OGDEN -- JaNelle Garner wasn't happy with her child's education and went to work to do something about it. Now, 15 years later she has a business plan and a full line of children's fashions that she will be taking to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City the first week of September.
Garner and her company, Ageless Explorers, unveiled their fashion line as well as their concept, "Tude Shifters," at a program Friday night at the Egyptian Theater.
Garner and her team created a "red carpet event," where about 20 youths from the Ogden area performed dances and participated in a fashion show with the clothing line that she will take to the fashion week. She also talked about plans to create a "Newtude Emporium" in North Ogden that will include 15 acres of shopping, learning labs and a kindergarten-through-12th grade private school.
The clothing and product line she has created will help support the private school and Newtude Emporium. She is hoping to start building on the emporium this fall and hopes to break ground on the school in early 2014.
"It's fun. Everything is happening at once," Garner said.
Her plans for the school and her whole concept are based on changing attitudes in children so they will be able to learn better and be happier. It also involved using the whole brain -- a concept she said she has studied for years.
"I have really educated myself about this," she said.
At the program Friday, she had a table full of products around her Tude Shifters program, including books, jewelry and clothing. Those items will be available for purchase today on the website at www.tudeshifters.com .
Parents and friends of what she calls "The Tude Hip Hop Crew" cheered as the kids piled out of a large pickup truck and walked down a red carpet into the Egyptian Theater.
"Don't want to be mean, don't want to be rude, but you need to change your attitude," the kids chanted as they walked along. They stopped for pictures before going to change for the fashion show.
Arianna West, 17, is part of the Tude Hip Hop Crew. She held hands with some of the other participants as they were waiting to enter the theater. The kids all spoke to each other with excitement. West got involved with the group through her cousin.
"It's about promoting good attitude towards children," West said.
David and Lisa Hackett are friends of Garner and came to support her event. They remember years ago, when she was developing the concept for Tude Shifters.
"I saw the general synopsis, and I do think it's a little necessary. Kids have gotten really snooty," Lisa Hackett said. She likes the idea of teaching kids how to have a good attitude as part of their education.
David Hackett remembers when Garner's ideas were still in the rough stage, and he has watched her work over the years to make her dreams a reality.
"You have to wonder if the same kind of things happened when Sesame Street got started. You just never know where this will go," he said.
The fashions tie in to Garner's idea of having a positive attitude. She said she has researched what colors work to match different moods and create different attitudes. Each piece of clothing has a tag that explains what attitude that clothing can create.
The colors and accessories were bright and bold, and the models danced and shimmied to show off the fashions, as the crowd cheered.
Garner said, "We want to create positive looks with positive colors."