• Ife Medow: Sustainable Style Meets African Prints

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    At Calzico, we get excited about the use of interesting fabrics from around the world. In fact, some of our own styles feature fabrics that are inspired from around the world. So, when we heard about Ife Medow bags and accessories, we knew we wanted to share more about their product line and it's unique African influence.

    We caught up with Ife Medow Founder, Toyin Ajayi, who shared some insight into the use of African Ankara fabric in her new line of sustainable bags and accessories. 

    ST: Can you tell us about the meaning of your brand name, Ife Medow?

    TA: I wanted Ife Medow to be a personal brand that paid tribute to the places that have made me who I am. Ife means "Love" in Yoruba, my Nigerian tribe and language. My dad's side of the family is Nigerian. Medow is a phonetic version of "My Love" in Fanti (Fante), my Ghanaian tribe and language, which comes from my mother's side of the family.  

    ST: You use Ankara textiles to line your products. Can you tell us more about how you decided on the textiles you wanted to use?

    TA: There's been an exciting rise in Ankara fashion, which is introducing people to various African textiles. When I decided to start Ife Medow, I knew I wanted the brand to have an African influence, but not be narrowly defined as purely an African brand.

    African prints from different regions and countries have different names. In Ghana, "Kente" is a well known type of cloth, but there are many others such as Batiks and wax print fabrics. In fact, many of the wax print fabrics made in Holland showcase designs from Ghana. In traditional Nigerian attire, it is common to see lace prints or prints on silk and women wearing intricate head wraps, called a "GELE". 

    So, I decided to line each of the Ife Medow pieces in this collection with African prints from Ghana or Nigeria. It's my hope that people will enjoy the pop of color inside and will want to learn more about this culture along the way.  

    Ife Medow is available now on Kickstarter through May 16th. You can learn more about Toyin and this vibrant collection by visiting her website, here.


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  • 3 Simple Ways to Foster Your Tween’s Independence

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    While it is never too early to start thinking about ways to foster independence in your child, sometimes life has a way of getting in the way. As parents juggling the demands of work, home, practice and whatever else happens in a day, we forget or don’t realize our children are in fact old enough to learn ways to help out around the house. Are your tweens starting to learn a few basics like these?  


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  • 6 Empowering Products for Tween Girls You Need to Know

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    The tween years are a critical time – particularly for young girls – as they develop their identity and really start to find their voice. Read about six unique products that are helping to empower tween girls and instill confidence in our future generation.


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  • The Best of Topsail Island, NC for Families

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    Topsail Island offers a 26-mile-long barrier island that lies just off the coast of North Carolina. Accessible only by two bridges (one at each end of the island) or by sea, the island is home to immaculate white, sandy beaches and tranquil maritime forests. Find out why its a hidden little known gem here.


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  • Travel Planning Tips to See More and Spend Less

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    Introducing my kids to new experiences and cultures is one of the most important things I want to do for and with my kids. Travel often teaches flexibility, respect, and awareness of other cultures, and brings history to life in a way just a book can never do. In addition, travel gives my kids a sense of the greater world that exists beyond their home region, state, or country. The big question for me is how can we travel as a family, without spending a small fortune? Here are some planning tips.


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  • What is So Special About Tweens?

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    Between the ages of about 8-12 years, kids enter a period of change before becoming a teenager. While parenting during the tween years poses unique challenges, there is much to celebrate about this developmental stage, as well. 


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  • Yes We Did -- Calzico Water Bottle Flip

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    In the spirit of keeping up with the tweens we serve, we couldn't resist taking on our own Water Bottle Flip, with our own spin. Enjoy! 

    Calzico's own water bottle toss 


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  • WRAL’s Go Ask Mom Feature: Chapel Hill mom creates innovative line of clothes for tween girls

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    Trying to find appropriate clothing for her tween daughter sent Shannon Tennyson to the drawing board. A year ago, Tennyson founded CALZICO, an innovative line of clothing for tween girls developed, in part, with the help of her daughter, who just turned 11. 


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  • Tween Daughter & Mom Introduce New Line Of Clothes

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    Shannon Tennyson and her tween daughter Callie have teamed up to create Calzico a brand new line of clothing for tween girls.  Her fourteen year old son is also in on the family venture, helping with multimedia and graphic projects. Read about how they do it and why in a guest interview at Bright Girls. 


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  • CALZICO delivers stylish clothing for young tweens (by Period Packs)

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    Finding stylish clothing to suit a young woman’s changing body can sometimes prove challenging for parents and tweens. The options are somewhat limited in this space and clothing seems to go from frilly, ruffled dresses to “sexy wear” with little in between. Read our guest post at Period Packs. 


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