Fashion designer Kris Galmarini charges us to fight for kids’ creativity.

A mother of two, Kris struggled to find herself and her calling after becoming a mom, a role that required her to quit her job as a restaurant manager to become a personal assistant. Looking to rediscover her passion, Kris and her husband, an illustrator, would use the sacred time after they put the kids to sleep to create, staying up late into the night collaborating on projects.

It was during a screenprinting workshop that her interest was piqued, causing Kris and her husband to turn their master bedroom into a screenprinting studio where they began their business. Kris Galmarini talks about the ups and downs on her quest to create a children’s clothing brand that “fights for creativity.”

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neve / hawk is committed to this cause. Founded husband and wife duo Kris and Bob Galmarini, the brand show their gratitude for creativity by personally hand screening original artwork onto every garment they manufacture and by donating a portion of their profits to help keep the arts in public schools.

From their website: “We love to imagine and create, and at neve / hawk we get to turn that love into something real. This privilege of ours comes after a lifetime of being encouraged through arts education programs – to explore our creativity through art, dance, music, illustration, and theater.

Our families AND our teachers taught us how to push creative boundaries and expand cognitive thinking. This partnership positively and irrevocably changed our lives. It fueled our passions and gave us a path forward in the innovative jobs sector.

Sadly, this nurturing environment is no longer available for many American children, as arts education programs are being removed from public school curricula due to untenable budget cuts. We believe that it is our job to fight for our children’s well-rounded education, to fight for their imaginations to be stimulated and perceived boundaries to be shattered.”

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