New Kids On the Block: Tiny Bangs is the Girl Power Fashion Line You’ve Been Dreaming About
I love women. In particular, I love women with big goals and big dreams, because that’s who I am. As a mother who owns her own business (i.e., Girl.Copy duh-doi), and has a toddler at home with her pretty much full-time, I constantly feel like I’m on the verge of calling it quits and going back to work at an office. But then I hear about - or in this case, remember - women like Kirsten Bosio, owner of kids’ clothing line Tiny Bangs, and think, “What the hell am I thinking?” Being an entrepreneur, and an inspiration to my own daughter, is a huge part of my identity. I love who I am, and I love women who love who they are, and are proud inspirations to their daughters and other girls following in their footsteps.
One of the best parts about Tiny Bangs is that the company hits you with a double whammy - not only is Bosio an inspiring women entrepreneur, she has gotten her daughters involved with the business as well, in the form of making their ideas reality - and having them adorably model the clothing and accessories that they create with their mom. The company is based around the idea of “alternative clothing for rebel kids” - that is, Tiny Bangs looks to instill confidence in kids through fashion. Bosio and the gang encourage self-expression in their line via bright colors, 90s-inspired grunge details, and adorable pop culture references. The Los Angeles-based boutique is created using locally-sourced materials and has a range of gender-neutral options inspired by Bosio’s own kids. From jackets to tees to skirts and fanny packs, Tiny Bangs has something for nearly any age range or taste level. And yep - Tiny Bangs believes in kids having their own tastes and opinions. The company doesn’t patronize or talk down to tiny badasses, or dictate what they’re allowed to enjoy.
Another notable tenet of the company is that they want to “flip the script” on gendered clothing. As Bosio writes as a talking point to parents, “We believe childhood is the best time to experiment with fashion despite gender, and think that expression is an integral part of kids figuring out who they are and who they want to be. Kids should have head-turning fashion at their fingertips. We want to give you the clothes you wish you had as a kid for you to give YOUR kids.”
Again, as a mom myself, looking at the mass-produced kids’ clothing from big box retailers gives me a headache. In addition to being a writer for 10+ years, I’ve also written for the fashion industry for several years, and it truly hurts my heart to see ugly clothing. Fashion is an art form - a beautiful part of how we express ourselves as human beings. And supporting bootstrapped small businesses is how the American dream continues to burn on, like OG girlboss Lady Liberty’s torch, beckoning dreamers to her shores shining with discarded Starbucks cups.
Luckily for Girl.Copy blog readers, you can contribute to the hopes and dreams of this little start-up that’s set for global fashion domination by heading on over to their Kickstarter and throwing them a couple bones before the end date of Friday, December 8, 2017. All of the Kickstarter money goes directly into funding the production of five key pieces that represent the Tiny Bangs brand most directly - which are, as stated by Kickstarter/the Tiny Bangs team: “The Interactive Skirt, a high-waisted layered circle skirt reminiscent of 90's toy notepads which create neon imprints when touched; Holographic Leggings, comfortable spandex leggings perfect for active kids that feature a unique, rainbow sheen; a Harlequin Dress, the perfect mod cut shift dress for parties or everyday glam that looks like it came straight out of a dEliA*s catalogue; and The Statement Moto Jacket, a yellow & black flannel motorcyle jacket with hot pink satin lining inspired by the movie Clueless.”
Contributors can choose from a bevy of rewards, including getting a handwritten thank-you note from the creators. Additionally, meeting their Kickstarter goal would mean that the Tiny Bangs team can move into the manufacturing phase of growing their business (check out their Kickstarter video and just try not to cry) - which is huge for any design company. So, throw that Boring Clothes ‘R Us shopping list away and head on over to the Tiny Bangs Kickstarter today to start picking out your kids’ new wardrobe - and feel good about supporting woman-backed, small businesses while you’re at it. Happy shopping!