On this Veterans Day we would like to express how thankful we are for each and every member of the United States Armed Forces. Risking their lives to protect this beautiful country truly is a heroic duty.
In 2013, we had the honor of meeting and working with the one-and-only Kathy Champion as part of the Fashion Has Heart HERO[series]. Champion is a retired U.S. Army Colonel and former paramedic/emergency medical technician practitioner & commander in Iraq. After surviving seven deadly IED explosions and sustaining multiple injuries, Kathy eventually lost her eyesight. Serving in the military for over 27 years, Kathy has faced-down far more than her fair share of obstacles and hardships. Having been through life and death situations a common civilian could not even fathom, Kathy still displays an unadulterated passion and positive outlook that is infectious.
After having in-depth conversations with Kathy, it was our job to embody her and her story in the form of an apparel design. This was a unique challenge, as Kathy is the rare combination of a ray of sunshine and a bolt of lighting. Throughout all of her stories and our conversations, there was an underlying tone that is best summed up as the combination of unwavering passion & optimism. And on a lighter note, it needed to be fun and something someone would want to wear. There was one phrase she said that kept coming back to us, her passionate twist of the classic saying,“When life gives you lemons, make the best damn lemonade you can make.”