Thursday, March 7, 2013

Want Cute Kids' Clothing? You Should Know: Slice By Cake


 
As the style-loving aunt of a young niece and nephew, I’m always looking out for stylish yet unique children’s clothing.  During a recent fashion show at the Chicago Naturals 2nd Annual Black Beauty Summit, such a clothing line grabbed my attention.  Slice by CAKE is a specialty brand featuring African-inspired children’s apparel, accessories and gifts.  Slice by CAKE puts a modern spin on African wear to create a look that’s fresh, fashionable and fun for kids.  After seeing the young kids from 'CAKE' work the runway, I wanted to know more about the line. 
I had the pleasure of speaking with Slice by CAKE’s creator Lande Sanusi to find out more about the brand: 
Creator Lande Sanusi

About the inspiration behind Slice by CAKE:
I was born in Chicago, but raised in Nigeria.  I returned to Chicago and attended the University of Illinois at Chicago. My husband and I lived here in Chicago and didn’t have opportunities to return to Nigeria often, but wanted our kids to also have Nigerian culture.  So, I initially started CAKE, Inc. (Culture of Africa for Kids Everywhere), an organization to introduce kids to African culture.  We wanted to incorporate the best of both worlds.  At CAKE, Inc. we would visit schools and teach African culture.  We would have various activities...we started out making aprons, pencil cases, and then included clothing.  Slice (which really means “Slice of Africa”) by CAKE was created.
About the Slice by CAKE customer:
We service size ranges 12 months - children’s size 12.
About the clothing designs:
I create the designs and choose the fabrics. Clothing is manufactured here in the USA.
 
Spring Collection-soon to be online
 

Where can the consumer find Slice by CAKE fashions?
Currently we are online based. We will also be adding more of the smaller sizes (infants/toddlers) online in March. When we open *CAKE village, there will be an onsite store where purchases can be made.


Spring Collection

What’s next for CAKE? 
Opening *CAKE village: a 2000 sq. foot facility which will house CAKE Inc.  It will include a music dance room, theatre, and the Slice by CAKE store.  CAKE village will be located in East Dundee, IL.
We will also have a couple of upcoming fashion shows.  We’d like to bring more awareness to the brand and more national exposure.
As an entrepreneur what advice would you give to someone starting a business?
Research your business.  Don’t just jump in.  Be willing to listen to others.  People who’ve been in the business for awhile know what they’re talking about.  You don’t lose your creative process, but be open to listening. 
 
 Doll Clothing

Slice by CAKE will be one of the featured designers during the Fashion Wars Chicago- My Mini Me Kids Fashion Show on May 10 at Lacuna Fitness Chicago.

You can find more Slice by CAKE apparel and accessories at www.slicebycake.com
Photos by Slice by Cake, Inc. 





























 

2 comments:

  1. Good to see African culture on display.

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