LocalWear is a marketplace for locally inspired clothing
Local artists not only reduce bad fashion
But Enable Impact
How we work with artists
Local artists create designs …
and get paid for their work
Community buys great shirts …
And fuels the mission
LocalWear handles production, distribution & marketing
Together we contribute to help children in need
Why partner with us?
Many companies can turn designs into products.
We hope you consider us if you want to…
Focus on Design + Get Paid
Keep it simple – you create designs, we do the rest
Receive fair upfront payment for your work
Enable A Mission
Improve the lives of children in need (30% of profits donated)
Help build a platform to support local artists
Control Your Brand
Build your own ideas and control the creative process
See your designs only on high quality shirts
We’d love to help you learn more
Get in touch. We’ll get you started.
We’ll share our thought starter guide to help with ideas for unique local t-shirt designs. Our selected artist partners receive upfront profit payments.
Our mission and how we’re achieving it
We seek to bring local artist talents and communities together…
And contribute to children in need
We’ve chosen I Have A Dream Foundation to receive 30% of our profits. They are an amazing organization. We look forward to playing a small part in supporting their important mission.
Why Partner with I Have a Dream Foundation?
51% of US public school students (25 Million children) are low-income
- Only 9% of low-income students will earn a Bachelor’s degree – compared with 77% of higher income peers
- I Have A Dream Foundation (IHDF) has served over 18,000 “Dreamers” in 28 states since 1981
- IHDF starts working with students as early as Kindergarten and stays with children through college
- IHDF Dreamers are over 3x more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree compared with low income peers
Mission & Approach
IHDF helps children fulfill their potential, pursue higher education and achieve their dreams. They empower children (“Dreamers”) in low-income communities by equipping them with skills, knowledge and financial support.
IHDF works with Dreamers after school, on the weekends and over the summer for over ten years, developing long-term relationships with Dreamers and their families. They help build the confidence and life skills for children to pursue their most ambitious dreams.
What Specifically Do They Do?
I Have A Dream programs are long term and tailored to meet the individual needs of Dreamers and their communities…
- Building Wellness: Programs help children improve health and well-being
- Dream Accounts: College savings contributions are based on academic and social milestones
- University Preparation: Dreamers visit colleges to build readiness. Students live in dorms and attend workshops that emphasize academic persistence and career exploration
- Dreamer Mentoring: Dreamers entering college are matched with alumni Dreamers to navigate crucial transitions
How Did I Have A Dream Get Started?
In 1981, Eugene Lang returned to the Harlem elementary school that he had attended 50 years earlier to speak to the sixth grade class. On the way to the podium, the principal told Lang that three-quarters of students would never finish school. Lang made an impromptu change and promised college tuition to every sixth grader who stayed in school and graduated.
Lang told the class about witnessing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. He urged the students to dream their own dreams and promised to do all he could to help them achieve their goals.
Lang developed personal relationships with many of the children and soon realized they needed more help than he could give them on his own. The idea for I Have A Dream Foundation was born.
Two more Richmond artists added…
We’ve just added designs from two more Richmond artists! Molly Gertenbach and Heather Rankin have each created a series of three local designs. Their designs bring highly unique (and awesome) new styles to LocalWear. We hope you enjoy them.
Launching with our first artists!
We are thrilled to officially launch LocalWear with our first two Richmond artists: Sarah Barton and Blake Cale. Sarah and Blake have some fantastic Richmond designs. Check out our Richmond page to take a look. We are currently working with several other local Richmond artists and will have more designs coming shortly…
Richmond selected as our launch city
Richmond Virginia has been selected as LocalWear’s first city! We selected Richmond for our launch due to the city’s active local art and design community and strong creative culture.
We’re working to select our initial local artists and create our first unique local T-shirt designs. We’re looking forward to finishing design work and to bringing new locally inspired clothes to the community soon!
Check back shortly to see new Richmond shirts as they become available … Or see our Richmond page to signup and we’ll let you know when new t-shirt designs launch. Once we’ve launched, we would appreciate help getting word out!See Richmond Shirts