Neve/Hawk, a children’s clothing company based in Charleston, became a children’s fashion sensation overnight — literally. “I sew and Bob illustrates and we both screen print. We started combining these art forms at night when our daughter slept, a way to have some time together,” says co-founder and designer Kris Galmarini. She and her husband have created a unique and creative collection of children’s clothing that began with T-shirts and has grown into a full kids clothing line.
While on a trip to New York City one year ago, the dream of expanding from T-shirts to a full clothing collection for kids became a reality. “We were there for pleasure and found out a huge trade show for kids' clothing was taking place at the same time,” Kris says. “We decided to go to see what our future might hold.” Galmarini made an outfit for her daughter to wear while on this adventure, in the hopes of someone noticing, and low and behold, they did. “Fast forward one year and you have today ... two collections in and selling throughout the States and overseas. It has been a whirlwind,” Kris says.
The Neve/Hawk clothing line features Bob’s fanciful illustrated designs, like whales, parachutes, and armadillos, screen printed onto each garment. They limit the trim, buttons, and zippers in order for the clothing to maximize comfort and stand up to hard play. Their collection includes skirts that can be transformed into dresses for the girls,cardigans and jackets, and pants that are stylish yet fit for play in the sandbox.
Not only do the Galmarinis strive to have kids everywhere wearing cool clothes, they also do it for a cause. Both Bob and Kris were lucky enough to grow up in schools with amazing art programs, a privilege that is being threatened in today’s schools. “These programs shaped who we are as people and what we do with our lives. Schools all over the US are being stripped of these wonderful programs. It is incredibly sad,” Kris says. And that's why about 10-15 percent of their profitsare donated to arts in schools. “Being introduced to these arts could truly define a child's path. We want this for every child. So, we fight for it. We fight for creativity.”
You can check out the full Neve/Hawk collection at the boutique, Worthwhile, beginning at a street soiree on Sun. Oct. 13, during the Second Sunday on King Street. You can also check out their website at neveandhawk.com.