We had the good fortune of connecting with Connie and Jakki Wong and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Connie and Jakki, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Wee Monster is big on our philosophy – KIDS SHOULD BE KIDS. Sure, we focus on high quality styles like 100% cotton pieces, knit and sewn in Los Angeles, pre-washed/pre-shrunk… the list goes on. But it’s all about how the kids feel when they put Wee Monster on!

We want Wee Monster to create space where kids don’t need to fit into a box or shape. An opportunity we didn’t have growing up. Your monster wants to learn to surf while eating tacos? Wear five sweaters everyday (at the same time) for a week? Sleep on the ceiling? GO FOR IT. It’s not just the cool kids clothes – it’s the philosophy we’ve built and hope to continue building. We had this crazy idea that clothes can make kids feel CONFIDENT, HAPPY, COOL.

Let’s talk shop. Tell us more about your design process, what can you share with our community?
Our inspiration behind Wee Monster is all about our kids. We follow each monster and his/her interests – whether it’s skateboarding, tacos or music. Each design is originated from a personal narrative. We genuinely flow with what the kids are into but also want parents love! Comfortable, cool but also easy to wash.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
-Lunch in Malibu at Broad Street Oyster Company, then walk the Malibu Pier before dinner

-Dinner in Santa Monica at UOVO – fresh pasta flown in from Italy daily!

-Dessert in Sawtelle at Wanderlust Creamery or Millet Crepe. End the night by walking the streets of “Little Kyoto”

(Can you tell our second career would be as food bloggers?)

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Our families. Our husbands. Our mom. We wouldn’t be anywhere without our biggest cheerleaders. They’ve been there with us since day one. They celebrate our successes and support us through our hardest days. And when you own your own business, there are a million and one hard days.

They show up each and every day! They make us feel safe and take care of our families while we chase our dreams. They show up to hot summer pop up events and help us setup. They spend their weekends at the warehouse with us when we have huge orders to ship. They mentor us through each growing pain.

Website: www.weemonster.net

Instagram: www.instagram.com/wee_monster

Facebook: www.facebook.com/weemonster.kidswear

Image Credits
Wee Monster Photographers: Shastin Fletcher and Cheryl Mann

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