VALLEJO — The entrepreneurial fashion spirit hit Kamrie Starr at a young age.
The young American Canyon teen had an early interest in fashion that has parlayed itself into an “Addiktion,” the name of her fledgling clothing company that boasts several different styles of T-shirts and will make its debut Saturday at Vallejo’s 26th annual Juneteenth celebration.
“Right now, for the start, I want to make it kind of simple,” she said of her choice to start with shirts and then eventually branch out to hoodies, hats, shorts and socks.
Both 15-year-old Kamrie and her mother, Ebony Mouton, 34, remember a 5- or 6-year-old Kamrie sitting with her grandfather “playing dress up” on the computer on the www.i-dressup.com website.
“She always had style,” Mouton said. “Like Punky Brewster she would always put on everything that was her favorite. I noticed . . . she had a different style. I kind of tried to encourage her to go with what she liked as long as it was age-appropriate.”
That eclectic style is visible in the stylish teen she is today – dressed in multicolor jeans, a black and white “Addiktion” T-shirt, black Jordans, a cream-color hair band bow and turquoise polished nails, she talked about her business and future plans while at her grandparents’ home in Vallejo.
The company name came from a friend who mentioned her shoe addiction. The off-beat spelling with “k” is for her first name – Kamrie. The logo is in a bar code style and the bar code numbers are both the year she was born and the year she started the business. The quiet, well-spoken teen said she eventually wants people to be able to scan the bar code design with a phone app and have her still-under-construction website pop up.
“She has a lot of good ideas,” Mouton said.
And she has a business plan. Along with her immediate plan, she’s firm in the fact that she wants fashion to be her career with plans already to attend the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising – goals are set even beyond school.
“I want to have a clothing store . . . I want to have a few clothing stores,” she said.
She also has a family support crew, including her parents, grandparents and others. Her mother said she’s always been encouraged to “shoot for the stars” and that, Kamrie said, has left her confident she can accomplish what she sets out to do.
Kamrie said she is excited for her debut at Juneteenth.
“You have to start somewhere,” Mouton said. “This will be a good start to get the experience and to have that good feeling of ‘I accomplished something’ and that will make her want to (push) harder.”
The Juneteenth celebration is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at City Park, 425 Alabama St. For more information, go to www.vallejojuneteenth.com.
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