Tuesday, August 20 2013 10:52

Back to School: Rockin' Fashion from RUUM American Kid's Wear

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It's funny how things work out sometimes. A few weeks back, we made a stop at Gurnee Mills to check out the first completed wing of their ongoing remodel. Among the new stores, I spotted one that caught my eye: RUUM American Kid's Wear. The store was fantastic, and only a few days old when we made our first visit. Colorful, and staffed by a friendly bunch, we ended up leaving with outfits for both of our girls (a treat from my Sister-in-Law). I was so immediately impressed that I actually started following RUUM's social networks before we were even done checking out. I tweeted a photo that I'd posted to Instagram - my daughter, Addie, trying on a cute little biker jacket. The folks from RUUM (pronounced "room," btw) noticed, and then asked if I'd like to go back there to explore their store in a more formal capacity as part of my Back-to-School Coverage here on The Rock Father. Mission accepted.

RUUM - Gurnee MillsNote: While I'll be focusing on the Girls' department, RUUM American Kid's Wear carries clothing for boys and girls, newborn through Size 14 (actually, remember the band SIZE 14? they had that song, "Claire Danes Poster") in collections that include "Rocker," 1950's-inspired "Rockabilly Prep," and even "London Calling" (with a dash of Mod-inspiration). 

The girls and I returned to RUUM yesterday, on the hunt for another Back-to-School outfit for Addie (she starts Pre-K in two weeks) and a special outfit as a birthday gift for one of her classmates. Mere seconds after entering the store we were greeted by Kate, who just so happened to be the Store Manager. "What brings you in today?", she asked. I gave her the scoop on what we were looking for, and she was quick to connect with Addie and start dishing out suggestions built around the first thing that caught my little one's eye... a cool little cardigan sweater, gray with silver stars and a tiny bit of pink accent. "What color jeans do you like?" Without hesitation, Addie responded, "I like pink."

Picking out pants...

Asking if Addie likes to play dress-up (which she certainly does), Kate suggested some additional items before my four-year-old and I (and little Finley, who was in the stroller) had a new experience: the fitting room. 

In the fitting room...

And then we had to run around the RUUM...

Around the RUUM...

One thing that was quick to be pointed out when we arrived at the store is that there's a sale going on right now for outfits - Buy Three Pieces, Get 30% Off. The really cool thing is that once you hit three pieces, everything above and beyond that is also 30% Off (excluding clearance). What that means is that I got a great deal at RUUM.

Addie's new outfit:Star Cardigan + Rebel Rock Tee + Super Soft Corduroy Pant (Bright Rose) + Bow Pony.

Addie's new outfit...

 Birthday outfit...With Addie's outfit squared away, we still had to get a birthday gift for her friend. Starting with some graphic tees, Addie settled on an orange one (officially called "sweet potato") because she really liked the sunglasses on it. There's a good selection of pieces that are easily mixed-and-matched at RUUM, but in the end, we went with this really Fall-ish plaid, pleated skirt.

For a finishing touch, Kate walked Addie over to the hair accessories rack to pick out some ponytail ties. On sale 2 for $8 (actually, each is a two-pack - perfect for pigtails), we grabbed one for each outfit.

Birthday Gift outfit: Crayon Tee (Sweet Potato) + Pleated Plaid Skirt (Ochre) + Star Pony (Rebel Purple).

Birthday Gift Outfit

From our first visit, Addie knew that RUUM has a special treat in the back of the store for kids that are "good" through the entire shopping trip (yes, it's sometimes hard to keep a four-year-old content, and bribery works)... Free CANDY.

RUUM has candy...

Addie kept herself busy picking out the perfect lollipop while I went through the checkout process, signed up for The RUUM Clubhouse (their Loyalty Program), and found out that with all discounts applied, I bought nearly $90 worth of clothing for just $59 (including tax)! I even got a nice gift box and tissue paper for her friend's birthday gift.


Rock Father Approved!Having already visited RUUM twice in three weeks, it's safe to say that's it's already becoming a regular stop on our shopping adventures, and a store that I can heartily declare ROCK FATHER-APPROVED! 

For store locations or to shop online, visit RUUM.com, or get social with RUUM (like I did!) on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest.

Addie in front of RUUM

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James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

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