Who says kids don’t want to hang out with mom?
Remy Cook with his mom, Ann Martine Cook • Kim Blank and Tamara Houston at Madison Square Garden
Escorting your mother to a gala isn’t exactly every young guy’s idea of a big night out. But when Remy Cook accompanied his mom, veteran pre-school teacher Ann Martine Cook, to a 2010 event for The Putnam Indian Field School he went attired as a festive good sport. His ensemble included a t-shirt he’d custom printed with the hot pink phrase party with moms.
Remy’s irreverent shirt was the look of the night with the mom crowd at the beach-themed bash. They kept asking where they could get one. So Remy had a small stack of Party with Moms t-shirts printed. When they sold out in a few weeks, his apparel brand was born.
“With all they have to do—between careers, kids and managing everything—people forget moms like to have fun too,” he says of the allure of his trademarked line.
Remy, twenty-six, is busy transforming Party with Moms into a larger entrepreneurial venture. He’s added men’s and kid’s attire (prices from $20 to $40) and launched a related social media platform.
PartywithMoms.com features a sage parenting column written by Remy’s mom and also showcases the parenting reflections of the “Mom-of-the-Week,” including such notable local matriarchs as philanthropist and mother-of-seven Tamara Houston, author Icy Frantz and Breast Cancer Alliance Executive Director Yonni Wattenmaker.
Besides selling his cute Ts Remy says, “I hope we’re creating a place where moms can gather and come away with something positive.”