthy relationships in an effort to fight domestic violence. I just finished designing a screen print with them and it will be on some of my dresses and tanks at the winter show. 10% of all of my sales with that print will go towards Project Brave.
What was your first memory of making something?
I used to sew tiny things for my doll house…clothing, pillows, bed spreads. That was when I was really little. The first legit item of clothing that I actually made was my prom dress. And I cut up an old dress and made it into a new one so upcycling must have been on my mind even in high school!
What is your favorite new product for 2017?
My newest style is a bubble or cocoon style dress. I’ve been dreaming it up in my head for over a year now and just finished working on the pattern this past summer. I’ll have a fresh batch of them at the winter show. I like it so much that if I have time I’m going to size up the pattern and make one for my self to wear at Urban Craft Uprising!
How far will you be traveling to come to UCU?
Not far, I live in Ravenna!
What do you love most about craft show vending?
I absolutely love the friendships that I’ve made with the other vendors. Through Urban Craft Uprising and other craft shows I have met some of the most amazing people. We support one another and I have learned so much from them.
How did you get started in your business?
I have always loved to sew and have done so as a hobby through out my life. I have a degree in Education and worked as an administrator in that field for years. When my daughter was born I started sewing for her and I would try out new projects by using my husband’s old t-shirts and button downs. I realized that I could make perfectly good clothing by upcycling old clothing. I quickly became addicted! When my daughter was in kindergarten I was really tired of long work hours and I was feeling really burnt out with my career. So I quit my job and launched City Kid Style! This business is definitely full time so I can’t say that I actually work less than I. However, it allows me to be creative and I get to do it on my own time which allows me more time with my family!
Is this a full-time business for you?
What do your customers love most about your product(s)?
I think customers love that my clothing is made from upcycled materials. They are always floored when they realize that I’ve turned an old button down into a skirt or a dress.