Andres Restrepo, age 26 from Orlando, Florida, whom loves to be involved in projects; was raised by the idea to give back to others in need.
When his cousins, Camilo and Santiago Jaramillo, 20, introduced him the idea of starting a fashion clothing line, he immediately fell in love with the opportunity and suggested to include a charity factor to the business.
After watching a TV documentary that showed the daily struggles of long walks to simply find clean water in a small region in Colombia, Restrepo and his cousins automatically felt the urge to help, especially being from Colombia themselves. The clothing line, Palm Era, donates 10 percent of its profits to Charity Water, a nonprofit organization that provides clean drinking water to sub-developed countries.
In May 2015, Palm Era received their first stock of merchandise. They started with only 10 products: three crew-neck shirts, one Henley, two tank tops, two V-necks and two hats.
A few days after sorting their inventory, the Palm Era crew attended a meet-and-greet in Miami with reggaeton singer Nicky Jam. To thank him for his generous invitation, Restrepo and his cousins gave him a bag of Palm Era clothes along with a note explaining their mission for their clothing line.
A few days later, Nicky Jam was seen at various events rocking the T-shirt and he also wore it for one of his music videos.
“It was a great moment for us,” Camilo said. “We never thought we were gonna see someone like Nicky Jam wearing it. It was awesome that he actually wore it and represented us.”
Restrepo and his cousins are a true example for the Latin community. They started with a simple idea to start a clothing line and are now making changes worldwide for the ones in need. Huge props to you guys, keep up the good work.