Dallas-based startup, Artist Uprising releases debut merchandise collection ‘The Look’ on Monday, Oct. 16 that aids ten percent of sales to help fund one local creative’s exclusive project. As advocates of creatives, the purpose of the collection is fighting for the exposure of creatives in DFW and beyond. The fashion with a cause follows Artist Uprising’s overall goal to serve the arts and entertainment community in major cities, such as New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, and locally in Dallas.
“Listen to the artist,” said Artist Uprising Founder and CEO Merrick Porchéddu. “That’s what we do. As a culture, let us find out where we could have created the opportunities when no one else could see one.”
The collection provides a figurative platform where each piece serves as a message of awareness, to “end starving artistry” and to open a conversation for creatives. The Look debuts with sweatshirts that distinctly spell out the message to more metaphorical t-shirts with a grave and roses that kill starving artistry. Designed around the fall season, the cotton material is ideal for comfort and warmth. Pre-orders will also come with a limited edition tag.
Voted #1 hottest startup in DFW by Common Desk and top three companies in Dallas for DISD’s internship program IDEA, Artist Uprising strives to curate unique services for artists in many ways. The strategy is to offer a full package of opportunities to artists in need and ultimately position them to get through their ‘tipping point.’ It aims to tell stories of the creators – their background, where they came from, how they honed in their craft, what made them successful locally, where they are headed, how they have struggled as a starving artist and what they are doing to overcome.
The Look will fund the project of one artist every quarter. The requirements for artist beneficiaries include a project in cue that does not exceed $20,000 for cost and must have ties to the DFW area. (“Artist Project” to include anything from a record, fashion line, film, photography, design, etc.) Any creative interested in partnering with Artist Uprising can submit here for a chance to be a recipient. The final day for the first round of submissions will be Sunday, Oct. 22 at midnight.
Pre-orders are live on www.artistuprising.com/shop and will be available until the sell out of the limited editions. The Look will also be available for purchase at the first-ever Skate or Die Fest, happening Oct. 22 at Gas Monkey Live.