Caring for others with a pureheart
Two students start a clothing line with a positive message
Published: Monday, October 17, 2011
Updated: Thursday, October 20, 2011 11:10
It is always great to know that there are people out there concerned with our society and the world as a whole, acting positively in order to raise awareness on people. FGCU has many brilliant minds and many of our students devote their time coming up with ideas and innovations for a better future.
Dylan Rodrigues, a sophomore majoring in marketing, and Andrew Green, a sophomore majoring in business management, started "Pureheart," a clothing line that focuses on sending a positive message to people everywhere.
"Live your life with a purpose for a better future" are the words that represent their message and summarize the thoughts for Pureheart Clothing.
"We want to send a positive message to people everywhere that life is short, so live it to the fullest and take care of each other. We are all each other's brothers and sisters and meant to care with a pureheart," Rodrigues and Green said when asked about their main goal.
The two students started the company about a month ago and already have many plans to expand the business in order to share their message with as many people as possible.
Pureheart sells shirts with different prints and designs, which are created by the two students.
They do the process of drawing and digitalizing the designs and send them to a manufacturer that produces the actual shirts.
Pureheart has a Facebook page, where pictures of the clothes are posted and orders are taken. The page is open to everyone interested in learning about the company and in purchasing its products. People can order a shirt by contacting any of the creators by Facebook or email. The payments can be made in person, where the product is delivered or online by PayPal, where the product is shipped. "We are working on getting an online store set up to make things easier,'' Rodrigues said.
As their inspiration, Rodrigues says anything that spreads a positive message and brings people together for a good cause motivates them. "Stheart Clothing" is one company that has inspired them to come up with designs and styles.
The creators' main goal for now is to make more shirts and advertise Pureheart as much as possible. For the future, Rodrigues and Green expect to make the brand an established clothing company with a large number of clients and possibly have their products in stores.
Pureheart strives to make clothes that are unique and appealing for students. The two students have so far designed tank tops and t-shirts, which range from $15 to $20, and plan to expand their line to accessories and other products.
For October, Breast Cancer Awareness month, a special edition shirt was designed, and $5 from every shirt purchased will be donated to Susan G. Komen Foundation.
You can purchase Pureheart Clothing at www.facebook.com/pureheartclothing.
On Oct. 26, Pureheart will have a table set up at the Student Union selling their shirts.