May 23, 2022

Creators for a Cause is an internal product series that showcases the Company’s pride of creation culture and highlights the incredible design talents of our colleagues. Creators within Centric Brands design limited edition products available for purchase exclusively by Centric colleagues. 100% of the proceeds are donated to a non-profit chosen by the designer each month.

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, we are excited to share our next Creators for a Cause product – a durable soft-touch notebook designed by Monica Gomez, Senior Analyst, Applications Tech – PLM Team, to raise awareness around mental health. All proceeds of the notebook will be donated to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health).

We interviewed Monica to learn more about the inspiration behind her design.

What was your inspiration behind the design?

We keep our eyes closed to avoid issues happening in the world, to our family and to our friends. We choose to keep our eyes closed because we don’t want to see or hear the issues going on around us. If you look closely, throughout the drawing it says, “don’t close your eyes”. We need to keep our eyes open, to face the everyday challenges. We need to have the confidence to ask for help.

What does supporting causes mean to you?

To me, supporting causes helps raise awareness by educating the public. It is important to get involved by helping a friend or joining an organization.

What does the cause benefitting from the product mean to you?

I hope my artwork will make each person think and wonder why it says, “don’t close your eyes.” I hope the notebook will help support the mission of NAMI.