This 13-Year-Old Is Nordstrom’s Newest (+ Youngest) Designer
Kids aren’t just growing up faster these days, they’re also leanin’ in earlier than ever. 13-year-old Isabella Rose Taylor just landed a deal with Nordstrom to sell her namesake juniors clothing line in stores this fall. And you thought YOU were a seventh grade hot shot slingin’ your neon friendship bracelets for $3 a pop around homeroom, huh?
The designer prodigy started constructing her own clothes after taking a sewing class at age eight, and soon after held her very own trunk show in her hometown of Austin, Texas. Now five years later, select Nordstrom stores are debuting Taylor’s own 10 to 15 piece back-to-school line. Wowza. The leap from local showcase to global retail recognition is a biggie, one that was made possible, according to Taylor, through “blood, sweat and glitter” (awww!)… Aaand of course, guidance from her industry savvy mentor, Liza Deyrmenjian, founder of the fashion business coaching firm Fashion Accelerator 360. Deyrmenjian, who has worked with Project Runway winners Jay McCarroll and Gretchen Jones, said in a Fast Company interview that Taylor might have been the youngest client she’d ever mentored, but her age actually worked to her advantage because she “wasn’t jaded and had no fear.” All we have to say is: You go girl!
Described as “hippie-grunge, yet feminine,” (remember: Taylor was born in 2001), Taylor’s “for-tweens, by-tweens” collection could be a cool new way for kiddie consumers to make an authentic connection with the stuff they/their parents buy. And if that really takes off, like Tavi Gevinson-style, Nordstrom might just have a young Katie Spade on their hands. So what is this lifestyle brand in the making all about? Well, if it’s anything like Taylor’s current online offerings, we like what we see!
Think: Madewell for tweens. Silhouettes are breezy and playful and NOT at all revealing. Sure, you see her stomach peeking in a few billowy tops, but these are conservatively cropped tops (visions of Miley can STOP twerking in your head).
You won’t find any super girly colors here: Taylor prefers a more neutral palette of creams and dusty grays + blues. That actually seems like a pretty bold move for a tween designer — we’ll see if she pumps up the color for the masses.
Her graphic tees are totally our favorite, though. I’m on a Color Fast? Okay, WE would never, but they really convey a sense of F.U.N. without being too cutesy. Oh, she’s just — how would the kids say it… totes adorbs?
What kids, tweens and teens are making a splash in style, food, and tech? Tell us in the comments below.
Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com