Artwear Designs is Chavez and Myers’s brainchild. Combining the arts and fashion, Chavez and Myers find designs from young aspiring artists around the United States and print them on tank tops and T-shirts.
“We want to give young millennials an outlet to purchase artwork in a way that they’re not spending hundreds of dollars on a painting that ends up on the wall where you can only look at it from afar,” Chavez said.
“Instead, we want them to have a wearable art they can take with them wherever they go.”
Chavez, who has had a jewelry-making business since she was 14-years-old, expressed to Myers a desire to change the direction of her business last year. Myers offered her help, and the partnership began.
“I’ve always painted growing up, and I’d always thought it’d be awesome to be an artist,” Myers said. “But I didn’t want to be a starving artist, so when she approached me I was like, ‘Yes, let’s go.’”
Chavez and Myers — both pursuing minors in entrepreneurship — brought their concept to UNC’s JNO Awards in Entrepreneurship, and despite of their lack of experience, they impressed the judges and received a grant of $3,000 to promote their brand.
“Just knowing that someone is willing to give us money to make it happen really gave me a sense that we can do this,” Chavez said.
Aaron Scarboro, director of 1789 Venture Lab, an organization that houses UNC startups, said Chavez and Myers’s business plan is unique.