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Making a living off doodles may appear too good to be true, however this 11-year-old made it occur.
Impressed by Toronto sports activities groups, Leeloo Monleon turns her drawings into T-shirts.
And individuals are loving them.
“Individuals wish to help me and I am actually comfortable about that,” Leeloo mentioned.
Leeloo Monleon’s household helps her run her enterprise whereas she’s in class. (Turgut Yeter/CBC)
Particular birthday request sparked enterprise concept
Leeloo was born with a watch for artwork, and her household all the time knew she was artistic.
“She picked up a pencil at a really younger age,” mentioned Diana Tran, Leeloo’s mom.
So within the spring of 2016, when her uncle requested her to place considered one of her photos on a shirt, Leeloo was comfortable to oblige.
Leeloo first made this T-shirt for her uncle, which is impressed by the Toronto Raptors brand. (Michael Wilson/CBC)
Shortly after her first creation, she began designing extra prints as items for different relations and associates.
Demand unfold rapidly.
At seven years outdated, Leeloo began receiving requests from strangers who had noticed her work being worn alongside Toronto streets.
Particularly, clients had been desperate to get their arms on shirts that includes the logos of the Toronto Raptors, Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Blue Jays.
And so, her enterprise — named Leeloodles — was born.
Leeloo and her mother and father launched an Instagram web page for the shirts, discovered a studio house to behave as Leeloodles headquarters and located a close-by manufacturing firm to print the T-shirts.
T-shirts bought worldwide
Quick ahead 4 years and Leeloo has bought about 20,000 T-shirts, which promote for $35 apiece.
Not solely that, however her shirts have additionally been bought worldwide and are significantly common in Asia.
“Our T-shirts have travelled in all places,” Leeloo mentioned.
Pictured listed below are Leeloodles T-shirts, tank tops and long-sleeved shirts. (Leeloodles)
With assist from mother
However Leeloo can’t take all of the credit score.
Her mother and father deal with all of the logistics, together with advertising and marketing, manufacturing, distributing and occasion coordination.
Actually, Leeloo’s mother calls herself a “momager,” a job that may demand anyplace between 5 and 16 hours of labor a day.
Diana Tran says she’s her daughter’s ‘momager,’ dealing with logistics, transport and social media for Leeloodles. (Turgut Yeter/CBC)
Leeloo can also be reaching out to others by way of charity — one thing she mentioned has all the time been essential to her.
Whereas a lot of the cash goes towards Leeloo and her sisters’ futures, a portion goes to native causes reminiscent of LGBT Youthline, VIBE Arts and the Toronto Zoo.
Leeloodles made its debut on the 2019 winter One among a Variety Commerce present. (Michael Wilson/CBC)
Leeloo hit a brand new milestone late final yr because the youngest vendor on the winter 2019 One Of A Variety commerce present in Toronto.
It was additionally the primary time Leeloodles attended the occasion.
As Leeloo goes by way of faculty, she mentioned she hopes to proceed creating new designs, rising the enterprise and promoting merchandise to much more purchasers worldwide.