Team Name: Forbidden Renaissance
- Kerry Winfrey (@TheFreshKwin)
- Name (@garrett_nickelson)
- Cole Reynolds (@cole_reynolds5)
- Nick Peeples (@nickpeeples35)
How We Got Here: Racial divisions, gender and political polarization, LBGTQ discrimination, etc., have become intrinsically baked into every social aspect of our lives. Rather than sitting back and ignoring the problems that so many communities face today, we wanted to provide some way that could unite communities and create a sense of acceptance no matter your demographic. So in order to achieve this, we created the idea of Forbidden Renaissance.
What We Do: Our brand, Forbidden Renaissance, stems from our devotion to bridge the gap between people of all different demographics. Many of the discords we see today are so normalized in our society that people possess different implicit biases. We believe that there isn’t a full understanding of, or tolerance for, everyone’s circumstances and beliefs in our society. We have taken steps back rather than forward, and we need a cultural rebirth, or in other words, a renaissance, to stray away from our ignorance towards diversity. However, societal norms of today prevent progress—almost like it’s forbidden. Through our brand, we want to create an environment where it is safe for anyone to express their opinions, to expose their feelings, and to offer personal insight. We want to cultivate change and allow people to freely express what truly makes them unique.
Where We’re Going/What’s to Come: When we first began this project we limited ourselves to developing and spreading our message of unity and acceptance through the use of clothing. However, since then we have evolved our vision into accompanying the clothing line with an online platform that would eliminate the journalistic middleman of a reporter. This platform allows people to directly share their own first-person stories of different situations in society. Through the use of clothing (wearing what you believe in) and an online platform to explore other people’s experiences and insights, we believe there is a chance for open, civil dialogue among the community you otherwise may not see.
Wednesday, November 21: Right now, we’re collecting customer feedback via Survey Monkey and working to finalize both the website and our merchandise. We have decided to purchase long sleeve shirts since its Winter, and because we can sell them for slightly more than regular short sleeve t-shirts. We’re also contacting people to potentially write the initial stories that we will launch the website with. We’ve also begun posting on social media to create awareness of our company. We have also reached out to Chris Clark about setting up a legal consultation. We hope to follow up with the mentor Rory for any advice in this phase of the company.