SPIRIT, the newest line from local clothing company Chasing Grace, adds children's designs to their faith-based luxury apparel selections. The designs are elegant and simple, in keeping with the Chasing Grace brand, but full of youthful exuberance and playfulness. Made of 100% organic cotton and with non-toxic dyes, each piece is made pattern-to-print entirely in California. In addition to shirts, SPIRIT also features a variety of hats and jewelry. All profits from the bracelets, a collaboration with Megan Boehm, will benefit St. Jude's Medical Center.
Of the five designs in the collection, one was created by Chasing Grace contest winner, Isabella Yazzolino, age 7. All three founders of Chasing Grace expressed an immense gratitude that they are able to share their faith with their children, and bringing in a design from a young girl was the perfect way to pay tribute to all that their children have inspired in SPIRIT.
“Creating a line and imagery for children has been one of the most celebrated concepts for us to complete. Children are without a doubt ‘our world.’ Putting a message of faith and Christianity into their fashion that promotes discussion and interaction with the world around them is powerful. The next time my children are in a situation where adults might react with irritation towards childlike and innocent behaviors that show they are simply children, I hope Peace Be With You puts any frustrations and judgement into more of a calm witness of the beauty of youth and the promises they offer the world.” -Stacie Elkhoury, Co-Founder
“The value that children bring to the proliferation of peace and love is insurmountable. After many requests by our children to do a line for them, we created something that allowed them to express their faith in ways that are fun and beautiful. It’s a thrill seeing them take pride in their own witness.” -Beth Fenton, Co-Founder
“Doing a children’s line was never a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when’ and we wanted the timing to be right. Through our SPIRIT by Chasing Grace art contest, we’ve had the honor of inspiring young minds to be creative and also provided a platform for them to share their talents and hearts with the world. Encouraging children to make something from their own faith and then see it come to fruition is truly something sacred. I am so proud of what we have accomplished with SPIRIT by Chasing Grace and look forward to sharing it.” -Allison Sebastiani, Co-Founder
SPIRIT by Chasing Grace is hosting an official launch party on Saturday, September 30th! They want to invite you all to come sip, snack, shop, and play at the Sonoma Academy of Gymnastics, 1620 Carneros Meadows Ln, Sonoma, CA.
Make sure you don't miss out on the opportunity to see these looks in person and support a local business! We hope to see you all there.
All photos by Allyson Wiley