Happy official first day of Summer!!
For those of you who want an extra reason to celebrate hump day, it’s also National Cookie Dough Day! I decided to kick off the summer with a graphic tee from Heart & Silk and a pop of color (gasp). Never mind that shocker, you’ll never guess who the artist of this design is…
Now ready for the kicker?
This cute dog graphic tee was designed by a child without a home. Founded by two recent college graduates, Michael Sim and Ben Chu, Heart & Silk is a Brooklyn based clothing company that launched in 2016. All of the designs printed on their products are actually the creative works of homeless children. Each week Heart & Silk hosts an art workshop for the children at their partnering shelters to help them with personal development, to develop ongoing friendships with them, see a smile on their faces, and showcase their art to the world.
Focusing on a cause.
Heart & Silk was built on Mike and Ben’s passion for giving back and lending a hand to those in need. New York is unfortunately ranked #1 in the US for having the largest homeless population. Taking their passion on doing something about this led them to start from the ground up and focus on children. By driving focus on homeless children, Heart & Silk aims to aid in reducing the rate of growing homeless adults.
Through encouraging these children to engage in arts and crafts, Heart & Silk allows them to get creative, learn, and express themselves while having fun doing it. Once the kids’ masterpieces are finished, they are then silkscreened onto quality shirts. Fun fact: Mike and Ben took 2 years to find the perfect shirt to display these precious designs. They ended up finding a shirt that ensures durability, is light weight, soft and maintains each print no matter how many washes.
The giving doesn’t stop there. For each shirt sold, Heart & Silk gives a care package to a homeless child. The package is a tote bag that contains a variety of art and school supplies as well as loved snacks to help kids take the first step to achieving their dreams.
Companies like Heart & Silk deserve more recognition. Socially conscious brands that support amazing causes and are devoted to giving back to the community hold the highest praise in my book. Lend a helping hand, spread the world, and contribute to making the world a better place. It all starts with a shirt.