ATHENS – Ergon Mykonos, the Greek sustainable fashion brand, supports Luv Michael in celebration of World Autism Awareness Day. Through a capsule collection of unique and innovative utility items, Ergon Mykonos lays the foundation for its full support and the evolution of Luv Michael in Greece.
Ergon Mykonos believes that fashion, in addition to being revolutionary, can and must be ethical. This belief drove the brand's collaboration with Luv Michael, an organization dedicated to advocating for autism acceptance.
With coordinated action initiatives, 'ergon Mykonos aspires to promote ethical fashion, sustainability, artistic creativity, Greek production and social justice.
Over the years, Ergon Mykonos worked with Luv Michael to donate and advocate for autism acceptance. This year, the brand extends its efforts along with Luv Michael to celebrate all dimensions, similar and different, and staying authentic to Greece.
Rediscovering an alternative course, with love and support for vulnerable social groups while highlighting Greek culture through its social action, ‘ergon Mykonos was transformed from a fashion house into a place of innovation. After a series of online meetings that took place from September to December, an artistic story was created starring the Greek islands, ancient monuments, local artists, symbols and Greek words.
This story came to life with the invaluable help of Diane Chudley, Luv Michael’s art director. Artwork by the organization’s chefs was used to produce an innovative collection of kitchen utensils such as: aprons, cooking hats, runners, plates, gloves, place mats, and coasters. They also produced fashion accessories including: shopping bags, weekender bags, and t-shirts. Proceeds will go exclusively to the Luv Michael organization with a dual purpose: part of the proceeds will be used to support the organization and a fund will be created for autistic people in Greece.
The entire collection became available from the beginning of June in the ‘ergon Mykonos online store.
Continuing its support for the cause, ‘ergon Mykonos will create five dresses with the fabric that they created with their cooperation of the team from Luv Michael that will be donated to the Blue Dream Summer Gala which takes place on Saturday, August 28 at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Hamptons. The event honorees are the nonprofit organizations Luv Michael, committed to creating and providing meaningful culinary jobs to the Autistic population, and The LOHM (Ladies of Hope Ministries) with the mission is to create alternatives to incarceration, decarceration, and post incarceration opportunities by providing access to resources for education, entrepreneurship, and sustainability through advocacy. The Parish will donate 70% of this year’s proceeds to Luv Michael and The LOHM. More information is available online: https://www.bluedreamhamptons.org/.
About Luv Michael:
Established in 2015, Luv Michael is a 501c3 dedicated to training, educating, and employing autistic adults. We make all natural, gluten free, organic granola at our bakery in NYC. All of our products are made by Autistic individuals. Luv Michael has developed a food-based curriculum, which breaks down all the processes and procedures so that our employees can work efficiently in the kitchen in order to produce a quality product. Luv Michael is committed to creating and providing meaningful jobs for the Autistic population. The profits from Luv Michael aid in allow us to expand our workforce and replicate our model. Luv Michael granola is currently offered in 60 retail outlets.
In 2020, Luv Michael launched a virtual volunteer program to inspire high school students to become advocates for autism acceptance. What began in NYC is now a global social movement. Over 6000 students from around the world are earning community service hours with Luv Michael. Their service includes educating their peers and families about the issues facing autistic individuals and helping to create a more accepting world for all people.
About ergon Mykonos:
Τhe brand ‘ergon Mykonos works like a time machine that gives transparency to the history of Greece. It symbolizes the fusion of arts, styles, cultures and eras and is always open to new additions and challenges. Marietta Karpathiou, Creative Director & Founder of 'ergon Mykonos has managed to transfer her experience in architecture and artistic nature to a brand that incorporates her vision for the presence of art in our daily lives combined with timelessness and ingenuity of the Greek spirit. Each collection is a new concentration of history and tradition, a unique historical identity. In a culture of social media, fast fashion and consumer art, ‘ergon Mykonos designs its own time and life models with ethical elegance, expressing the union of different art forms: architecture, fashion design and visual arts.
Luv Michael is thrilled to be partnering with ergon Mykonos to support autism initiatives in Greece.
More information is available online: https://ergonmykonos.com/.