If you were walking through Playtime NYC in August 2011, you would not have missed a large display of eclectic clothing for tots (2 to12 years in age). A vibrant mix of colors and patterns made even the otherwise typical plaid boy clothing look exciting. I decided to research the inspiration behind KicoKids. The story of this globetrotting mom is more interesting than the collection itself. Tia Cibani, the founder, was 19 when she decided to join her elder sister Fiona, then a menswear designer, at a Canadian company called Ports International. The long journey that started in Libya to Vancouver, detoured to Xiamen – China and finally ended up at Seventh Avenue in New York. After spending seven years overseeing Ports brand development in Xiamen, Tia returned to the US in 2003 to launch Ports 1961, she opened stores in New York, LA and London. She stepped down from her creative director at Ports 1961 in mid 2010. I believe this is when she turned her hobby of designing clothes for tots to a serious business in partnership with Shu Pu (a.k.a Kitty) and expanded it into a complete collection of knits and woven, as well as accessories and fun lifestyle products. Tia’s creations at Port 1961 as well as at Kicokids displays her passion of taking inspiration from different cultures mixing up the insights to generate modern clothing.
I love brands with a story behind it and this story is rather inspirational for me and I am sure that if you checked out their collection of clothes for tots – you are going to fall in love with it yourself. For tots on the go, check out fun travel accessories, including artist kits and cool back packs. I also loved their rather light rain jackets (as displayed on mannequin above), the hoodie very conveniently turns into a little tote that can carry the jacket when not in use. Compact, light and convenient – I love it.