Young fashionista designs affordably priced T-shirts
By Puakea Olaisha Anderson
Special to the Michigan Citizen
DETROIT — Courageous is the best way to describe 11-year-old entrepreneur Olujinmi Edison. The sixth-grader owns a T-shirt company named Baby Lu Lu that she established last May.
“My sister started calling me ‘Lu Lu’ and that’s where I got the name from,” says Edison, who aspires to be a fashion designer. “Since I sell onsies (infant T-shirts), that’s where ‘Baby’ comes from.”
The young fashionista describes her style as “funky, artsy and full of color.”
She’s greatly encouraged by her family.
“She was seven when she told me she wanted to be a fashion designer,” Edison’s mom told the Michigan Citizen. “We come from a family of entrepreneurs, so she has not really thought of herself as an employee.”
Edison sells onesies for infants and T-shirts for children and adults. Many of her shirts are named “Grace,” which is named after her best friend. Edison prices are affordable and she designs the T-shirts herself. Recently, Edison was a vendor at the Charles H. Wright Museum at jessica Care moore’s Black Women Rock.
Baby Lu Lu T-shirts are also available at Tulani Rose in Midtown.
“I love that I can create and get creative with my art and earn money,” Edison said. “I would never forget when my father told me to keep my head up and that is what I did.”
She plans to use her creativity to help fund her trip to Australia with the People to People organization this July. She’s raised two-thirds of the $8,000 for the cost of the trip. She says she’s accepting donations on Peerbackers.com to help reach her goal.
Visit Baby Lu Lu at www.babylulyfashion.com or on Facebook.