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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

RosaLoves: T-shirts Designed for Good

Recently my friend Jess at howboutorange got the discussion started regarding creative folk using their God given talents for others. She shared OrangeTreeProject, Global Sistergoods, Word of Good, Aid to Artisans, to name a few. Since then I came across one that I'm just now finding time to share. It's called RosaLoves.

RosaLoves are Mike Fretto and Chris Lewis. Acutely aware of a need in their community, they decided to make T-shirt designs that directly effect people in their community, like Glenda. Money is raised through shirt sales and instead of donating to larger already established charity organizations - it would go to specific individuals with specific needs close to home, like the Coley Family.

RosaLoves exists in part to shed light on local stories of need like Indo Made ("mah-day"), to give them a real face, a real name, and the overall hope is to encourage individuals to get involved in their own community on a somewhat tangible scale by providing financial support to those in need by infiltrating the t-shirt industry with a new perspective of how clothing can serve a purpose other than outfitting. Everyone has a story. Everyone has a need. By using art and creativity, they hope to foster hope and encouragement through the aid of apparel. Each story will be told through stimulating graphics and actual text that will appear on the inverse of the shirt directly in line with the heart, where the Rosa Loves movement stems from. Rosa Loves is less about charity and more about awareness, awareness that we are all apart of something greater and are therefore joined by common threads.

Hats off two these gents for giving the shirts off their backs, so to speak, for work that glorifies the kingdom.

( via muse )

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