Easton and Nashville resident Lynn Bryant has announced the expansion of her Faith Hope Dreams™ apparel and merchandise line. Bryant, a recording artist, songwriter, television/film creator, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, has had an accomplished musical and business career. Her new line includes American-made clutch handbags, tee shirts, pullovers, yoga pants, baseball caps, duffel bags, mugs, and greeting cards designed to inspire, empower and unite people through creative design, inspirational messages, and a socially conscious business model. Several Eastern Shore businesses are now carrying the Faith Hope Dreams™ line.
A fashion show recently held at the Tidewater Inn in Easton, sponsored by the Women and Girls Fund of the Mid Shore and Mimi’s Closet of Easton and Chestertown, debuted Bryant’s Star Heart clutch handbags. Nina McLemore, who has dressed some of the world’s most powerful women, spoke at the event about fashion and philanthropy.
Bryant comments, “When I conceptualized the handbag line, I wanted to use the slogan, ‘Clutches aren’t just for evening anymore.’ Because women often do not have the luxury of going home from work before attending an after-work event or dinner, I designed a versatile clutch that is small, yet efficient, and offered in an array of fabrics and materials to suit various personal styles and functions. Each handbag is named after a city in America with a short fun tag line. Some handbags have messages of empowerment inside.”
Like her songs and other creative projects, Bryant created Faith Hope Dreams™ to inspire and empower people to open their hearts to others to make a difference. In 2004, she started her fashion STAR HEARTapparel and merchandise lines as a source of capital for her charity – The Nancy Ferro Learning for Life Foundation – a charitable organization which provides after-school educational programs and tutoring to elementary school children. In 2013, she expanded her trademarked STAR HEART design brand, to include Faith Hope Dreams™ apparel and merchandise. A portion of proceeds from the apparel and merchandise sales benefit children in need across the country, including such charities as the Casey Cares Foundation.
Bryant comments, “My message to children everywhere is to dream big, love bigger, help someone else along the way, and to enjoy their journey – also a key message of my Learning for Life Foundation.”
Some of the program topics for children that Bryant promotes are: the importance of choosing yourfriends wisely, how to establish boundaries, understanding bully prevention (bystander, bully and victim) and appropriate responses, the importance of lyrics in songs (“your heart has a voice, your life is your song”), how to write a song, and personal responsibility.