Lindsey Russo, from Bloomfield, NJ, shared her t-shirt blanket story with us! Lindsey’s t-shirt blanket represents memories from her time at UConn and studying abroad in Australia and New Zealand! Here is Lindsey’s story:
“With the help of your incredible team and 30 of my old t-shirts, we were able to create a gorgeous blanket that showcases the breathtaking countries I have had the privilege of visiting, numerous summer jobs/activities throughout high school and all 4 years of my college experience at the University of Connecticut. From various campus organizations to Senior Week and silly dorm room tees, my Project Repat blanket does an incredible job of capturing the experiences that have molded me into the person I am today.
I have two black squares adorned with Kings of Leon lyrics from their hit song “Someone Like You” in hot pink letters. This t-shirt was made during spring of 2009 while I was studying abroad in Australia and vacationing for spring break in New Zealand. A group of us had these shirts made during our stay and every time I wore/looked at the shirt it reminded me of the incredible relationships I built and continue to have from that phenomenal journey.
I’m a bit of a hoarder when it comes to tangible memories and that is exactly what my t-shirts are for me. People asked why I didn’t donate the shirts or just throw them out but the thought of getting rid of my shirts was equivalent to throwing out countless laughs, tears, late nights, dance parties, the list goes on and on. Holding onto these shirts has kept my memories alive in both my heart and mind, hence why there was never any other option.
My blanket does a remarkable job of summarizing my adventures, achievements and all of the personalities I have met along the way! I think its important to note that your products do not represent an individual fearful of moving on or letting go; rather your products bring memories to life and remind us to embrace all that life has to offer. My blanket connects so strongly with all of my senses reminding me of every scent, sight, touch, noise and taste that I’ve encountered. T-shirts may fade over time however their stories can and should be passed on for generations to come.”