I haven’t said much of anything on my social sites about the tragic event that happened in Orlando, there isn’t anything different that I can say ( from all kind words) or anything I could say that would change what happened (although I wish I could). I have seen so many of my talented friends create beautiful things to support those in need and I couldn’t think of a better one to write about than a local Tampa native turned New Yorker that is doing her part to help.
Storm Ritter has a great heart along with incredible talent, two things that when combined create something magnificent. She has been on an educational journey learning and experiencing as much as possible from Ringling College of Fine Arts, Wake Forest and NYU (Graduated this year) followed by a sculpting scholarship at The Foundry. Ritter has experience in event production, fashion editorial styling and costumer design ( at Saturday Night Live!) and has combined all of this into one amazing studio space.
Storm opened the studio space on March 8th 2016 and so far it has been very successful. She uses the studio space upstairs as her painting area, space to sew clothing, organize merchandise and run social media. While downstairs is the retail store, shooting space, and filming location (available to book for music videos!).
Graey Studio is a constant creative space, always pumping out new ideas with a consistent flow of new clothing and art. The garments range from her original pieces to up-cycled vintage goods. Her original pieces are all unisex, jersey knit, made in the USA and based on her paintings and art pieces. Ritter says “I very much love the process of how art is created and I hope that is what is translated from my clothing and brand.”.
With such an open and creative space, a safe space for everyone, it was only natural for Storm to create something to support not only the victims of the incident that happened at Pulse in Orlando but the LGBTQ community as a whole.
These limited “The Pride People” tees are based off of her signature “The Cool People” which she creates with both her left and right hand as an ambidextrous painter. They are $25 ($35 for a customer cut) and proceeds go to The Orlando Victims’ Fund along with the proceeds from selling prints of the original paining. Buy them on the website here or swing by Graey Studio at 14 W 8th Street NYC. Storm has plans on running an additional line of t-shirts that will have proceeds donated to the LGBT Community Center in the West Village so keep a look out for those too.
Swing by the studio thats filled with amazing people and clothing, if you can’t there is plenty to feast your eyes on through all the social sites.
Graey Studio Website: http://www.graeystudio.com
Storm Ritter Website: http://www.stormritter.com
Make sure you snag a T ASAP and check out her full line for other amazing additions to your wardrobe.