COMING SUMMER 2015!
nono collection is a children’s apparel brand founded with the vision of raising awareness and funds for childhood cancer research while inspiring young artists undergoing cancer treatment. All of our swimwear and apparel prints are designed by kids fighting cancer and sold to give back to foundations searching for a cure. Each season we sponsor a young artist and feature their artwork on the new collection’s prints. nono will host art parties at children’s hospitals and camps to inspire kids fighting cancer to share in our love for art. Our goal is to bring together a community of families, artists and supporters to create a colorful, fun and energy filled environment that the kids can escape to express their creativity. Art care packages are also sent to kids at home that share in our passion for the cause.
This brand exists so that we can give back! When families are hit hard with the devastating news that their child will need to fight for their lives, it’s the support and love of others that pulls them through. 10% percent of all sales are donated directly to childhood cancer foundations and each of nono’s Featured Artists will have a scholarship fund set up in their name to support them in pursuing their dreams.
The idea for the brand was inspired by designers Noelle Vazzano-Marchese and Jamie Kobza’s shared personal histories with cancer in their immediate families. In April 2008, Jamie’s daughter Devon was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at the age of 22 months. The chemotherapy that followed for the next 2 1/2 years left her with a severely depressed immune system – she spent a lot of time at home and in the hospital. During her chemotherapy treatments, she used painting as a way to have fun and express herself. It became art therapy for both mother and child and bonded them during an extremely difficult period in their lives. Devon is nono’s muse and current Featured Artist.
Noelle & Jamie
Designer Noelle Vazzano has been working in the fashion Industry for over 10 years. After graduating from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, she has built and branded ready to wear collections noelle couture, emilynoelle, and women’s swimwear line, noelle. Noelle’s designs have been sold in Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Anthropologie, Urban outfitters, over 200 Boutiques nationwide and retail website phenom www.net-a-port.com. Her love for vintage inspires her in designing and creating silhouettes, prints, and mixing colors. Business partner, Jamie Kobza, brings to the team years of experience in marketing, sales and business management, creating between the two, the perfect partnership. Inspired by Devon’s courage and creativity, best friends Jamie and Noelle shared in their vision to create a brand of apparel aimed at giving back and decided to utilize her gift to help other children battling childhood cancer. Devon’s collection of paintings on canvas and skateboard decks using acrylic paints and paint pens have been digitized and the prints sublimated onto nylon/Lycra swimwear fabric. The resulting fabric for nono collection is vivid and rich in color and design and entirely unique.
nono collection debuts with a line of girl’s swimwear and unisex rash guards sizes 4-12 with plans to expand into ready to wear street styles for boys and girls.