Mochi Kids started as my hobby and grew into a family-run business. When my son was four years old, he was obsessed with Thomas the train. In fact, he wanted to wear the same Thomas the train shirt day after day. I became so sick of that shirt but still wanted him to feel happy in his clothes, so I started making tees we both liked, with designs inspired by his favorite things, in aesthetics and materials I could get behind. Initially, I designed and screen printed tees only for my son, but slowly demand grew. I started giving away my tees as baby gifts, then selling them to friends and family, and eventually Mochi Kids was born.
Social responsibility is at the heart of Mochi Kids. Nearly all the materials we use -- from fabrics to mailers to hang tags -- are sourced here in the United States. Our primary manufacturer is a woman-owned business in LA, and we design in small batches to minimize waste as much as possible. Though I’m no longer screen printing every garment, I’ve partnered with a local print shop to keep up our tradition of supporting small businesses. As a small business ourselves, we hope to always support small.
After five and a half years of doing everything on my own—designing, screen-printing, styling, photographing, packing, shipping—I have added a talented group to my team. Here are a few of the people who make Mochi Kids possible:
Since our founding, we've used our platform to raise money and awareness for causes that are important to us, from racial equity to voting rights to women’s health. We believe actions as simple as what we wear and how we spend our dollars can change the world we live in for the better.
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