Khrysti Hill brings Little Giants Giant Shorties kid’s streetwear to Target

Khrysti Hill is a Los Angeles-based fashion designer who founded the brand Little Giants Giant Shorties with her partner, Ivan Rivera. The line is currently available at Target for its “Black Beyond Measure” initiative celebrating Black History Month.

The children’s clothing company targets discerning consumers who appreciate streetwear for kids.

Hill opened up about working with Target on the project and shared advice for aspiring designers.

What inspired you to create Little Giants Giant Shorties?

I was pregnant with our son, we were driving one day, and Ivan came up with this design that he wanted to make for him. It was just like an idea for us. We made a few things and went and got them pressed up for our son. Our friends and family were seeing the things, and they were like we want some too, so we made a few more. We started having other people reach out through just like Instagram and social media, so we made a few more and sold them. Once we started realizing this could be a thing, we went and did the business, and it started from there. Our son was born in 2013 and in 2014 we started the business; like they were growing up together.

What does it mean for you, a Black designer to be featured at Target?

Target is such a huge thing. We were so honored and so flattered when they reached out a year ago. It’s been a year-long process and a cool process. They have so many teams, it’s Target, but their production team reached out first, and it’s just been an amazing experience. Just being able to see the high-level production of what they do and the logistics they have to take care of. Like I thought I did a lot, but

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A Local Expert Weighs in on Today’s Top Skin Care Trends

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When Western Michigan University graduate Kelly Swanson isn’t working as a physician assistant at Clarkston Dermatology, she’s running a successful blog and TikTok account where she educates her readers and viewers on proper skin care procedures and products. These credentials make her a go-to person to discuss the intersection of dermatology and buzzworthy social media skin care trends. Below, Swanson weighs in on some of the internet’s most talked about skin care practices.

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What it is: Slugging is the application of an occlusive ointment (think Vaseline or Aquaphor) at the end of a skin care routine. Sluggers say that this practice creates a barrier to lock in all the products applied previously, and results in smooth, glowy skin.

What Swanson thinks: “I think slugging became popular as a way of restoring the skin barrier when you’re using stronger ingredients like retinoids, acne medications, etc. I don’t think it’s a bad concept, but what I think people fail to realize is that if you’re using moisturizing brands like Cerave, which is based off of ceramides that are intended to restore the barrier, that’s kind of already doing the job of what slugging would do. If people like it, there’s no convincing them to stop. It’s not horrible, but it’s certainly not necessary in the skin care routine.”

Buzzworthy ingredients

What they are: Ingredients like niacinamide and caffeine have been trending on social media for creating a glowing, smooth complexion.

What Swanson thinks: “They’re trendy. Those kinds of ingredients are often hiding in products anyway, like the Cerave

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