Madison Nicole Robinson is a fashion designer best known as the creator of FishFlops®, a popular line of children's footwear. Madison was born on Galveston Island, Texas and spent many days on Galveston beaches with her family. Inspired by her surroundings, she created a series of charming sea characters brought to life in her drawings.
In 2006, at the age of 8, Madison drew an outline of a flip flop on paper and added her sea characters. She took the drawings to her dad and said, “Look dad, FishFlops!” Her father had a passion for the apparel industry and thought the name was catchy, so he purchased the FishFlops.com domain name that day.
During her high school years, Madison has focused on academics, school spirit, social activities, friendships and family- keeping a healthy balance. She is a member of the National Honor Society and an officer on the High School Dance team- The Brigade. She received the Principals of Business, Marketing, and Finance award in 2014. Madison is a frequent speaker at Jr. Achievement events.
Madison’s message is be creative, work hard, give back, keep a positive attitude, and have fun with a smile! She believes that anyone can become successful in America if you have a good idea and a “never quit attitude”. Madison wants to inspire others to pursue their dreams and to believe they are achievable.
FishFlops® first appeared in trade shows in 2010. Madison’s first big break came when she wrote a letter to a buyer at Nordstrom, the up-scale fashion retailer. Nordstrom placed their first order and FishFlops® hit 64 Nordstrom stores in July of 2012. Soon afterwards, Madison was featured in local publications and television news stories.
In June 2013, Yahoo featured Madison’s story, “How a 15-year-old entrepreneur got her product into Nordstrom”, on the front page of its website. The story was read by millions of people and started an “email avalanche” of interested buyers, distributors and the general public. FishFlops® immediately sold out at Nordstrom and every other retailer who had purchased them.
Madison’s story caught the eye of the producers of The Willis Report, Fox and Friends, and Inside Edition. In the summer of 2013, she and her father flew to New York City where she appeared on these three nationally televised shows. In August, the Nightly Business Report producers flew to Las Vegas to feature Madison and her story while Madison was exhibiting her line at the MAGIC tradeshow. Madison has been featured in Seventeen Magazine, Fox 26 Houston, ABC News, CBS News, The Today Show, Forbes Magazine, Bloomberg Business Week and Success Magazine as well as many other blogs, websites and newspapers around the world including Times of India and Tatler fashion magazine in Russia. Book publishers Nelson Education LTD. (National Geographic Learning), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Cambridge University are featuring Madison’s story in thousands of middle schools, to help inspire and educate today’s youth.
Madison has donated over 20,000 pairs of FishFlops® to various charities including- Snowball Express Military Charity, Shoes for Orphan Souls, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas Children’s Hospital, and many others. Her FishFlops® have impacted lives around the world in places like Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala, and Africa.
In 2016, Madison teamed up with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to support AZA’s campaign, SAFE (Saving Animals From Extinction). A portion of each sale of FishFlops® went directly towards helping protect some of the world’s most endangered animals.