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Being Bad Is So Good: A Day or Two with the Bad Kids Collective

Monday, September 22, 2014
Shendy Hershfield

When I first met some of the Bad Kids at an event in NYC a few months ago, I had no idea what I would be in store for a little over six months later. I followed their fun on Facebook and Twitter and had hoped to eventually attend one of their events. So when I headed to Moonrise Festival in Maryland this summer, I swung by their merchandise tent to introduce myself and picked up a few things for my festival wardrobe including their signature snapback. Bad Kids co-founder Lex Houser and brand ambassador Taryn Klein were telling me about their upcoming event  #BadDayClub which was a combination of dayclub, birthday party and Fall Collection launch., and within two minutes I was convinced that I needed to attend.

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The Friday before Electric Zoo I was supposed to do an e-mail interview with Bad Kids co-founder Andi Cross, which fortunately turned into an in-person chat before Electric Zoo. Bright and early, I was with the Bad Kids and was about to spend the day/night with them. I learned a lot about them, their lives and about this passion project that they have been so invested in the past three years. To give you a little background, the New York and Philadelphia-based Bad Kids Collective was co-founded by Andi Cross and Lex Houser. They have been friends quite a while and they both grew up dealing with the issues that most of us, including myself have dealt with: being bullied. Andi told me that they never really felt like they belonged. That experience, (along with both of their professional expertise) led to the creation of Bad Kids. They wanted to create a place where people could embrace who they are and there would be zero judgment. They wanted to create a place where you could live in the moment and be part of unforgettable experiences. The brand was born and is now a favorite of those of who love dance music culture. My day with my new friends at Electric Zoo (despite the cancellation) was amazing from start to finish. After that day, I knew my first official Bad Kids event was going to be an experience that I would never forget. I headed to The Attic Rooftop & Lounge despite the fact that some pretty nasty weather had hit the Big Apple. It was a rain or shine event, so I was not going to let anything rain on my parade. On the rooftop of a hotel in Manhattan, I entered #BadDayclub. With the music going, balloons, inflatable animals, water guns and a giant inflatable birthday cake I knew I was in for a treat. [caption id="attachment_25845" align="aligncenter" width="720"]BadDayclub Photo Credit: Ryan Farber[/caption] They curated a perfect lineup for a daytime event: Peter Brennan & TCUP, Ryan Farber, No Sheep,  Teknartist and headliner Kasum. The dancing never stopped. From 3- 10 PM the dance floor, the tables and well, any space where you could potentially break out a few moves in, was packed. [caption id="attachment_25844" align="aligncenter" width="720"]Kasum at BadDayclub Photo Credit: Ryan Farber[/caption] They also gave attendees the opportunity to pick up some pieces from their new Fall Collection "Bad is the New Good" Check out their lookbook here. Warning: It's not completely safe for work! [caption id="attachment_25846" align="aligncenter" width="720"]Bad Kids Fall Collection Photo Credit: Harrison Epstein[/caption] Just when I thought the day was over at 10 PM (I should have known better than that with this group) some of us headed down to one of New York's newest nightclubs HAUS NYC to see Tyler Sherritt play. And as per usual, Sherritt does not disappoint. From the minute he hit the decks to last second of his set everyone was dancing and having a great time.

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Believe me when I say you do not want to miss their next event. Head over to to sign-up for their newsletter. You can prevent the serious FOMO that you will have if you miss the next party. That part I mentioned earlier about embracing who you are and living in the moment is exactly what "Living the Bad Life" is all about. Stay Bad!