Our Story

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COMING SUMMER 2015!

Our 2015 collection is inspired by our Featured Artist, 8 year old Devon’s, fight with childhood cancer and launches with super stylish girls’ swimwear sizes XS(4/5) – XL(14/16) and unisex rash guards for the little groms in your life.

nono collection is a brand of children’s apparel 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 created from the artwork of kids fighting cancer and sold to give back to foundations searching for a cure.

Our Mission

To raise money for childhood cancer research and help ease the financial and emotional burden that devastates little one’s fighting cancer. We will do this by bringing together a community of families, artists and supporters in creating a colorful, fun and energy filled artistic environment that kids fighting cancer can depend on to express their creativity.

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.

What We Do:

  • Each season we sponsor a young artist and feature their artwork on the new collection’s prints with a scholarship fund set up in their name to support them in pursuing their dreams.
  • We host art parties at children’s hospitals and camps to inspire kids fighting cancer to share in our love for art.
  • We send care packages full of fun art supplies to kids at home that share in our passion for the cause.
  • 10% percent of all of our sales are donated directly to childhood cancer foundations.

Our Inspiration

The idea for the brand was inspired by best friends Noelle Vazzano Marchese and Jamie Patrick 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 mom 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 a deep connection to the childhood cancer community and years of experience in marketing, sales and business management. Inspired by Devon’s courage and creativity, 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.

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  • nono by noelle's flower icon is the Rosy Periwinkle, a pretty plant native to the Old World tropics of Madagascar. In the 1950's, Rosy Periwinkle was discovered to contain two main alkaloids, vinblastine and vincristine, that have the unique ability to keep certain kinds of cancerous cells from reproducing. Vincristine is one of the most common chemotherapy drugs used in the treatment of childhood leukemia and has helped increase the survival rate for childhood leukemia from 10% to 95%.