Kids design T-shirts, hoodies and more for a cause on VeryMeri

A new website is putting kids' creative power to use to help raise money for charity.

VeryMeri asks children to design and submit artwork via online contests. The winning designs, voted on by the public, are featured on T-shirts, hoodies and accessories, are sold on for $18 to $39. Five percent of the sales price is donated to the young designer's charity of choice or to VeryMeri's national charitable partner, the Art of Elysium.


The Los Angeles-based site was the brainchild of teacher Meri Zeiff and is intended to encourage entrepreneurship and social responsibility in kids.

The site currently features nine T-shirt designs, two hoodies, two iPad sleeves and three watch styles. Items are designed for kids ages 3 years to tween.


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in Sherman Oaks with a recycling-themed event from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday.  Bring a recyclable item and receive a Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1.  There will also be crafts (using recycled materials), complimentary skin consultations and 20-minute facials and sweets from the Cake Monkey Bakery.  The first 50 guests will receive a Kiehl’s gift card. The mall is at 14006 Riverside Drive, Sherman Oaks.

Los Angeles’ first P.S. From Aeropostale, specializing in children’s clothing, is scheduled to open Saturday at South Bay Galleria. The store is on level two of the Kohl’s wing at the mall, at 1815 Hawthorne Blvd., Redondo Beach.

Trunk Show

Swimwear brand Helen Jon is having a trunk show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday at the Montage, 30801 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach.  Customers will receive a free canvas tote with the purchase of a swimsuit.

New Product

Saks Fifth Avenue Beverly Hills and perfumer Bond No. 9 have teamed on an exclusive scent, Saks Beverly Hills Oud. The scent is described as a male-female oriental blend featuring starter notes of red plum, orange zest and saffron with davana flowers; middle notes of oud, red rose, orris, patchouli and rose geranium; and base notes of amber, musk, honey, sandalwood, leather and vetiveer. The bottle is black lacquered glass enhanced with Swarovski crystals. It is priced at $405 a bottle and can be reserved by calling the Bond counter at Saks at (310) 887-5495.