Fall, in all other parts of the country outside of Florida, means falling leaves, pumpkin-spiced everything, crisp, cool weather and hoodies. This is a particularly busy season for small shop BamBam Threads. “Our hoodies are very popular, especially the color-blocked hoodies,” Shalena Janis explained. “The most popular is my ‘Huckleberry’ style. It is a fun pattern with a lot of options.”
BamBam Threads, which describes itself as “tough for boys and precious for girls,” was started by fellow boy mom Janis in 2013. “I started under a different shop name six years ago while I was on bedrest at week 27 of my pregnancy. It was just bibs, burp cloths and a few blankets and just for a few mom friends from a group for August 2014 babies,” she recalled. Janis quickly grew bored making only shower gift items and looked for a new challenge. “I tried making a shirt after I had my son, Liam. After a few successful, functioning shirts, I moved to pants and a few different shirt styles, but this was a slow process with a preemie newborn.” Liam actually inspired the shop name. “My mom gave him the nickname ‘BamBam.’ He has bright blonde hair, only wanted to wear a diaper and banged on everything,” she laughed.
The small shop now offers custom raglan tops and tanks, dresses, coordinating short and jogger sets, and, of course, hoodies for kiddos. “Kids are so fun, adventurous and imaginative. I love taking something a kid or family loves and creating an item or outfit for them. It adds such a fun element to designing a hoodie or shirt knowing a mom is a huge Disney fan or dad has a huge love for a fandom or a toddler loves dragons and unicorns,” said Janis. “Most of my items are one of a kind. I rarely have an item recreated as the same, which is my personality. I am very spontaneous. I don’t conform to routines and I thrive with change.” Janis also finds design inspiration spontaneously. “Usually comes from a fabric sitting on my shelf for months. Out of nowhere, a new coordinate comes in and it is a match made in heaven. Or, I see a pattern for the first time and see how amazing a print will look.” Bam!
Janis credits her “amazing customers” for the shop’s success. “So many of them challenge us to design items I wouldn’t without them,” she explained. Janis is currently working on a new release of hoodies for autumn. “I’m adding two new styles this fall. Well, more like one new and bringing back an old one from two years ago. I have some fun inspired prints ready to launch!” Grab a new hoodie in time for the next hayride or football game through the BamBam Threads website and join the shop’s VIP Facebook group here.