Style Counsel: This Local 13-Year-Old Is a Fashion Designer and Entrepreneur

Erikka Franklin has a thing for pattern mixing, and her custom fanny packs are available on Etsy.

Occupation: Fashion designer and entrepreneur
Style: Fun patterns and bedazzled fanny packs

Photograph by Devyn Glista

You’re 13 years old and have a unique style.
I usually mix and match [patterns], like [today], I have scales, plaid, then a little fanny pack, but it all comes together.

When did you start dressing yourself?
About 4 years old. I just always felt confident in what I was wearing. I’m really good at, like, no matter what anybody says, I still wear it.

You also started sewing at a young age.
I got into sewing when I was about 5 or 6 years old. I started out with a needle and thread. Once I got older, my mom [gave] me a sewing machine. That’s when I started making clothes for my family.

Before, you made clothes for your dolls out of old socks.
I watch a lot of craft videos, and they’re like, You can make doll clothes with socks. And I’m like, Really?! That’s kind of where it all started.

Photograph by Devyn Glista

Eventually, you upgraded to fabrics and launched your clothing line, Fashion Forward, and more recently a custom fanny pack line called Fannysofab, which you sell on Etsy. Why fanny packs?
I’ve always liked fanny packs. I wear them every day. It fits everything in here! My phone, lotion, ChapStick—all of that. It’s very convenient.

How do you make them?
I use pins and patches and lots of rhinestones to make them unique. You just have to put what [the customer] wants on the fanny pack but add your own twist to it.

What’s your twist?
I mean, a lot of jewels, because I like jewels.

Is it tough being a young entrepreneur?
It definitely comes with its challenges. Most people think that you can’t do it, but you just gotta show them that you can.

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